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Dinosaurs: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best kids books about dinosaurs?

From pure fun to incredibly educational, these dino-books are sure to thrill your young curious readers. Dinosaurs are often a great topic to help interest young paleontologists in reading books, and this selection is sure to provide an option for any adventure loving reader.

Top 10 Books About Dinosaurs

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Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
Such an adorable opposites book with Sandra Boyton's signature animals :)
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2
Sunbathing dinosaurs and artistic dinosaurs, dancing dinosaurs and volleyball-playing dinosaurs make learning opposites fun! From Boynton on Board, the bestselling series of extra-big, extra-fat, extra-appealing board books, Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! features the inimitable Sandra Boyntonís colorful, humorous drawings and lively text. Dinosaurs EARLY. Dinosaurs LATER. Dinosaurs crammed in an elevator. Dinosaurs PLUMP. Dinosaurs LEAN. Dinosaurs RED, BLUE, YELLOW, and GREEN.
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Tea Rex
Written & illustrated by Molly Idle
Thoughts from The Goodfather
I love this clever dinosaur story. It's very unique. I love the irony of a Tyrannosaurus Rex being a guest at a tea party. Fortunately the hostess is most gracious and accommodating. Molly Idle's talent really shines through in this fun story.
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Recommend Ages: 3-5
Some tea parties are for grown-ups. Some are for girls. But this tea party is for a very special guest. And it is important to follow some rules . . . like providing comfortable chairs, and good conversation, and yummy food. But sometimes that is not enough for special guests, especially when their manners are more Cretaceous than gracious . . . Introducing Tea Rex, a guest that just about any child would love to have to tea!
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Dad and the Dinosaur
Written by Gennifer Choldenko & illustrated by Dan Santat
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
Little Nick looks up to his dad (Big Nick) so much—he doesn't seem to be afraid of anything and so Little Nick comes up with a little helper (his dinosaur!) to help him be just as brave as his dad. Even though his mom tries to help him earlier on, the fact of life is that sometimes a child is just more receptive to one parent than another in any given moment, and the bonding moment this son and his father have as they go in search of what Little Nick needs most is just lovely.
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Recommend Ages: 5-8
A heartwarming father-son story about bravery and facing fears. Nicholas was afraid of the dark outside his door, the bushes where the giant bugs live, and the underside of manhole covers. His dad was not afraid of anything. Nicholas wants to be as brave as his dad, but he needs help. That’s why he needs a dinosaur. After all, dinosaurs like the dark, bugs are nothing to them, and they eat manhole covers for lunch (and everything under them for dinner). With his toy dinosaur, Nicholas can scale tall walls, swim in deep water, even score a goal against the huge goalie everyone calls Gorilla. But when the dinosaur goes missing, everything is scary again. Luckily, his dad knows that even the bravest people can get scared, and it’s okay to ask for help facing your fears. It’s just guy stuff.
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Thomas Jefferson and the Mammoth Hunt
Written by Carrie Clickard & illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
Thoughts from Mom of Boys
This book has lots of great rhymes. It tells a fun story of Thomas Jefferson when America was first settled. The Count of Paris wrote a book saying that the New World had puny creatures and Thomas Jefferson wanted to prove him wrong. At the end of the book it has notes from the author and his resources which is always great to learn the real history behind a story like this.
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
In this rhyming, hilarious romp about a little-known facet of American history, Thomas Jefferson tries to disprove a French theory that those in the New World are puny and wussy by going in search of mammoth bones. In the New World called America big changes were a’brewing. Independence was declared with bold hurrahs and ballyhooing! The French feel threatened by America’s new freedom and confidence, as embodied by Count Buffon who claims that the “New World was a chilly, swampy place, filled with puny, scrawny creatures, every species, breed, and race.” Thomas Jefferson won’t stand his young country being insulted, so he sets out to prove Count Buffon wrong. He sends people across the country in search of an animal or animal bones to prove that creatures in the United States are big and strong and worthy. Hilarious, energetic, and a delight to read aloud, this book shines a light on this little-known slice of American history. Included in the back matter are an author’s note, who’s who and what’s what from American history, bibliography, and further reading.
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History Uncovered: Dinosaurs
Written & illustrated by Dennis Schatz
Thoughts from The Fun Uncle
I rate this book so high because of the incredible illustrations and education. It can be a little mature in the education, talking about carnivores and omnivores, but it's a realistic book that is fantastic for the little readers who are genuinely curious about dinosaurs.
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Recommend Ages: 7-9
Travel back in time to the age of dinosaurs with History Uncovered: Dinosaurs! Learn about different time periods, including Jurassic and Cretaceous, and the most exciting dinosaurs that lived during each one, including Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and more! Discover what dinosaurs ate, how they lived, and why they went extinct. As you move forward in time, experience the changing landscape of the Mesozoic Era as life evolved and the plates moved apart to create the globe we know today! The dynamic History Uncovered series shows kids how the world changed throughout history in an innovative format with stunning illustrations and fascinating facts. These books include die-cuts on every page that create a strong narrative thread, tying spreads together and engaging children to turn the page. Parents and children will pour over the information and images, and uncover new details as they return to read again and again.
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Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug
Written by Jonathan Stutzman & illustrated by Jay Fleck
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Tiny T. Rex has a HUGE problem. His friend Pointy needs cheering up and only a hug will do. But with his short stature and teeny T. Rex arms, is a hug impossible? Not if Tiny has anything to say about it! Join this plucky little dinosaur in his very first adventure—a warm and funny tale that proves the best hugs come from the biggest hearts. Introducing an unforgettable character on the picture book scene, Tiny T. Rex will stomp into the hearts of readers in this winning new series.
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Stegothesaurus
Written by Bridget Heos & illustrated by T. L. McBeth
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato
A cute book that will have your young kids laughing as they read about a dinosaur with a large vocabulary and the trouble it gets him into. There are only two types of dinosaurs in this book (Stegosaurus and Allosaurus) and if you're looking for books to learn about dinosaurs this is not it. Instead, it's a light-hearted book about words with some fun dinosaur characters to make it interesting.
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
Stegothesaurus has little in common with his fellow dinosaurs until he meets an allosaurus that seems as hungry for synonyms as he is.
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How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten?
Written by Jane Yolen & illustrated by Mark Teague
Thoughts from The Fun Uncle
This is a really fun book to help little readers start to count. The illustrations are fantastic, and are sure to provoke imagination as readers learn about more than just numbers. The contrast of the dinosaurs and humans is cute. This book really does have it all!
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
The bestselling, award-winning team of Yolen and Teague present their beloved dinosaurs in a new format with this fun, read-aloud board book that teaches young children to count from one to ten! Come along for some BIG fun as your favorite dinosaurs delight young readers with their playful antics. How do dinosaurs count to ten? Over and over and over again! This brand new board book format brings the gigantic humor of bestselling, award-winning team Jane Yolen and Mark Teague to the youngest readers, helping them learn to count from one to ten with a simple, rhyming text and laugh-out-loud illustrations! A perfect companion book to the other HOW DO DINOSAURS tales, and a great baby gift as well.
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Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and the Noise at Night
Written by Kallie George & illustrated by Oriol Vidal
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Feather, Flap, and Spike are spending their first night in their very own nest. They tell stories and snuggle up to get a good night’s sleep, until . . . GRRORE! What’s that scary-sounding noise? Young readers will find both humor and comfort in this cozy bedtime story, perfect for anybody who’s ever been nervous about a mysterious noise at night.
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Dinosaur Empire!
Written & illustrated by Abby Howard
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Ronnie is just a normal fifth-grader trying to pass her science class's impossible quiz on the history of dinosaurs . . . until she happens upon her neighbor--Ms. Lernin--a retired paleontologist. With the assistance of Science Magic, Ronnie and Ms. Lernin travel back through time and space to experience the Mesozoic Era firsthand. They visit three important time periods in the development of the Mesozoic Era: the Triassic, the Jurassic, and the Cretaceous. Along the way, Ronnie finds herself face-to-face with real-life dinosaurs and reptiles, like stegosauruses, velociraptors, and thalattosaurs. With the help of her neighbor's trusty knowledge of prehistoric times, she learns the differences between herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores, as well as between dinosaurs, insects, and reptiles. This insightful and informative graphic novel uses engaging art to bring facts to life, giving kids the tools to understand the evolution of these prehistoric creatures and the important effects this era had on our world today.
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Books About Dinosaurs and Fossils

