Authors’ and Artists’ Reception

On the evening of Wednesday, July 12, Little House-related authors and illustrators will be on hand to autograph and sign their books and artwork. Books and creative works will be available for purchase on site. 

Do you have Little House-related work to autograph or sell? Please contact Barb Mayes Boustead ( to sign up. 

The following authors and artists have been confirmed:

LIW AndersonWilliam (Bill) Anderson has written extensively about the Ingalls and Wilder families. An award-winning   historian and author, he has been active in the preservation and operation of the Wilder sites in De Smet, South Dakota, and Mansfield, Missouri, and edits the newsletter, Laura Ingalls Wilder Lore. His books include Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography, Laura Ingalls Wilder Country, A Little House Sampler, Prairie Girl, Laura’s Album and many more. Most recently, he edited The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder in 2016. He currently lives in Michigan. You can visit him online at

Renee Graef has illustrated over 70 books for children including the Kirsten series in the American Girl collection and many of the My First Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder for HarperCollins. She served as creative consultant for five years, art directing many of the books in the Little House program.

Cheryl Harness is the author/illustrator of over 30 books, including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Coloring BookRemember the Ladies: 100 Great American Women and many more. She currently lives in Independence, MO.

Pioneer Girl Pamela Smith Hill is the bestselling editor of Laura Ingalls Wilder: Pioneer Girl An Annotated Bibliography and the award-winning author of Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life and three historical novels for young adults. She has taught creative and professional writing at universities in Oregon, Washington, and Colorado, as well as two courses on Laura Ingalls Wilder through Missouri State University. She now lives and works in Portland, Oregon.


Teresa Lynn  is a researcher, writer, and presenter of historical topics. She is a member of the Order of   the Eastern Star and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy & Research Association, and has studied both Freemasonry and the Ingalls family extensively for many years. Little Lodges on the Prairie: Freemasonry & Laura Ingalls Wilder is her first book. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband.

Nancy McCabe is the author of four books, among them From Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood. Her From Little Houses to Little Womenwork has won a Pushcart and made Houghton-Mifflin Best American notable lists six times. She directs the creative writing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and teaches in the low-residency MFA program in writing at Spalding University.

Land of Laura: Insider Travel Guide to Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little Towns (De Smet, South Dakota)

Sandra Hume put fifteen years of parenting and Little House travel into her Land of Laura family travel series. The first volume, about De Smet, South Dakota, was published in 2016. Sandra is a longtime Little House expert and published a newsletter about Laura and her homesites, The Homesteader, from 2002-2012. She has three children and lives in Colorado.

Marie Tschopp 

Christine Woodside  is a writer and editor who lives in the lower Connecticut River Valley and explores the higher country of New England. She writes about the history of ordinary Americans and their clashes with nature. She is author of Libertarians on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Making of the Little House Books. She is fascinated with American life in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, and backcountry adventure at all times.