The Ingalls Family from 1598-1683: From England to the New World

Laura Ingalls Wilder Ultimate Book List!

As one slowly descends into a fandom you begin to build up a collection surrounding that interest. In my case, it’s books. Tracking down every book that pertains to Laura, the series, the chapter books, the cookbooks, the nonfiction…you get the point. Some are for my own research and some are just novelty collectable pieces. But what can be difficult for friends and family is identifying what books you have and what you need when it comes to the holidays/birthdays. Or in a certain case… what series one talked about after three bottles of wine and now she  absolutely has to read (hello Jill!)  It’s in her honor that I began to pull this list together.

So time to unveil the ultimate book list!  Comment if I miss anything, I’ll add it in and tweet any addendums.  Happy reading!

By Laura Ingalls Wilder- Little House series

Little House in the Big Woods
Farmer Boy
Little House on the Prairie
On the Banks of Plum Creek
By the Shore of Silver Lake
The Long Winter
Little Town on the Prairie
These Happy Golden Years
The First Four Year

By Roger Lea MacBride- The Rose Years

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
Bachelor Girl

For Young Readers:

Going to Town
Sugar Snow
County Fair
Dance at Grandpa’s
The Deer in the Woods
A Little Prairie House
Prairie Day
A Farmer Boy Birthday
Summertime in the Big Woods
Winter Days in the Big Woods
Winter on the Farm
Going West
A Little House Birthday
Christmas in the Big Woods

For slightly older Young Readers:

Little House in the Highland: The Martha Years
Little House in Boston Bay: The Charlotte Years
Little House in Brookfield: The Caroline Years

Mary Ingalls on Her Own
Old Town in the Green Groves
Farmer Boy Goes West

Little House Chapter Books:

Animal Adventures
The Adventures of Laura & Jack
Pioneer Sisters
Christmas Stories
School Days

Activities and Guide Books:

Little House Coloring Book
The Little House Cookbook
The World of Little House
The Little House Guidebook
My Book of Little House Paper Dolls
My Little House Crafts Book

Journal or Correspondence Collections/Curated:

On the Way Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder (published posthumously)
A Little House Traveler by Laura Ingalls Wilder (published posthumously)
Laura’s Album by William Anderson
The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson
Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder edited by Nancy Tystad Koupal
A Little House Sampler by William Anderson
Laura Ingalls Wilder, Farm Journalist: Writings from the Ozarks by Laura Ingalls Wilder/ Stephen W. Hines
Little House in the Ozarks by Laura Ingalls Wilder / Stephen W. Hines
I Remember Laura by Stephen W. Hines


Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson
Pioneer Girl by William Anderson
Prairie Girl by William Anderson
Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Bibliography edited by Pamela Hill Smith
Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life by Pamela Hill Smith
Libertarians on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane and the Making of the Little House Books by Christine Woodside

Surrounding Nonfiction:

From the Mouth of Ma by Robynne Elizabeth Miller
The Three Faces of Nellie by Robynne Elizabeth Miller
Little House, Long Shadow: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Impact on American Culture by Anita Clair Fellman
The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of the Little House on the Prairie by Wendy McClure
Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane: Authorship, Place, Time and Culture by John E. Miller
The Ghost in the Little House: A Life of Rose Wilder Lane by John E. Miller
Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman behind the Legend by John E. Miller
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little Town by John E. Miller
Laura Ingalls Wilder Country: The People and Places in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Life and Books by William Anderson
The Story of the Ingalls by William Anderson
The Long Hard Winter of 1880-81: What was it Really Like by Dan L. White
DeSmet (Images of America) by Laura Ingalls Wilder Society
Around Mansfield (Images of America) by Mansfield Area Historical Society


Share-Day Post: Vintage Needlework Books Online

Kindred blogger! You all know my obsession with archive.org when researching a post and Rabbit Girl Crafts has assembled a collection of free resources for vintage patterns! Throw on a Netflix marathon and start crafting tonight!

