Little House on the Prairie - too white for today's America?

Since 1954, the American Library Association (ALA) has awarded a medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature in the name of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

The original impetus behind the honour was dismay. Librarians were "chagrined", wrote historian Leonard Marcus, that none of Wilder's eight critically acclaimed Little House books had been recognised by the ALA's highest children's accolade, the Newbery.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 18, 2018, with the headline 'Little House on the Prairie - too white for today's America?'. Print Edition | Subscribe