We are huge Laura fans in our house. Of course the book series is our favorite resource, but there are many Laura Ingalls Wilder resources to choose from. I’ve found that not all are created equal though and there are a handful that stand way out in the crowd for us. This post is all about our favorites and how they made the list.
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Our favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder resources
We recently took a weekend Laura Ingalls Wilder road trip. It was so good, and you can read about it HERE. When we were preparing for the trip, I sat down with our our LIW resources and picked only our favorites because there’s only so much room in the car, right??
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- The Little House Guidebook: A complete guidebook to ALL the LIW sites around the US. This one was SUPER helpful in knowing what there was to see at each stop on our trip.It includes lovely color photos and very thorough descriptions of each of the Laura spots around the country.
We knew just what to expect to see, where to eat, sleep and about how much the attractions cost.
- Little House Coloring Book: This is a beautiful compilation of some of Garth Williams’ drawings from the series. I love this coloring book because it’s lovely AND because it’s a great activity to keep little hands busy while you’re reading the books to them…or going on a road trip to see Laura sites!The pages are also very thick and include quotes from the books.
- The World of Little House: This is my VERY favorite resource on this list. Here’s why: It’s beautiful. The drawings are so wonderful.There’s a chapter for each book with floor plans of the homes, a synopsis of the story, recipes, crafts, and little bits of info not told in the story. To me, this book takes the place of all the other Laura craft and recipe books. It’s a great one-stop-shop in a book.
There’s also a great kid-friendly family tree and timeline of both Laura’s life AND what was going on in the world at the same time. Another section shows a family tree for both Ma and Pa Ingalls, which really help to visualize the family. I LOVE this book!
- Little House audiobooks: At first the narrator, Cherry Jones’ voice drove me nuts. I didn’t like it at all. BUT as the series went on, I started to love it. We get ours from the library but you can find them pretty inexpensively. These are SO good for road tripping, even just running errands or to pop in to quiet everyone down during the witching hour!
- Little House picture books: If you have a little pioneer that’s not quite ready to sit through the longer chapters of the actual series, this series is a great alternative. They are excerpts from the real books but full page illustrations and shorter for short attention spans. We own several of these are they are a great bedtime story for my preschooler or just for her to page through.
Have SO much fun diving into Laura’s world. Her work is truly amazing. Again, read about our road trip to some of her historical sites on my personal site over HERE.
Now, tell me. What are YOUR favorite LIW or pioneer resources? Let me know in the comments below!