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Not Lost in Translation: Batchelder Gets Noticeable Boost This Year

Sharon Verbeten


This year, ALSC’s Batchelder Award got a bit of a boost—with not just the international author of the winning book, but many representatives all the way from Japan.

The 2022 Mildred L. Batchelder Award—given to an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States—was awarded to Temple Alley Summer. Originally published in Japanese as Kimyōji Yokochō no Natsu, the book was written by Sachiko Kashiwaba, illustrated by Miho Satake, translated by Avery Fischer Udagawa and published by Yonder: Restless Books for Young Readers. This is Yonder’s first Batchelder Award Book, having previously been awarded an honor title.

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