The Association of Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) has voted unanimously to remove late author Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from the “Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.” The decision comes after the ALSC received significant pressure from the left over perceived stereotyping within stories like “Little House on the Prairie.” Instead, they will rename it the “Children’s Literature Legacy Award.”
• Wilder’s books tell historical stories from the standpoint of a pioneer girl growing up in the American midwest. Her historically-accurate viewpoint often details attitudes and slang words used towards American Indians and people of color during the late 1800s.
• Many have argued that her books shouldn’t be part of current curriculums or held within school libraries because they honor racial injustice. Others believe Wilder’s stories remind us of where America came from, applauding their accuracy.
• The ALSC has stated that the “stereotypical attitudes” within her stories include “expressions of stereotypical attitudes inconsistent with ALSC’s core values.” However, the attitudes expressed within her books are consistent with the time the books were written.
• Laura’s stories are important to American history because they detail how our country developed and unfolded over time – including how much thousands of pioneers struggled to settle, stay alive, build the railroad, and thrive. They provide valuable insight into the lifestyle, attitudes, and experiences that contributed to life in America as we know it today.