Laura Ingalls Wilder books still resonate after 75 years

An Associated Press Article on Laura Ingalls Wilder. April marks the 75th anniversary of the first publication in 1932 of “Little House in the Big Woods.” The story of Laura’s early life in a cabin in 1860s Wisconsin launched a nine-book series that made Wilder a household name, helped by the hit award-winning TV series “Little House on the Prairie” that ran on NBC from 1974-83.

Embraced from the start by America’s teachers, the books have been read by or to generations of elementary school children, which has helped to keep the books in continuous print. The series has sold more than 41 million copies in the United States and been translated into over 40 languages, from German and French to Arabic and Japanese.