Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder, teacher, farmer, journalist, and author
Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder, teacher, farmer, journalist, and author
 
 
Laura Ingalls as a young girl
Laura Ingalls as a young girl
 
 
A model of <i>The Little House on the Prairie</i>
A model of The Little House on the Prairie
 
 
An illustration for the book, <i>The Little House on the Prairie</i>
An illustration for the book, The Little House on the Prairie
 
 
Laura Ingall Wilder with her husband, Almanzo, in 1940
Laura Ingall Wilder with her husband, Almanzo, in 1940
 
 
Wilder signing books, age 85
Wilder signing books, age 85
 
 
Portrait of Laura Ingalls Wilder in 1970
Portrait of Laura Ingalls Wilder in 1970
 
Wilder, Laura Ingalls<br>Author
Topic(s):   Authors, Famous People (U.S.), Women (U.S.)
Quick Facts
Full Name Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder
Born February 7, 1867 (Pepin, Wisconsin)
Died February 10, 1957 (Mansfield, Missouri)
Nationality American
Occupation(s) teacher, farmer, journalist, author
Major Achievement(s) author of Little House in the Big Woods; Little House on the Prairie; On the Banks of Plum Creek; These Happy Golden Years
Award(s) Laura Ingalls Wilder Award; Newbery Honor Award

Laura Ingalls Wilder was a pioneer girl. Her family helped settle the American frontier. She wrote about her life in a series of eight books.

The Ingalls family moved a lot. They were farmers. They looked for good land and climate. Pa was a good storyteller. He played the fiddle. Ma taught the girls to read and do housework. Wilder’s books include rich details of daily frontier life. Many schools use them for social studies.

As a girl, Wilder loved to read. She wrote poems. She taught at a prairie school. At age eighteen, she married Almanzo Wilder. They settled at Rocky Ridge Farm in Missouri.

Wilder was a wife, mother, and farmer. She wrote for local newspapers. Wilder’s daughter urged her to record her pioneer childhood. Her first book, Little House in the Big Woods, was published in 1932. Wilder was then 65 years old. She wrote the other books over the next ten years.

The Little House books are still very popular. People everywhere read and enjoy them. A TV show based on Wilder’s books, Little House on the Prairie, aired for nine seasons. Many groups honored Wilder for her writing. The American Library Association named an important award for her.

Resource information

Anderson, William. Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder. New York: Harper Collins, 1998.

Silvey, Anita, ed. Children’s Books and Their Creators. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1995.

Wallner, Alexandra. Laura Ingalls Wilder. New York: Holiday House, 1997.

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