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Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) published Little House in the Big Woods in 1932. There are 8 books in the original series with a 9th book published after her death and was unfinished. There are numerous spin-off series. The television series based on the books, Little House on the Prairie, starred Melissa Gilbert and Michael Landon. It aired for 9 seasons from 1974-1983. There is some speculation that Wilder’s daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, co-authored or wrote entirely the books attributed to Wilder.

Little House Books

I devoured these books as a child. I found them easier to read than Canadian author L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables at the time I attempted both. So much so that it would years later before I would try them again. I of course grew up on the books and the TV series. I was a bit disappointed when my daughters’ attention was not held by these classics. These are a close second to my all-time favorites by Louisa May Alcott.

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Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1986) originally published Young Pioneers in 1933 serially as Let the Hurricane Roar in the Saturday Evening Post. The book is based on the childhood of her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Originally the characters were named Charles and Caroline (Laura’s parents) but were changed to Molly and David when it was reissued in 1976. Like her mother’s books, Young Pioneers was seen on television in a three-part series in 1978.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Home & Museum