Here are the best websites and books with general information about prairies. Follow our links to learn about prairie wildlife, plants, and prairies to visit near Champaign-Urbana.


  • Conserve Nature — Helps shape the attitudes of the next generation of citizens so that the human race can reach a state of sustainable harmony with nature.
  • Habitats: Prairies — Produced by National Geographic; contains lesson plans for teachers, prairie maps, games, and links to other prairie sites
  • Prairies Forever — Advocates the conservation of prairies and contains links such as “Creating a Prairie“ and “Visit a Tallgrass Prairie”
  • Prairies in the Prairie State — Online exhibit produced by the Illinois State Museum; examines all aspects of North American prairies; includes educational activities
  • Touring Prairie Trail — Tour of a Mississippi prairie; offers resources and lesson plans for teachers, plus sections about prairie birds, insects, and plants
  • North American Prairie — A resource for information on the North American Prairie


Picture Books

  • If You're Not From A Prairie (Picture Books/E/Bou) by David Bouchard
  • Prairie Day (Picture Books/E/Wilder) by Laura Ingalls Wilder


  • A Sea of Grass: The Tallgrass Prairie (Juvenile Nonfiction/J508.315/Dvo) by David Dvorak
  • Grassland (Juvenile Nonfiction/J574.5/Ric) by Edward R. Ricciuti
  • Save our Prairies and Grasslands (Juvenile Nonfiction/J574.526/Hir) by Ron Hirschi
  • America's Prairies (Juvenile Nonfiction/J574.526/Sta) by Frank J. Staub
  • Wildfires (Juvenile Nonfiction/J577.2/Sip) by Paul Pl Sipiera
  • Grasslands (Juvenile Nonfiction/J577.4/Gra) by Susan Heinrichs Gray
  • Prairies (Juvenile Nonfiction/J577.44/Col) by Melissa Cole
  • The Prairie Builders (Juvenile Nonfiction/J577.44/Col) by Sneed B. Collard III
  • Prairies (Juvenile Nonfiction/J577.44/Fri) by Aaron Frisch
  • A Home on the Prairie (Juvenile Nonfiction/J577.44/Lio) by David C. Lion
  • Prairie Food Chain (Juvenile Nonfiction/J577.44/Tar) by A.D. Tarbox
  • Prairie Food Chain (Juvenile Nonfiction/J577.4416/Mac) by Kelley MacAulay & Bobbie Kalman
  • Prairies (Juvenile Nonfiction/J577.744/End) by Hollie Endres
  • What is a Biome? (Juvenile Nonfiction/J577/Kal) by Bobbie Kalman
  • Illinois Plants and Animals (Juvenile Nonfiction/J578.0977/San) by Andrew Santella
  • Grasslands (Juvenile Nonfiction/J578.74/Sti) by Darlene R. Stille
  • A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet (Juvenile Nonfiction/J578.7409/McG) by Claudia McGehee
  • Wildfires (Juvenile Nonfiction/J634.961/Sim) by Seymour Simon
  • Heartland: A Prairie Sampler (Juvenile Nonfiction/J971.2/Ban) by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet
  • Prairie Numbers: An Illinois Number Book (Juvenile Nonfiction ON ORDER) by Kathy-Jo Wargin

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