Name Removed From Award, Lack of Inclusion Cited

Posted on June 28, 2018


By Erin Coates
June 26, 2018 at 12:24pm

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name will be removed from an award because of her portrayal of minorities in her “Little House on the Praire” novels.

The American Library Association voted unanimously Saturday to remove Wilder’s name from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and instead call it the Children’s Literature Legacy Award, the New York Daily News reported.

“This decision was made in consideration of the fact that Wilder’s legacy, as represented by her body of work, includes expressions of stereotypical attitudes inconsistent with ALSC’s core values of inclusiveness, integrity and respect, and responsiveness,” the Association for Library Service to Children said in a statement.

“Changing the name of the award should not be viewed as an attempt to censor, limit, or deter access to Wilder’s books and materials, but rather as an effort to align the award’s title with ALSC’s core values. This change should not be viewed as a call for readers to change their personal relationship with or feelings about Wilder’s books. Updating the award’s name should not be construed as censorship, as we are not demanding that anyone stop reading Wilder’s books, talking about them, or making them available to children. We hope adults think critically about Wilder’s books and the discussions that can take place around them.”

The former Laura Ingalls Wilder Award “honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children,” according to the ALA website.