Children's Literature Legacy Award

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Children's Literature Legacy 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
Website ala.org/alsc/wilder

The Children's Literature Legacy Award (known as the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal until 2018) is a prize awarded by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of 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 was named after its first winner, twentieth-century American author Laura Ingalls Wilder.[1]

Originally, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal was awarded every five years, awarding six prizes between 1955 and 1980. From 1980 to 2001 it was awarded every three years, awarding seven prizes. From 2001 to 2015 it was awarded every two years. The most recent author to receive the award was Jacqueline Woodson in 2018. It is now awarded annually.[2]

Criteria[edit]

  • 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.[3]
  • Some portion of the nominee's active career in books for children must have occurred in the twenty-five years prior to nomination.[3]
  • Citizenship or residence of the potential nominee is not to be considered.[3]
  • 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.[3]
  • At least some of the books by the potential nominee must have been available to children for at least ten years.[3]
  • 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.[3]
  • The committee is to direct its attention only to the part of the nominee's total work that is books for children (up to and including age fourteen).[3]

Renaming[edit]

In February 2018, the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC), the division of ALA which administers the award, announced a taskforce which re-examined the naming of the award and included representation from the American Indian Library Association (AILA).[4] The task force was convened because of criticism of Wilder's depictions of Native and African Americans.[5] A recommendation to rename the award was made on June 23, 2018.[6] The ALSC board found Wilder's body of work "includes expressions of stereotypical attitudes inconsistent with ALSC's core values of inclusiveness, integrity and respect, and responsiveness."[7] The ALSC considered Wilder's racist depictions of minorities, in particular Native Americans.[7]

Recipients[edit]

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winners[8]
Year Author
2018[9] Jacqueline Woodson
2017[10] Nikki Grimes
2016[11] Jerry Pinkney
2015[12] Donald Crews
2013[13] Katherine Paterson
2011[14] Tomie dePaola
2009[15] Ashley Bryan
2007[16] James Marshall
2005[17] Laurence Yep
2003[18] Eric Carle
 2001[19] Milton Meltzer
1998 Russell Freedman
1995 Virginia Hamilton
1992 Marcia Brown
1989 Elizabeth George Speare
1986 Jean Fritz
1983 Maurice Sendak
1980 Theodor S. Geisel (Dr. Seuss)
1975 Beverly Cleary
1970 E. B. White
1965 Ruth Sawyer
1960 Clara Ingram Judson
1954 Laura Ingalls Wilder

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Every Year a Wilder Year!". ALSC Blog. Association for Library Service to Children. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Wilder Award Terms and criteria". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  4. ^ Lindsay, Nina. "ALSC Awards Program Review Update". ALSC Blog. ALA. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  5. ^ Reese, Debbie. "BIG NEWS: A possible change in name of ALA's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award!". American Indians in Children's Literature. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  6. ^ admin (1999-11-30). "About the Children's Literature Legacy Award". Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  7. ^ a b Michelle Lou (June 25, 2018). "Laura Ingalls Wilder's Name Cut From Award For Her 'Stereotypical' Depictions". HuffPost. Retrieved June 26, 2018 – via Yahoo! News.
  8. ^ "Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, Past winners". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  9. ^ "Welcome to the (Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award home page!". ALSC. ALA. 2018. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  10. ^ "Welcome to the (Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award home page!". ALSC. ALA. 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-07-10. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  11. ^ "Welcome to the (Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award home page!". ALSC. ALA. 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-03-28. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  12. ^ "Welcome to the (Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award home page!". ALSC. ALA. 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-07-09. Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  13. ^ "Welcome to the (Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award home page!". ALSC. ALA. 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-02-11. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  14. ^ "Welcome to the (Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award home page!". ALSC. ALA. 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-01-01. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  15. ^ "Welcome to the (Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award home page!". ALSC. ALA. 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  16. ^ "Welcome to the (Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award home page!". ALSC. ALA. 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  17. ^ "Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Winner, 2005". ALSC. ALA. 2005. Archived from the original on 2006-01-04. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  18. ^ "Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Winner, 2003". ALSC. ALA. 2003. Archived from the original on 2004-02-16. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  19. ^ "The Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal". ALSC. ALA. 2001. Archived from the original on 2002-02-19. Retrieved 2013-05-04.