Little House Books for Readers of All Ages

by Website Editors | Jan 17, 2022

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 sturdy board books! 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. Even bedtime is fun as Laura goes to sleep to the sound of Pa’s fiddle in Bedtime for Laura.

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 family’s chorus of ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ for the holiday.

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 My First Little House books, but you can also get each one individually.

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Written and illustrated by Alexandra 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. 

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 fully laminated spreads showing the Little House in the Big Woods and the yard outside, plus thirty reusable stickers of the Little House characters, and a brief story about Laura and Mary.

Grades 3-5

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 grades 3-5.

Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder: With text by noted historian and Little House scholar William Anderson, and paintings by Dan Andreasen, Pioneer Girl is a very special portrait of a writer whose 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 House on the Prairie, and On the Banks of Plum Creek. It 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 he can always help Laura find her way home.

Pioneer Sisters: Laura Ingalls doesn’t always have many neighbors on the frontier, but she 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 who teases Laura. 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 Mary to start school. Laura wants to stay home and play, but Ma says she should be learning to read. 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 from author Patricia Brennan Demuth will help young readers see how similar Laura’s true-life story was to her books.

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 the voyage.

West from Home: This book is a collection of letters sent from Laura to her husband Almanzo when she was in San Francisco writing about the World’s Fair in 1915. The missives detail her train trip and the sights of her journey and destination.

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 farm to Missouri and concluding with her move away from home to the big city as she becomes independent.

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 and similarities between the fictional Little House series and Laura’s real life as a young pioneer.

Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Iowa Story: The two years that Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family lived in Burr Oak, Iowa were not included in the Little House series. Here William Anderson, leading Wilder historian and biographer, shares that part of Laura’s life and discusses why it was omitted.

Inside Laura’s Little House: In this treasury from Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson, readers 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.

Upper Grade Books (High School and Beyond)

Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography: This expertly researched account of Wilder’s life chronicles the real events that inspired her to write her stories, and 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 Smith 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: Hidden away since the 1930s, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s never-before-published autobiography reveals the true stories of her pioneering life. Using additional manuscripts, diaries, and letters, Pioneer Girl builds on Wilder’s work by adding valuable context and explores her growth as a writer.

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder: Drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, author Caroline Fraser masterfully fills in the gaps in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s biography.

The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder: Available for the first time and collected in one volume, the letters of author Laura Ingalls Wilder offer a new and unexpected understanding of her life and work.

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 Wilder’s real life was different from her stories, and 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 for a young couple trying to hold onto a land claim, while facing deprivation, fire, locusts, wolves, and other obstacles.

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1 Comment

  1. I love the step by step instructions given in the book Farm Boy for household chores and independent living. Is there a book dedicated to that perspective? I’d love to understand it better!Thank you!


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