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Mildred L. Batchelder Award

Citation awarded by the American Library Association to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.

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      The Distance between Me and the Cherry Tree

      by Paola Peretti

      Jan 2020

      Intermediate Readers

      2020 Honoree
      There are a lot of things ten-year-old Mafalda cares a lot about. Like, counting the stars in the night sky, playing soccer, and climbing the cherry tree outside her school. Mafalda even goes so far as to keep a list of all these things, because soon she won’t be able to do them anymore—because she’s going blind.

      Even with her bad eyesight, Mafalda can see that people are already treating her differently—and that’s the last thing she wants. So, she hides the fact that her vision is deteriorating faster than anyone predicted, and she makes a plan: When the time is right, she’ll go live in the cherry tree, just like her favorite book character. But as Mafalda loses her sight, surprising things come in to focus. With the help of her family and friends both old and new, Mafalda discovers the things that matter most.

      Do Fish Sleep?

      by Jens Raschke

      Jan 2020

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      2020 Honoree
      Sick since even before Jette can remember, her brother Emil now has died. The feelings that losing him evoke in her are huge and confusing. Most simply, it feels as though a dark raincloud has descended over her family. And then there's the ridiculous fact that nobody seems to know what happens after you die, and yet adults often talk as if they do. Told in the first-person voice of a wry, observant 10-year-old girl, Do Fish Sleep? by Jens Raschke is an honest, darkly funny look into loss, memory, and the search for answers. Originally performed as a one-girl play, Do Fish Sleep? was a breakout success at the box office, and received both the 2012 Mülheimer Children’s Theater Prize and the 2014 MDR Children’s Radio Play Prize. Do Fish Sleep? has been a best-seller in Germany since publication and has been translated into several languages.

      Two-color illustrations.

      My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder

      by Nie Jun

      Oct 2018

      Graphic Novels Elementary Plus

      2019 Honor
      Information about Beijing and its traditional neighborhoods. Additional black-and-white pencil sketches. Full-color illustrations.

      Mikis and the Donkey

      by Bibi Dumon Tak

      Apr 2015

      Independent Readers

      2015 Winner
      $12.75  $6.75  Member Price
      Mikis's grandfather's new donkey is a working donkey, not a pet. Still, Mikis gets to name the donkey—and soon becomes known around the village as "the donkey boy." Afterword. Black-and-white illustrations.

      The Lily Pond

      by Annika Thor

      Mar 2012

      Upper Elementary & Junior High

      2012 Honor Book
      $12.00  $5.00  Member Price
      Stephie leaves her foster parents’ home to live on the mainland. She’s eager to attend school—and to live in the same house as Sven, who is five years her senior.
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