I’ve noticed that a number of people are posting about next year’s reading challenges and plans already, so for those who like to plan ahead, I wanted to let you know that the Laura Ingalls Wilder reading Challenge will take place here next February. This will be our 6th year!
The idea is to read anything by or about Laura Ingalls Wilder during the month of February since her birth and death both occurred in February. Some have also incorporated some LIW activities during that month! It’s not required, but I love to see and hear about it.
I’ll have a sign-up post here on February 1st. You don’t have to have a blog to participate, but if you do, I welcome you to post about the books you read or any activities you might do, and/or post a wrap-up of your LIW reading at the end of the month and link to our wrap-up post here on Feb. 8. If you don’t have a blog, you can let us know in the comments on that post what you read.
A few years ago I posted a list of books that I had come across by or about Laura for those people who wanted to roam beyond just the Little House books. I’ve become aware of so many more, I thought it was time for an updated list. You’re not restricted to this list by any means – these are just some that I have read or heard of. I am sure there’s multitudes more I haven’t heard of yet. I’ve linked the ones I’ve read back to my reviews.
Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder:
- The Little House books, of course
- Little House in the Ozarks: the Rediscovered Writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder (linked to my review), compiled and edited by Stephen Hines, a collection of newspaper columns and magazine articles she wrote before starting the Little House books
- Saving Graces: the Inspirational Writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder (linked to my review), a collection of inspirational or faith-based writings pulled from the columns in Little House in the Ozarks.
- Writings to Young Women from Laura Ingalls Wilder (3 volumes) I’ve not read this yet, but it appears to be the same type of thing: some of the columns from the first book sorted into different categories.
- On the Way Home, a diary of her move with her husband and daughter in a covered wagon from South Dakota to Missouri.
- West From Home (linked to my review), letters Laura wrote to Almanzo while visiting their daughter in San Francisco, where she visited the World’s Fair.
- A Little House Traveler contains the above two books plus the previously unpublished The Road Back, about the first trip she and Almonzo took back to De Smet, where Laura grew up and where they met.
- A Little House Sampler, stories and writings of Laura as well as of Rose Wilder Lane, compiled by William T. Anderson.
- Pioneer Girl (linked to my review), the script of Laura’s first draft of what was to become the Little House books, wonderfully and thoroughly annotated by Pamela Smith Hill.
Biographies of Laura:
- I Remember Laura by Stephen W. Hines (linked to my review), a collection of articles and interviews of people who actually knew Laura.
- There are several, William Anderson’s perhaps the most well known. More on Anderson’s work, and some information on MacBride, is here.
Books about the family by Laura’s daughter, Rose Wilder Lane:
- Let the Hurricane Roar (also known as Young Pioneers)(linked to my review), a fictionalized novel about her grandparents’ “prairie life,” written without her mother’s permission or knowledge
- Free Land: I don’t know if this is about any particular family members, but it is about the same times and situations.
Books about the rest of the family. I have not read any of these, so I don’t know about their authenticity, ow close or far they are from the facts:
- Roger Lea MacBride, Rose’s sole heir and the co-creator and co-producer of the Little House on the Prairie TV series, published a series of books based on Rose’s childhood.
- Little House: The Martha Years by Melissa Wiley, a series of books about Martha Morse, Laura’s great-grandmother
- A series of books about Charlotte Tucker, Laura’s grandmother, also by Melissa Wiley: Little House by Boston Bay, On Tide Mill Lane, The Road from Roxbury, Across the Puddingstone Dam
- Books about Caroline Quiner Ingalls, Laura’s mother, by Maria Wilkes
Little House in Brookfield
Little Town at the Crossroads
Little Clearing in the Woods
On Top of Concord Hill
Across the Rolling River
Little City by the Lake
A Little House of Their Own
- Old Town in the Green Groves (Little House) by Cynthia Rylant
- Nellie Oleson Meets Laura Ingalls (Little House) by Heather Williams
- Mary Ingalls on Her Own (Little House Sequel) by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel.
- (Thanks to Sherry for several of these!)
For the younger set:
- Little House chapter books.
- My First Little House Books, wonderfully reviewed by Rebekah. I bought a set myself!
Modern books related to Laura:
- The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie (linked to my review) by Wendy McClure, irreverent but devoted Laura fan, who visited many of the sites where Laura lived and tried a variety of “prairie” activities, like churning butter
- Laura’s Album: A Remembrance Scrapbook of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson
- Little House Cookbook
- The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook, linked to my review
- Little House Crafts Book
- The Little House Guidebook about the different sites and museums associated with Laura.
Music related to Laura:
- Happy Land: Musical Tributes to Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Arkansas Traveler: Music from Little House on the Prairie.
The following are not books, but rather blog posts or sites related to Laura:
- I celebrated her 150th birthday with fun facts, quotes, and links related to her as well as Apple Upside Down Cake made from her cookbook.
- Laura fan extraordinaire and historian Melanie Stringer has a treasure trove of information at Meet Laura Ingalls Wilder.
- A Little House-themed birthday party
- Little House Companion blog: you might find some neat ideas for activities and Laura-related books there.
- 31 Things We learn From Laura Ingalls Wilder
- A Laura costume
- The Homes of Laura Ingalls Wilder by one of her relatives
- Beyond Little House, the official site for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association
I have plans for a couple this February, but I see many more I’d like to get to! I hope you do, too!
(Update: Be sure to check the comments for suggestions others have added.)