Get an inside look at “The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder”

The long wait for The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder is almost over. March 8th is the official release date and pre-orders are already being taken. This is your chance to be one of the first to own this amazing book!

Pre-orders can be made by emailing with your contact information or by calling 800-880-3383.

As a bonus, the first 100 customers will receive a signed bookplate!!

$26.99 plus shipping and handling

William Anderson’s newest book contains a remarkable collection of nearly four hundred letters written by Laura, offering a never-before-seen glimpse of her life, work and relationships between family, friends and fans from 1894-1956. Plus, Anderson includes annotations to describe the occasion surrounding the letters, their recipients and issues of concern that Laura had at the time she wrote her beloved Little House series.


You may ask, what’s all the fuss about?

Ingalls – Wilder biographer, William Anderson, has opened a new door of discovery for Laura fans. This book provides readers with a new and deeper understanding of one of America’s most influential children’s author’s life and work.


Really, the letters are a never-before-seen collection?

Yes, 99% of the letters have never been seen by the public, but who could blame you as no one thought that after the nationally raved book, Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography edited by Pamela Smith Hill, there would be even more information available to us. Well, at least not this early.

Anderson includes a few letters from his book, West from Home, which offer letters from Laura’s trip to San Francisco where she visited her daughter, Rose. Other letters in the collection have been keepsakes of the families who received them, or in archives and libraries all over the United States.

A year ago, the South Dakota Historical Society Press released Pioneer Girl and fans still can’t stop talking about it. Whether it is by word of mouth, email, phone, or Facebook, people continue to tell us that it’s “simply amazing!” Well, here’s some good news-the fun isn’t over yet! The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder is another great addition to our favorite books about Laura.

These letters allow readers a first-hand glimpse of Laura’s thoughts and feelings over a variety of topics. Plus, her love for family is unmistakable and her devotion to young fans is genuine.


William Anderson tells us:

“We are again able to hear Laura’s voice in these letters, and learn more of the background of her family in Kingsbury County. This book really had its start during my years of working with the Memorial Society. As the collector of artifacts for the Society to exhibit, I learned that people felt De Smet was the place to entrust their original Wilder letters. Our tourists shared the circumstances surrounding their Wilder letters. Everyone beamed as they told of the excitement in opening a letter from the “real” Laura. I have often thought: almost every person has a Wilder story to tell!

The three founders of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, Aubrey Sherwood, Vera McCaskell and Alice Kirchmeier, each corresponded with Laura. Evidentially their prized letters were given to the Society. Laura also exchanged letters with other De Smet, SD folks, and they are included in the new book.

It took eight months to see this project through. It was a major job organizing the letters, checking their internal references, performing light edits, and composing introductions to many of the letters. Because Laura’s responses to her readers often answered similar questions, I included just a sampling of this genre.

To my knowledge, this could be the final book consisting of Laura’s unpublished words. Unless there is some major and undiscovered source of her writing, her letters may be our last chance to better know the “real” Laura Ingalls Wilder. What a wonderful literary legacy this South Dakota writer has left!”


7 comments on “Get an inside look at “The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder”

  1. Connie in Colorado says:

    It’s always exciting to see a new book by Bill Anderson – and thrilling to hear from Laura Ingalls Wilder again after all these years! Looking to her 150th birthday next year!

  2. valiantquest says:

    I would like to pre-order a copy of “The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder”. My mailing address is 11449 Inverness Trail, Cheboygan, MI. 49721. I can be reached by phone at 231-420-3652 for my credit card information.

    Thank you!

    Heather Conaway

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Leanne Bunn says:

    Folks also need to know you have a CD with Laura talking on it. I got that when I was there in De Smet one time…

  4. Marsha Heien says:

    Are there two books called “Pioneer Girl”? You mention one written by Pamela Hill and I thought there was a “Pioneer Girl” written by Laura years ago that was just published last year.

    I am confused, but I know you can set me straight.

    Marsha Heien

    Stuttgart, Arkansas


    • tessaflak says:


      Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote “Pioneer Girl.” Last year it was published and Pamela Smith Hill edited it.


  5. I received this wonderful book as a gift and began reading it yesterday. It’s a true treasure. So thrilling to get a glimpse into Laura’s day-to-day life and activities.

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