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 picture 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 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 storybook 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]
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]
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]
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]
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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