Friday, July 23, 2010

Awards Given for Children's Books Published in other Countries

There are numerous awards given throughout the world for literary excellence with regard to children’s literature. Two of those awards are the Pura Belpre Award and the Mildred L. Batchelder Award.

The Pura Belpre Award was created in 1996, and is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best depicts, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an exceptional work of literature for children and youth. It has been given every other year since 1996; however, the award began being presented annually in 2009. The award is named in honor of Pura Belpre the first Latina librarian from the New York Public Library.

The Batchelder Award 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 named in honor of Mildred L. Batchelder, former director of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).

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