My Growing Library

Consider this my own personal library. This page will be under construction for quite some time as the books by and on Louisa May Alcott are many! But as I read them, or come across them, I will list them here with links to where you can purchase them. Enjoy them, as I will.

* means I’ve read it ** means I’m reading it

For children


Biographies of Louisa May Alcott for children
Becoming Little Women: Louisa May at Fruitlands* by Jeannine Atkins (4-1/2 stars)
Fruitlands Louisa May Alcott Made Perfect* by Gloria Whelan (5 stars)
Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Meigs
Louisa May & Mr. Thoreau’s Flute* by Julie Dunlap and Marybeth Lorbiecki; illustrated by Mary Azarian (5 stars)
Louisa May’s Battle: How the Civil War led to Little Women* by Kathleen Krull; illustrated by Carlyn Beccia (5 stars)
Louisa The Life of Louisa May Alcott* by Yona Zeldis McDonough; illustrated by Bethanne Anderson (4 stars)
The Story of Louisa May Alcott* by Joan Howard (5 stars)

Picture Books

An Alcott Family Christmas* by Alexandra Wallner (fictional account) (3 stars)
Louisa May Alcott Her Girlhood Diary* edited by Cary Ryan with illustrations by Mark Graham (3 stars)
Louisa May and Mr. Thoreau’s Flute
* by Marybeth Lorbiecki and Julie Dunlap; illustrations by Mary Azarian (5 stars)

Biographies for adults (listed in alphabetical order)

Modern biographical accounts of Louisa May Alcott
Alcott in Her Own Time**by Daniel Shealy
Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father ** by John Matteson
The Journals of Louisa May Alcott ** Joel Myerson (Editor), Daniel Shealy (Editor), Madeleine B. Stern (Editor)
Little Women Abroad by Daniel Shealy
Little Women Letters from the House of Alcott* by Jessie Bonstelle and Marian De Forest (anecdotal) (4 stars)
Louisa May Alcott
by Katharine Anthony (4 stars)
Louisa May Alcott and Little Women
* by Gloria Delamar (5 stars)
Louisa M. Alcott, Her Life, Letters and Journals**, edited by Ednah Cheney
Louisa May Alcott: A Biography* by Madeleine B. Stern (5 stars) (the definitive biography for me)
Louisa May: A Modern Biography
* by Martha Saxton (4 stars)
Louisa May Alcott A Personal Biography* by Susan Cheever (3 stars)
Louisa May Alcott The Woman Behind Little Women (hardcover)* by Harriet Reisen(4-1/2 stars)
Louisa May Alcott The Woman Behind Little Women (paperback)* by Harriet Reisen (4-1/2 stars)
Louisa May Alcott The Woman Behind Little Women (DVD)*directed by Nancy Porter, written by Harriet Reisen (5 stars)
Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother* by Eve LaPlante (5 stars)
My Heart is Boundless: Writings of Abigail May Alcott, Louisa’s Mother** by Eve LaPlante
Recollections of Louisa M. Alcott by Maria S. Porter
The Alcotts as I Knew Them* by Clara Gowing (anecdotal) (3 stars)
The Alcotts in Harvard* by Annie Clark(1 star)
The Selected Letters of Louisa May Alcott
**Joel Myerson (Editor), Daniel Shealy (Editor), Madeleine B. Stern (Editor)

Books on or by other members of the Alcott Family
The Alcotts by Madelon Bedell and May Alcott A Memoir by Caroline Ticknor
A. Bronson Alcott: His Life and Philosophy by F.B. Sanborn and William T. Harris
Alcott Memoirs* by Frederick Llewellyn Hovey Willis, Henri Bazin, Edith Lenore Linn (5 stars)
The Alcotts: Biography of a Family* by Madelon Bedell (5 stars)
The Alcotts As I Knew Them
* by Clara Gowing (4 stars)
Bronson Alcott’s Fruitlands* by Clara Endicott Sears (4 stars)
Fruitlands: The Alcott Family and Their Search for Utopia* by Richard Francis (5 stars)
Marmee, the Mother of Little Women*by Sandford Meddick Salyer (5 stars)
May Alcott A Memoir
* by Caroline Ticknor (3 stars)
My Heart is Boundless: Writings of Abigail May Alcott, Louisa’s Mother**by Eve LaPlante
Studying Art Abroad: and How to Do It Cheaply** by May Alcott Nieriker
The Letters of A. Bronson Alcott edited by Richard Herrnstadt
Transcendental Wife* by Cynthia H. Barton (5 stars)

