Some of you may recall that I was on last year’s Batchelder Award committee. Through that process, I did a lot of reading about Mildred Batchelder, the librarian the award was named after. I learned some more about Batchelder recently reading this article by Barbara Bader in The Horn Book Magazine. It’s part of a series the magazine’s been doing about influential librarians, and, like the rest that have been profiled, Batchelder was a strong personality. Reading about all these women has made me feel better about the strong aspects of my own personality, and reading about Batchelder reminds me again of the importance of the Batchelder Award and books in translation in general.
I love reading things like this that make me feel all RAH RAH about being a librarian.