Audio: Missouri author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, has name stripped from award over racial characterizations

Laura Ingalls Wilder (left), Rose Wilder Lane (right) Wilder: Public Domain / Lane: Public Domain

(Missourinet) – A legendary author from southwest Missouri had her name stripped from a major children’s book award Saturday. Laura Ingalls Wilder, who lived in Mansfield for more than sixty years, is the author of the famous Little House on the Prairie novels.

The Mansfield Library Center’s Nancee Dahms-Stinson says Wilder’s books still fly off the shelves.

 

 

The American Library Association says it took the step because of racist portrayals of black people and Native Americans in her books. John Cosby, a business owner Wilder’s hometown of Mansfield, disagrees with the move.

 

 

Mansfield Library Center’s Nancee Dahms-Stinson doesn’t think Wilder’s contribution to children’s literature is being overlooked.

 

 

The American Library Association removed Wilder’s name from a book award because of racist portrayals of black people and Native Americans in her books.  Wilder penned the famous Little House on the Prairie novels which were made into a network TV show in the 1970’s