Thanks to university libraries and dedicated individuals in the United States and around the world, it is possible to find hundreds of free, out-of-copyright needlework and embroidery books and patterns online. If you are interested in embroidery history or vintage patterns, here are some resources to get you started. Warning: You may get lost for […]

via Free Vintage Needlework Patterns Online — Rabbit Girl Crafts

Montgomery Tour of PEI

A perfect checklist for anyone head to Prince Edward Island!  I wish I had watched this prior to my bike trip so I could have gauged better what I had to see versus what I could wait on for the next trip.  We missed out on a few places simply due to our biking route but I did get to see the house she was born in by accident.

We were biking through New London along the road when I saw the sign coming up on the left. I managed to veer quickly and found myself yelling from the parking lot for everyone else to join me. It was the happy accidents during the trip that still remain the brightest memories.

Watching the video now while I’m writing is making me want to reread Maud by Melanie Fishbane (yea! for advance copies). If you haven’t per-ordered you still have time. Well the sun is finally back in Calgary so it’s time to make a cup of tea and find a sun beam on the porch (probably still with a blanket) and read Maud again.

Video Published on Mar 2, 2015
Soundtrack: “Anne’s Theme” by Hagood Hardy
All photos by Bernadeta Milewski

Sketches from Concord

I’ve been cruising through archive.org on my lunch breaks lately.  Talk to people and interact? Nah. It’s easier to put my nose back into a book (or screen in this case) then try to suppress my sarcasm/dark humor for another hour.

I came across this book, Sketches from Concord and Appledore, and my initial reaction was pure joy; it’s difficult to find older books that included Lousia May Alcott among her contemporaries. Then I started reading it…Frank Stearns  created these vignettes to shed a personal understanding to the writers that stemmed from Concord. He’s honest in his preface that his main focus was two male authors and filled the remaining chapters with writers that he and the public were familiar with.  I should have read the preface/introduction before jumping straight to his chapter on Louisa though so my red hot rage would have tempered. Instead I read through about 6 pages describing Bronson Alcott before Stearns’ ever got to Louisa. Who after about three lines was tossed over again but this time for her sister May. Then back to Mr. Alcott, her mother and finally circling back to Louisa.

So after a cooling off period post preface reading what does this tell me about Louisa’s literary reputation around 1895?  She would have written Moods, Little Women and Jo’s Boys by this time and  have been immensely popular in pop culture. And these would have been the writings that her public knew about, her branded image late in life.  Not the dark and serialized stories she supported her family on earlier.  “Alcott grew up in an extraordinary political atmosphere, thanks to her father, Amos Bronson Alcott, who was a forward-thinking educator. He was friends with some of the most influential thinkers of his time — and yet he never managed to earn a living or take care of his family” Harriet Reisen reflected in her NPR Morning Edition interview. Stearns honored a man in those first 6 pages that had connections and influence but his disinterest in earning a living starved his family for years. Was it Bronson’s connections to great writers such as Emerson and Hawthorne that intrigued Stearns more in Bronson then Louisa’s actual career success? In Stearns’ mind were the Alcotts a package deal within the Concord community and he couldn’t separate her from her family and community?

Setting her specific chapter aside the book succeeds in providing a glimpse into Concord, Massachusetts during this time period. “The Emerson farm lies between two interesting roads, one going straight over the hills of Boston, and the other to Walden Lake and Thoreau’s hermitage”.  It would be a  fantastic source for descriptions of the community if you were researching any of these writers.  And perhaps that’s Stearns contribution. While individual biographies paint narrow pictures of their authors Stearns’ chapters show a period of connectivity. In the end he succeeds in sketching Concord just not perhaps his subjects.



Stearns, Frank Preston. Sketches from Concord and Appledore. Concord Thirty Years Ago; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Louisa M. Alcott; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Matthew Arnold; David A. Wasson; Wendell Phillips; Appledore and Its Visitors; John Greenleaf Whittier. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1895. Print.

Share-Post: Bringing Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Stories to Life in Quilts

If you aren’t already following the sitesandstories blog, I’m going to need you to click on the below link and get lost in Kathleen Ernst’s amazing writing. You can thank me (or hate me) in the comments sections when an hour or two of your day has suddenly disappeared.

