Laura Ingalls Wilder was born February 7, 1867 in the
Big Woods of Wisconsin. As a part of a pioneer family, she moved several
times in her life, living in Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota. She
and her family suffered many hardships over the years. Laura always dreamed
of becoming a teacher and of writing about her childhood.
At the young age of 15, she not only earned her
teaching certificate, but she also got married to Almanzo Wilder. Just like
her family, they too lived as pioneers and lived in both South Dakota and
Minnesota suffering much. They eventually settled on a farm in Missouri
called Rocky Ridge. This is where Laura began to write and edited the
Laura wrote her autobiography and called it Pioneer Girl, but was
unable to find a publisher for it, so she rewrote it and renamed it
Little House in the Big Woods, this was published in 1932 when she was
65 years old. It became a success and she continued writing finishing
an 18-volume set called the Little House Series in 1943.