Little House Lit

Illustration by Garth Williams
When I was little, I remember wishing I could find more books like The Little House series. I wanted covered wagons, prairie adventures, sleigh rides, sweet courtships, loving families, awesome sisters... If it bore a passing resemblance to this series, I was interested. And that's why I'm so excited about this final installment of our Little House celebration! Today, Alexa is sharing fiction to check out after Little House and I'm highlighting non-fiction. If you're someone who finishes a book you love thinking "I want more like that," this post is for you.


Laura Ingalls Wilder Country by William Anderson - Laura Ingalls Wilder Country takes readers on a tour of the real world of the beloved author by visiting the people and places that inspired her books.

The Little House Cookbook by Barbara M. Wallace - If you're a fan of the Little House series, you know that food is frequently mentioned! This cookbook includes more than 100 recipes introducing the food of her childhood.

A Little House Traveler by Laura Ingalls Wilder - Laura crossed the country by covered wagon, by train, and by car. This book compiles her journal entries and letters from three of her most memorable journeys.

Laura's Album by Laura Ingalls Wilder & William Anderson - Throughout her life, Laura saved mementos from her past, including letters, drawings and photographs. This book gathers it all into one volume!

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder - Laura's autobiography is now annotated with valuable context from additional manuscripts, letters, photographs, newspapers and other sources.

Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer's Life by Pamela Smith Hill - If you're looking for a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, this appears to be your best bet! Hill provides the context for Wilder's incredible writing career.


Confessions of Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrin - The actress who played the infamous Nellie Oleson on the Little House on the Prairie TV show has written a memoir about portraying Nellie and what she learned from the experience.

My Life as Laura by Kelly Kathleen Ferguson - Wanting to know more about herself and her favorite heroine, Ferguson retraced Laura's journey. Part travelogue, part memoir and part social commentary.

Prairie Tale by Melissa Gilbert - If you're going to read a memoir from the villain of the TV show, you've got to read one from the actress who played Laura Ingalls! This doesn't focus solely on Little House, but it is included.

The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure - McClure retraces the pioneer journey of the Ingalls family, immerses herself in all things Little House, and pursues "the Laura experience." A tribute to the impact of childhood obsessions!


The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck - Buck traveled the 2,000-mile length of the Oregon Trail in a wagon with a team of mules and shares the rich history of the trail, the people who used it, and its significant to the country.

Women of the Frontier by Brandon Marie Miller - Using journal entries, letters home, and song lyrics, this book lets the women of the West speak for themselves in 16 tales of "homesteaders, entrepreneurs and rabble-rousers."

Lions of the West by Robert Morgan - From Thomas Jefferson's birth in 1743 to the California Gold Rush in 1849, Morgan shares the story of ten Americans who pushed the westward boundaries.

Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides - This book brings the history of the American conquest of the West to life. It's a story of "how the West was really won - a sweeping tale of shame and glory."

Have you read any non-fiction about Laura Ingalls Wilder?
What about about westward expansion in the US?


  1. I felt the same way when I was little! I just wanted more of everything - the characters, the setting, the feelings - but I didn't know how to find that stuff. Definitely bookmarking this post, just because a lot of these sound so interesting!

  2. Can I just say that these Little House posts are the best?!?!? I was and am completely obsessed with everything LIW and I've been itching to do a reread of the whole series. THGY is hands down my fave too (I know that was in a different post but I had to say it!). I've read a few of the other books you have listed here; The Wilder Life is hilarious and I highly recommend it! I also have Pioneer Girl sitting on my shelf, waiting for me to dive in.

    Ok...end fangirl time. Phew :)

  3. I've been wanting to read Pioneer Girl! I've heard some mixed things about it, but the curiosity in me is going to win out and I know I'll get to it eventually!


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