I grew up on Little House on the Prairie. I watched the TV show, read the books, attended a Laura Ingalls “class.” I love the simplicity of the Little House days. The Ingalls’ lives are filled with the harsh realities of the pioneering world, but they have something many people today can only dream of – the bonds of a strong and loving family. I think that’s why the books are still wildly popular today among readers of all ages.
But, the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder doesn’t just end with her 8 book series. There are lots of other great books out there that have ties to Laura’s story! These are a few of my favorites or ones that I’d love to read.
1. Young Pioneers by Rose Wilder Lane
I just finished reading this one a couple of days ago, and I am happy to report that Rose has the same touch with the pen that her mother had. For younger readers, be advised that this book did have a few appearances of profanity, although nothing super bad.
2. The Days of Laura Ingalls Wilder Series by T.L. Tedrow
This is probably one of my all-time favorite series. T.L. Tedrow follows the life of Laura and Manly on their farm in the Ozark Mountains in Mansfield, Missouri. Along the way, he introduces us to some of the funniest, most colorful characters I have encountered in children’s literature. Books in this series include Missouri Homestead, Children of Promise, Good Neighbors, Home to the Prairie, The World’s Fair, Mountain Miracle, The Great Debate, and Land of Promise.
3. The Younguns series by T.L. Tedrow
This series isn’t really about Laura, but here, Tedrow focuses on some of the characters he introduced in his earlier series, The Days of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The Youngun children – Terry, Sherry, and Larry – are PKs (preacher’s kids) with a penchant for trouble. They always make me laugh, especially the red-headed Terry and his crazy shenanigans.
4. Old Town in the Green Groves by Cynthia Rylant
I’m a big fan of Cynthia Rylant’s. She writes some of THE best children’s books, including my favorite picture book series, Mr. Putter and Tabby. She applies the same charm to this little book.
5. The World of Little House by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson
Although this is a non-fiction book, it is still an excellent and enjoyable addition to your Laura Ingalls Wilder library. This book features how-to’s on the activities that the Ingalls girls did in the books – things like making Molasses candy, a 9-piece patchwork quilt block, and thimble pictures on frosty windows.
6. The Rose Years Series by Roger Lea MacBride
This 8 book series follows the life of Rose Wilder, from the time she’s a little girl settling in with her parents in the Ozark Mountains until she moves away to become a career girl. Books include Little House on Rocky Ridge, Little Farm in the Ozarks, In the Land of the Big Red Apple, On the Other Side of the Hill, Little Town in the Ozarks, New Dawn on Rocky Ridge, On the Banks of the Bayou, and Bachelor Girl.
7. The Caroline Years Series by Maria D. Wilkes / Celia Wilkins
The woman behind the woman who wrote the books, this series is all about Caroline before she was Laura’s mother. Follow her adventures growing up in a fatherless home full of loving brothers and sisters, and you’ll begin to see why the Little House series has such a wonderful mother figure. Books in this series include Little House in Brookfield, Little Town at the Crossroads, Little Clearing in the Woods, On Top of Concord Hill, Across the Rolling River, Little City by the Lake, and A Little House of Their Own.
8. The Charlotte Years Series by Melissa Wiley
I have not read this series yet, but these books are about Laura’s grandmother (Caroline’s mother), Charlotte. Books in this series include Little House by Boston Bay, On Tide Mill Lane, The Road from Roxbury, and Across the Puddingstone Dam.
9. The Martha Years Series by Melissa Wiley
Again, this is a series I have not read. These books chronicle the life of Laura’s great-grandmother, Martha, a Scottish girl. Books in this series include Little House in the Highlands, The Far Side of the Loch, Down to the Bonney Glen, and Beyond the Heather Hills.
What are some of your favorite memories of The Little House on the Prairie Series?
~The Vintage Book Lady