our favorite dinosaur books for boys

Best Dinosaur Books for Kids (ages 2-8)

Great Dinosaur Books for Kids

My son went through a serious dinosaur phase that lasted almost a year when he was 4-years-old. Now he’s into Pokemon….sigh! I prefer reading about dinosaurs! But if you can’t beat them, join them. If I am going to read nothing but dinosaur books, at least I want a range of dinosaur books from non-fiction to fiction to counting books and alphabet books. Here are our favorite books, both story books and non-fiction books.

Dinosaur Bones by Bob Barner

The boys across the street from us love this book and wanted to recommend it. [ages 3-7]

The Great Prehistoric Search Book by Jane Bingham

My son loved the The Great Dinosaur Search so much that I got sick of reading it.

This was the next best thing. [ages 3-7]

Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! by Sandra Boynton

Who doesn’t love Sandra Boynton books? We read this book so much it was one of the first books my son memorized and pretended to “read.” [ages 2-6]

The Magic School Bus: In The Time of the Dinosaurs by Joanna Cole

A really excellent series to introduce non-fiction to children. [ages 5-9]

Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff

A charming classic that continues to appeal to kids today! [ages 4-7]

The Great Dinosaur Search by Rosie Heyward

My son’s favorite book; a search and find dinosaur book with lots of factoids. Read this every night for months and it’s great for counting! [ages 3-7]

Insiders: Dinosaurs by John Long

A great reference book that is fun to read with really good and realistic illustrations. [pages 3-10].

Ankylosaur Attack (Tales of Prehistoric Life) by Daniel Loxton

A new favorite that also teaches anti-bullying tactics with realistic illustrations that make prehistoric life exciting. [ages 2-8]

I’m Bad by Kate and Jim McMullan

A cute story book about a T-Rex who is hungry and BAAAD! [ages 3-7]

The Dinosaur Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta

This is a great ABC book with interesting facts to keep the adult and child happy! [ages 2-6]

Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs by Robert Sabuda

The most amazing pop-up informative dinosaur book EVER! And he’s my neighbor’s best friend. I hope to meet him someday! [ages 2-adult]

Ten Little Dinosaurs (A Googly Eye Book) by Pattie Schnetzler

A great counting book to learn numbers AND wiggle the googly eyes. [ages 2-6]

Dinosaurs in Action! (Geronimo Stilton #7) by Geronimo Stilton

Geronimo Stilton is now in a graphic novel format, and a time traveling one at that. In this adventure against the Pirate Cats, Geronimo and friends visit the Cretaceous Period to rescue their friend Professor Von Volt. By traveling back in time, readers learn about lesser known dinosaurs like the Plotosaurus, a 42 feet floating lizard; the Quezalcoatlus, the largest flying reptile ever; and the Tinanosaur, a plant-eating dinosaur. Plants and flora from the period are also introduced. Factoids in side bars teach us how fossils are formed and how dinosaurs were named. Kids will absorb all the non-fiction facts but will only notice how fun this graphic novel adventure is! [graphic novel, ages 6 and up]

Night at the Museum by Milan Trenc

A fun story book to inspire the family to visit a museum of science! And the book is very different from the movie! [ages 3-7].

That’s Not My Dinosaur…its body is too squashy

Usborne touchy-feely books. A perfect quick bedtime book or for preschoolers who want to “read” on their own. [ages 2-5]

Oh Say Can You Say Dinosaur? by Bonnie Worth

A Cat in the Hat book in the style of Dr. Seuss. This book is great because it gives you the pronunciation of the dinosaur names! [ages 4-6]

How Do Dinosaurs…series by Jane Yolen

My son loves them all, especially reading the dinosaur names on the front and back inside covers. [ages 2-7].

DinoTrux by Chris Gall

Dinosaurs + Trucks = Winning Combination

My son delighted in the concept of dinosaurs that were also trucks. He especially loved trying to guess the truck versus dinosaur for each combination.

Dino Pets by Lynn Plourde, illustrated by Gideon Kendall

For kids who like the How Do Dinosaurs series, Dino Pets has that same rhyming appeal coupled with dino facts for biggest, fastest, looooongest, softest, smallest and scariest dinosaur. T. Rex is included … for guess which category?!

Dino Pets Goes to School continues the introduction of dinosaurs by Guinness Book Record style: tallest, loudest, spikiest, widest, smartest and youngest are included.

Mama Saurus by Stephan Lomp

Babysaurus flies off his mama’s tail and gets lost in the jungle. He searches for her, asking other prehistoric creatures if they’ve seen her. It turns out that she’s not the biggest, the fastest, or the best flyer like their mamas, but she’s the best mama in the world! [picture book, ages 2 and up]

A Funny Thing Happened at the Museum by Davide Cali, illustrated by Benjamin Chaud

A trip to the museum of becomes an adventure that combines the natural history section with the art exhibits. Henry’s teacher didn’t expect him to be quite so talented in maneuvering around the museum and reimagining the exhibits.  [picture book, ages 4 and up]

To examine any book more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Nice list of dino books. We only have 3 of the above and I thought we had them all!


  2. Barisa Wyse

    If anyone is interested in Amazon Kindle books on dinosaurs, I found a great new book called “Dinosaur Books For Kids: The Menacing Meat-Eaters”. What makes this book rather special is that it an interactive quiz book all about some of the major meat-eating dinosaurs set in a “game play” format. Using the popular “Who Am I” quiz format, readers get clues to help figure out the dinosaur being discussed and when they guess correctly they see a picture along with some interesting facts. Probably best for kids aged 8-12 years old. If you are at all interested, I have included the Amazon Kindle book link: http://www.amazon.com/Dinosaur-Books-For-Kids-ebook/dp/B00A6JI4MG/

  3. We love Danny and the Dinosaur and Night at the Museum in this house:)! Thanks for linking up at The Owl’s Skull today:)!! Jess (aka Alice;))
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  5. Just ordered a bunch of these from our library. Thank you!
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  6. I love the look of Dinosaur Bones and The Magic School Bus books are always great for learning.

    One of our favourite dinosaur books is Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow. Dinosaur Dig is also a fun book, it combines dinosaurs, diggers and counting – a great combination 🙂
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