Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal

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Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
Awarded for "substantial and lasting contributions to children's literature"
Country United States
Presented by Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association
First awarded 1954
Official website

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal is a prize awarded by the American Library Association (ALA) to writers or illustrators of children's books published in the United States who have over a period of years made substantial and lasting contributions to children's literature.[1] The bronze medal prize is named after its first winner, twentieth-century American author Laura Ingalls Wilder.[1]

Originally, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal was awarded every five years, 6 prizes between 1955 and 1980. From 1980 to 2001 it was awarded every three years, 7 prizes. Since 2001 it has been awarded every two years.


  • The medal may be awarded to an author or illustrator including co-authors or co-illustrators, and persons who both write and illustrate. The person may be nominated posthumously.[2]
  • Some portion of the nominee's active career in books for children must have occurred in the twenty-five years prior to nomination.[2]
  • Citizenship or residence of the potential nominee is not to be considered.[2]
  • The nominee's work must be published in the United States but this does not mean that the first publication had to be in the United States. It means that books by the nominee have been published in the United States, and it is those books which are to be considered in the nomination process.[2]
  • At least some of the books by the potential nominee must have been available to children for at least ten years.[2]
  • The books, by their nature or number, occupy an important place in literature for American children, and children have read the books, and the books continue to be requested and read by children.[2]
  • The committee is to direct its attention only to the part of the nominee's total work, which is books for children (up to and including age fourteen).[2]


Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winners[3]
Year Author
2013[4] Paterson, KatherineKatherine Paterson
2011[5] dePaola, TomieTomie dePaola
2009[6] Bryan, AshleyAshley Bryan
2007[7] Marshall, JamesJames Marshall
2005[8] Yep, LaurenceLaurence Yep
2003[9] Carle, EricEric Carle
 2001[10] Meltzer, MiltonMilton Meltzer
1998 Freedman, RussellRussell Freedman
1995 Hamilton, VirginiaVirginia Hamilton
1992 Brown, MarciaMarcia Brown
1989 Speare, Elizabeth GeorgeElizabeth George Speare
1986 Fritz, JeanJean Fritz
1983 Sendak, MauriceMaurice Sendak
1980 Geisel, Theodor S.Theodor S. Geisel (Dr. Seuss)
1975 Cleary, BeverlyBeverly Cleary
1970 White, E. B.E. B. White
1965 Sawyer, RuthRuth Sawyer
1960 Judson, Clara IngramClara Ingram Judson
1954 Wilder, Laura IngallsLaura Ingalls Wilder

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  1. ^ a b "About the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award". Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). American Library Association (ALA). Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Wilder Award Terms and criteria". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  3. ^ "Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, Past winners". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to the (Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award home page!". ALSC. ALA. 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to the (Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award home page!". ALSC. ALA. 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-01-01. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  6. ^ "Welcome to the (Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award home page!". ALSC. ALA. 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  7. ^ "Welcome to the (Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award home page!". ALSC. ALA. 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  8. ^ "Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Winner, 2005". ALSC. ALA. 2005. Archived from the original on 2006-01-04. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  9. ^ "Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Winner, 2003". ALSC. ALA. 2003. Archived from the original on 2004-02-16. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  10. ^ "The Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal". ALSC. ALA. 2001. Archived from the original on 2002-02-19. Retrieved 2013-05-04.