Summer Reading Program

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This year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and our celebration continues! Join us this summer in reading through the beautiful books that Laura wrote.

We'll be sending out helpful information and fun ideas related to the books and offering opportunities to win prizes. Join the special email list or the Facebook group to make sure you don't miss anything!
 

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The only rule for this summer reading program is there are no rules. Don't think you can manage all eight Little House books? No worries! Read one, two, three, four . . . this is summer, and this is no-pressure fun!

Your child can read the books independently, or you can read them together as family. Again, whatever works for you.

We have a reading chart to help you keep track of your progress. We also have a "My Favorite Things" page that you can print off for each book you read. Your child can describe a memorable character and memorable story and draw an illustration related to the book.

Reading Chart My Favorite Things

Here's our proposed schedule for when to start each book:

 

What about The First Four Years?

Though we recommend The First Four Years to Laura fans, we have not included it in our summer reading program list. The First Four Years was published in 1971, long after the death of Laura Ingalls Wilder and also after the death of her daughter Rose Wilder Lane. Little House publisher HarperCollins now includes it as part of the Little House series, though Laura never finished the manuscript. It has a very different structure and feel from the completed Little House books, lacking the polished, positive, hope-filled tone of the other novels. Laura and Almanzo's early years of marriage were fraught with difficulty, and this title seems to be more of an “uncut” version of Laura's memories compared to the titles she completed. Frankly, it is rather a downer after the Little House books. Given it's unfinished form, and that it was apparently not approved by Laura Ingalls Wilder for publication, it seems more appropriate for collections of Laura's writings unpublished in her lifetime than for the Little House series, which she carefully, lovingly edited especially for the enjoyment and education of children.