Masterpost: The Little House Read-A-Long

In early 2023, I decided that I was going to really go past the bubble that surrounds Laura Ingalls-Wilder’s Little House books. I wanted to learn more about the history of the time, about the descriptions that helped a whole cottage-core aesthetic and about Laura Ingalls-Wilder herself.

Trying to find more resources on Little House on the Prairie? Maybe wanting to start a read-a-long of your own? Here’s where to start:

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Little House on the Prairie Bingo

Read Along: The Rules + Little House on the Prairie Bingo

I’m the first one to admit that I love the Little House series. Just the books, I’ve never seen the show, but despite them being children’s books, I’m captivated by the world they show. They are the original cottage-core phenomenon hundreds of years before it caught on. I reread them every few years on my own and even thought I might create Little House on the Prairie Bingo for my little sister to try. While I wouldn’t consider myself obsessed with these books, I’m definitely fascinated.

The Little House books combine ingenuity and beautifully detailed tableaus of life in the pioneer times. They were heavily edited in order to capture that wonderment even during its rougher moments. Who wouldn’t be caught up in the world that Laura Ingalls-Wilder so skillfully weaves?

Going back to the books feels like being a child again and growing up with Laura. As I get older I can appreciate how the books grow up with their main character and allow more of the awfulness in the world to seep in without removing the hopeful atmosphere of the books entirely. I even wrote a post about Little House books for adults to try and capture that atmosphere again.

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