Laura Ingalls Wilder Reading Challenge 2019 Sign-up

It’s time for the Laura Ingalls Wilder reading Challenge for 2018! The basic idea is to read anything by, about, or relating to Laura Ingalls Wilder during February, the month of her birth and death. I have an extensive book list here if you’d like some ideas beyond the Little House series, but if course the Little House series is delightful to read or reread.

In the comments below let us know what you’re planning to read. On Feb. 28 I’ll have a wrap-up post where you can tell us how you did and what you thought, either in the comments or with a link back to your posts. You don’t have to have a blog to participate, but if you do I’d appreciate your linking back here.

Sometimes participants have done projects or made recipes from the series as well. If you do so, please do share with us! Annette at Little House Companion has some activities and other resources.

At the end I’ll draw a name from those who participate to win their choice of a prize:

The Little House Cookbook compiled by Barbara M. Walker


Laura’s Album: A Remembrance Scrapbook of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson


Little House Coloring Book, which contains art and quotes from the books. It’s not designed as an “adult” coloring book, but adults could certainly use it. 🙂

If none of those suits you, I can substitute a similarly-priced Laura book of your choice. To be eligible, leave a comment on the wrap-up post at the end of the month telling us what you read for this challenge. I’ll choose a name through a week from then to give everyone time to get their last books and posts finished.

This year I am planning to read On the Way Home, written by Laura as she, Almanzo, and Rose traveled from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, and The Road Back, in which Laura and Almanzo traveled back to De Smet for a visit.

How about you? Will you be joining us this year? What will you be reading?

(Sharing with Literary Musing Monday)

11 thoughts on “Laura Ingalls Wilder Reading Challenge 2019 Sign-up

  1. I have this love-hate thing going on with Laura Ingalls Wilder right now. I read Prairie Fires (a biography of her and her daughter Rose) this summer, and I’m still processing all that I read about her. My daughters and I LOVED all things LIW when they were growing up, and we even went to many of the family’s home sites. But now that I’m looking through a new lens, it’s kind of like realizing that your idol had feet of clay. I still think she was an amazing woman (and Rose was a troubled young woman–she suffered from bipolar disorder and they didn’t have much help for it back in the day). I’m going to ask some of my students to read a few of her books and write perspective essays on them (they are Native American). I’ll let you know what they think!

    • I thought about reading that book, but resisted. I may still some day. I knew that the books weren’t 100 factual – she drew from her life for them, but they weren’t strictly autobiographical. I knew there were some sketchy things re her dad trying to build a house on Indian land, skipping town to avoid paying debt, etc. And the attitude towards Native Americans was not enlightened to say the least. But we’ve had 100+ years of change in attitudes, so I would not expect them to have the same perspectives we have today. Sometime in the next week or so I want to do a post on why I think she’s still worth reading. I think the historical value is immense. Part of that history is those conflicts and wrong attitudes, and I think that’s one thing students can take away from reading her – we are more enlightened today, but we still have a long way to go.

  2. I started reading The Long Winter yesterday…and Im halfway through already. I love the Little House Books. I ordered the Little House Sampler off Amazon yesterday.. so I plan to start reading that when it arrives on Tuesday x

  3. I will read The World of Little House. I’ve actually skimmed it – it doesn’t take long because it’s written for children. Will review it at some point.

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  5. I’m late to sign up, but the kids and I have been reading already. Today we finished a collection of fairy poems written by Laura and we’ve been re-reading Little House in the Big Woods. We’re hoping to also read either Little House on the Prairie or Farmer Boy. I also checked out Little House, Long Shadow from the library, but it seems to be pretty academic based on my reading of the first chapter and I’m uncertain how quickly I’ll be able to get through it.

    Thanks for hosting this challenge, Barbara – we always enjoy it!

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  7. I love that you still do this challenge each year. I am neck-deep in all things Wilder as my companion guide manuscript to the Little House books is due this spring…but I’m not actually reading any one book right now. Instead I’m checking my notes and marked pages in lots of books. Thanks so much for linking to Little House Companion. By the time you do this challenge next year, it will have a new name…which will be the title of my book. Probably Laura’s Prairie Companion, but the editor and I won’t decide on that until after we’re editing.

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