I just couldn’t believe what I saw on Facebook the other day. It was quite a shock to read that the American Association for Library Services to Children announced that its prestigious Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, which has been around since 1954, will now be known as the Children’s Literature Legacy Award.
According to the Washington Post it says that they voted to remove her name from the award because of a passage in the opening chapter of ‘Little House on the Prairie’. Yes, times were different back then but I feel that we can use these as teaching moments. I mean we don’t have the power to go back and change history but we can use lessons from the past to better our futures. Or if we choose not to use these as important lessons we can always skip over the questionable parts and not even read them to the children.
I’m not saying anyone is wrong for feeling the way they do as we are all entitled to our own opinions. I also know that some more take offense to things more easily than others. I really do believe that none of this was written to intentionally cause harm to anyone though. It was just a different time and a different way of life. These were my favorite books as a child and I have them on my bookshelves right now. I have no plans to remove them or stop my kids from reading them either.
You can read more about this debate in these articles here:
- Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name stripped from children’s literary award
- Yes, ‘Little House on the Prairie’ is racially insensitive — but we should still read it
If you don’t have these books but would like to get them you can find them here or you can get the DVDs here. We are currently reading Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography which my kids and I are really enjoying.
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