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Thomas Jefferson and the Mammoth Hunt
Written by Carrie Clickard & illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
Thoughts from Mom of Boys
This book has lots of great rhymes. It tells a fun story of Thomas Jefferson when America was first settled. The Count of Paris wrote a book saying that the New World had puny creatures and Thomas Jefferson wanted to prove him wrong. At the end of the book it has notes from the author and his resources which is always great to learn the real history behind a story like this.
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
In this rhyming, hilarious romp about a little-known facet of American history, Thomas Jefferson tries to disprove a French theory that those in the New World are puny and wussy by going in search of mammoth bones. In the New World called America big changes were a’brewing. Independence was declared with bold hurrahs and ballyhooing! The French feel threatened by America’s new freedom and confidence, as embodied by Count Buffon who claims that the “New World was a chilly, swampy place, filled with puny, scrawny creatures, every species, breed, and race.” Thomas Jefferson won’t stand his young country being insulted, so he sets out to prove Count Buffon wrong. He sends people across the country in search of an animal or animal bones to prove that creatures in the United States are big and strong and worthy. Hilarious, energetic, and a delight to read aloud, this book shines a light on this little-known slice of American history. Included in the back matter are an author’s note, who’s who and what’s what from American history, bibliography, and further reading.
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Ocean Renegades!
Written & illustrated by Abby Howard
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
"Determined to show Ronnie just how interesting prehistoric life was BEFORE the age of the dinosaurs, Miss Lernin takes her back in time to the six parts of the Paleozoic era to study the earliest lifeforms on Earth, starting with the rise of the vertebrates"--]cProvided by publisher.
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First Facts and Flaps: Giant Dinosaurs
Written & illustrated by Editors of Silver Dolphin Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Lift the flaps and spin the wheel to learn about dinosaurs! Which dinosaur had a spiky tail? How big was a T. rex tooth? Learn the answers to these questions and more in First Facts and Flaps: Giant Dinosaurs! This book introduces youngsters to the world of dinosaurs with flaps to lift, a wheel to turn, and a giant foldout. With more than 30 flaps to lift, learning about dinosaurs has never been so much fun!
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Dinosaur Lady book
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My Weird School Fast Facts: Dinosaurs, Dodos, and Woolly Mammoths book
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Dinosaur Bones book
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Little Explorers: Dinosaurs book
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  1. Dinosaur Lady -

  2. My Weird School Fast Facts: Dinosaurs, Dodos, and Woolly Mammoths - Think fast with A.J. and Andrea from My Weird School! Did you know that the biggest dinosaur was probably six stories high and half a football field long? Did you know that Utah is the only place in the world where it’s legal to hunt dinosaurs?! Learn more weird-but-true dinosaur facts with A.J. and Andrea from Dan Gutman’s bestselling My Weird School series. This all-new series of nonfiction books features hundreds of hysterical facts, plus lots of photos and illustrations. Whether you’re a kid who wants to learn more about dinosaurs or simply someone who wants to know the name for fossilized dinosaur poop, this is the book for you! With more than 12 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!

  3. Dinosaur Bones - With a lively rhyming text and vibrant paper collage illustrations, author-artist Bob Barner shakes the dust off the dinosaur bones found in museums and reminds us that they once belonged to living, breathing creatures. Filled with fun dinosaur facts (a T. Rex skull can weigh up to 750 pounds!) and an informational “Dinometer,” Dinosaur Bones is sure to make young dinosaur enthusiasts roar with delight.

  4. Little Explorers: Dinosaurs - Introducing another book in the LITTLE EXPLORERS series, an interactive nonfiction series for curious youngsters. With more than 30 flaps, DINOSAURS provides little ones with hands-on fun! DINOSAURS is a lively introduction to all types of prehistoric dinos. Children can lift the flaps to learn about these amazing dinosaurs and the environments they used to live in, and they will be amazed as they find out all about the biggest, fastest, and most ferocious dinosaurs, and much, much more. This book features over 30 sturdy flaps to lift, along with charming, kid-friendly artwork that introduces new concepts and vocabulary in a simple and accessible way.

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Books About Dinosaurs and Manners And Etiquette

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Tea Rex
Written & illustrated by Molly Idle
Thoughts from The Goodfather
I love this clever dinosaur story. It's very unique. I love the irony of a Tyrannosaurus Rex being a guest at a tea party. Fortunately the hostess is most gracious and accommodating. Molly Idle's talent really shines through in this fun story.
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Recommend Ages: 3-5
Some tea parties are for grown-ups. Some are for girls. But this tea party is for a very special guest. And it is important to follow some rules . . . like providing comfortable chairs, and good conversation, and yummy food. But sometimes that is not enough for special guests, especially when their manners are more Cretaceous than gracious . . . Introducing Tea Rex, a guest that just about any child would love to have to tea!
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How to Grow a Dinosaur
Written by Jill Esbaum
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Good news- Your mom's hatching a baby! Bad news- Babies take their sweet time. And when the baby finally hatches? He's too little to play! He mostly screeches, eats, burps, sleeps, and poops. He doesn't even know he's a dinosaur! That's where you come in. You can teach the baby just about everything--from peek-a-boo to roaring to table manners to bedtime. Growing a dinosaur is a big job, but you're perfect for it. Why? Because one thing your baby brother wants more than anything . . . is to be just like you. With silly kid-humor and sincere, moving moments, this new-sibling book is a perfect combination of funny, reassuring, and truly useful. It captures the excitement and joy of getting to guide a little brother or sister through life, and uses big laughs, great surprises, and gentle lessons to empower kids in how to be a great sibling and role-model to littler ones. Great for family reading and reading aloud.
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How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
Written by Jane Yolen & illustrated by Mark Teague
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
How does a dinosaur eat all his food? Does he burp, does he belch, or make noises quite rude? Does he pick at his cereal, throw down his cup, hoping to make someone else pick it up? Just like kids, dinosaurs have a difficult time learning to behave at the table. However, with a little help from Mom and Dad, these young dinosaurs eat all before them with smiles and goodwill.
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Little Dinos Don't Bite book
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Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! book
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That's What Dinosaurs Do book
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  1. Little Dinos Don't Bite - Little Dino has lots of sharp teeth and starts using them to bite objects and other dinosaurs. He must learn to use them in the right way. Part of the Hello Genius series of books, this sturdy board book reinforces positive behavior, teaches good manners, and visually shows that objects and people should not be bitten.

  2. Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! - A classroom full of young dinosaurs plays with toys, does art projects, and reads books. But each activity is another opportunity for the over-enthusiastic Tyrannosaurus Rex to wreak havoc in this charming board book edition. Full color.

  3. That's What Dinosaurs Do - From The Bad Seed and The Good Egg creators, Jory John and Pete Oswald, comes a story about a dinosaur who loves to ROAR. William the dinosaur likes to roar. At the park?“ROAR.” At the bus stop?“ROAR!” At the farm? You bet. ROARRR! William never lets the chance to roar pass him by, even if others find it rather bothersome. That’s until William gets a sore throat and the doctor warns him not to roar for a WHOLE week. But can this overexcited, boisterous, giant lizard not do what dinosaurs are meant to do?! In his humorous and insightful style, Jory John creates an epic story about unapologetically and happily being yourself, no matter the cost. Another side-splitting combination of John’s brilliant text and Pete Oswald’s expressive and lively illustrations, That’s What Dinosaurs Do is a read-aloud that young readers will roar for again and again.

Books About Dinosaurs and Siblings

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Stegothesaurus
Written by Bridget Heos & illustrated by T. L. McBeth
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato
A cute book that will have your young kids laughing as they read about a dinosaur with a large vocabulary and the trouble it gets him into. There are only two types of dinosaurs in this book (Stegosaurus and Allosaurus) and if you're looking for books to learn about dinosaurs this is not it. Instead, it's a light-hearted book about words with some fun dinosaur characters to make it interesting.
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
Stegothesaurus has little in common with his fellow dinosaurs until he meets an allosaurus that seems as hungry for synonyms as he is.
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Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and the Noise at Night
Written by Kallie George & illustrated by Oriol Vidal
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Feather, Flap, and Spike are spending their first night in their very own nest. They tell stories and snuggle up to get a good night’s sleep, until . . . GRRORE! What’s that scary-sounding noise? Young readers will find both humor and comfort in this cozy bedtime story, perfect for anybody who’s ever been nervous about a mysterious noise at night.
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Confiscated!
Written & illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Confiscated! is a hilarious tale of sibling conflict and cooperation between two dinosaur brothers that all kids will relate to. When Mama hears Brooks and Mikey fighting over yet another toy, it gets CONFISCATED! (In other words, taken away.) It's only when ALL the toys are confiscated that Brooks and Mikey finally learn how to work—and play—together nicely. (But not before creating a whole heap of trouble . . . )
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Doris the Bookasaurus book
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Little Rex, Big Brother book
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How to be a T. Rex book
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  1. Doris the Bookasaurus - Hooray for books! They make me ROAR! Doris the Bookasaurus thinks books are mega-dino-tastic! They make her spiky tail wiggle and her imagination soar. Her boisterous little brothers, Max and T.J., do not agree. They want her to stop reading and play Chomp the Flag and STEGO Blocks . . . until Doris shares her pirate book aloud. Soon they’re using their imagination for on an epic adventure to Sharktooth bay. With charming rhyming text about an adorable dinosaur family, Doris and her siblings show rambunctious readers everywhere that reading and playing go perfectly together!

  2. Little Rex, Big Brother - Rex tries to be the biggest, scariest tyrannosaurus around until he learns that he is just the right size to be a big brother.

