Pioneer Books

Preparing youth or your family for a Trek, or church history vacation?  Want to learn more about amazing stories of triumph in the face of tremendous challenges?  See the list of children’s books below to teach your posterity something about the brave pioneer children that settled the west?  Enrich the experience by trying out a few historical recipes, or pioneer crafts.  The books listed here are some of the best available for young and old, if you have others you would recommend please post a reply.

Handcart Non-Fiction

  • The Price We Paid: The Extraordinary Story of the Willie & Martin Handcart PioneersAndrew D. Olsen
  • Journal of the Trail – Stewart E. Glazier & Robert S. Clark (Editors)
  • Tell My Story Too – Jolene S. Allphin A collection of biographical sketches of pioneers and rescuers of the Willie, Martin, Hodgett, Hunt Companies 1856  [see also: for more info]
  • Handcarts to Zion- LeRoy & Ann Hafen
  • The Willie Handcart Company- Paul D. Lyman
  • Sweetwater Rescue: The Willie and Martin Handcart Story Heidi Swinton & Lee Groberg
  • Tragedy and Triumph: Your Guide to the Rescue of the 1856
    Willie and Martin Handcart Companies
    Howard K. Bangerter & Cory W. Bangerter
  • Emigrating Journals of the Willie and Martin Handcart Companies and the Hunt and Hodgett Wagon Trains- written and compiled by Lynne Slater Turner
  • The Second Rescue: the story of the spiritual rescue of the Willie and Martin handcart pioneers – Susan Arrington Madsen.
  • As Sisters in Zion: The story behind the song about Emily Hill of the Willie Handcart Company – Debbie J. Christensen.  News Article
  • Rowley Family Histories: The story of Ann Rowley and family of the Willie Handcart Company – Frank D Richardson

Pioneer Non-Fiction

  • Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail – William W. Slaughter & Michael Landon
  • Church History For Latter-day Saint Families – Thomas R. Valletta
  • Come, Come Ye Saints – Douglas Powell
  • Day By Day with the Utah Pioneers, 1847; a chronological record of the trek across the plains. A revision of the account published April 5, 1897 to July 24, 1897 in the Salt Lake Tribune – Jenson, Andrew
  • Ships, Saints and Mariners: A Maritime Encyclopedia of Mormon Migration – Conway B. Sonne
  • No Toil Nor Labor Fear: The Story of William Clayton – James B. Allen.
  • Nearly Everything Imaginable: The Everyday Life of Utah’s Mormon Pioneers  – edited by Ronald W. Walker, Doris R. Dant
  • History Of The Saints: The Great Mormon Exodus and the Establishment of Zion- tory of Ann Rowley and family of the Willie Handcart Company – Glenn Rawson, Dennis Lyman, Bryant Bush and William G. Hartley, general editor
  • History of the Saints: The Remarkable Journey of the Mormon Battalion  – Michael N. Landon, Brandon J. Metcalf
  • Journey to Zion: Voices from the Mormon Trail – Carol Cornwall Madsen

Handcart Historical Novel

  • Fire of the Covenant- Gerald Lund

Mormon Pioneer Historical Novels

  • Work and the Glory Series –Gerald Lund
  • The Undaunted: The Miracle of the Hole in the Rock Pioneers – Gerald Lund

Children’s Books:

Pioneer Non-Fiction

  • I Walked to Zion- Susan Arrington Madsen
  • I Sailed to Zion- Susan Arrington Madsen & Fred E. Woods
  • Growing Up in  Zion- Susan Arrington Madsen
  • Stories of Young Pioneers in Their Own Words – Violet T. Kimball.
  • Children of the Wild West – Russell Freedman
  • Kids in Pioneer Times – Lisa A. Wroble.

Pioneer Historical Crafts and Stories

  • A Pioneer Sampler: The Daily Life of a Pioneer Family in 1840 – Barbara Greenwood
  • A Pioneer Thanksgiving: A Story of Harvest Celebrations in 1841 – Barbara Greenwood
  • Pioneer Crafts – Barbara Greenwood
  • My Little House Crafts Book: 18 Projects from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House Stories – Carolyn Collins and Christian Eriksson
  • Pioneer Days : Discover the Past With Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes – David C. King

Historical Novels & Stories

  • When Pioneer Wagons Rumbled West – Christine Graham
  • Charlotte Rose: Story of a Welch Pioneer Girl- Ann E. Cannon

19th Century Pioneer Recipe Books

  • Pioneer Recipes – Bobbie Kalman & Lynda Hale
  • Favorite Utah Pioneer Recipes- Marla Rawlings
  • Pioneer Days : Discover the Past With Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes – David C. King
  • Old Sturbridge Village Cookbook 3rd Edition: Authentic Early American Recipes for the Modern Kitchen- Jake Larkin, Deb Friedman
  • The Old Sturbridge Village Cookbook, 2nd : Authentic Early American Recipes for the Modern Kitchen – Caroline Sloat

19th Century Sewing Guides


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