Children can never have too many books. If you’re shopping for books about dinosaurs, then you’re in for a delightful treat. We have everything from whimsical board books for the younger set, to beginning rhyming stories, to detailed, serious texts for the budding paleontologist. The hard part is deciding which ones to choose first.
With so many fantastic fictional books and movies featuring prehistoric creatures, it’s refreshing to find a nonfiction work written especially for children. Would-be paleontologists, as well as less scientifically-motivated kids, will appreciate the detailed and easy-to-understand facts about early earthly life. “Jurassic World Dinosaur Field Guide” is beautifully illustrated and has a bonus pull-out poster.
For the youngster fascinated by all things dinosaur, or the kiddo who’s simply paleo-curious, “Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages” is a stunning volume featuring vivid illustrations, a bonus poster inside the book jacket, and contains everything you ever wanted to know about dinosaurs… but were afraid to ask.
“Dinotopia, A Land Apart from Time,” described as a “labor of love,” enthralls readers with the exquisite artwork as well as the story of an advanced society co-existing with the marvelous creatures we call dinosaurs. This 20th anniversary edition will inspire the imagination as it feeds the soul. A must-have for your child’s personal library.
“Bolivar” tells of a dinosaur living unnoticed in New York City. Unnoticed except by his young neighbor, Sybil. Who will believe her? What happens to Bolivar that makes him reveal his true identity to the community? Can you believe this amazing story has been on the shelves since 2017 and you don’t have it yet?
Recommended for grades 2-5, this beautiful hardbound special edition of “The Journey Through Time” from Scholastic Books, the first name in children’s literature, features Geronimo Stilton. Geronimo escapes a Tyrannosaurus Rex and saves a damsel in distress. Your littles are sure to become fans of this adventurous mouse and will cheer for this amazing adventure.
Just because dinosaurs are extinct doesn’t mean there is nothing new to discover. In fact, ten recently discovered fossils are profiled along with more than 600 other dinos in the “National Geographic Kids Ultimate Dinopedia, Second Edition.” All their favorites, beautifully illustrated, along with fascinating facts and a detailed “dino dictionary” for additional information.
“Seek & Find – Dinosaurs” is sure to become the go-to book for quiet time, road trips or anytime your kids have a chance to spend their time leisurely looking for hidden prehistoric creatures and reading fun and informative blurbs about the animals, their habits, and their habitats—in the air, on land, or sea.
The Cat in the Hat is back with a wonderful volume recommended for K through Grade 3, along with his friends Thing One and Thing Two. “Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur? All About Dinosaurs” shares age-appropriate paleontological information in true to Cat-in-the-Hat rhyming style, with a vocabulary list to put new words in context.
We encourage our kids to be independent and teach them their opinions matter. How do we manage when they express opposing positions? In “I Don’t Want To” a father helps his strong-willed daughter see his point of view with imagination, humor, and rhyme. Will she change her mind? A delightful way to learn cooperation.
Dinosaurs are thrilling. Is it any wonder kids clamor for dinosaur toys, movies, and books? They can’t get enough! Fiction and fantasy are not the only sources for fascination with the prehistoric. Check out “Dinosaurs: 101 Super Fun Facts and Amazing Pictures” by Janet Evans, featuring sixteen world favorites in easy-to-read text with colorful illustrations.
You’re never too young to find the world of paleontology exciting. This adorable board book, especially for toddlers ages 2 to 5, is an ideal introduction for the younger set. “I Love Dinosaurs” showcases a nice variety of creatures with fun text and appealing full-color illustrations. From the Rookie Toddler collection by Scholastic Books.
“How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms?” takes a perennial battle between parents and kids and turns it into a fun discussion about tidying up using colorful dinosaurs and silly rhymes. If reading this superb volume together doesn’t encourage kids to initiate their own clean-up, it makes reminding them easier. From Jane Yolen and Mark Teague.
So your kiddo wants to draw dinosaurs. Just like any other skill, it’s best to start at the very beginning. This lovely book, “Learn To Draw Dinosaurs!” from the Young Artist series shows the step-by-step process of taking a blank page to a prehistoric piece of art. Plus, outlines for building confidence, and practice pages.
“Dinosaurs A to Z” features twenty-six of the coolest creatures from the age of dinosaurs — one for each letter of the alphabet. Did you know there were that many? Your youngster (aged 3 to 6) will be tickled with the lovely illustrations, phonetic pronunciations, and fun facts about these prehistoric superstars.
Little Critter and his class enjoy a field trip in “The Lost Dinosaur Bone” by Mercer Mayer. Imagine their disappointment when they arrive at Critterville Museum of Natural History to find the dinosaur exhibit closed. You and your youngster can share in the adventure taking place between the beautifully illustrated pages of this beloved series.
“Danny and the Dinosaur: Happy Halloween” is a funny story about a boy and his unusual friend — is he unusual because he’s prehistoric or is it because he’s never gone trick-or-treating? Syd Hoff rises to the occasion once again with the adventures of young Danny and his rather large buddy. It’s a spooktacular read.
“Dino-Hockey” is full of surprises. In this tale, kids learn as science class references are cleverly inserted into the story, and they become enthralled in the battle of dinosaurs over a hockey puck. Who knew dinosaurs could skate? How big is their penalty box? Who will dominate the ice — the Meat-Eaters or the Veggiesaurs?
The Berenstain Bears enjoy a fun outing to the Bearsonian Museum. Who could have imagined that Brother and Sister Bear would have the chance to work on a real live excavation? In “The Berenstain Bears Dinosaur Dig” that’s exactly what happens. Join them in this marvelous adventure and learn a little about their favorite dinosaurs.