  3. How to be a T. Rex - Being a regular old human is kind of a drag. That’s why Sal is not going to be a teacher or doctor or lawyer when she grows up. She is going to grow up to be an awesome Tyrannosaurus Rex. Her brother thinks it’s impossible, but Sal sure shows him! And in the beginning, being a T. Rex is AWESOME. But did you know that it’s kind of hard to make friends when you are a super-giant, super-loud, super-stompy dinosaur? If only there were a way for Sal to be 100% awesome, 100% of the time…

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Books About Dinosaurs and Size

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Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug
Written by Jonathan Stutzman & illustrated by Jay Fleck
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Tiny T. Rex has a HUGE problem. His friend Pointy needs cheering up and only a hug will do. But with his short stature and teeny T. Rex arms, is a hug impossible? Not if Tiny has anything to say about it! Join this plucky little dinosaur in his very first adventure—a warm and funny tale that proves the best hugs come from the biggest hearts. Introducing an unforgettable character on the picture book scene, Tiny T. Rex will stomp into the hearts of readers in this winning new series.
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Microsaurs: Tiny-Stego Stampede
Written & illustrated by Dustin Hansen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
Get ready for more microsaur mayhem (and a bit of babysitting!) in the fourth installment of Hansen's action-packed illustrated chapter book series. Illustrations.
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Microsaurs: Tiny-Raptor Pack Attack
Written by Dustin Hansen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
Tiny dinosaurs lead to big adventures in this second action-packed Microsaurs chapter book.
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Microsaurs: Follow that Tiny-Dactyl book
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Microsaurs: Beware the Tiny-Spino book
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Microsaurs: That's MY Tiny-Saurus Rex book
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  1. Microsaurs: Follow that Tiny-Dactyl - Danny and Lin never say no to adventure, so when Danny’s spy camera captures a tiny dinosaur crashing into Lin’s helmet during her skateboarding tryouts they know they have to investigate. But even they weren’t prepared for a secret laboratory filled with amazing inventions (including the Shrink-a-Fier and the Expand-o-matic 2) and astonishing discoveries (Triceratops are NOT fond of the color red!). Who knew that tracking one tiny pterodactyl would open up such a giant world of adventure with the Microsaurs!?!

  2. Microsaurs: Beware the Tiny-Spino - Disaster awaits when the most annoying girl in school discovers the existence of our favorite tiny dinosaurs in the fifth installment of Dustin Hansen’s illustrated chapter book series. Vicky Van Varbles, AKA Lin’s nemesis, AKA the most annoying person on the planet, has discovered the microterium! Lin is convinced that this is the Worst. Thing. EVER! Vicky has never kept a secret in her life. The only solution is to trap her in a bug jar for the rest of eternity. But Danny has a different plan . . . if they can induct Vicky into the (newly created) International Microsaur Protection Agency, he’s sure she can be convinced to keep their secret. But first Vicky has to pass Lin’s increasingly difficult and dangerous tests . . . If Danny can’t get Lin and Vicky to work together, then the microsaurs really might be doomed!

  3. Microsaurs: That's MY Tiny-Saurus Rex - Danny and Lin are determined to be the best Microsaur sitters ever! Sure, things got a little out of control with the tiny-raptors and the Professor’s lab might have gotten a bit… destroyed. BUT it’s all going to be absolutely fine. After all, they have a plan!

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Books About Dinosaurs and Museums

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Barnum's Bones
Written by Tracey Fern & illustrated by Boris Kulikov
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
This story was about the man who discovered the T-Rex fossil. This biography-styled picture book has a pretty good story, but it is pretty long. I think it would be most interesting for dinosaur lovers!
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Recommend Ages: 5-9
Documents the work of an early 20th-century paleontologist, named after the famous circus icon by his ambitious parents, who grew up to work for the American Museum of Natural History and discovered the first documented skeletons of the Tyrannosaurus Rex and other noteworthy species. By the author of Pippo the Fool.
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The Girl Who Really Really Really Loves Dinosaurs
Written & illustrated by John Hamilton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Lara loves dinosaurs. No--Lara is mad about dinosaurs. And she really really really wants one of her own. She goes looking for her very own dinosaur at the Museum, and while things don't work out quite how she expected, she discovers that she really didn't have to go so far from her own home after all.
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Danny and the Dinosaur
Written & illustrated by Syd Hoff
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
This brand-new edition of Syd Hoff’s beloved Danny and the Dinosaur is a special paper-over-board commemorative edition celebrating the 60th anniversary of I Can Read books for beginning readers. The book includes the complete original story and features a foil cover, an anniversary burst, and eight pages of bonus material on the history of I Can Read—including a timeline, origin stories of favorite characters, and never-before-seen early sketches! This beautiful edition is perfect for gift-giving. When Danny sees a dinosaur at the museum and says, “It would be nice to play with a dinosaur,” a voice answers, “And I think it would be nice to play with you.” So begins Danny and the Dinosaur’s wonderful adventures together. For Danny and his prehistoric playmate, even the most everyday activities become extraordinary, like finding a big-enough place to hide a dinosaur in a game of hide-and-seek. Kids will delight in Syd Hoff’s charming, funny illustrations as they read about how Danny teaches a very old dinosaur some new tricks.
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Dinosaurium book
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Linus the Vegetarian T. Rex book
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Find Spot at the Museum book
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Danny and the Dinosaur Mind Their Manners book
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  1. Dinosaurium - The newest title in the Welcome to the Museum series focuses its attention on the impressive beasts that once ruled the world: dinosaurs. With artwork from Chris Wormell, this stunningly curated guide to dinosaurs gives readers the experience of a fascinating exhibition from the pages of a beautiful book. Featuring a wonderful range of dinosaurs, from the much-loved triceratops and Tyrannosaurus rex to lesser known species such as coelophysis and tsintaosaurus, Dinosaurium is a fascinating display of the impressive beasts that once ruled the world.

  2. Linus the Vegetarian T. Rex - Meet Linus—a Tyrannosaurus rex who is very brave, very tough, and very…vegetarian? Ruth Ann Mackenzie knows everything about dinosaurs. She knows their names. She knows when they lived. And she certainly knows what they ate. So when she meets Linus, a towering, toothy T. rex who prefers picking vegetables to preying on his herbivorous neighbors, she’s not sure what to think. Is something wrong with Linus? Or does Ruth Ann maybe, just maybe, not know everything there is to know about dinosaurs? Dino lovers young and old will delight in this picture book chock-full of prehistoric personality—and don’t forget to search for the naughty velociraptor duo hidden throughout the book!

  3. Find Spot at the Museum - Spot, the classic character and beloved puppy, is back for another lift-the-flap adventure! After a funny mishap with a dinosaur skeleton, Spot goes missing at the natural history museum. His friends search high and low, in some unexpected places, before finding him at last. This Spot adventure is full of surprises with all the fun and humor that has made the original Where’s Spot? a children’s classic.

  4. Danny and the Dinosaur Mind Their Manners - When the museum is expecting a royal visitor, Danny and the dinosaur need to brush up on their manners! From saying “please” to holding doors, can Danny and the dinosaur work on behavior fit for a king? Everyone knows it can be hard learning good manners, but that doesn’t stop Danny and the dinosaur when they learn a king is coming to visit the museum! This dynamic duo will show young readers and parents alike that nothing is impossible if you try your best. Readers first fell in love with Danny and his prehistoric pal in the I Can Read classic Danny and the Dinosaur, created by Syd Hoff in 1958. Now the popular pair is together again in a hilarious Level One I Can Read adventure sure to win over a new generation of beginning readers. Danny and the Dinosaur Mind Their Manners is a Level One I Can Read, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.

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Books About Dinosaurs and Action And Adventure

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How to Track a Pterodactyl
Written by Will Dare
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
It's the end of summer, and time for Trihorn Settlement's big summer party, and Josh's hero, Terrordactyl Bill, is making the grand opening speech! But the festivities are interrupted when a flock of pterodactyls come screeching through the air. T-Bill jumps in to protect the townspeople…and a group of pteros plucks him from the ground and carries him away! It's up to Josh and his best friends to brave Rocktooth Ridge, home of the fearsome pterodactyls, to rescue T-Bill from the flying dinosaurs' clutches!
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How to Scare a Stegosaurus
Written & illustrated by Will Dare
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
Josh is dismayed to discover that crooked businessman Malachi Wilks is building a railroad straight through Trihorn settlement! With the sheriff out of town, it seems like nothing can stand in the way of Wilks' railroad and his pack of stegosaurus workers.With his friends, Josh organizes the most epic, dino-filled showdown at high noon that the Lost Plains ever saw!
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Dinos on Deck!
Written by & illustrated by Gareth Lucas
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Hoist the sails! It's time to search the seas with your favorite dino friends. Join your favorite dinosaur friends on an adventure in the seas! Hoist the sails, press the sound buttons, and laugh along as a Triceratops, a Stegosaurus, a T. rex and more search for treasure. With humorous art by Gareth Lucas and charming rhyming text, this sound book will be a perfect addition to story time. What will these dinosaur friends find when they open the treasure chest?
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The Christmasaurus book
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Bizzy Bear: Dinosaur Safari book
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Play with Your Food book
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Feathered Dinosaurs book
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  1. The Christmasaurus - Why settle for a pony or a puppy for Christmas when you could have a dinosaur? A rollicking adventure from singer-songwriter and YouTuber Tom Fletcher. Once upon a time—long, long ago, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth—an egg rolled away from its mother and landed in the ocean, where it froze solid and stayed peacefully for thousands of years. Then one day Santa and his elves discover the frozen egg, and Santa sits on it to see if it will hatch. But he can’t guess what’s inside. . . . A dinosaur! Meanwhile, a young boy named William Trundle has only ever wished for one thing for Christmas: a dinosaur! So when Santa accidentally gives William the real Christmasaurus instead of a stuffed replica, it’s the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER! Until an evil man known as the Hunter decides a dinosaur will be the perfect addition to his collection. A wild and hilarious adventure ensues. An instant Christmas classic!

