Pioneer Girl is out!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThank you to everyone who pre-ordered Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography from the South Dakota Historical Society Press. We are glad to say that the books will be arriving on your doorsteps in the next few days.

On Friday, November 14, the long-awaited Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography made it safely to our warehouse. As pallets of boxes were brought off the semitrailer, sod-house-like structures began to form and Press staffers Lisa Nold and Rodger Hartley quickly lost their sense of time and place.

However, they soon gathered themselves in preparation for the big sendoff beginning DSCF0259November 17.  That Monday, as if jolly ol’ Saint Nick himself were looking over our shoulders, box upon box was packed with care to be sent off across North America. The project of packing pallets to be shipped to our national and international distributors and bookstores had also begun. Boxes were hauled from one storage area to the next as our muscles protested the change from desk-work to dock-work. Yet, we can report that DSCF0257the work is done and the books are on their way to bookstores around the world.

Thousands of readers will soon discover what advance reviewers have already found:


The pre-orders are stacked and ready to go.

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography . . . is clearly the definitive work on Wilder. It thrills with new insights and mature content, educates with historical facts and documentation, and enlightens with cultural perspective and commentary, all while maintaining the spirit of adventure and integrity that is the backbone of the Little House world and Wilder herself.”—Foreword Reviews

With Judy Thompson’s beautiful cover art, maps, photographs, and annotations all enhancing Wilder’s Pioneer Girl, we think the result is astounding.  We hope you agree.


Everyone helped load boxes for the De Smet Memorial Society.

Jennifer McIntyre

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography can still be ordered from the South Dakota Historical Society press for $39.95, plus shipping and tax.

19 thoughts on “Pioneer Girl is out!

  1. Hooray!!! I’m so very excited to receive my copy in the mail from Laura Ingalls Wilder Society in De Smet!!! Congratulations to you all for all of the hard work…and now, the finished product! 🙂

  2. I would love to say thank you to absolutely everyone there for their hard work and dedication. It makes my anticipation of the books arrival that much sweeter. This is a childhood dream realized for me and I appreciate everyone’s hard work!

  3. Yes! I’ve had it ordered since August, and just returned my last library book, so my limited reading time can be allotted to LIW for the foreseeable future.

  4. Fantastic! So looking forward to receiving and reading! Excellent work to all those that were involved in the making of the project! I am sure that it was not an easy task at times. Thank you thank you!!

  5. Received the book yesterday! I’m taking my time, and still on the intro which gives insights into the writing process, although I paged ahead to check out all the illustrations. What a great book! I like Deb’s comment about apologizing to her family right now. (I should do the same.)

  6. Still waiting for mine to arrive! So excited and looking forward to loosing myself in this great book and sharing my thoughts with others.

    • Thank you for your question, Kate. The book was sent to distributors and retailers last week, 11/20-11/21. You can also order Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography through this website or by calling (605) 773-6009.

  7. I am so excited that I am planning to stalk to mail-carrier to ensure prompt delivery! Thanks for all your work.

  8. I am absolutely thrilled! Got home last night to southeastern Wisconsin after a snowy day-trip to northern Illinois–the book was on my front step…covered in snow and frozen to my front step. I carefully unpacked it and not one page is wet!! My mother, a veteran 2nd grade teacher, taught a Laura Ingalls Wilder unit every year to her students. I read ALL the books to my daughter, two times, before she was 5 years old…I could go on and on but I am so happy you were able to do this project. Thank you. Jean

  9. Received mine yesterday (I’m in CA). It’s gorgeous and much larger than I pictured it, even with your blog photos! Thank you!!!

  10. I’m excited to receive my copy in South Africa. I ordered via Amazon and I see now they will only release the book on December 30th. Any idea of the reason for the delay? I’m impatient…..:)

    When I was 11, I ordered the first 15 photocopied pages of the Bye version of the original manuscript from the Herbert Hoover Museum. (15 pages was all I could afford at that time), and had them shipped to Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. 16 years later, I am excited to read the rest of Laura’s original story.

    Thank you for your hard work!

  11. Bonjour je suis une lectrice française ! I’m so happy that my book reach me in France today… Thank you very much for this project. I read the little house books in french since I’m 8 years old. and now near 40, I ‘m still reading them… So now with this annotated autobiography I have new hours of pleasure to come and to translate 🙂 … Thank you again for this work and for share it with us…

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