‘Little House on the Prairie’ Deemed Too Racist for Kids
Jun 29, 2018 | 0 |
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) voted to remove Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from a prominent children’s literature award. Her crime? Racist stereotypes in her iconic children’s book series Little House on the Prairie. The organization says the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award will now be called the Children’s Literature Legacy Award. “Wilder’s books are a product of her life experiences
and perspective as a settler in America’s 1800s. Her works reflect dated cultural attitudes toward Indigenous people and people of color that contradict modern acceptance, celebration, and understanding of diverse communities,” the ALSC said in a statement. “Changing the name of the award should not be viewed as an attempt to censor, limit, or deter access to Wilder’s books and materials, but rather as an effort to align the award’s title with ALSC’s core values,” it continued.