Tyler author to receive Laura Ingalls Wilder Children’s Literature Award
“It’s a capstone to my career.”
TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Louise A. Jackson of Tyler is the recipient of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Children’s Literature Award.
The award is presented by the Association for Library Service to Children, whose website notes the award is presented to an author who is recognized as having made “a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children through books that demonstrate integrity and respect for all children’s lives and experiences.”
And for Jackson, Wilder is that role model.
“When I was a child there were very few strong female heroes,” Jackson said. “When Laura Ingalls Wilder came along writing about girls who were doing exciting things, that struck my heart.”
Jackson not only grew up reading Ingalls’ books, such as “Little House on the Prairie,” but her family also had a country home seven miles from Laura’s homes on Rocky Ridge Farm.
“I am absolutely beyond belief delighted at the idea that I would get this award. It’s a capstone to my career,” Jackson said.
Jackson writes historical fiction children books. She hopes readers learn to love history by reading her books.
“I always want the book to end with hope. It may not end the way you think it’s going to end, but I always want to leave the reader with hope,” Jackson said.
Jackson’s parents motivated her to follow her dreams. “I was very lucky. My father wanted strong women. He married a strong woman; he wanted me to be as strong as his son. He treated me equally when girls were not being treated equally,” Jackson said.
If Jackson could speak to Wilder, Jackson said she would thank her for paving the way for women.
“Thank you for being a strong independent woman and thank you for writing books for people like me, that help people like me, become strong, independent women,” she said.
Jackson will receive the Laura Ingalls Wilder Children’s Literature Award during the Laura Ingalls Wilder Children’s Literature Festival on Nov. 3-4 in Mansfield, Missouri at Laura Ingalls Historic Home and Museum.
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