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Unique selections of books from our book buyer Paul Ingram. He compiles great lists of books on varying topics.

If you have any requests for recommendations, send Paul an email at paul@prairielights.com

  • New Children's Books

    Just in time for the Holidays, Barb and Victoria have assembled a list of recommned books for all ages and tastes. To downlaod a pdf of the list, click here.

    BOARD BOOKS:
    Cuyler, Margery.  THE LITTLE DUMP TRUCK.  Henry Holt, 2014.
    Falconer, Ian. OLIVIA’S ABC. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014.
    Wells, Rosemary.  A VISIT TO DR. DUCK.  Candlewick, 2014.
    Yonezu, Yusuke. GUESS WHAT? – FRUIT. Minedition, 2014.

    POETRY, SONGS & MOTHER GOOSE:
    Elliott, David. ON THE WING. Candlewick, 2014.
    Sidman, Joyce. WINTER BEES & OTHER POEMS OF THE COLD. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.

    TRADITIONAL:
    Clayton, Sally Pomme. GREEK MYTHS: STORIES OF SUN, STONE AND SEA. Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2014.
    Husain, Shahrukh.  THE WISE FOOL: FABLES FROM THE ISLAMIC WORLD. Barefoot Books, 2011.
    Kaichi, Keiko. THE WOLF & THE SEVEN KIDS. Minedition, 2014.
    Oxenbury, Helen. THE HELEN OXENBURY NURSERY COLLECTION. Heritage, 2013.
    Riordan, Rick. PERCY JACKSON’S GREEK GODS.  Disney Hyperion, 2014.

    PICTURE BOOKS:
    Baker, Keith. LITTLE GREEN PEAS: A BIG BOOK OF COLOR. Beach Lane Books, 2014.
    Barnett, Mac. SAM AND DAVE DIG A HOLE. Candlewick, 2014.
    Becker, Bonny. A LIBRARY BOOK FOR BEAR. Candlewick, 2014.
    Boyd, Liz. FLASHLIGHT. Chronicle Books, 2014.
    Burningham, John. THE WAY TO THE ZOO. Candlewick, 2014.
    Gay, Marie-Louise. SAM! A LITTLE TREASURY. Groundwood Books, 2014.
    Grey, Mini. HERMELIN: THE DETECTIVE MOUSE. Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
    Holabird, Katharine. ANGELINA’S BIG CITY BALLET. Viking, 2014.
    Jeffers, Oliver. ONCE UPON AN ALPHABET: SHORT STORIES FOR ALL THE LETTERS. Philomel, 2014.
    Karas, G. Brian. AS AN OAK TREE GROWS. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014.
    McMullan, Kate.  I’M BRAVE. Balzer & Bray, 2014.
    Rocco, John. BLIZZARD. Disney Press, 2014.
    Sperring, Mark. MAX AND THE WON’T GO TO BED SHOW. Scholastic, 2014.
    Sutton, Sally. CONSTRUCTION. Candlewick, 2014.
    Wells, Rosemary.  MAX & RUBY AT THE WARTHOGS’ WEDDING. Viking, 2014.
    Willems, Mo.  WAITING IS NOT EASY! Disney Press, 2014.

    TRANSITIONAL CHAPTER BOOKS:
    Butler, Dori    THE GHOST IN THE ATTIC: THE HAUNTED LIBRARY. Grosset & Dunlap, 2014.
    Cronin, Doreen. THE CASE OF THE WEIRD BLUE CHICKEN. Atheneum Books for Young Children, 2014.
    DiCamillo, Kate. LEROY NINKER SADDLES UP. Candlewick, 2014.
    Funke, Cornelia. EMMA AND THE BLUE GENIE. Random House, 2014.
    Harper, Charise.  JUST GRACE GETS CRAFTY.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
    Look, Lenore. ALVIN HO; ALLERGIC TO THE GREAT WALL… Schwartz & Wade Books, 2014.
    McKay, Hilary.  LULU AND THE HEDGEHOG IN THE RAIN. Albert Whitman, 2014.
    Scieszka, Jon.  FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE ANTIMATTER MOTOR. Amulet Books, 2014.  
    Smith, Alexander McCall. THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING LION. Anchor Books, 2014.
    Warner, Sally.  ELLRAY JAKES ROCKS THE HOLIDAYS. Puffin, 2014.

    BIOGRAPHY:
    Bell, Cece. EL DEAFO. Harry N. Abrams, 2014.
    Bryant, Jen. THE RIGHT WORD: ROGET AND HIS THESAURUS. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014.
    Martin, Jacqueline Briggs.  ALICE WATERS AND THE TRIP TO DELICIOUS. Readers to Eaters, 2014.
    Rabinowitz, Alan.  A BOY AND A JAGUAR.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
    Winter, Jeanette. MALALA, A BRAVE GIRL FROM PAKISTAN/IQBAL, A BRAVE BOY FROM PAKISTAN. S & S, 2014.
    Woodson, Jacqueline. BROWN GIRL DREAMING. Norton, 2014.

