Librarians without Chests: Dedra McDonald Birzer on Laura Ingalls Wilder and Her Small-Minded Opponents

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Laura Ingalls Wilder

So, my first wife–now of 19 years and 364 days–is brilliant. Here’s her response to the idiocy of the bibliobureaucrats who are trying to ruin Laura Ingalls Wilder’s reputation.

 
Librarians without Chests!
The ALSC’s renaming of the Wilder medal to the Children’s Literature Legacy Award erases the fundamental role Wilder played in creating the genre of juvenile fiction. Wilder’s work and its lasting impact on every generation of children since the publication of Little House in the Big Woods(1932) served as the impetus for the establishment of the award. It would be more honest for the ALSC to just scrap the award altogether and start afresh. The stated “core values” are vague enough to allow the group to take this award in any direction the wind happens to be blowing. What is “responsiveness” in children’s literature, anyway? Responsiveness to what? And just who is included when “inclusivity” is touted as a core value? Whatever happened to children’s literature that told good stories that sparked children’s curiosity about history? Wilder’s books have certainly done this and more, inspiring a multitude of related works, both fiction and non-fiction.
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