Kathleen has two posts which feature Linda Halpin’s amazing Little House quilts. Linda wrote in 1991 the book  Quilting with Laura:  Patterns Inspired by the “Little House On The Prairie” . Which most fans of Laura are familiar with when they began that slow descent into purchasing EVERY book surrounding Laura.Or maybe that was just me? A bottle of wine and Amazon has never been great for my wallet.

Reading these posts coincided with me recently making my own resolution to progress my quilt skills and begin to work on more complex pieces. Tomorrow I head out to purchase the Andover’s “Little House” fabrics, I already have the book, and set aside time each week to meticulously work out these blocks. Enjoy the the posts on the sitesandstories blog!

I’m delighted to welcome my talented friend Linda Halpin to the blog! Linda is a quilt instructor and historian—and a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. * * * Like many, my adventure with Laura started in grade school when I was captivated by her stories. This was long before television brought her to life. She lived […]

via Bringing Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Stories to Life in Quilts – Part 1 —

Heritage Theft on the Macneill Property


I was told this story by Jennie at the Macneill farm bookstore. If you haven’t been able to visit Green Gables think of your experience as broken into two parts. The Green Gables house is on a beautiful property with vegetable gardens and a barn similar to a farm found on Prince Edward Island in the late 1800’s.  What surprised me was the walking paths that allowed you to explore the ‘haunted woods’, the old school property, the local cemetery and across the road you’ll find the Macneill farm. It’s on this farm property that Maud spent half her life. The farm is still in the Macneill family to this day and they operate the bookstore and showcase the foundations of the original house. on the edge of their property. Jennie Macneill was at the bookstore the day I was visiting and it was such a surprise and special experience that I didn’t expect and could never have predicted. It was while she was showcasing some of the historic pieces in the bookstore that I found out about the theft.

I studied art history in University and looting of historic or artistic pieces happens for various reasons but the end result is usually the same. We will most likely never see this seal in the thief’s’ lifetime. It will probably remain hidden from the world until the thief or the collector, the thief sold it to, dies. Typically these pieces don’t come back from the black market until the next generation finds them and either returns them after immediately discovering the theft or sells them to a new owner. Sometimes this can take generations. There are still stories that emerge of paintings in museums that are found to be have been looted from European families during World War II.  These paintings could have been legitimately donated or purchased at auction but after years of displaying a historian or family member will stumble across the piece and a long legal battle ensues between the original owner and the museum. Its a very messy business with few victories. We however can help with sharing the story so when the piece does emerge on the legitimate stage again we can all be quick to point out it origin. The piece was stolen on May 31, 2013 and special attention is to be payed at auctions and antique shops in the Greater Toronto Area and Mississauga, Ontario or Winter Garden, Ft. Lauderdale or Orlando, Florida area according to  LM Montgomery Literary Society. Below is the print version of the CBC story and remember to click on the link to view the video.


“A piece of history from Anne of Green Gables’ author Lucy Maud Montgomery has gone missing from a P.E.I. museum.

A postal cancellation seal — which is a stamp that was used to seal letters and cancel postage — that Montgomery used during her lifetime has gone missing from her former home in Cavendish, P.E.I.

After holding a few teaching positions on P.E.I. following a brief stint at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Montgomery moved to Cavendish in 1898 to help her grandmother at the local post office. She worked there for 13 years.

The missing stamp was used in the community’s post office for nearly 200 years.

The item was kept in a bookshop at the Site of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish Home, which is now a museum and designated a Canadian National Historic Site.

Montgomery’s descendants, who now live and maintain the property where the author lived for more than 30 years, say they discovered the artifact was missing on Friday.

The family is waiting to make contact with the RCMP to provide them with further details.

Montgomery introduced readers to one of Canada’s most enduring fictional characters, Anne . The heartwarming story of the red-headed orphan with a penchant for trouble has gone on to sell hundreds of millions of copies and became the basis for numerous television, film and stage adaptations.”

photo from Night Owl City