The Batchelder Award was established in 1966 and is given annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), part of the American Library Association (ALA) to an American publisher of an outstanding children's book originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States in the previous year.
This award honors Mildred L. Batchelder, a former executive director of the Association for Library Service to Children.
- Since 1979 the award has been given to works published in the previous year. Prior to this there was a two year lapse between publication and the award date. To convert to the new system, two awards were announced in 1979, one for 1978 and one for 1979.
- No award was bestowed in 1978 and 1993.
- Honors were only awarded from 1994. No Honor was given in 1997.