The American Library Association will be announcing a plethora of awards this coming Monday, February 2. While I love trying to predict the Caldecott and Newbery awards, I especially look forward to one award whose winners are usually a complete surprise to me. The Mildred L. Batchelder Award is awarded to “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.” Almost guaranteed to boost your Global I.Q., many past winners have proved to be both entertaining and rewarding. Here are a few recent favorites:
Big Wolf & Little Wolf by Nadine Brun-Cosme; translated by Claudia Bedrick; illustrated by Olivier Tallec; published by Enchanted Lion Books, 2009 (Originally published in French as Grand Loup & Petit Loup; Batchelder Honor 2010)
Sumptuous colors and expressive lines illustrate this delicately told tale. You cannot help but root for these two quirky, sweet, introverted wolves as they find their way to friendship. Followed by two sequels: Big Wolf & Little Wolf: The Little Leaf That Wouldn’t Fall and Big Wolf & Little Wolf: Such a Beautiful Orange!
Ages 5 – 9