  2. Bizzy Bear: Dinosaur Safari - On a visit to the Dinosaur Wildlife Park, Bizzy Bear discovers some interesting footprints. Where do they lead and to which dinosaur do they belong? Another exciting adventure for the world’s most intrepid bear!

  3. Play with Your Food - The Permian Period was millions of years before the age of the dinosaurs…but it was still a eat-or-be-eaten world! A tiny gecko-like lizard confronts this once it lands on the menu of much larger, and oh so hungry, dimetrodon. Refusing to accept its fate lying down, the lizard dares to counter generations of hallowed wisdom. It advises the big predator that it’s better to play with your food than to eat it. When the carnivore balks, the lizard simply won’t take no for an answer!

  4. Feathered Dinosaurs - “A beautiful exploration of recently-discovered feathered dinosaurs—the ancient ancestors of birds today!”—

Books About Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Times

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History Uncovered: Dinosaurs
Written & illustrated by Dennis Schatz
Thoughts from The Fun Uncle
I rate this book so high because of the incredible illustrations and education. It can be a little mature in the education, talking about carnivores and omnivores, but it's a realistic book that is fantastic for the little readers who are genuinely curious about dinosaurs.
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Recommend Ages: 7-9
Travel back in time to the age of dinosaurs with History Uncovered: Dinosaurs! Learn about different time periods, including Jurassic and Cretaceous, and the most exciting dinosaurs that lived during each one, including Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and more! Discover what dinosaurs ate, how they lived, and why they went extinct. As you move forward in time, experience the changing landscape of the Mesozoic Era as life evolved and the plates moved apart to create the globe we know today! The dynamic History Uncovered series shows kids how the world changed throughout history in an innovative format with stunning illustrations and fascinating facts. These books include die-cuts on every page that create a strong narrative thread, tying spreads together and engaging children to turn the page. Parents and children will pour over the information and images, and uncover new details as they return to read again and again.
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My First Pop-Up Dinosaurs
Written & illustrated by Owen Davey
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Recommend Ages: 3-7
Stylish artwork by award winner Owen Davey makes this 3-D introduction to dinosaurs a standout. Watch long-extinct creatures spring to life in a striking first pop-up book for budding paleontologists. Showcased are fifteen dinosaurs and prehistoric reptiles, from Ankylosaurus to Velociraptor, each one accompanied by its name and pronunciation. At once simple and sophisticated, Owen Davey's striking pop-ups, with their geometric patterns of spiky scales, dramatic splotches, and dotted feathers, are sure to mesmerize dinosaur aficionados of all ages.
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Do You Really Want to Meet Spinosaurus?
Written by Annette Bay Pimentel & illustrated by Daniele Fabbri
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8
Six new titles in this popular adventure series feature various dinosaurs that once roamed the earth. Child adventurers become time travelers and make firsthand observations about the dinosaurs. Delightful illustrations and carefully crafted text help the stories come alive, making these books both educational and entertaining. A young child adventures back in time to 100 million years ago to meet a Spinosaurus, learning how they looked, where it lived, andhow they hunted other dinosaurs for food. This illustrated narrative nonfiction title includes a map of fossil findings, glossary, and further resources.
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Jane Foster's Dinosaurs book
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Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs book
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The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs book
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In the Past book
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  1. Jane Foster's Dinosaurs - Introduce little ones to dinosaurs in this bold and graphic board book by illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster. In this beautiful and irresistible board book, children will be introduced to bold images of dinosaurs, such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Velociraptor, and more! Praise for Jane Foster’s ABC and Jane Foster’s 123: “Both titles are stunningly simple, but Foster is able to create some truly arresting images here, making both books pleasurable repeat reads. A fetching and effective introduction to the world of numbers.”-starred review, Kirkus Reviews “It’s a book that style-minded parents and kids can appreciate equally.”-starred review, Publishers Weekly “This unusually attractive counting board book from the British illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster shows off her style in a way that will catch - and hold - the eye of grown-ups and younger children alike.”-New York Times Children’s Board Book roundup review

  2. Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs - From renowned pop-up masters Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart comes an awe-inspiring tribute to the world’s most beloved extinct animals and their 180-million-year reign on our planet. Open this book and a massive T. REX springs out, flashing a startling jawful of jagged teeth. Turn the next spread and a ravishing raptor unfurls and appears to fly off the edge of the page. Inside the amazing ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS are “shield bearers” in full-body armor, creatures with frilly headgear, and weighty, long-necked giants. There are even amusing tidbits on the history of paleontology itself — like a pop-up version of a Victorian New Year’s dinner in the belly of a dinosaur model, or a pair of scientists locked in a literal tug-of-war over bones. Full of fascinating facts and lighthearted good humor, this breathtaking book includes fascinating, up-to-the-minute information about popular dinosaurs as well as many lesser-known varieties. With each of six spreads featuring one spectacular, large pop-up as well as booklets of smaller pop-ups and text, ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS is a magnificent display of paper engineering and creativity — an astonishing book that will be read, admired, and treasured forever.

  3. The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs - The classroom is decorated as Dinosaur Land, but Ms. Frizzle-inspired by an archeological dig-craves a more authentic experience. The Magic School Bus turns into a time machine and transports the class back millions of years to an adventure where they learn about dinosaurs, their habitats and diets, and even a Maiasaura nesting ground.

  4. In the Past - Care to meet a dunkleosteus? An apatosaurus? How about the dragonflyesque meganaura? In a collection that’s organized chronologically by epoch and is sure to intrigue everyone from armchair dino enthusiasts to budding paleontologists, David Elliott and Matthew Trueman illuminate some of the most fascinating creatures ever to evolve on the earth. Combining poems both enlightening and artful with illustrations perfect for poring over, this volume ensures fascinating trips back to a time as enthralling and variable as any in our planet’s evolutionary history

Books About Dinosaurs and Imagination And Play

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Rosa Loves Dinosaurs
Written & illustrated by Jessica Spanyol
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Let's find out which toys Rosa and her friends are playing with today! An important series that celebrates inclusivity, promotes gender equality and embraces the uniqueness of every child.
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Pat-a-Cake: Dinosaurs
Written by & illustrated by Hilli Kushnir
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Baby’s first hands-on introduction to a prehistoric world! Get ready to make new dino friends in this fun touch and feel book! In Pat-a-Cake: Dinosaurs young children will join Trixie the Triceratops, Suzy the Stegosaurus, and more while they explore the pages for tactile touch and feel elements. With simple text, a variety of textures, and colorful illustrations, youngsters will love this hands-on board book!
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Thesaurus Has a Secret
Written & illustrated by Anya Glazer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
**From author-illustrator Anya Glazer comes a humorous picture book for dinosaur fans and word lovers of all ages!** Thesaurus is an ordinary dinosaur. A _very_ ordinary dinosaur . . . who just happens to love words. And the other dinos know that’s just who he is. But behind his verbose and fancy language, Thesaurus has also been keeping something absolutely, very, extremely **top secret**. But as his lies begin to stack up, someone begins to notice. And if the other dinos discover what Thesaurus is hiding, they won’t think he’s such a normal dinosaur after all.
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How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? book
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The Dinosaur Department Store book
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We Are the Dinosaurs book
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Rain, Rain, Go Away, the Dinosaurs All Want to Play book
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  1. How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? - The bestselling, award-winning team of Yolen and Teague present their fourth original dinosaur board book, a fun guide to friendship and playing nicely with others. What if a dinosaur’s friends come to play? Does he mope, does he pout if he can’t get his way? Does he hide all his dump trucks, refusing to share? Does he throw his friends’ coloring books up in the air? Time and time again, children are told to “play nice.” This brilliantly illustrated board book is packed with rhymes that will teach children how. Mark Teague’s laugh-aloud illustrations, along with Jane Yolen’s playful text, will show children that “playing nice” can be easy and fun. Perfect for parents to read aloud with their children, this book is as humorous as it is instructive.

  2. The Dinosaur Department Store - Our feisty heroine Eliza Jane isn’t your average child. Instead of a cute, fluffy bunny, she has her heart firmly set on a prehistoric pet. Join Eliza Jane and her parents on a marvelous magical tour of their local dinosaur department store. From huge, stomping sauropods stretching their necks to a pair of loved-up Ankylosaurs called Maud and Frank, there are plenty of amazing dinosaurs for Eliza Jane to choose from. But this wild child is hatching a fantastic plan of her own. With the rich and vivid art of bestselling illustrator Richard Merritt and a witty rhyming text, this truly wild picture book will appeal to dino-loving, adventurous children everywhere. The final page features “selfies” of the dinosaurs mentioned in the text and a pronunciation guide.

