Where the Red Fern Grows Resources
More information than you probably ever wanted about hound dogs from the American Kennel Club itself.
The Idaho Falls Public Library has a huge section dedicated to Rawls, who moved to Idaho in 1958.
Movies and TV
This is the original 1974 movie production of Where the Red Fern Grows. Wilson Rawls even consulted on the set, so it's got to be good.
Not really a sequel, Where the Red Fern Grows: Part 2 (1992) takes place in Louisiana after WWII. It uses all the same characters, but other than that it is a completely different story. For your own good, don't watch it.
Yep. And in 2003 he played Papa in a remake.
Articles and Interviews
Hey, here's what not to do if you want to be a writer.
Rawls got to visit the set of the 1974 film, and had a majorly nostalgic moment.
Trailer for the updated, but not necessarily better, 2003 movie.
YouTube has the full 1974 movie online. It's a little dated, but also worth a watch.
Want to hear what Billy would have sounded like? Here is Rawls reading from the first chapter of the book.
Wilson Rawls has his own memorial statue. How cool is that?
Check out the original book cover for the 1st hardback edition.
Even though we sort of want to fill this page with pictures of dogs, we will contain ourselves to just this adorable picture of a hound puppy.
Rather than link to his stuffy author portrait, here is a more casual picture of Rawls.
This is where Billy would have lived. Kind of beautiful don't you think?