Ingalls Wilder Award
is the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award?
award honors and author or illustrator whose books, published in the
United States, have made a substantial and lasting
contribution to literature for children.
decides the winner?
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC,) a division of
the American Library Association, administers this award. Six
members from ALSC review nominations from the members of ALSC and
determine a slate of nominees. Members of ALSC vote by mail ballot
from the selected slate of nominees.
did the award begin?
Laura Ingalls Winder Award began in 1954 to honor the creator of the
Little House books. It was first given every 5 years;
then it was given every 3 years. Beginning in 2001, it will be
given every 2 years.
special criteria are used to select this award?
primary consideration, that the books made a "substantial and
lasting" contribution, means that children continue to read and
enjoy the books. Another consideration is the literary or
artistic merit of the work by the author or illustrator created for
children up to age fourteen. The books considered must be
published in the United States. The author need not be living,
but some portion of the work must have occurred in the twenty-five
years prior to nomination.
is it called the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award?
Ingalls Wilder wrote the well known series of Little House books
describing her family's life in the Wisconsin woods and Kansas prairie
in the late 1800's. Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) wrote her
first book, The Little House in the Big Woods in 1932 when
she was 65 years old.
does the award look like?
circular bronze award features the picture of a little girl
surrounded by the words, LAURA INGALLS WILDER AWARD. It was
designed my Garth Williams who illustrated the Little House