Looking For Mary: Books 

There are no books specifically dealing with the life of Mary Ingalls. However, Mary is included in the following books about her sister, Laura Ingalls Wilder.

For Young Readers

  • Anderson, William T. Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography. 1992.
  • Prairie Girl: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. 2004.
  • Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder. 1998.
  • Giff, Patricia Reilly. Laura Ingalls Wilder: Growing Up in the Little House. 1987.
  • Benge, Janet and Jeff Benge. Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life. 2005.
  • Collins, Carolyn Strom. The World of the Little House. 1997.
  • —, and Mary Collier. My Little House Crafts Book. 1998.
  • Ford, Carin T. Laura Ingalls Wilder: Real-Life Pioneer of the ‘Little House’ Books. 2003.
  • Greene, Carol. Laura Ingalls Wilder: Author of the Little House Books. 1990.
  • Gormley, Beatrice. Laura Ingalls Wilder: Young Pioneer. 2001.
  • “Laura Ingalls Wilder: Growing Up on the Prairie.” Cobblestone 7 (February 1986).
  • Mara, Will. Laura Ingalls Wilder. 2003.
  • Stine, Megan. The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pioneer Girl. 1992.
  • Parker, Christi E. Laura Ingalls Wilder: Expanding and Preserving the Union. 2008.
  • Stone, Tayna Lee. Laura Ingalls Wilder. 2009.
  • Wadsworth, Ginger. Laura Ingalls Wilder: Storyteller of the Prairie. 1998.
  • Walker, Pamela. Laura Ingalls Wilder. New York: Children’s Press, a Division of Scholastic Inc., 2001.
  • Wallner, Alexandra. Laura Ingalls Wilder. 1997.
  • Woods, Mae. Laura Ingalls Wilder. 2000.


For Older Teens and Adults

  • Anderson, William. The Little House Guidebook. 1996. Updated in 2002.
  • —, ed. A Little House Reader. 1998.
  • —. A Little House Sampler. 1988.
  • —. Laura Ingalls Wilder Country. 1990.
  • —. Little House Country: A Photo Guide to the Home Sites of Laura Ingalls Wilder. 1989.
  • Blair, Gwenda. An Annotated Bibliography of Critical, Biographical and Teaching Studies. 1997.
  • Fellman, Anita Clair. Little House, Long Shadow: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Impact on American Culture. 2008.
  • Hill, Pamela Smith. Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life. 2007.
  • Holtz, William. The Ghost in the Little House. 1993.
  • Lasky, Kathryn. Searching For Laura Ingalls: A Reader’s Journey. 1993.
  • Miller, John E. Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman Behind the Legend. 1998.
  • —. Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane: Authorship, Place, Time, and Culture. Columbia, 2008.
  • —. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little Town: Where History and Literature Meet. 1995.
  • Romines, Ann. Constructing the Little House: Gender, Culture, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. 1997.
  • Walker, Barbara M. The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods From Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Classic Stories. 1995.


Spinoffs from the Little House series

One book about Mary:

Mary Ingalls on Her Own

Four books about Martha (Mary’s great-grandmother) by Melissa Wiley:

  • Little House in the Highlands
  • The Far Side of the Loch
  • Down to Bonny Glen
  • Beyond the Heather Hills

Four books about Charlotte Tucker (Mary’s grandmother) by Melissa Wiley:

  • Little House by Boston Bay
  • On Tide Mill Lane
  • The Road from Roxbury
  • Across the Puddingstone Dam

Eight books about Rose Wilder Lane (Laura’s daughter) by Roger Lea MacBride:

  • Little House on Rocky Ridge
  • Little Farm in the Ozarks
  • In the Land of the Big Red Apple
  • On the Other Side of the Hill
  • Little Town in the Ozarks
  • New Dawn on Rocky Ridge
  • On the Banks of the Bayou
  • Bachelor Girl

Seven books about Caroline Quiner (mother) by Maria D. Wilkes and Celia Wilkins:

  • Little House in Brookfield
  • Little Town at the Crossroads
  • Little Clearing in the Woods
  • On Top of Concord Hill
  • Across the Rolling River
  • Little City by the Lake
  • A Little House of Their Own

Fourteen “My First Little House Books” (Ages 1-8):

  • Christmas in the Big Woods
  • Winter Days in the Big Woods
  • A Little Prairie House
  • Summertime in the Big Woods
  • Dance at Grandpa’s
  • A Little House Birthday
  • Going to Town
  • Winter on the Farm
  • The Deer in the Wood
  • Prairie Day
  • County Fair