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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2020 Winner(s)

"Brown," published by Enchanted Lion Books, written by Håkon Øvreås, illustrated by Øyvind Torseter, and translated from the Norwegian by Kari Dickson. Originally published in 2013 as "Brune".

2020 Honor(s)

"Do Fish Sleep?" published by Enchanted Lion Books, written by Jens Raschke, illustrated by Jens Rassmus and translated from the German Belinda Cooper. Originally published in 2017 as "Schlafen Fische?"

"The Beast Player", published by Godwin Books / Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, written by Nahoko Uehashi and translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano. Originally published in 2009 as "Kemono no Sōja."

"The Distance between Me and the Cherry Tree", published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, written by Paola Peretti, illustrated by Carolina Rabei and translated from the Italian by Denise Muir. Originally published in 2018 as "La distanza tra me e il ciliegio." 

"When Spring Comes to the DMZ", published by Plough Publishing House, written and illustrated by Uk-Bae Lee and translated from the Korean by Chungyon Won and Aileen Won. Originally published as "Bimujang chidae e bom i omyon."