Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

'Little House On The Prairie' Author's Name Removed From Book Award

'Little House On The Prairie' Author's Name Removed From Book Award

Ingalls was the first recipient of the award, which honors authors or illustrators whose books were published in the United States and had "a significant and lasting contribution to children's literature", in 1954 for her Little House on the Prairie book series.

This weekend, a division of the ALA voted unanimously to rename the award - this over concerns about the way that Wilder portrayed Native Americans and black people.

"The 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 ALSC said in a brief statement following the vote. "Only Indians lived there", implied that Native Americans were not people-in response, the publisher then changed "people" to "settlers". They simply are no longer naming their highest award after Laura Ingalls Wilder.

For years, the American Library Association has given out a children's literature award named for Laura Ingalls Wilder.

In its decision to remove Wilder's name from the award, the library association had cited "anti-Native and anti-Black sentiments in her work" when it announced the review of Wilder's award in February.

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Wilder, who was born in 1867 and died in 1957, has apologized for some of her thoughtless phrasings, even amended a line in "Little House on the Prairie" that read Kansas had 'no people, only Indians.' It now reads, 'no settlers, only Indians'. Lindsay says the change isn't meant to erase Wilder.

The ALSC, which is part of the American Library Association, also presents the Newbery and Caldecott Awards.

"Whether we love Wilder or hate her, we should know her", she wrote. The ALSC, which is based in Chicago, says her work continues to be published and read but her "legacy is complex" and "not universally embraced".

Some applaud the ALSC for taking measures to correct oppressive outdated racial attitudes, but other readers and critics argue that Wilder certainly had no ill intent and that her books - like all art, were merely a reflection of the social mores of their times.

"But no white American should be able to avoid the history it has to tell".

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