  3. We Are the Dinosaurs - Dinosaurs eat, rest, roar, and march, making the earth flat.

  4. Rain, Rain, Go Away, the Dinosaurs All Want to Play - Rain, rain, go away! These dinos are all ready to play! When a stormy day keeps the dinos inside, they make quite a mess! And no wonder—even little dinosaurs are much too big and rowdy to play inside! This endearing board book is sure to resonate with little ones who have ever been cooped up on a rainy day.

Books About Dinosaurs and First Concepts

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Dinosaur Galore!
Written by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
This changing picture novelty book will captivate young children as they pull the tabs and watch as dinosaurs magically transform into their opposites through acetate windows. Dinosaur Galore! is a pull-tab book with a difference. This is an imaginative and hands-on way for preschoolers to learn about opposites with the help of a whole host of colorful dinosaurs! Pull each tab and watch as the creatures turn from friendly to scary, or plain to colorful, and other fun opposites. Children will be fascinated by the transformation of each dinosaur and enjoy deciding which sort of dinosaur they like best. The chunky tabs will help your child practice their hand-eye coordination and the fun questions will encourage independent decision-making.
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We Love Dinosaurs
Written & illustrated by Lucy Volpin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Whether they're big, small, fast, slow, striped, spotted, or anything in between, dinosaurs are just so lovable! With rhyming text and bright watercolor illustrations, this joyful read is perfect for little ones who love dinosaurs.
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Touch and Feel: Never Touch a Dinosaur
Written & illustrated by Make Believe Ideas Ltd
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
You must never touch a dinosaur . . . except in this book! This dinosaur-themed, touch-and-feel book is perfect for young children. Little ones will love reading the funny rhyme that warns of the dangers of touching a dinosaur—and of ignoring the advice! Innovative silicone touches are featured throughout the book, with a different texture for children to discover on every spread. This tactile book offers plenty for young children to enjoy, helping to promote an early love of reading.
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Dinoblock book
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Dinosaurs book
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I Thought I Saw a Dinosaur! book
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Baby Touch and Feel: Baby Dinosaur book
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  1. Dinoblock - Following in the footsteps of the groundbreaking Alphablock and Countablock, Dinoblock features thick pages cut into the shapes of dinosaurs! Readers will be introduced to more than 20 different kinds of dinos via die-cuts of their unique silhouettes and the illuminating comparisons to familiar things from a young child’s world. I stretch high like the ladder on a fire truck. I am a Brachiosaurus. As children touch the pages, they have a chance to guess the dinosaur and appreciate the uniqueness of its silhouette. A final gatefold delivers a roundup of all the dinos included. This hands-on approach, delivered in colorful pages by hip British design team Peskimo, makes for an immersive, age-appropriate introduction to a favorite topic of childhood.

  2. Dinosaurs - From Rod Campbell, the bestselling creator of the beloved classic Dear Zoo, comes a brand-new board book all about dinosaurs! Join author-illustrator Rod Campbell as he takes a journey beyond the zoo to prehistoric times when dinosaurs ruled the land. With sturdy pages, bright colors, and Campbell’s signature style, Dinosaurs puts your little one’s favorite giant creatures right in the palm of their hands.

  3. I Thought I Saw a Dinosaur! - Hide-and-seek fun with sturdy sliders! This silly but stylish slider book is sure to give little ones a giggle. They’ll love joining in a game of hide-and-seek as they move the sliders to reveal the dinosaur hiding in every scene. Is it behind the sofa? Or in the shower? Just push the slider to find out! With beautiful artwork from Lydia Nichols, the whole family will enjoy reading and playing with this fresh new novelty series.

  4. Baby Touch and Feel: Baby Dinosaur - With touch and feel patches and sparkly areas to explore, this baby dinosaur board book encourages early learning and is just right for sharing with your little one. Inside, on 12 sturdy pages, you meet engaging baby dinosaurs hatching, hiding, playing, and sleeping, from long-necked Diplodocus with leathery skin to baby T. rex with twinkly teeth, and bumpy, plated baby Stegosaurus. The delightful baby dinosaurs are unique, full of character, entertaining, and immediately appealing, and every page of the book has tantalizing texture or an eye-catching shiny area to expand a baby’s senses. Easy for very young children to follow, there’s one main picture per page to focus on that’s clear and lifelike, which help a young child’s identification skills. The short, fun text is great for reading aloud and building language. All the dinosaurs are also labeled, with helpful pronunciation guides for their names. Part of DK’s popular Baby Touch and Feel series, this exciting preschool dinosaur book with its super sparkly jacket makes an ideal baby gift.

Books About Dinosaurs and Time Travel

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Dinosaur Empire!
Written & illustrated by Abby Howard
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Ronnie is just a normal fifth-grader trying to pass her science class's impossible quiz on the history of dinosaurs . . . until she happens upon her neighbor--Ms. Lernin--a retired paleontologist. With the assistance of Science Magic, Ronnie and Ms. Lernin travel back through time and space to experience the Mesozoic Era firsthand. They visit three important time periods in the development of the Mesozoic Era: the Triassic, the Jurassic, and the Cretaceous. Along the way, Ronnie finds herself face-to-face with real-life dinosaurs and reptiles, like stegosauruses, velociraptors, and thalattosaurs. With the help of her neighbor's trusty knowledge of prehistoric times, she learns the differences between herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores, as well as between dinosaurs, insects, and reptiles. This insightful and informative graphic novel uses engaging art to bring facts to life, giving kids the tools to understand the evolution of these prehistoric creatures and the important effects this era had on our world today.
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T. Rex Time Machine
Written & illustrated by Jared Chapman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
When two hungry dinosaurs jump into a time machine, they're transported to an unbelievable, magical, surreal future: RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW! On the T. Rexes' madcap voyage into the unknown, they encounter the many wonders of the modern world: Police cars! Phones! Microwaves! They don't know how they'll get home—but why would they want to? Acclaimed author and illustrator Jared Chapman combines two favorite kid topics—time travel and dinosaurs—with bold colors, big jokes, and a hilarious escapade. This raucous, laugh-out-loud adventure will delight the very young and keep older readers giggling long into the future.
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T. Rex Time Machine: Dinos in De-Nile
Written & illustrated by Jared Chapman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Two T. Rexes are whisked away by their time machine to ancient Egypt, where King Tut mistakes them for Sobek, god of the Nile. They are treated to glorious feasts and magnificent tours. But when the aliens land—they're in the middle of constructing the pyramids—and expose the supposed gods as mere dinosaurs, everyone's mad. Will the dinosaurs escape? This laugh-out-loud romp through time and space is perfect for storytime, bedtime, read-alouds, and guaranteed giggles!
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Dinosaurs Before Dark book
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It's Not a Bed, It's a Time Machine book
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  1. Dinosaurs Before Dark - Where did the tree house come from? Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark…or will they become a dinosaur’s dinner?

  2. It's Not a Bed, It's a Time Machine - Bedtime can be frightening—a dark room, spooky shadows, silence. Our narrator worries about what’s hiding in the dark, until his stuffed bunny, Floppy, tells him a secret: His bed is really a time machine. And they set off on an adventure into the past, to the coolest time ever—the age of the dinosaurs—to meet the coolest animal ever—the tyrannosaurus rex! This night’s sleep will span millions of years, but it’s so fun it’ll feel like it’s over in the blink of an eye. It’s Not a Bed, It’s a Time Machine is the ultimate goodnight picture book, showing that going to sleep is nothing to be afraid of. Instead, it’s just the beginning of a time-spanning adventure.

Books About Dinosaurs and Imagination

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How to Care for Your T-Rex
Written by Ken Baker & illustrated by Dave Coverly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
There are a few important things to know when you're taking care of your pet T-Rex: what does it like to eat? How do you brush its many teeth? And most of all, how do you show him that you care about him? Luckily, this humorously written and wonderfully illustrated picture book has the answers for wanna-be T-Rex pet owners everywhere. Follow the daily adventures of Buddy and his owner as they learn the how-to's of dinosaur care and the value of friendship.. A Christy Ottaviano Book
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If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party
Written & illustrated by Jill Esbaum
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
You never know what will happen when a "T. Rex" crashes your birthday party. Sure, you'll be super excited when he turns up. But then he ll stomp. He ll ROAR. He ll wonder how you taste with a little mustard. In the end, though, you may find yourself asking him to come back next year! This delightfully whimsical picture book has a fun twist kids will love."
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The Girl and the Dinosaur
Written by Hollie Hughes & illustrated by Sarah Massini
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Recommend Ages: 3-6
This evocative, beautifully illustrated picture book celebrates one girl's limitless imagination, perfect for fans of the Fan Brothers. Anything is possible and nothing's as it seems . . . In a town by the seaside, Marianne is often seen digging for buried treasure on the beach. One day, she finds the most wonderful treasure of all--a dinosaur skeleton! That night, Marianne makes a wish upon a star that her dinosaur will come to life. She wishes it with all her heart--and it comes true. Together, Marianne's adventures with her new friend are limited only by their imagination. This enchanting picture book will take you on a magical journey far beyond the page.
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If I Had a Dinosaur book
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Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones book
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Ally-Saurus and the Very Bossy Monster book
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  1. If I Had a Dinosaur - A witty and charmingly illustrated bedtime story about a little girl who imagines what it would be like to have a dinosaur of her very own

  2. Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones - Holy guacamole! Skippyjon Jones is crazy-loco for dinosaurs! The kitty boy enters (via his closet) the land of dinosaurs in search of the fabled Skipposaurus. Instead he runs into his old amigos, the Chimichango gang. When a T-Mex threatens the pack, it’s El Skippito, the great sword fighter, to the rescue. With yips and yowls, he drives the big baddie away, so all the dino-dudes can rattle their bones another day. This fourth entry in a series that Kirkus Reviews called “ay caramba, mucho fun,” will win even more fans for the Siamese cat with oversize ears and an imagination to match.

