Event—Adult Education

Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House Books


Read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s eight-book series in this literary class.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Class Description

This class explores Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series in-depth, from multiple angles, including their settings, authorship and publication, adaptations, translations, and continued legacy.

How does the series present American history and American girlhood? What do the books reveal about society, ideology, and America in their historical time?

Taught by a dedicated Wilder scholar, this class will examine chronologically Wilder's eight-book series, as well as the works of Wilder's daughter, the author and political theorist Rose Wilder Lane.

Dawn Sardella-Ayres received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2016, and is the current L.M. Montgomery Institute Research Associate for 2022-2023. She specializes in girls’ literature and the girls’ Bildungsroman, and has published on Alcott, Montgomery, Johnston, and Wilder.

Materials List


First Reading

Cost and Registration

Six sessions, $268 ($241 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.


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