Happy Birthday, Laura Ingalls Wilder!

This year, we celebrate the 150th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Best known for Little House on the Prairie, a series of American children’s novels based on Ingalls Wilder’s childhood in the Midwest during the 1870’s and 1880’s.

Here are some of the titles that made her so popular and continue to be children’s favorites throughout the years:


Pioneer Girl – Follows the Ingalls family’s journey through Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, back to Minnesota, and on to Dakota Territory, examining sixteen years of travels, unforgettable experiences, and the everyday people who became immortal through Wilder’s fiction.

Farmer Boy – Nine-year-old Almanzo lives with his family on a big farm in New York State in the nineteenth century, where he raises his own two calves, helps cut ice and shear sheep, and longs for the day he can have his own colt.

The Long Winter – After an October blizzard, Laura’s family moves from the claim shanty into town for the winter that an Indian has predicted will be seven months of bad weather.

Little House on the Prairie – A family travels from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new home on the prairie, where they build a house, meet neighboring Indians, build a well, and fight a prairie fire.

The First Four Years – During their first four years of marriage, Laura and Almanzo Wilder have a child and fight a losing battle in their attempts to succeed at farming on the South Dakota prairie.

These Happy Golden Years – Laura has her first experiences as a teacher, and is courted by Almanzo Wilder

By the Shores of Silver Lake – Ma and the girls follow Pa west by train where they make their home at a tough railroad camp and plan for their own homestead.

On the Banks of Plum Creek – Laura and her family move to Minnesota where they live in a dugout until a new house is built and face misfortunes caused by flood, blizzard, and grasshoppers.

-Claire

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