Bravo to Delacorte Press for this year's ALA Mildred L. Batchelder awarded for The Murderer's Ape, written and illustrated by Jakob Wegelius, translated from the Swedish by Peter Graves.
It's the story of a sea captain wrongly convicted of murder. The twist is that a gorilla named Sally Jones – who can read, write, and understand humans – is the one who embarks on a lengthy adventure to clear the captain's name. After all, they do work together. Sally writes on a typewriter, narrating the story of the journal she kept from Portugal to India and back again.
2018 Honor Books :
Charlesbridge for Malala: Activist for Girls' Education, written by Raphaële Frier, illustrated by Aurélia Fronty, and translated from the French by Julie Cormier.
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, for When a Wolf Is Hungry, written by Christine Naumann-Villemin, illustrated by Kris di Giacomo, translated from the French by EBYR.
Elsewhere Editions for You Can't Be Too Careful, written and illustrated by Roger Mello, translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn.