NMU Professor Sandra Imdieke is the chair of the 2009 Batchelder Award Committee. The group selects the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a foreign language and country, then translated into English and published in the United States. This year’s winner is Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Arthur A. Levine Books. The book was originally published in Japanese and tells the story of a skilled female warrior who accepts the task of protecting a young prince from otherworldly demons and his father’s assassins. “This sophisticated and complex Japanese epic is filled with political intrigue, mystery and danger,” said Imdieke in a press release. The award was announced by the Association for Library Service to Children during the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting held Jan. 23-28 in Denver. For more information, visit the American Library Association.