“Smithsonian Kids: Digging for Dinosaurs” is an interactive board book with fun activities and amazing illustrations on every page. What a fabulous way for the junior family members to start learning about the fascinating world of prehistoric animals and what happened to them. Then, when your family visits the museum, they’ll recognize these magnificent creatures.
The only thing more thrilling than brilliant illustrations of fascinating dinosaurs would be a pop-up book filled with the most amazing creatures. The “Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs” is exactly that — a beautiful hardcover volume filled with information and stunning portrayals of our favorite prehistoric friends reproduced in delightful three-dimensional art for K through Grade Four.
Penelope Rex has three hundred sandwiches in her lunch box. We’re hoping that’s enough! In “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates” little Penelope deals with first day of school anxiety and learns valuable lessons in making friends. Ryan Higgins authored this delightful book for preschool and kindergarten-age children, and it’s sure to be a big hit.
Can you believe it’s been 25 years since “Jurassic Park” first appeared in theatres, kindling an interest in the prehistoric? Now, a new generation of fans will delight in this special Little Golden Book adaptation of “Jurassic Park” filled with delightful illustrations and age-appropriate text. It’s the perfect first volume for your young paleontologist’s library.
Learning doesn’t have to be boring — sometimes it doesn’t have to be learning, it can just be fun. In “Dinosaurs With Jobs” your kids (and you) will laugh with delight at the fun illustrations showing prehistoric creatures in a variety of employment scenarios. Color them however you like, because truthfully, dinosaurs don’t get paychecks.
Sometimes storms are scary. In this brilliant book, “Danny and the Dinosaur and the Big Storm” find out what happens to Danny and his over-sized pal when a scary thunderstorm blows in. Will the dinosaur hide under the bed with Danny’s frightened puppy? Choose this story for a fun rainy day read and find out.
What a delightful tale from the “I Can Read” collection. “Danny and the Dinosaur: The Big Sneeze” takes your young reader on a woeful journey of sniffles and sneezes when Danny and his big buddy catch a cold. It’s not any fun to be sick, but this dino-dynamic duo will turn their frowns upside down.
“Dinosaur A-Z” is a fabulous selection “for kids who really love dinosaurs.” This beautiful hardcover edition is perfect for Kindergarten to Grade Two. It features twenty-six prehistoric favorites with brilliant illustrations and fun facts in large print, so it’s just right for the younger reader. Did you even know there were that many cool creatures?
“Paleontology: The Study of Prehistoric Life” from the “True Books: Earth Science” series is the epitome of texts for serious youngsters or the paleo-curious. It presents information about fossils, how and why they’re retrieved, and the plants and animals that existed to become these founts of information. Recommended for young readers ages 7 to 9.
“Dinosaur Dance!” presents illustrated dancers and their unique steps in this adorable board book. The “dancers” are all dinosaurs and brought to the page to the gleeful enjoyment of toddlers. Who knew prehistoric animals had so much talent? A fun and funny way to introduce your little ones to dinosaurs and the delights of dancing.
Sandra Boynton thrills kiddos with her clever rhymes and opposite attributes in “Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!” This delightful board book with appealing illustrations is more than fun for toddlers; it helps to increase their vocabulary and improve sight word recognition — important skills as your preschooler prepares for the amazing world of reading.
“Have You Seen My Dinosaur?” is a charming selection from the Dr. Suess Beginner Books collection. The cute illustrations and funny story will make this book one of their favorites. Not only is it written in an engaging rhyming style, but it’s also designed to help youngsters develop confidence in reading on their own.
“Willy the Dinosaur & the Time who got mad at him” is the second in the “Willy the Dinosaur” series. When you choose a book for younger children, you’re looking for engaging text and colorful illustrations. This book is all that plus, you get an important life lesson presented in a way kiddos can relate to.
Bedtime rituals vary from home to home. “How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?” is a whimsical look at nighttime routines with brilliant illustrations and clever verse. Naughty behaviors are not the way happy dinosaurs choose to end their days. Your and your kiddos will delight in this selection from the “How Do Dinosaurs” series.
What could be more fun than a troupe of dancing dinosaurs? How about “Dancing Dinos Go to School”? This adorable Step 1 book from Step Into Reading takes a fun concept that will delight the beginning reader with catchy rhymes, danceable rhythm, and picture clues designed to make reading for Preschool and Kindergarten-age children easier.
“Dinosaur!” The ultimate volume on all things prehistoric for the budding paleontologist (recommended for grades 3-7), your child will be an expert in no time. Created in conjunction with the Smithsonian, this selection from the “Knowledge Encyclopedias” collection provides detailed and informative text complemented by high-resolution computer-generated images, cross-section illustrations, cutaways, timelines, and maps.
What do you get when you have an easy-to-follow DIY tutorial, plastic dinosaurs, a hot glue gun, and blocks of scrap wood? You get adorable bookends for your youngster’s library or homework space. You know you want to sandwich a “thesaurus” between the halves of a brontosaurus because you’re as witty as you are crafty.
So you’ve bought your kids some beautiful books that they love to read. Now you want to keep them easily available and on display. This is a cute idea to DIY customized bookends. Some scrap lumber, a couple of old plastic dinosaurs, glue, and paint will give your little one’s shelf a splash of pizzazz.
Easy as pie dinosaur bookends that you can DIY in about five minutes. Using cut lumber or scrap wood, plastic figures (dollar or thrift store), glue, and spray paint make a great project to do with your kiddo or do it yourself to surprise them. Make them match or contrast, your imagination knows no limits.