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Mildred L. Batchelder Award 2017


Mildred L. Batchelder Award 2017

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. The award is administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association.

- The winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder Award is CRY, HEART, BUT NEVER BREAK is the 2017 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Danish in 2001 as “Græd blot hjerte,” the book was written by Glenn Ringtved, illustrated by Charolotte Pardi, translated by Robert Moulthrop and published by Enchanted Lion Books.
- Three Batchelder Honor Books also were selected: OVER THE OCEAN, published by Chronicle Books LLC, written and illustrated by Taro Gomi and translated from the Japanese by Taylor Norman; AS TIME WENT BY, published by NorthSouth Books, Inc., written and illustrated by José Sanabria and translated from the German by Audrey Hall; and THE BALLAD OF A BROKEN NOSE published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, written by Arne Svingen and translated from the Norwegian by Kari Dickson.
Cry, Heart, But Never Break Written by Glenn Ringtved with illustrations by Charlotte Pardi. Translated by Robert Moulthrop. - Picture Book

February 16, 2016

Aware their grandmother is gravely ill, four siblings make a pact to keep death from taking her away. But Death does arrive all the same, as it must. He comes gently, naturally. And he comes with enough time to share a story with the children that helps them to realize the value of loss to life and the importance of being able to say goodbye.

Over the Ocean by Taro Gomi - Picture Book

May 17, 2016

Renowned children's book creator Taro Gomi has created another masterpiece. In this beautiful testament to wondering, a young girl gazes out to where the water meets the sky and wonders what lies beyond the waves. Boats filled with toys? Skyscrapers filled with people? Houses filled with families? Or, maybe, over the ocean stands someone not so different from the girl herself, returning her gaze. In this celebration of imagination's power, young readers will find joy in the mystery of the faraway, the unknown, and the just-beyond.

As Time Went By by José Sanabria - Picture Book

May 1, 2016

Once upon a time there was a ship that sailed beside the sun with very important people on board. The spirit of reinvention --- and the importance we place on things --- is beautifully expressed in José Sanabria’s visually evocative story. A steamship makes a journey across time from luxury and exclusivity, industry and abandonment, to stewardship and inclusion as we see the evolving functions of the ship and the changing faces of the people who cherish it most.

The Ballad of a Broken Nose by Arne Svingen - Fiction

June 14, 2016

From award-winning Norwegian author Arne Svingen comes “an unusually exciting and funny story” (Dagbladet) about a relentlessly positive teenager who uses his love of opera to cope with his less-than-perfect home life. Bart is an eternal optimist. At thirteen years old, he’s had a hard life. But Bart knows that things won’t get any better if you have a negative attitude. His mother has pushed him into boxing lessons so that Bart can protect himself, but Bart already has defense mechanisms: he is relentlessly positive...and he loves opera. Listening to --- and singing --- opera is Bart’s greatest escape, but he’s too shy to share this with anyone.