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Gary Strong Curriculum Center - College of Education, Health and Human Sciences

Semester report on activities in the Curriculum Center

About the Award

Administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award was first given to its namesake in 1954.  The award, a bronze medal, honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

Winners of the award are announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and receive the medal at the Annual Conference in June.  Between 1960 and 1980, the Wilder Award was given every five years.  From 1980 to 2001, it was awarded every three years.  Beginning in 2001, it has been awarded every two years.  With the 2016 award year, the medal will be awarded annually.

Winners at the Curriculum Center and the Main Library

Listed below are books housed at the IMTC or the Main Library by the winning authors.  The year associated with each book is the year the author won the award.


  • 2017-Nikki Grimes
  • 2016-Jerry Pinkney
  • 2015-Donald Crews
  • 2013-Katherine Paterson
  • 2011-Tomie dePaola
  • 2009-Ashley Bryan
  • 2007-James Marshall
  • 2005-Laurence Yep
  • 2003-Eric Carle
  • 2001-Milton Meltzer
  • 1998-Russell Freedman
  • 1995-Virginia Hamilton

Award Winners cont.

Listed below are books housed at the IMTC or the Main Library by the winning authors.  The year associated with each book is the year the author won the award.


  • 1992-Marcia Brown
  • 1989-Elizabeth George Speare
  • 1986-Jean Fritz
  • 1983-Maurice Sendak
  • 1980-Theodor S. Geisel (Dr. Seuss)
  • 1975-Beverly Cleary
  • 1970-E. B. White
  • 1965-Ruth Sawyer
  • 1960-Clara Ingram Judson
  • 1954-Laura Ingalls Wilder