Mildred L. Batchelder Award

About the Mildred L. Batchelder Award
This award, established in Mildred L. Batchelder's honor in 1966, is a citation awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.

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2018 Winner(s)

The Murderer’s Ape

Originally published in Sweden in 2014 as “Mördarens Apa,” the book was written and illustrated by Jakob Wegelius and translated from Swedish by Peter Graves.

When the sea captain she works with is wrongly convicted of murder, Sally Jones, a gorilla who can read, write, and understand humans, embarks on a lengthy adventure to clear the captain’s name. Writing on a typewriter, she narrates the story of her journey from Portugal to India and back again.

“Sally Jones is a sentient, intelligent, empathic, talented engineer who is also a gorilla. Publishing her compelling story was a bold undertaking quite masterfully executed,”said Batchelder Award Committee Chair Elizabeth A. Poe.

2018 Honor(s)

Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education

Published by Charlesbridge Publishing, written by Raphaële Frier, illustrated by Aurélia Fronty and translated from French by Julie Cormier

In this engaging picture book biography, richly detailed text and illustrations, along with extensive back matter, bring the story of world-famous Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai to readers. Beginning with her birth, the story details her early family life and how it contributed to her becoming a global advocate for social justice.

When a Wolf is Hungry

Published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, written by Christine Naumann-Villemin, illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo and translated from French by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Edmond Bigsnout, a dapper and hungry wolf, heads out in search of a city bunny to eat. The wolf’s quest for a tasty dinner is thwarted by the bunny’s fellow apartment dwellers, thereby leading to a happy ending where politeness and accommodation prevail.

You Can’t Be Too Careful!

Published by Elsewhere Editions, written and illustrated by Roger Mello and translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn

Author and artist Roger Mello has created a fantastical tale that invites readers to engage their imaginations in following the fate of a chain of characters. Readers’ expectations are upended when the narrative reverses itself and links between the characters become evident.