CHICAGO – A division of the American Library Association has voted to remove Laura Ingalls Wilder name of a major children’s book award about the concerns with how the early-to-mid-20th-century author depicted blacks and indians.
The Association for Library Service to Children board made the unanimous decision Saturday at a meeting in New Orleans. The name was changed to the Children’s Literature Legacy Award.
The association says that the work of Wilder — best known for her “Little House on the Prairie” novels — “includes expressions of stereotypical beliefs are in conflict with as c the core values.”
The first award was given to Wilder in 1954. The as c says Wilder’s work published and read, but her “legacy of the complex” and “not everyone embraced it.”
The American Library Association is located in Chicago.