Wrote “The little house on the prairie”. Now her name is removed from book price
Monday, June 25, 2018
CLASSIC: The books in “The Little House on the Prairie” series are based on Wilder’s own childhood, and are filmed several times. PHOTO: Mary Evans Picture / NTB News
Changes the name of the book price after the racism debate.
The children’s writer Laura Ingalls Wilder is best known for the classical children’s books in the series “The Little House on the Prairie”. The grand children’s award “Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal” is also named after her and has been distributed by the American Library Association since 1954.
This weekend it became clear that this year’s prize is the last one to be awarded with this name. After a vote in the American Library Association, it became apparent that the prize changed its name to the Children’s Literature Legacy Award, writes Washington Post.
The reason is concern about how Wilder, who lived from 1867 to 1957, portrayed Americans with African background, and American indigenous people.
– Incompatible with the core values
The organization stated that Wilder “uses expressions of stereotypical attitudes incompatible with ALSC core values”. They further stated that Wilder’s books are still published and read, but that “her inheritance is complex” and “not universally embraced”.
According to The Guardian, the books contain a number of phrases that are unacceptable today.
Wilder should also have apologized for his thoughtlessness, “according to The Guardian, and changed a sentence in one of the books in” The Little House on the Prairie “series, which said that in Kansas there was no people Indians. ” The sentence was changed to “no new settlers, only Indians”.
Wilder was the first writer to receive the award in 1954. The award of the year went to author Jacqueline Woodson.