The author of a series of boys’ historical adventure books, Stephen W. Meader was born in Providence, RI, in 1892. His first book, The Black Buccaneer, was based on a manuscript about the Carolina coastal pirates. Lumberjack and Red Horse Hill grew out of the author’s boyhood experiences in New England. All his books are filled with fast-moving action and have accurate historical backgrounds; they have enjoyed widespread popularity and are very collectable.
Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in the Little House in the Big Woods of Wisconsin on February 7, 1867. Her family traveled in a prairie schooner across Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas, where they lived in the Little House on the Prairie. Wilder’s childhood was relived in her “Little House” series of books for young people and have delighted two generations so far, with no end to their popularity in sight. Garth Williams’ charming black and white illustrations capture the early pioneer days in this autobiographical series.