    NONFICTION:
    Applegate, Katherine. IVAN THE REMARKABLE TRUE STORY OF THE SHOPPING MALL GORILLA. Clarion, 2014.
    Carle, Eric and Friends.  WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ANIMAL? Henry Holt, 2014.
    Cox, Lynne.  ELIZABETH, QUEEN OF THE SEAS. Schwartz & Wade, 2014.
    Davies, Nicola. TINY CREATURES: THE WORLD OF MICROBES. Candlewick, 2014.
    Jenkins, Steve.  CREATURE FEATURES: TWENTY-FIVE ANIMALS EXPLAIN WHY THEY LOOK THE WAY THEY DO. Harcourt, 2014.
    Kurki, Kim. WORLD OF BIRDS. Black Dog & Leventhal, 2014.
    MacLachlan, Patricia. THE IRIDESCENCE OF BIRDS: A BOOK ABOUT HENRI MATISSE. Roaring Brook Press, 2014.
    Newman, Leslea. HERE IS THE WORLD: A YEAR OF JEWISH HOLIDAYS. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014.
    Posada, Mia. WHO WAS HERE? DISCOVERING WILD ANIMAL TRACKS. Millbrook Press, 2014.
    Winter, Jeanette.  MR. CORNELL’S DREAM BOXES. Beach Lane Books, 2014.  

    FICTION:
    Auxier, Jonathan.  THE NIGHT GARDENER. Abrams, 2014.
    Graff, Lisa.  ABSOLUTELY ALMOST. Philomel Books, 2014.
    Hagen, George.  GABRIEL FINLEY & THE RAVEN’S RIDDLE. Schwartz & Wade, 2014.
    Holm, Jennifer. THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH. Random House Books for Young Readers, 2014.
    Larson, Kirby. DASH. Scholastic, 2014.
    Levy, Dana.  THE MISADVENTURES OF THE FAMILY FLETCHER. Delacorte, 2014.
    Lupica, Mike. FANTASY LEAGUE. Philomel, 2014.
    Martin, Ann. RAIN REIGN. Feiwel and Friends, 2014.
    Milford, Kate. THE GREENGLASS HOUSE. Houghton Mifflin, 2014.
    Nye, Naomi Shihab. THE TURTLE OF OMAN. Greenwillow, 2014.
    Perkins, Lynne. NUTS TO YOU. Greenwillow, 2014.
    Prineas, Sarah THE MAGIC THIEF HOME: BOOK FOUR. Harper, 2014.
    Rundell, Katherine.  CARTWHEELING IN THUNDERSTORMS. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014.
    Telgemeier, Raina. SISTERS. Scholastic, 2014.
    Wiles, Deborah. REVOLUTION. Scholastic, 2014.

    TEENS:
    Bacigalupi, Paolo. THE DOUBT FACTORY. Little, Brown, 2014.
    Barakiva, Michael.  ONE MAN GUY.  Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014.
    Cerra, Kerry O’Malley.  JUST A DROP OF WATER.  Sky Pony Press, 2014. De Fombelle, Timothée. VANGO: BETWEEN EARTH AND SKY. Candlewick Press, 2014.
    Fisher, Catherine. CIRCLE OF STONES. Dial Books, 2014. Grove, S.E. THE GLASS SENTENCE.  Viking, 2014.
    Hiaasen, Carl. SKINK NO SURRENDER. Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
    Plum, Amy.  AFTER THE END.  TOR, 2014.
    Tripp, Ben.  THE ACCIDENTAL HIGHWAYMAN.  HarperTeen, 2014.

  • Paul on NPR's On Point

    Paul was on NPR's "On Point with Tom Ashbrook" today talking about the best summer reads this year. Here's his list:

    Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip - Kevin Brockmeier

    Euphoria - Lily King

    The Swan Gondola - Timothy Schaffert

    Benediction - Kent Haruf

    Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? - Roz Chast

    The Dismal Science - Peter Mountford

    During the Reign of the Queen of Persia - Joan Chase

    The Empathy Exams - Leslie Jamison

    In Paradise - Matthiessen

    The Red Road - Denise Mina

  • The Lost Clerihews of Paul Ingram - Launch Party

    The Lost Clerihews of Paul Ingram Paul Ingram

    Paul's new book, The Lost Clerihews of Paul Ingram, has arrived!

    To celebrate this auspicious literary event, we'll be hosting a launch party for Paul on Monday, June 23rd. It will be at 5pm in the Prairie Lights Cafe. Please stop in and toast the new author!

    Stop by the store to pick up your copy today or give us a call (800-295-5668) if you'd like one shipped.