Little House Books

By Laura Ingalls Wilder

You may choose to register for individual lit studies by clicking on the corresponding button next to each book.

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Little House in the Big Woods

Little House in the Big Woods takes place in 1871 and introduces us to four-year-old Laura, who lives in a log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. She shares the cabin with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their lovable dog, Jack.

Pioneer life isn’t easy for the Ingalls family, since they must grow or catch all their own food as they get ready for the cold winter. But they make the best of every tough situation. They celebrate Christmas with homemade toys and treats, do their spring planting, bring in the harvest in the fall, and make their first trip into town. And every night, safe and warm in their little house, the sound of Pa’s fiddle lulls Laura and her sisters into sleep.

[Workshop theme: Goat care and milking, soap making, cheese-making, bread making.]

Registration deadline: January 4, 2019

Virtual lit study start date: Reading assignment/activities posted Mondays, beginning January 14, 2019

On farm book discussion and workshop date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 1 - 6 PM


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Farmer Boy

Farmer Boy is Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved story of how her husband, Almanzo, grew up as a farmer boy far from the little house where Laura lived.

While Laura Ingalls grows up on the prairie, Almanzo Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. Here Almanzo and his brother and sisters help with the summer planting and fall harvest. In winter there is wood to be chopped and great slabs of ice to be cut from the river and stored. Time for fun comes when the jolly tin peddler visits, or best of all, when the fair comes to town.

Almanzo wishes for just one thing—his very own horse—and he must prove that he is ready for such a big responsibility.

[Workshop theme: Livestock care (goats, chickens, dogs, rabbits) and gardening.]

Registration deadline: February 1, 2019

Virtual lit study start date: Reading assignment/activities posted Mondays, beginning February 11, 2019

On farm book discussion and workshop date: Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 1-6 PM


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Little House on the Prairie

Laura Ingalls and her family are heading to Kansas! Leaving behind their home in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, they travel by covered wagon until they find the perfect spot to build a little house on the prairie. Laura and her sister Mary love exploring the rolling hills around their new home, but the family must soon get to work, farming and hunting and gathering food for themselves and for their livestock. Just when the Ingalls family starts to settle into their new home, they find themselves caught in the middle of a conflict. Will they have to move again?

[Workshop theme: Shelter building and outdoor survival principles.]

Registration deadline: March 1, 2019.

Virtual lit study start date: Reading assignment/activities posted Mondays, beginning March 11, 2019.

On farm book discussion and workshop date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 1-6 PM


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On the Banks of Plum Creek

The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as they leave their little house on the prairie and travel in their covered wagon to Minnesota. They settle into a house made of sod on the banks of beautiful Plum Creek. Soon Pa builds them a sturdier house, with real glass windows and a hinged door. Laura and Mary go to school, help with the chores around the house, and fish in the creek. Pa’s fiddle lulls them all to sleep at the end of the day. But then disaster strikes—on top of a terrible blizzard, a grasshopper infestation devours their wheat crop. Now the family must work harder than ever to overcome these challenges.

[Workshop theme: Harmful and beneficial insect study, including beekeeping (no direct contact with bees).]

Registration deadline: March 29, 2019

Virtual lit study start date: Reading assignment/activities posted Mondays, beginning April 8, 2019

On farm book discussion and workshop date: Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 1-6 PM (NOTE: this is a Sun., not a Sat.)


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By the Shores of Silver Lake

The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as they move from their little house on the banks of Plum Creek to the wilderness of the unsettled Dakota Territory. Here Pa works on the new railroad until he finds a homestead claim that is perfect for their new little house. Laura takes her first train ride as she, her sisters, and their mother come out to live with Pa on the shores of Silver Lake. After a lonely winter in the surveyors' house, Pa puts up the first building in what will soon be a brand-new town on the beautiful shores of Silver Lake. The Ingallses' covered-wagon travels are finally over.

[Workshop theme: Food preparation, knife safety, cooking techniques.]

Registration deadline: April 26, 2019

Virtual lit study start date: Reading assignment/activities posted Mondays, beginning May 6, 2019

On farm book discussion and workshop date: June 1, 2019 from 8 AM - 1 PM


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The Long Winter

The fledgling town of De Smet in the Dakota Territory is hit hard by the brutal winter of 1880-1881. Laura, Pa, Ma, Mary, Carrie, and little Grace face the winter as best they can, but soon, blizzards have covered the town in snow that piles up to the rooftops, cutting the town off from supplies and trade. Food stores begin to run dangerously low. To save the town from starvation, young Almanzo Wilder and a friend brave the conditions, set off across the prairie in search of wheat, and return victorious. The town is saved, and the townspeople share in an unusual, but joyful, Christmas celebration.

[Workshop theme: Food preservation techniques including water bath canning and dehydrating.]

Registration deadline: May 24, 2019

Virtual lit study start date: Reading assignment/activities posted Mondays, beginning June 3, 2019

On farm book discussion and workshop date: June 29, 2019 from 8 AM - 1 PM


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Little Town on the Prairie

In this book, the young town of De Smet has survived the long, harsh winter of 1880-1881. With the arrival of spring comes invitations to socials, parties, and “literaries.” Laura, who is now fifteen years old, attends her first evening social.

In her spare time, she sews shirts to help earn money to send Mary to a college for the blind. Laura also receives her teaching certificate and can work at a school. And, best of all, Almanzo Wilder asks permission to begin walking her home from church. Life in the little town certainly is exciting!

[Workshop theme: Singing, dancing, poetry reading and short story read alouds.]

Registration deadline: August 2, 2019

Virtual lit study start date: Reading assignment/activities posted Mondays, beginning August 12, 2019

On farm book discussion and workshop date: September 7, 2019 from 8 AM - 1 PM


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These Happy Golden Years

Laura is teaching school, and it's terrifying! Most of the students are taller than she is, and she must sleep away from home for the first time. Laura is miserable, but the money is needed to keep Mary in a college for the blind.

And every Friday—no matter what the weather—Almanzo Wilder arrives to take Laura home to her family for the weekend. Laura and Almanzo are courting, and even though she's not yet sixteen, she knows that this is a time for new beginnings.

[Workshop theme: Basic hand sewing techniques. Children will take home a pillow they make themselves.]

Registration deadline: August 30, 2019

Virtual lit study start date: Reading assignment/activities posted Mondays, beginning September 9, 2019

On farm book discussion and workshop date: October 5, 2019 from 1-6 PM


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The First Four Years

Laura Ingalls Wilder is beginning life with her new husband, Almanzo, in their own little house. Laura is a young pioneer wife now, and must work hard with Almanzo, farming the land around their home on the South Dakota prairie. Soon their baby daughter, Rose, is born, and the young family must face the hardships and triumphs encountered by so many American pioneers.

And so Laura Ingalls Wilder's adventure as a little pioneer girl ends, and her new life as a pioneer wife and mother begins.

[Workshop theme: Fire building and safety, healthy habits, self care, financial budgets - all age appropriate, of course.]

Registration deadline: September 27, 2019

Virtual lit study start date: Reading assignment/activities posted Mondays, beginning October 7, 2019

On farm book discussion and workshop date: November 2, 2019 from 1-6 PM