Laura Ingalls Wilder Recognized as American Classic

Laura Ingalls Wilder has touched millions of people with her Little House series.  The humanity in the pages rings true and will forever hold a part of our hearts.  So, I am excited to share that she will be added to our country’s official literary canon!

The Library of America announced last week that it will issue two volumes of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s work- Little House on the Prairie and Little House in the Big Woods.  The Library of America, founded in 1979, is a nonprofit publisher dedicated to keeping great American writing in print.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867 in the log cabin described in Little House in the Big Woods. As her classic Little House books tell us, she and her family traveled by covered wagon across the Midwest. It was Mansfield, Missouri where Laura wrote her story in the Little House books, and lived until she was ninety years old. She lives forever, though,  as the little pioneer girl in the beloved Little House books.

There are nine books in the Little House series:  Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, and the First Four Years.

The U.S. Literary Canon is a collection of classics that reflect American society and are invaluable to American History and culture.

A childhood favorite for many, the Little House books are filled with adventure, humanity, and history.

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3 Responses to Laura Ingalls Wilder Recognized as American Classic

  1. Laura Bowers says:

    Such a great post! I got a little teary because of the strong emotional connection I have to her books . . . loved them as a kid, love them as an adult, just love, love, LOVE them!

    Thanks, Larissa! 🙂

  2. Pam says:

    Those books are dear to my heart. So great to see her recognized like this!

  3. ediehemingway says:

    I agree wholeheartedly! So nice to have her books (which I already thought of as classics) recognized this way.

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