American Library Association (ALA) Book Awards

Use these lists to find award winning books for children and teens.

Batchelder Award

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Author: Bibi Dumon Tak

Mikis is thrilled when his grandfather buys a new donkey, but soon begins to worry that he is overworking the animal.

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Author: Loic Dauvillier

A grandmother shares the story of her experiences in WWII with her grandchild in this graphic novel for young readers.

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Author: Benny Lindelauf

When the Boon family moves into an old, ramshackle house at the very edge of a small town in the Netherlands, Oma Mei, the grandmother of seven motherless children, relates the house's remarkable origin in the 1860s.

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Author: Truus Matti

When Linus Muller takes over making deliveries for his family's Manhattan grocery store in 1943, including bringing a crate of oranges every other week to an artist from Europe, the two become friends as they discuss war, the future, freedom, and imagination.

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Author: Charlotte Moundic

On his first vacation without his parents, eight-year-old Myron faces a scary grandfather, teasing older cousins, his first dive off the ten-foot board, and his grandmother's encouragement to write his mother daily, telling her of his adventures.

Originally published: France : Flammarion, v2011 under the title: Le Slip de Bain ou Les pires vacances de ma vie.

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Author: Erik Stein Lunde

Unable to sleep, a young boy climbs into his father's arms and asks about birds, foxes, and whether his mother will ever awaken, then under a starry sky, the father provides clear answers and assurances.

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Author: Aline Sax

Misha and his family do their best to survive in the appalling conditions of the Warsaw ghetto during World War II, and ultimately make a final, desperate stand against the Nazis.

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Author: Anne C. Voorhoeve

Before the start of World War II, ten-year-old Ziska Mangold, who has Jewish ancestors but has been raised as a Protestant, is taken out of Nazi Germany on one of the Kindertransport trains, to live in London with a Jewish family, where she learns about Judaism and endures the hardships of war while attempting to keep in touch with her parents, who are trying to survive in Holland.

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Author: Zeina Abirached

Living in the midst of civil war in Beirut, Lebanon, Zeina and her brother face an evening of apprehension when their parents do not return from a visit to the other side of the city.

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Author: Anne De Graaf

Eight-year-old Liberian Lucky, his ten-year-old sister Nopi, and their schoolmates are kidnapped and forced to become child soldiers, but even after they escape along with some other children and are reunited with their parents, their lives will never be the same. Includes chapter about Liberia.