Laura Ingalls Wilder’s vast literary legacy has captivated readers of all ages. This specially curated list should help you find the perfect book for your Little House fan, no matter their age.
Pre-Reading and Picture Books
My First Little House Board Books: The very youngest readers can share in the Little House adventures with these four board books! In Hello, Laura!, visit Laura in her little house on the prairie. Join Laura as she helps Ma plant a vegetable garden in Laura’s Garden and Pa build a door for the little house in Laura Helps Pa. And even bedtime is fun as Laura goes to sleep to the sound of Pa’s fiddle in Bedtime for Laura. These sturdy new My First Little House board books are the perfect introduction to the world’s favorite pioneer adventure.
Happy Birthday Laura / Merry Christmas Laura: These colorful books illustrated by Renée Graef feature an easy-to-press button that plays music just right for the occasion: Pa’s rendition of ‘Pop! Goes the Weasel’ for Laura’s birthday and the whole family’s holiday chorus of ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas.’
Early Readers (Preschool to Grade 2)
With these illustrated adaptations from the beloved Little House series, the youngest readers can share in the joy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved classics. The My First Little House Books are an excellent choice for children aged 4-6.
A Little House Picture Book Treasury contains several of the books, but you can also get them individually.
Laura Ingalls Wilder: Written and illustrated by Alexandar Wallner, this early reader book provides a colorful biography of the famous writer.
A Little House Coloring Book: A beautifully designed coloring book featuring classic artwork by Garth Williams and quotes from all nine original Little House books. Perfect for at-home creative time.
Laura Ingalls Wilder (Real People): Pam Walker has written an easy-to-read biography about the pioneer life of the author of the “Little House” books.
My Little House Sticker Book: Beautifully illustrated by Renée Graef, this book includes two fully laminated spreads showing the Little House in the Big Woods, another laminated spread showing the yard outside, thirty reusable stickers of the Little House characters, and a brief story about Laura and Mary.
The elementary grades are the perfect time to introduce the actual writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers as both a unique glimpse into America’s frontier history and a heartwarming, unforgettable story. The original book series is best suited for children from grade 3-5.
Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder: With a simple, glowing text by noted historian and Little House scholar William Anderson, and glorious paintings by Dan Andreasen, Pioneer Girl is a very special portrait of a writer whose classic books and pioneer adventures have made her one of the most popular literary figures in America.
A Little House Christmas: Holiday Stories From the Little House Books: This lavish gift book gathers together five of Laura’s classic Christmas stories from Little House in the Big Woods, Little Houes on the Prairie, and On the Banks of Plum Creek, and is illustrated with gently colorized versions of Garth Williams’ original art.
The Adventures of Laura and Jack: Jack travels with Laura and her pioneer family all the way from the Big Woods of Wisconsin to the West. He protects them from wolves, cattle that go astray, and sometimes even a friendly neighbor. And he can always help Laura find her way home.
Pioneer Sisters: Laura Ingalls doesn’t have many neighbors on the frontier, but she always has her sisters to keep her company. Even if they sometimes don’t get along, Mary and Carrie are Laura’s best friends in the world—and together they share all kinds of adventures!
Animal Adventures: Laura Ingalls and her family are surrounded by all kinds of wild animals. From bears and panthers to badgers and deer, Laura always manages to find herself caught up in a new animal adventure.
Laura and Nellie: Laura loves living on a farm, playing in Plum Creek, and wearing her homemade dresses. She’s a country girl, through and through. But Nellie is a town girl. Her dad is a shopkeeper and she wears store-bought dresses. Laura is proud to be a country girl, but Nellie teases her for it. Can they put aside their differences and become friends?
Christmas Stories: For Laura Ingalls, Christmas means good things to eat, visits from friends, and special gifts to give and receive. As Laura grows up, every Christmas is better than the one before.
School Days: The Ingalls family has settled near town, and it’s finally time for Laura and her sister Mary to start school. Laura wants to stay home and play, but Ma says she should be learning to read instead of running wild. Laura soon realizes she can learn and have fun at school, and she especially loves having new friends to play with at recess.
Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder? This biography for young readers from author Patricia Brennan Demuth will help readers to see how true to life the Little House books were.
Grades 6-8 (Mid-Grade)
On the Way Home: In 1894, Laura, Almanzo, and their daughter, Rose, packed their belongings into their covered wagon and set out on a journey from De Smet, South Dakota, to Mansfield, Missouri. During their journey, Laura kept a detailed diary of events: the cities they passed through, the travelers they encountered on the way, the changing countryside and the trials of an often difficult voyage.
West from Home: This book is a collection of letters sent from Laura to her husband Almanzo when she was sent to San Fransisco to write about the World’s Fair in 1915. The missives detail her train trip and vividly record the sights of her journey and her destination. During the trip, she visited her daughter Rose, who had already left home and landed in San Fransisco.
Rose Wilder Lane: Her Story: This fictionalized description traces the early heartaches of Rose Wilder Lane as she leaves home to become a telegrapher in California, following her first love, who she hoped to marry.
The Rose Wilder Lane Series: this series traces Rose’s travels, starting with a childhood move away from the Ingalls farmstead to Missouri and as she becomes independent and leaves home.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Young at Heart: Perfect for the mid-grade reader, this biography from author Jill Wheeler traces the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Little Author in the Big Woods: This biography from author Yona Zeldis McDonough, complete with charming illustrations, points out the differences between the fictional series as well as the many similarities.
Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Iowa Story: The two years that Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family lived in Burr Oak Iowa was not part of the “Little House” series. Here William Anderson, leading Wilder historian and biographer tells that part of Laura’s life, and why it wasn’t included in the Little House series.
Inside Laura’s Little House: Experience life as it was in the little log cabin through this treasury from Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson. Find out what it was really like to homestead land, cook over an open fire, and build a prairie cabin. Make Mary’s and Laura’s star headbands, cook Ma’s stewed blackberries, and plant your own prairie garden. You can even sing the songs that the Ingallses sang to the sound of Pa’s fiddle!
Upper Grade Books (High School and Beyond)
Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography: This expertly researched, behind-the-scenes account of Laura’s life chronicles the real events that inspired her to write her stories, and also describes her life after the last Little House book ends.
Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life: Following the course of Wilder’s life, and her real family’s journey west, author Pamela Hill provides a context both familial and literary, for Wilder’s writing career.
Laura Ingalls Wilder, Farm Journalist: Writings from the Ozarks: This volume collects essays by Wilder that originally appeared in the Missouri Ruralist between 1911 and 1924.
Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography: builds on Wilder’s work by adding valuable context and explores her growth as a writer. Author of an award-winning Laura Ingalls Wilder biography, editor Pamela Smith Hill offers new insights into Wilder’s life and times.
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder: Offering fresh insight and new discoveries about Wilder’s life and times, Prairie Fires is the definitive book about Wilder and her world.
The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder: This is a fresh look at the adult life of the author in her own words.
The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes That Inspired the Little House Books: Excerpts from Wilder’s books, letters, and diaries bring to light her profound appreciation for the landscapes at the heart of her world.
The World of Little House: This keepsake volume from authors Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson discusses how her real life was different from her stories, and it also focuses on her adult life and how she came to write the Little House series.
Young Pioneers: Written by Laura’s daughter Rose, this book depicts just how treacherous life could be living in isolation while trying to hold onto a land claim. A young couple face deprivation, fire, locusts, wolves, endless series of blizzards but in the end their determination to persevere saves the day.