Paula Holmes reports on the ALSC 2022 Awards Presentation

By Paula Holmes

The Mildred L. Batchelder Prize winner – Temple Alley Summer – and five honor titles

Back in February, I blogged about the Batchelder Award Announcements and had the thrill of watching the Association for Library Service to Children 2022 Awards Presentation in Washington DC on Monday June 27, 2022. This is the official presentation of the Sibert, Batchelder, Geisel and the Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media awards.

The five Mildred L. Batchelder Honor titles were presented first.  A powerhouse in both supporting translations and creating of beautiful books, Emilie Robert Wong, from Enchanted Lion Books, didn’t just walk to the stage once, but three times for Coffee, Rabbit, Snowdrop, Lost; The Most Beautiful Story; and Sato the Rabbit.

Emile Robert Wong at the Enchanted Lion Books ALA Annual Conference Booth with their three Batchelder Honor Books, Coffee, Rabbit, Snowdrop, Lost; The Most Beautiful Story, and Sato the Rabbit

Sadly, Elsewhere Editions was not there to accept the honor for In the Meadow of Fantasies. They did have a small display on the exhibits floor and have piqued my interest with forthcoming titles.

Arthur Levine of Levine Querido accepted the honor for The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas. It was wonderful that translator David Bowles was in the audience and signed books at the conference! I am already marking the pages of the Fall 2022 Levine Querido catalog that I picked up at their exhibit booth. This is their very first honor.

Arthur Levine of Levine Querido accepting the award from Dr. Marie A. Lejeune, Chair, 2022 Mildred L. Batchelder Award Selection Committee for The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas

What a special day for the capacity crowd to have Restless Books’ Alison Gore, translator Avery Fischer Udagawa, and author Sachiko Kashiwaba all on the dais accepting the Batchelder Award. Each spoke on Temple Alley Summer, Sachiko Kashiwaba in Japanese and translated by Avery Fischer Udagawa. I hope that the printed speech gives you the joyous feel of being in the room and being a part of the Batchelder Award Ceremony excitement.  I was also thrilled to learn that the award has positively impacted the sales of both editions.

ALSC Awards – The Batchelder Committee and representatives of Kodansha and Restless Books.
Center: Author Sachiko Kashiwaba and translator Avery Fischer Udagawa
Photograph courtesy of Morio Kitaoka

That afternoon, Sachiko Kashiwaba and Avery Fischer Udagawa talked about their Batchelder Winner, Temple Alley Summer and what they are working on next (Hint: The House of the Lost on the Cape) to an audience of all ages, at the Japan Information and Culture Center, part of the Embassy of Japan, Washington, DC. 

Avery Fischer Udagawa and Sachiko Kashiwaba at the Japan Culture and Information Center

I am already trying to guess next year’s Mildred L Batchelder Awards (for books published in 2022). The award will be announced in January and celebrated in Chicago in June 2023.  

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Paula Holmes has served in a variety of volunteer capacities for the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association) and is currently the Co-Chair for ALSC 2023 President’s Program and a member of the ALSC Budget Committee. She also serves on the USBBY 2023 Dorothy Briley Lecture Committee and is a contributing blogger to World Kid Lit (more articles by Paula available here). Paula is currently taking ballet to improve her interpretative dancing, creating tiny collage art, reading translations of children’s literature, and attempting to learn Finnish. 

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