Kids’ Authors & Their Homes: Literary Tour of U.S.
Favorite authors and locales associated with their stories. Here are a few museums dedicated to North American children’s writers and their homes . . .
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Laura Ingalls Wilder
Six states (Wisconsin, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and Missouri) feature homes or museums connected to the Little House books (http://www.discoverlaura.org/).
The author of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and The Prince and the Pauper was born in Hannibal, Missouri (www.marktwainmuseum.org), but much of his adult life was spent in his home in Hartford, Connecticut (www.marktwainhouse.org).
A California state park features the gravesite and cabins of the author of Call of the Wild and White Fang (www.parks.sonoma.net/JLPark.html).
The home of this zany ullustrator and macabre writer has recently been converted into a museum in Yarmouthport, Massachusetts (www.edwardgoreyhouse.org).
Louisa May Alcott
Orchard House, the inspiration for Little Women, is located in Concord, Massachusetts (www.louisamayalcott.org).
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Florida home of the creator of what is still the best Young Adult novel, The Yearling, is now a visitors’ site in a state park (www.floridastateparks.org/park/Marjorie-Kinnan-Rawlings).
Sunnyside, the home of the author of “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” can be found in Tarrytown, New York (www.hudsonvalley.org/historic-sites/washington-irvings-sunnyside).