Meet the Author

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Portrait of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder lived the events described in her Little House books. As a young girl, she traveled with her parents and her older sister, Mary, in a covered wagon across Minnesota, Iowa, and Kansas, and into Indian Territory, where they lived in the Little House on the Prairie. Then the family traveled back to western Minnesota and lived on the banks of Plum Creek. Finally, they went west again and settled on the shores of Silver Lake in Dakota Territory.

Wilder's stories let readers see how pioneers lived in the 1870s and 1880s. The Ingalls family suffers through everything from grasshopper plagues to threats from hostile Indians, but their sense of fun, love, and family closeness never fades. Wilder won many honors for her books, which have been translated into 26 languages and were turned into a popular television series.


How did Laura Ingalls Wilder become a first-time book author at age 65? It started with a letter from her daughter, Rose, a writer. Rose urged her mother to write down some of the stories she used to tell during Rose's childhood, and Little House in the Big Woods was born.


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Wilder

Other Books Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder

  • Little House in the Big Woods
    (illustrated by Garth Williams)
  • Farmer Boy
    (illustrated by Garth Williams)
  • Little House on the Prairie
    (illustrated by Garth Williams)
  • On the Banks of Plum Creek
    (illustrated by Garth Williams)
  • The Long Winter
    (illustrated by Garth Williams)
  • Little Town on the Prairie
    (illustrated by Garth Williams)
  • These Happy Golden Years
    (illustrated by Garth Williams)