The Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal is named in honor of children's author Laura Ingalls Wilder, also the award's first recipient. It is awarded on an irregular basis to authors or illustrators whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to children's literature. It is administered by the Association for Library Service to Children a division of the American Library Association.

the lion & the mouse

2016
Jerry Pinkney. The Lion & the Mouse and others.

In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable set in the African Serengeti, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when she rescues the King of the Jungle.

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2015
Donald Crews. Freight Train and others

Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.

2013
Katherine Paterson. Bridge to Terabithia and others

The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.

2011
Tomie dePaola. Strega Nona and others

When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works.

2009
Ashley Bryan.  Beautiful Blackbird and others

In a story of the Ila people, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they think is the most beautiful of birds, to decorate them with some of his "blackening brew."

2007
James Marshall.  George and Martha and others

Relates several episodes in the friendship of two hippopotamuses.

2005
Laurence Yep.  Dragonwings and others

In the early twentieth century a young Chinese boy joins his father in San Francisco and helps him realize his dream of making a flying machine.

2003
Eric Carle. The Very Hungry Caterpillar and others

Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.

2001
Milton Meltzer. In the Days of the Pharaohs: a Look at Ancient Egypt

and others   Among the topics discussed are how people in ancient Egypt worshipped their gods, how their government operated, what their family life was like, and what kinds of games the children played.

1998
Russell Freedman. Lincoln: a Photobiography and others

The story of Abraham Lincoln told with photographs and prints, providing a vivid look at the life and times of one of the nation's great leaders.

1995
Virginia Hamilton . The House of Dies Drear and others

A black family of five moves into an enormous house once used as a hiding place for runaway slaves. Mysterious sounds and events as well as the discovery of secret passageways make the family believe they are in grave danger.

1992
Marcia Brown . Stone Soup and others

When three hungry soldiers come to a town where all the food has been hidden, they set out to make soup of water and stones, and all the town enjoys a feast.

1989
Elizabeth George Speare . The Witch of Blackbird Pond and others

Kit Tyler, on a visit to colonial Connecticut from her home in Barbados, becomes friendly with Hannah the witch, teaches a little girl to read, and is saved in the ensuing witch-hunt.

1986
Jean Fritz . Make Way for Sam Houston and others

Traces the life of the soldier who led the fight for Texas' independence from Mexico, served as governor and senator, and opposed secession during the Civil War.

1983
Maurice Sendak. Where the Wild Things Are and others

A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.

1980
Theodor S. Geisel AKA Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat and others

Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are visited by the Cat in the Hat who shows them some tricks and games.

1975
Beverly Cleary . Beezus and Ramona and others

Beezus' biggest problem is her 4-year-old sister Ramona. Even though Beezus knows sisters are supposed to love each other, with a sister like Ramona, it seems impossible.

1970
E. B. White. Charlotte's Web and others

Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.

1965
Ruth Sawyer . Roller Skates and others

Liberated for a year from her parents' restrictions, ten-year-old Lucinda discovers true freedom in the care of her temporary guardians as she roller skates around the streets of turn-of-the-century New York.

 

1960
Clara Ingram Judson . Mr. Justice Holmes and others

A biography of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., describing his early education at dame and latin schools and Harvard College, his years of military service during the Civil War, his study of law, his work on The Common Law and his years as lawyer and judge in Massachusetts and as justice of the Supreme Court.

1954
Laura Ingalls Wilder. Little House in the Big Woods and others

A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing, and share special occasions when they get together with relatives or neighbors.  Little House in the Big Woods is the first in the Little House series.