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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2015 Winner(s)

Mikis and the Donkey

Written by Bibi Dumon Tak, illustrated by Philip Hopman, translated by Laura Watkinson and published Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Mikis’ simple, quiet life on the Greek island of Corfu is upended when his grandfather surprises him by buying a donkey. During the following year, Mikis’ adventures with the donkey show the village what it means to care for one another.

2015 Honor(s)

Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust

Written by Loic Dauvillier, illustrated by Marc Lizano, color by Greg Salsedo, translated by Alexis Siegel, and published by First Second

In this evocative graphic novel, a grandmother recounts her childhood experiences hiding from the Nazis in World War II France.  Surrounded by cruelty, Dounia also benefited from the exceptional kindness and courage of her protectors.  The telling of her story to her grandchild brings healing and hope.

Nine Open Arms

Written by Benny Lindelauf, illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova, translated by John Nieuwenhuizen and published by Enchanted Lion Books

In this intricately plotted book, Fing’s loving but fractious family moves into a new house outside of town and gradually discovers a “tragical tragedy” concerning the mysterious man living in the hedge. Combining elements of historical fiction, mystery and magical realism with large doses of humor, this book enthralls.