Book Club Books

Here are a list and description of the books that we have multiple copies available for book clubs to checkout.  With each book find a general discussion guide and, for some, a specialized discussion guide to help facilitate discussion within your club.

The Birchbark House

The Birchback House by Louise Erdrich

Omakayas and her family live on the land her people call the Island of the Golden-Brested Woodpecker.  Although the "chimookoman", white people, encroach more and more on their land, life continues much as it always has: every summer they build a new birchabark house; every fall they go to ricing camp to harvest and feast; they move to the cedar log house before the first snows arrive, and celebrate the end of the long, cold winters at maple-sugaring camp. In between, Omakayas fights with her annoying little brother, Pinch; sister, Angeline.  But the satisfying rhythms of their life are shattered when a visitor comes to their lodge one winter night, bringing with him an invisible enemy that will change things forever-but that will eventually lead Omakayas to discover her calling.

General Book Club Questions

The Birchbark House Discussion Questions

Farmer Boy

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Growing up on his family's farm in New York, Almanzo Wilder wishes for just one thing-his very own horse. But Father doesn't yet trust him with such a big responsibility. Almanzo needs to prove himself-but how? Almanzo's story as a young man, Almanzo Wilder will meet a brown-eyed, brown-haired girl named Laura Ingalls and fall in love. But as a young boy, Almanzo has no time for girls! His life is about farming and chores, and most of all, about wanting his own horse. Before his dreams can come true, Almanzo must prove to his father that he is ready to take on more responsibilities - and this is harder than he ever imagined.

General Book Club Questions

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls and her family are moving!  They travel from Wisconsin to Kansas, where wide open land stretches as far as the eye can see.  Sometimes farm life is difficult, even dangerous, but Laura and her family are kept busy and are happy with the promise of their new life on the prairie.

General Book Club Questions

Prairie Fires

Prairie Fires:  The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls--the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder's biography. With fresh insight and new discoveries about Wilder's life and times, Prairie Fires sets the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books and reveals the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life

General Book Club Questions

Prairie Fires Discussion Questions