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 dinosaur books. What are yours? Thanks for sharing!
Great Dinosaur Books for Kids
My First Pop-Up Dinosaurs by Owen Davey
This is the perfect combination for preschoolers who are fascinated with dinosaurs like my son was at age 3. He would have loved the pop ups portraying his favorite dinosaurs! I appreciate the pronunciation help on the dinosaur names. [pop up board book, ages 3 and up]
Dinosaur Bones by Bob Barner
The boys across the street from us love this book and wanted to recommend it. [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 storybook about a T-Rex who is hungry and BAAAD! [ages 3-7]
The Dinosaur Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by Ralph Masiello
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]
Noah Noasaurus by Elaine Kiely Kearns, illustrated by Colin Jack
For kids whose favorite word is “no” and who love dinosaurs, this book is the perfect fit. Noah Noasaurus wakes up in a bad mood so everything is a no go. But as he walks off in a huff to nowhere, his friends want to follow. It turns out that nowhere, as long as your friends are with you, is a very fun place to be! A sweet story about turning around a bad mood with a little help from your friends. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Dino by Diego Vaisberg
A giant egg appeared in the back and hatched. It was a dinosaur! But a dinosaur is not an easy pet to have! Still, when three more giant eggs appear, a dino is not a bad pet after all. Two color red and blue illustrations give this book a vibrant appeal. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
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 Quetzalcoatlus, the largest flying reptile ever; and the Titanosaur, a plant-eating dinosaur. Plants and flora from the period are also introduced. Factoids in sidebars 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 storybook 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]
How Do Dinosaurs…series by Jane Yolen
My son loves them all, especially reading the dinosaur names on the front and back inside covers. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
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.
Mamasaurus 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]
T. Rex Machine by Jared Chapman
For kids who like T. Rex and time travel, this is the perfect hilarious picture book! [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug by Jonathan Stutzman, illustrated by Jay Fleck
Tiny T. Rex with tiny arms wants to comfort his friend Pointy, but Pointy is much larger so the hug seems like an impossible challenge. After consulting everyone Tiny T. Rex knows, he finds a solution. It’s the best hug ever. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
The Dinosaur Expert by Margaret McNamara, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Fossils are Kimmy’s favorite thing to collect but when she goes to the natural history museum with her class, Jake tells her that girls can’t be scientists. Dr. Brandoni de Gasparini discovered the dinosaur Gasparinisaura. Dr. Brandoni de Gasparini is a girl! Kimmy wants to grow up to be just like her! Role models matter! In the back matter by Kimmy, she lists other female paleontologists. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Titanosaur: Discovering the World’s Largest Dinosaur by the paleontologists who led the dig, Dr. Jose Luis Carballido, and Dr. Diego Pol, illustrated by Florencia Gigena
An Argentinean cowboy in Patagonia discovered the first fossil of the Titanosaur that had been buried in the desert for over 100 million years. This is the story of how two paleontologists lead the team to unearth over 180 bones, changing the way scientists think about dinosaurs. Budding scientists will enjoy how the bones reveal information about the size of the dinosaur and how it lived. Share the excitement of this discovery through the eyes of the scientists. [nonfiction picture book, ages 5 and up]
Sleepover at the Museum by Karen LeFrak, illustrated by David Bucs
A sleepover birthday party at the Museum of Natural History includes a scavenger hunt solving clues to find the best place to sleep. This is a fun way to explore the museum either through the book or in real life at a museum of natural history! There is a list of museums at the back including ones that host sleepovers. [picture book, ages 4 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]
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