Laura Ingalls Wilder

Barbara J. Feldman

Laura Ingalls Wilder (February 7, 1867 – February 10, 1957) is the author of “The Little House” series of children’s books based on her pioneering childhood. At the end of the nineteenth century, traveling with all their possessions in a covered wagon, the Ingalls moved west from Wisconsin to Missouri, Kansas and Dakota. Although she didn’t start writing the books until she was 65 years old, the series is written in her voice as a girl of four through seven.

  • America's Story: Laura Ingalls Wilder4 stars

    "Imagine what it would have been like to be one of the early settlers of the American frontier, moving by covered wagon through wide, windy prairies. You can really get a sense of what it was like by reading one of the books in the Little House series." This three-slide introduction to Laura Ingalls Wilder might be just what it takes to get your elementary-school student excited about reading a few of Wilder's books.

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder, Frontier Girl5 stars

    "Laura's childhood was spent traveling west by covered wagon, through Indian Territory in Kansas, to Minnesota, and then to Dakota Territory, where she met and married Almanzo Wilder." For word search puzzles and games, click on the covered wagon on the Just for Kids page. For research, visit the Research Room, as well as all the Laura sections at the top of the nav menu, such as Laura's Homes, Laura's Family, Laura's Books, and so on.

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Home5 stars

    "Discover how the Little Books came to life. Learn of Rose's influence. See Laura's writing desk, her handwritten manuscripts and much more" at the official site for the last of Laura's homes on Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield, Missouri. Best clicks for those who can't make it to the museum in person, are Life on Rocky Ridge Farm, and Travels of a Pioneer Girl (both listed on the menu under Laura's Life.)

  • Little House Books5 stars

    With summaries of each of the books and a short Wilder biography, this is the official HarperCollins site for the Little House book series. There are also puzzles, recipes, and lots of quizzes. For teachers and librarians there are Classroom Activity Guides and Questions for Group Discussions. "For millions of readers Laura lives on forever as the little pioneer girl in the beloved Little House books."

  • The New Yorker: Wilder Women5 stars

    "In April of 1932, an unlikely literary débutante published her first book. Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder was a matron of sixty-five, neat and tiny–about four feet eleven–who was known as Bessie to her husband, Almanzo, and as Mama Bess to her daughter, Rose." I love this New Yorker article about Laura and Rose Wilder. Of course, it is the New Yorker, so it's not for elementary school kids, but should be approachable for high school students.

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!


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  • Feldman, Barbara. "Laura Ingalls Wilder." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 1 Oct. 2013. Web. 16 Sep. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/laura-ingalls-wilder/ >.


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