  3. Ally-Saurus and the Very Bossy Monster - What happens when a bossy new girl tries to make everyone play by her rules? Ally-saurus is back—and ROARING louder than ever! Ally-saurus and her friends always have lots of fun playing pretend. They stomp, they roar, they dance, each in their own way. But new girl Maddie wants everyone to play by HER rules. “Monsters can’t be dinosaurs or dancers,” she insists. Worst of all, she won’t let little Petee have his teddy bear! Can Ally-saurus help Maddie understand that bossiness is no fun at all? With charm and humor, Richard Torrey teaches a gentle lesson in respecting each other’s differences . . . and playing nice.

Books About Dinosaurs and Feelings And Emotions

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Dad and the Dinosaur
Written by Gennifer Choldenko & illustrated by Dan Santat
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
Little Nick looks up to his dad (Big Nick) so much—he doesn't seem to be afraid of anything and so Little Nick comes up with a little helper (his dinosaur!) to help him be just as brave as his dad. Even though his mom tries to help him earlier on, the fact of life is that sometimes a child is just more receptive to one parent than another in any given moment, and the bonding moment this son and his father have as they go in search of what Little Nick needs most is just lovely.
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Recommend Ages: 5-8
A heartwarming father-son story about bravery and facing fears. Nicholas was afraid of the dark outside his door, the bushes where the giant bugs live, and the underside of manhole covers. His dad was not afraid of anything. Nicholas wants to be as brave as his dad, but he needs help. That’s why he needs a dinosaur. After all, dinosaurs like the dark, bugs are nothing to them, and they eat manhole covers for lunch (and everything under them for dinner). With his toy dinosaur, Nicholas can scale tall walls, swim in deep water, even score a goal against the huge goalie everyone calls Gorilla. But when the dinosaur goes missing, everything is scary again. Luckily, his dad knows that even the bravest people can get scared, and it’s okay to ask for help facing your fears. It’s just guy stuff.
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Field Guide to the Grumpasaurus
Written & illustrated by Edward Hemingway
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Have you ever met a Grumpasaurus? I bet you have. In fact, you may even have one in your own home. Want to know what makes them tick? This handy guide, meticulously researched and lovingly illustrated, tells you everything you need to know. Above all they should be handled with care—otherwise they can become VERY loud and VERY fearsome. In this appealingly modern and clever picture book, a field guide format is applied to the study of the cranky child . . . er, rather, the GRUMPASAURUS . . . who, in spite of himself, will win your heart.
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Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark
Written by Jonathan Stutzman & illustrated by Jay Fleck
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Recommend Ages: 3-5
The adorable and indomitable Tiny T. Rex from the critically acclaimed Tiny T. Rex and The Impossible Hug is back in a tale about friendship and overcoming your fears. Tiny T. Rex and his friend Pointy are having a campout in the backyard! It is what best friends do. But without their nighty-lights, the dark outside suddenly seems VERY dark . . . and very full of spooky things. Good thing Tiny has a super-secret plan to keep the dark at bay! Full of warmth and plenty of laughs, this new adventure starring Tiny T. Rex shows that friends will always find a way to face their fears together—even when those fears are not what they seem! • A great read-aloud book for parents and children • Hip, colorful art and delightful text make Tiny T. Rex an instant favorite of any dinosaur-loving toddler. • A perfect book to help toddlers and children overcome a fear of the dark Fans of silly picture books like Dinosaur vs Bedtime, We Don't Eat Our Classmates, and Llama Destroys the World will love the sweet spirit and continuing adventures of Tiny T. Rex.
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Dinosaur Parade book
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I Love Dad book
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Noah Noasaurus book
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A Toothbrush for Rex book
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  1. Dinosaur Parade - A short and sweet mini-adventure especially created to introduce the youngest guppies to the popular Pout-Pout Fish. It’s Halloween under the sea! Mr. Fish is wearing his costume, but what is he dressed as? A goblin? An astronaut in space? A pirate at the helm of the spooky submarine? Tiny tots will love swimming along with Mr. Fish as he turns little pouts into big smiles. With just one line of text per page, this simple, 12-page board book will send Debbie Diesen and Dan Hanna’s much-loved Pout-Pout Fish flippering and swishing into the hearts and minds of very young children.

  2. I Love Dad - Show Dad how much you care with this delightful board book from the creators of The Perfect Hug and The Biggest Kiss. From his stubbly kisses to his sky high piggyback rides to his bedtime stories, no one is quite like Dad. This charming Classic Board Book is a celebration of dads everywhere!

  3. Noah Noasaurus - Noah Noasaurus woke up feeling very No. No to brushing his teeth. No to eating breakfast. And definitely No to playing with his little brother. Things only get worse when Noah goes for a walk and relentlessly cheerful Toby Rex, Brian Brontosaurus, and Ava Ceratops follow him. Together, the group starts a bona fide dino parade that even Noah can?t resist. This lighthearted, whimsical story will have readers laughing along at Noah and his friends?as well as at their own bad moods.

  4. A Toothbrush for Rex - Follow along with Rex the T-Rex and his dinosaur friends in this delightful picture book! In this charming new series of board books, parents and their children can enjoy the adventures of four baby dinosaur friends. With full-color illustrations and easy-to-understand language, boys and girls can learn valuable lessons about facing new experiences, confronting their fears, and what they need to do to grow up big and brave—just like the dinosaurs! Bronto the Brontosaurs, Trixie the Triceratops, and Terri the Pterodactyl are nervous—there are some scary roars echoing throughout the forest and they’re coming from their friend Rex. Unfortunately, the poor baby dino has a stick stuck in his teeth! Terri comes to the rescue and pulls it out with her beak, and Rex’s friends remind him of an important fact: if Rex wants strong teeth like his dad, he has to brush his teeth! This colorful board book is perfect to give as a gift or to read to your young children at bedtime. The adorable art and inspirational story will help encourage kids to brush their teeth so they grow big and strong, just like a T-Rex’s!

Books About Dinosaurs and Science

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Hello, World! Dinosaurs
Written & illustrated by Jill McDonald
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
All young children love dinosaurs. Now here's a board book that teaches toddlers all about Triceratops, Stegosaurus, T-rex, and many more--with colors, shapes, sizes, and super-simple facts. Hello, World! is a series designed to introduce first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers. Told in clear and easy terms ("T. rex's arms were very small, even though its body was large") and featuring bright, cheerful illustrations, Hello, World! makes learning fun for young children. And each sturdy page offers helpful prompts for engaging with your child. It's a perfect way to bring science and nature into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops. Look for all the books in the Hello, World! series: Solar System, Weather, Backyard Bugs, Birds, and My Body.
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The Case of the Terrible T- Rex
Written by Michele Torrey & illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
Doyle and Fossey, science detectives, are on the case again-and this time they're investigating werewolves on Waxberry Hill, a perilous picnic, a fiesta fiasco, and a dino-disaster…involving a T. rex! Kids will learn all about pressure on the Earth's core, how pollution affects ecology, and more. Plus, budding scientists can try actual experiments!
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Evolution for Smart Kids: A Little Scientist's Guide to the Origins of Life (2) (Future Geniuses)
Written & illustrated by Carlos Pazos
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Discover the mysteries of science with Future Geniuses! Darwin the chicken feels like the smallest animal in the farm, but he wants to be big and strong like a dinosaur. Come along with Valentina, a young paleontologist, in this adventure about the history of evolution and find out how she gets Darwin to feel proud of who he is! Valentina and Darwin travel back in time to find the origin of life. They go all the way back, before there were any plants or even animals in the world. Valentina teaches Darwin about unicellular organisms, bad and good mutations, and variations. Then they observe microevolutions and macroevolutions, which lead to new species. Soon, Valentine and Darwin are surrounded by invertebrates and vertebrates and then—dinosaurs! But what happened to the dinosaurs? And how did the dinosaurs eventually evolve into birds? Future Geniuses is a collection that will help families spend a lot of time reading and learning together. Through simple text and fun illustrations, author and scientist Carlos Pazos makes the subjects of evolution, and specifically dinosaurs and their creation and extinction, approachable and easy to understand for even the smallest scientists.
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Dinosaurs book
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Baby Paleontologist book
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Explore a T. Rex book
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When Sue Found Sue book
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  1. Dinosaurs - With cool things to push, pull, and slide on the cover and every spread for interactive fun, this chunky board book gives children their first enticing taste of nonfiction! All children dream of meeting a dinosaur—and now they can travel back in time and get to know creatures like Stegosaurus, Velociraptor, Triceratops, and more. Bright illustrations, with pull-tabs and wheels for little hands to spin, bring to life simple facts about kids’ favorite prehistoric creatures.

