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Laura Ingalls Wilder (7 February 1867 – 10 February 1957) was an American writer, mostly known for the Little House on the Prairie series of children’s books, published between 1932 and 1943, which were based on her childhood in a settler and pioneer family.
Life and Career
Wilder was born on 7 February 1867 in Pepin, Wisconsin, and spent much of her childhood moving from place to place with her family as they searched for a home on the American frontier. Despite these difficulties, she received a good education and went on to marry Almanzo Wilder and settle in Missouri, where she became a teacher and eventually a homemaker.
In the 1930s, Wilder began writing her “Little House” books, which were based on her own experiences growing up on the frontier. The books were an instant success, and Wilder went on to write eight volumes in the series, including “Little House in the Big Woods,” “Farmer Boy,” and “Little House on the Prairie.”
Throughout her career, Wilder was a passionate advocate for children’s literature, and her books have been widely read and loved by generations of young readers. Today, the “Little House” series is considered a classic of children’s literature, and Wilder is remembered as one of the most important and influential children’s authors of the 20th century.
She died on 10 February 1957 at an age of 90.
Award and Legacy
Laura Ingalls Wilder is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential children’s authors of the 20th century, and her “Little House” series has had a lasting impact on the world of children’s literature.
In her lifetime, Wilder received several awards for her work, including the inaugural Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), which is now known as the Wilder Medal. The award is given in recognition of a substantial and lasting contribution to children’s literature and is considered one of the highest honors in the field.
Wilder’s legacy continues to be felt in the world of children’s literature, and her books are still widely read and loved by young readers around the world. The “Little House” series has been adapted for television, stage, and film, and has inspired countless other books, movies, and TV shows set on the American frontier.
In addition to her impact on children’s literature, Wilder is also remembered for her passionate advocacy for the importance of children’s books and the role they play in shaping young people’s lives. Her legacy continues to inspire new generations of writers and readers, and she is remembered as one of the greats of children’s literature and one of the most important and influential voices of her generation.
On 7 February 2015, Google Doodle celebrated Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 148th Birthday.