Books by Louisa May Alcott (listing these as I read them)
Louisa May Alcott wrote books for adults as well as children
For children
An Old-Fashioned Girl * (4 stars)
Aunt Jo’s Scrap-Bag**(links available to all six volumes online)
Eight Cousins* (3 stars)
Little Men* (3 stars)
Little Women
(original 1868-1869 version)* (5 stars)
Little Women
free audio book from* (3 stars)
Christmas Tales and Stories (edited by Laura Ciolkowski and assembled by Barnes & Noble) **

For adults
A Modern Mephistopheles**
Alternative Alcott
** edited by Elaine Showalter
Behind a Mask: The Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott**edited by Madeline Stern
Hospital Sketches* (4 stars)
The Inheritance* (1 star)
Little Women
(Norton Critical Edition)* edited by Gregory Eiselein and Anne K. Phillips (5 stars)
The Long Fatal Love Chase* (5 stars)
Love and Self-Love
* (3 stars)
Louisa May Alcott’s Civil War** (contains Hospital Sketches)

Moods * (3 stars)
Pauline’s Passion and Punishment* (3 stars)
The Portable Louisa May Alcott
** edited by Elizabeth Keyser
Transcendental Wild Oats* (3 stars)
Work: A Story of Experience* (4 stars)


Little Women (Norton Critical Edition)* edited by Gregory Eiselein and Anne K. Phillips (5 stars)
Twain, Alcott, and the Birth of the Adolescent Reform Novel by Roberta Trites
Victorian Domesticity: Families in the Life and Art of Louisa May Alcott
* by Charles Strickland
(5 stars)

Miscelleanous Books

American Bloomsbury* by Susan Cheever (4 stars)
(overview of Transcendentalist authors in Concord)
Louisa May Alcott An Intimate Anthology** The New York Public Library Collector’s Edition
Nonquitt A Summer Album, 1872-1985
* edited by Anne M. Lyell (5 stars) (rated for its rare photos and anecdotes of Louisa in the 1880′s)
Norman Rockwell Illustrator* by Arthur Guptill (4 stars) (rated for its collection of photos from the series Rockwell illustrated in 1938. Unfortunately most of the plates are black and white)
Old Books, Rare Friends: Two Literary Sleuths and Their Shared Passion** by Madeline B. Stern and Leona Rostenberg
Pilgrimage** by Annie Leibovitz, with introduction by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Historical/Fan Fiction

Little Women and Me* by Lauren Baratz-Logsted (1 star)
* by Geraldine Brooks (4-1/2 stars)
Miss Alcott’s E-mail: Yours for Reforms of All Kinds
by Kit Bakke (did not finish – it didn’t retain my interest)
Mr. Emerson’s Wife
by Amy Belding Brown(5 stars)
The Glory Cloak* by Patricia O’Brien (5 stars)
The Little Women Letters* by Gabrielle Donnelly (4-1/2 stars)
The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott* by Kelly O’Connor McNees (4 stars)

Books on Friends of Louisa May Alcott

Walden (Norton Critical Edition) by Henry David Thoreau, William Rossi, editor
Walden free audio book from

11 thoughts on “My Growing Library

  1. Jillian says:

    Hey Susan. I like the little ‘book’ space fillers here and used one on my blog at the following post -

    I wasn’t sure if that was ethical, since I don’t know if you created the icon. Please let me know if it’s an issue, and I’ll remove it.

    (Feel free to delete this comment once you’ve read it, if need be. I just wanted to check in with you on the icon.)

    - Jillian :-)

  2. [...] of Louisa May Alcott is My Passion has a great resource list, [...]

  3. Susan Hoskins says:

    Just discovered this site. I cannot wait to devour it!!! But I just looked at the clock and it is already “tomorrow” (wee hours of a.m.) : )

    Looking forward to this and already compiling questions to ask.

    Susan Hoskins

  4. QNPoohBear says:

    You might want to add the Middle Grades series Sisters Club to your list. They’re a modern take on Little Women with three sisters who are very close yet often fight as they go through growing pains.

  5. Albert J. Van Nest says:

    Check this out – Library of Congress

    A bibliography of the works of Louisa May Alcott / Catalog Record Only

    91 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.


    Van Nest, Albert J.


    Main Catalog

    Original Format:




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