  2. Baby Paleontologist - Baby Scientist is an adorable board book series that brings fun, accessible science concepts to baby’s world using simple language, recognizable settings, and vibrant art. Read them all with your baby scientist! Baby Paleontologist digs for fossils. With his pickax and brush, he discovers plants and animals that lived long, long ago. What stories do fossils tell? What did dinosaurs look like? Find out with Baby Paleontologist! Don’t miss the other books in this series, including Baby Oceanographer, Baby Astronaut, and Baby Botanist!

  3. Explore a T. Rex - A fascinating three-dimensional presentation provides the reader with an in-depth, hands-on exploration of an awe-inspiring T. rex. In Explore a T. Rex, a fascinating three-dimensional presentation allows in-depth, hands-on exploration of the most fearsome dinosaur that ever prowled the earth. This unique “model” can be deconstructed and rebuilt layer by layer, system by system, just by turning the page, so the reader can see how each part of the T. rex’s body is connected to the others. By combining a 3-D model with informative text and pictures, Explore a T. Rex helps children understand how dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes ruled the prehistoric world for millions of years.

  4. When Sue Found Sue - From a very young age, Sue Hendrickson was meant to find things: lost coins, perfume bottles, even hidden treasure. Her endless curiosity eventually led to her career in diving and paleontology, where she would continue to find things big and small. In 1990, at a dig in South Dakota, Sue made her biggest discovery to date: Sue the T. rex, the largest and most complete T. rex skeleton ever unearthed. Named in Sue’s honor, Sue the T. rex would be placed on permanent exhibition at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. When Sue Found Sue inspires readers to take a closer look at the world around them and to never lose their brave, adventurous spirits.

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Books About Dinosaurs and Tyrannosaurus Rex

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We Don't Eat Our Classmates
Written & illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
It's the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can't wait to meet her classmates. But it's hard to make human friends when they're so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . . . Readers will gobble up this hilarious new story from award-winning author-illustrator Ryan T. Higgins.
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Sea Rex
Written & illustrated by Molly Idle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
What could that be down in the sea? Is it a fish? A snail? A mermaid’s tail? No, it’s bigger than that . . . a LOT bigger . . . it’s Sea Rex! Join Cordelia and her cretacious companions as they spend a memorable day at the beach, as only dinosaurs can do!
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Santa Rex
Written & illustrated by Molly Idle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
From Caldecott-winning author-illustrator Molly Idle comes the perfect stocking stuffer for fans of Cordelia and her Cretaceous friends: Santa Rex! Christmas season has arrived, and nothing says holiday cheer quite like candy canes, hot cocoa, and DINOSAURS! Cordelia is celebrating her favorite winter holiday with her Cretaceous buddies and everything is just peachy–as long as nobody topples the Christmas tree. Oops…too late! This year, will Santa Rex bring her everything she asked for?
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Camp Rex book
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The Itchy-Saurus book
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Don't Ask a Dinosaur book
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I Am a Tyrannosaurus book
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  1. Camp Rex - What could be more fun than a camping trip with a good friend? When that friend is T. Rex! It’s important to set a few wilderness safety guidelines first. . . like making sure he stays on the trail. And does not disturb the local wildlife. And knows how to build a safe campfire. But sometimes dinosaurs have a different way of doing things, and that’s why it’s best to be prepared . . . for anything! Following in the extremely large and funny footsteps of Tea Rex, Camp Rex is for anyone who loves to roast a marshmallow or two around the campfire . . . or the whole bag at once!

  2. The Itchy-Saurus - “I am no Tyrannosaurus. I am an . . . Itchy-saurus!” Can anyone help a dangerous dinosaur in distress? When T Rex gets a terrible itchy red rash, all he can do is scratch, scratch, scratch! Now he’s no longer Tyrannosaurus, he’s ITCHY-SAURUS. He can’t sleep. He can’t eat. And that’s driving him wild and making him mean. The only one who could step in and soothe his skin is Doc Bill the Platypus. But is Bill brave enough to help a big, angry dinosaur?

  3. Don't Ask a Dinosaur - Written in a masterfully-executed rhyme, the book presents a cavalcade of lesser-known dinos and pairs their odd characteristics with little tasks that are hilariously impossible because of those features. “Don’t ask Deinocheirus to set the forks and spoons,” because his hands were enormous, “Therizinosaurus shouldn’t blow up balloons,” because he had very long claws. In the end they find the one thing everyone can help do is to blow out the candles on the cake…but will it create yet another mess?

  4. I Am a Tyrannosaurus - A little Pterosaur lives on top of a rocky mountain, where his mother teaches him to be kind and to always help others in need. One day, a huge Tyrannosaurus falls down the mountain and is injured as he tries to catch the little Pterosaur. Remembering his mother’s lesson, the little Pterosaur decides to take care of the injured Tyrannosaurus. As a result of his fall, the Tyrannosaurus temporarily loses his sight, and asks, “Who is there?” The Pterosaur hides and answers, “I am a Tyrannosaurus.” The fifth title in this acclaimed Tyrannosaurus series, I Am a Tyrannosaurus, delivers a heartwarming story about being kind and helping others with vivid, brightly colored illustrations and endearingly drawn characters.

Books About Dinosaurs and New Experiences

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Mamasaurus
Written & illustrated by Stephan Lomp
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
This colorful and reassuring picture book follows Babysaurus on an adventure as he enlists his prehistoric friends to seek his Mamasaurus. Is his Mamasaurus the fastest in the jungle? No. Is she the loudest? No. Is she the best flyer? No! Of course, Mamasaurus has been right there all along. And when Babysaurus needs a little help, she is ready with a big hug and a sweet, leafy snack. For Babysaurus, his Mamasaurus is the best mamasaurus in the world! Stephan Lomp has illustrated several books in his native Germany, and in this debut as both author and artist, he has created a fresh twist on a perennial theme that will win the hearts of little ones and their mamas as they snuggle up to read a new favorite.
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Papasaurus
Written & illustrated by Stephan Lomp
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Babysaurus loves playing hide-and-seek with his Papasaurus. But one day, no matter where he looks, he can't find him, so Babysaurus turns to his prehistoric friends for help. Where can his Papasaurus be? Of course, Papasaurus has been right there all along, and when Babysaurus needs a little help, Papasaurus is ready with a big kiss and more games. This colorful and reassuring book is a fresh twist on a perennial theme that will win the hearts of little ones and their papas alike.
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Roar and Sparkles Go to School
Written by Sarah Beth Durst
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Roar is worried about his first day at school. He's worried that he'll have to do really hard things, like molt his scales and fly over a volcano. His big sister Sparkles reassures him, but Roar still worries. The first day of school arrives and Roar is pleasantly surprised! Instead of having to breathe fire, he gets to kick fireballs in gym class. He also gets to make popsicle-stick caves in art and to listen to stores about Johnny Apple-dragon and Cinder-dragonella during circle time. And when he's asked to draw something he loves before the day is over, he figures out just how to thank Sparkles for her sisterly support. Roar and Sparkles is a sweet story about the anxieties children may feel about attending school for the first time, as well as a comforting tale about the bond between siblings. Sarah Beth Durst's imaginative and playful script is enhanced by Ben Whitehouse's modern and fresh illustrations to create a book that's sure to squelch first-day-of-school worries for children.
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Give Peas a Chance book
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Ally-saurus & the First Day of School book
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Harry and the Dinosaurs Go To School book
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Harry and the Dinosaurs Go To School book
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  1. Give Peas a Chance - It’s no peas please for Nancy, in this second title in the Dinosaur Juniors series from picture book genius Rob Biddulph! The second creatively cretaceous story from the bestselling Rob Biddulph in his brand new series about the first time moments that every (dinosaur) junior enjoys! It’s dinner-time for Nancy.. but oh no… PEAS! Not-so-keen-on-peas Nancy needs to come up with a way to ditch those little green balls. Luckily, she’s got a peas-plot up her sleeve… But is she quite as clever as she thinks? Meet Nancy, Otto, Winnie and all the other dinosaur juniors, as they traverse life’s first ups and downs – all in Rob’s trademark rhyme filled with warmth and humour. Perfect for Rob’s youngest fans, with colourful, detailed artwork and a simple rhyming text just right for reading aloud.

  2. Ally-saurus & the First Day of School - You can call her Ally-SAURUS! When Ally roars off to her first day at school, she hopes she’ll meet lots of other dinosaur-mad kids in class. Instead, she’s the only one chomping her food with fierce dino teeth and drawing dinosaurs on her nameplate. Even worse, a group of would-be “princesses” snubs her! Will Ally ever make new friends? With its humorous art, appealing heroine, and surprise ending, this fun picture book celebrates children’s boundless imagination.

