Laura Ingalls Wilder's name has been stripped from a prestigious book award

Controversy The board voted unanimously to remove Wilder's name at their annual meeting over the weekend due to her anti-black and anti Native writings

First published in 1932, Wilder's "Little House on the Prairie" series was written for children, recounting the author's experience growing up on the Midwestern frontier in the late 19 century.

Despite the tremendous success of the semiautobiographical series, the Chicago-based American Library Association over the weekend made a decision to rescind Wilder's Medal for Excellence in Children's literature, a prestigious designation in the children's literary world. "Only Indians lived there".

"Wilder's books are a product of her life experiences and perspective as a settler in America's 1800s". It said, "The award was created in 1954 when an understanding of the message it sends to people of color, specifically American Indians and those of African descent, was not recognized".

The Laura Ingalls Wilder award will now be known as the Children's Literature Legacy Award.

Some Wilder scholars have expressed discontent about the removal of her name, saying it would be better to understand her works in context in order to teach children about historical attitudes.

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The associations stressed that the action "should not be viewed as an attempt to censor, limit, or deter access to Wilder's books and materials" or be seen as "a call for readers to change their personal relationship with or feelings about Wilder's books". The tales are so ingrained in the traditions of children's literature that it may be easy to forget or overlook that Wilder, who wrote the books in the 1930s and 40s, depicts Native Americans as inhuman and inconsequential.

Critics have highlighted anti-native and anti-black sentiments in Wilder's work for decades, although her books are still published, read and loved by many.

Many Osage Indians have routinely condemned her novels because they describe their eviction from Kansas, to be relocated in what is now Oklahoma.

"While the answer to racism is not to impose purity retroactively or to disappear titles from shelves, no 8-year-old Dakota child should have to listen to an uncritical reading of 'Little House on the Prairie", she wrote.

In its letter to the ALSC, the LIWLRA noted that "no human is untarnished", and stressed that Wilder deserves continued recognition for supporting libraries and educational initiatives across America, and for representing "the ability of an individual to not only overcome a hard past and upbringing, but also to tell the story of those obstacles so that future generations may grow and learn".

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