Controversy Over Change in Name of Award

At the recent annual meeting of the American Library Association, the name of the heretofore named “Laura Ingalls Wilder” Award, which honored authors and illustrators whose books have created a lasting contribution to children’s literature, was changed to:  Children’s Literature Legacy Award.  The organization wished to reconcile the award with today’s sustainable values:  inclusiveness, integrity, … Continued

In Memoriam: Richard Peck

The world of children’s literature received sad news this summer.  Newbery award-winning author Richard Peck died after a bout with bladder cancer. Peck, who wrote primarily for readers in grade 4 through 7, read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in fourth grade himself, at the request of his teacher, who said:  “try this…”  From that time … Continued