  3. Harry and the Dinosaurs Go To School - It’s the first day of school! Harry is nervous because he isn’t sure what to expect. Triceratops is even more nervous, especially when Harry must leave the dinosaurs in the coatroom. But soon Harry sees another boy who is the most nervous of all. He clings to his toy bulldozer and won’t talk to anyone in the class. Harry wonders what he can do. Perhaps the new boy will talk to dinosaurs. . . .

  4. Harry and the Dinosaurs Go To School - It’s the first day of school! Harry is nervous because he isn’t sure what to expect. Triceratops is even more nervous, especially when Harry must leave the dinosaurs in the coatroom. But soon Harry sees another boy who is the most nervous of all. He clings to his toy bulldozer and won’t talk to anyone in the class. Harry wonders what he can do. Perhaps the new boy will talk to dinosaurs. . . .

Books About Dinosaurs and Friendship

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Crunch, The Shy Dinosaur
Written by Cirocco Dunlap & illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Crunch is a lovely and quiet brontosaurus who has hidden himself in some shubbery and is rather shy. He would like to play, but it will require some gentle coaxing from you! If you are patient and encouraging, you will find yourself with a new friend! This picture book is a warm, funny example of how to engage with someone new, who is perhaps a bit different from you. Lessons in friend-making (such as minding personal space and demonstrating interest in another’s hobbies) are delivered so subtly that children will absorb them unconsciously as they delight in Crunch’s silly hat and dance moves!
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How to Take Care of Your Dinosaur
Written by Nosy Crow
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
What would you do if, instead of a cat or a goldfish, you had a dinosaur for a pet? Well, that's exactly what happens to the little boy in this story when an enormous egg appears at his house one day. Day by day, he learns exactly how to look after his dinosaur: what to feed it for breakfast, where to take it for walks, and, perhaps most difficult of all, how to deal with dinosaur-size poop!
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Happy Hatchday
Written & illustrated by Rob Biddulph
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
The first series from the bestselling and award-winning picture book genius Rob Biddulph! A brand new, creatively cretaceous story from the bestselling Rob Biddulph – and the first book in his first ever series! Meet Otto, Winnie, Greg(osaurus) and all the other dinosaur juniors, as they traverse life’s first ups and downs – all in Rob’s trademark rhyme filled with warmth and humour. This first book is perfect for Rob’s youngest fans, with colourful, detailed artwork and a simple rhyming text perfect for reading aloud.
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Spring Into Action book
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I Really Love You book
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You Are My Best Friend book
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The Legend of King Arthur-a-tops book
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  1. Spring Into Action - The five fun and friendly Dinosaur Pals are back in a new classroom adventure that takes place in the great outdoors. No computers, no TV, no homework—just friends! Every day on her way to school, Kayla—a nature-loving stegosaurus—passes a lot of garbage. She wishes she could wave a magic wand and make it a beautiful spot full of flowers, vegetables, and trees. Kayla soon learns that wishes do come true. Not with a magic wand, but with hard work and the best friends ever! With the help of their teacher, Mrs. Gronk, Kayla; Max, an energetic T-Rex; Kev, a shy spinosaurus; Max, a slow but determined triceratops; and Addy, a straight-shooting apatosaurus, get their hands dirty, have fun, and plant a beautiful garden together.

  2. I Really Love You - A very long time ago, dinosaurs lived all over the world. They were various colors, shapes, and sizes, and spoke different languages. One snowy winter, with his skillful use of words, Tapejara almost tricks a Tyrannosaurus to its death. A weak Tyrannosaurus meets three friendly Homalocephale and they save his life, even though they do not understand each other’s languages. They become good friends and start communicating with their hearts. One day, while picking up red berries for the Tyrannosaurus, Homalocephale meets Albertosaurus, who is hungry and speaks the same language as the Tyrannosaurus. I Really Love You shows that heartfelt communication is about more than just words.

  3. You Are My Best Friend - Once upon a time a violent, mean, selfish Tyrannosaurus roamed the land, and all the other animals feared him. One day, while chasing other animals, the Tyrannosaurus falls into the ocean. The Elasmosaurus, who lives in the sea, saves his life, and the Tyrannosaurus says “thank you” for the very first time. From that day, the land creature and the sea creature become best friends. The author, Tatsuya Miyanishi, delivers a heartwarming story about friendship with vivid, brightly colored illustrations and endearingly drawn characters.

  4. The Legend of King Arthur-a-tops - “Truly this contains some knights to remember.” ―Kirkus Reviews A bumbling triceratops must prove himself worthy in New York Times bestselling author Mo O’Hara’s second hilarious picture book offering a prehistoric spin on the legend of King Arthur. It’s the Festival of the Stone, and dinosaurs from across the land will try to pull the great horn Rex-calibur from the magical stone. The one who succeeds shall be crowned king or queen. Arthur-a-tops is probably the least likely to accomplish the task. And yet…could he be the one true king? In this completely reimagined Camelot featuring dino-squires, the trusty Merlin-a-dactyl, and easy-to-trip-over dinosaur tails, O’Hara transforms this classic tale into an enjoyable, accessible, and truly funny treat for young readers. Coupled perfectly with Andrew Joyner’s expressive and classic illustrations, this story will induce fits of giggles and lots of knowing nods from parents who want their little geniuses to have the classics down by first grade.

Books About Dinosaurs and Family

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When Dinosaurs Came with Everything
Written by Elise Broach & illustrated by David Small
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Free gift with purchase: Dinosaurs! Wait—free what?! Just when a little boy thinks he’s going to die of boredom from running errands with his mom, the most remarkable, the most stupendous thing happens. He discovers that on this day, and this day only, stores everywhere are giving away a very special treat with any purchase. No, not the usual lollipop or sticker. Something bigger. Much, MUCH bigger. It’s a dream come true, except…what exactly do you do with these Jurassic treats? And how do you convince Mom to let you keep them?
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Rock-a-Bye, Dino
Written by Hannah Eliot & illustrated by Chie Boyd
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
The classic lullaby, “Rock-a-Bye, Baby” gets a prehistoric twist as different dinosaurs get ready for bedtime in this board book with soft touch-and-feels on the cover! Rock-a-bye, T. rex, in the tree top When your feet stomp, the mountains do rock You give a big yawn, that means it’s nightfall So home you come, dino—claws, teeth, and all Written to the beloved tune of “Rock-a-Bye, Baby,” this adorable board book with soft touch-and-feels on the cover is a sweet bedtime lullaby that’s sure to put all sorts of dinosaurs—and children—to bed!
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Finding Esme
Written by Suzanne Crowley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
After her grandfather died from a heart attack while driving his tractor on Solace Hill, twelve-year-old Esme's been inextricably drawn to that spot, although her grandmother warns her to stay away. But when she follows her little brother, Bo, and her dog, Old Jack, up the hill while chasing fireflies, she makes an incredible discovery—dinosaur bones peeking out from underneath the abandoned tractor. The bones must be a message from her grandfather, a connection from beyond the grave. But when word gets out that the farm is hiding something valuable, reporters, researchers, and neighbors arrive in droves. Esme struggles to understand who has her best interests at heart, especially as the memory of her grandfather begins to slip away. Full of friendship and adventure, and featuring a palpable Texas setting, Finding Esme is a moving and heartfelt story about family, friendship, and learning to deal with loss. From acclaimed author Suzanne Crowley, this engaging adventure set on a Texas peach farm is just right for fans of Rebecca Stead and Ann M. Martin.
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Dinosaurs Divorce! book
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How Do Dinosaurs Say I'M MAD? book
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You Look Yummy! book
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  1. Dinosaurs Divorce! - This timely, reassuring picture book is the perfect resource to help young children and their families deal with the confusion, misconceptions, and anxieties apt to arise when divorce occurs.

  2. How Do Dinosaurs Say I'M MAD? - Brimming with humor, this sparkling new book handles a timeless children’s topic with wit and wisdom. Romp and stomp! Roar and slam! Almost everyone gets angry. But how can young dinosaurs also learn to calm down, take a time out, and behave? The award-winning team of Yolen and Teague have created a fun, engaging book sure to help children handle anger and frustration. Readers will laugh at the antics of an Afrovenator’s tantrum and a storming Pachyrhinosaurus. Anger can be difficult to talk about with your child, but even when little dinosaurs are furious, it’s important to help them handle their feelings and remind them they are always loved. With the same warmth, charm, and humor in all the bestselling How Do Dinosaurs books, here is the perfect way to say, “I’m sorry—and I love you.”

  3. You Look Yummy! - This sweet tale about the love between father and son is the first in a tremendously popular Tyrannosaurus series in 12 titles to date, with combined sales in excess of 3 million copies in Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and France. A long, long time ago, a baby Ankylosaurus is born on a volcano erupting ground. As the little Ankylosaurus begins wandering around, a big Tyrannosaurus comes along. He is about to pounce when the baby cries out, “Daddy!” and grabs onto his leg. The baby thinks the Tyrannosaurus is his father, so as not to disappoint the little one, he takes on the task of raising a baby Ankylosaur. The two develop ever stronger bonds of love, but soon comes the day when they must part. Highlighting the importance of family, this sweet picture book celebrates the love between father and son.

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