Complete list of stories from the Aunt Jo’s Scrap-Bag series

Aunt Jo’s Scrap-Bag is a collection of short stories, mostly for children, that Louisa wrote in the 1880s (including stories from her grand tour of Europe with younger sister May). While none of the stories have anything to do with Little Women, the publisher obviously was banking on the title drawing in lots of buyers (and it obviously worked!).

Thanks to one of our readers (Tarissa, In The Bookcase blog) we have the entire list of stories from all 6 volumes of Aunt Jo’s Scrap-Bag, all of which are available on the web (just click on the Volume number to get to the stories).

Here is the complete list (note: a permanent link to this list will be posted on the My Growing Library page of this blog):

Volume #1:

  • My Boys
  • Tessa’s Surprises
  • Buzz
  • The Children’s Joke
  • Dandelion
  • Madam Cluck and Her Family
  • A Curious Call
  • Tilly’s Christmas
  • My Little Gentleman
  • Back Windows
  • Little Marie of Lehon
  • My May-Day Among Curious Birds and Beasts
  • Our Little Newsboy
  • Patty’s Patchwork

from Shawl Straps

Volume #2:

Contains a book called ‘Shawl-Straps’ and is divided into 6 parts named:

  • I.  Off
  • II.  Brittany
  • III.  France
  • IV.  Switzerland
  • V.  Italy
  • VI.  London

These are stories from Louisa and May’s grand tour of Europe.

Volume #3:

  • Cupid and Chow-chow
  • Huckleberry
  • Nelly’s Hospital
  • Grandma’s Team
  • Fairy Pinafores
  • Mamma’s Plot
  • Kate’s Choice
  • The Moss People
  • What Fanny Heard
  • A Marine Merry-Making

Volume #4:

  • My Girls
  • Lost in a London Fog
  • The Boys’ Joke, and Who Got the Best of It
  • Roses and Forget-Me-Nots
  • Old Major
  • What the Girls Did
  • Little Neighbors
  • Marjorie’s Three Gifts
  • Patty’s Place
  • The Autobiography of an Omnibus
  • Red Tulips
  • A Happy Birthday

Volume #5:

  • Jimmy’s Cruise in the Pinafore
  • Two Little Travellers
  • A Jolly Fourth
  • Seven Black Cats
  • Rosa’s Tale
  • Lunch
  • A Bright Idea
  • How they Camped Out
  • My Little School-Girl
  • What a Shovel Did
  • Clams
  • Kitty’s Cattle Show
  • What Becomes of the Pins

Volume #6:

  • An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving
  • How It All Happened
  • The Dolls’ Journey from Minnesota to Maine
  • Morning-Glories
  • Shadow-Children
  • Poppy’s Pranks
  • What the Swallows Did
  • Little Gulliver
  • The Whale’s Story
  • A Strange Island
  • Fancy’s Friend

Many, MANY thanks to Tarissa for this great piece of research! This is why this blog is nothing without all of you. :-)


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5 thoughts on “Complete list of stories from the Aunt Jo’s Scrap-Bag series

  1. Mel Chambers says:

    I’d like to read the one about her travels in Europe!

  2. jbee says:

    Of the ones I’ve read so far, Shawl Straps is my favorite. I highly recommend it.

  3. Mel Chambers says:

    Shawl Straps is available on the web at google books.

  4. [...] a collection of short stories Alcott created between 1872 and 1882.  In all, there are six volumes.  While never confirmed, Aunt Jo’s Scrap-Bag might have been originally written to [...]

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