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Subject: books similar to Little House series?
Date Posted: 9/2/2010 11:32 AM ET
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I remember reading quite a few books like Little House when I was a young girl. I would like to reread some of them but I can't remember titles or authors. Does anyone have suggestions of other books for kids that are similar to Little House on the Prairie? So far the only other ones I have are Smiling Hill Farm and the 2 Caddie Woodlawn books. Oh and I am aware of the Janette Oke books but they aren't really what I'm looking for since I know they weren't around when I was a kid (we're talking late 70s, early 80s here).

Date Posted: 9/3/2010 5:39 AM ET
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Maybe Scott O'Dell?  Island of Blue Dolphins? 

Sarah, Plain and Tall

I loved The Secret Garden, but that is British.

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Date Posted: 9/5/2010 1:14 PM ET
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How about:

Calico Bush Author: Rachel Field

Trouble at Otter Creek  Author: Wilma Pitchford Hays

Prairie Songs  Author: Pam Conrad

Listen for Rachel  Author: Lou Kassem (Very good book, but about a teen rather than a Little House aged child--link is a later reprint)

The Valley in Between Author: Marilyn Cram Donahue (older child/YA)

There were also quite a few pioneer-themed Sunfire YA books that were popular in the early 80s, but they were definitely targeted towards teens--each contained a love triangle of some kind. Didn't include them because they're probably not what you're looking for.

Good luck!

ETA: Can you tell I grew up around the same time and liked books about pioneers? smiley

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Date Posted: 9/5/2010 2:16 PM ET
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I loved Calico Bush when I was a child.  Thanks for reminding me.

Date Posted: 9/19/2010 10:23 AM ET
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Have you tried Rebecca Caudill's Fairchild Family books? They are wonderful, very Little House-ish. Tittles are Happy Little Family, Schoolroom in the Parlor, Schoolhouse in the Woods, and Up and Down the River

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Date Posted: 9/19/2010 6:15 PM ET
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has anyone read the add-on series to Litle House? think someone did a series about Rose as a kid and about Ma Ingalls as a kid...I only read maybe one about  Rose since library didn't have them but thinking if they're good I may do interlibrary loan with them...man I wanna re-read mylittle house books!

Date Posted: 9/21/2010 3:47 AM ET
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Susanna - I loved the set about Laura's Scottish ancestress! I have read a few of the others. They are good books, but the writing really can't be compared to the LH books. Still better than most modern books.

Bren - There was an author that I loved as a girl - Miriam E. Mason. Her books are shorter than the LH books. The Middle Sister and Caroline and Her Kettle Named Maud were 2 of my favorites. I have recently found some more of her books in our local library. They are still good reading! http://www.paperbackswap.com/Miriam-E-Mason/author/

The American Girl series books were not around when we were girls, but all of my daughters have loved them. The setting for the Kirsten series is similar to LH and Carrie Woodlawn.

Willa Cather is also a famous writer whose books My Antonia and O, Pioneers would fit in this category. My Antonia was not a "gentle" read, so be aware if you are handing it to a young teen without reading it first. I didn't like it. I haven't read any of her other works.

Elaine Schulte had several pioneer series that I had enjoyed reading as a teen. I also liked Jeanette Gilge's Never Miss a Sunset series. One word of warning - some of these were re-issued under new titles. I have tried to make a comment in the DB here on the ones I've found after ordering repeat copies under new titles.

I thought Hilda Stahl had some that would fit in this category, but couldn't find them here for all of the teen series that are listed.

I hope you find what your looking for! Perhaps if you were to describe something about some of the stories that you do remember it might ring a bell with some of us??

Date Posted: 10/8/2010 1:52 AM ET
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There  is also the wilderness family about a family that lives on a mountain and how they survive, 

7 alone( about 7 kids who are surviving on their own)

Both of these are really good!