Best Kids Books About Dinosaurs

Young readers will devour these books like the dinosaurs they're reading about!

Updated Jan. 27, 2019

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.

History Uncovered: Dinosaurs book
#1
History Uncovered: Dinosaurs
Written and illustrated by Dennis Schatz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-9
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.

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.

Tea Rex book
#2
Tea Rex
Written and illustrated by Molly Idle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
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.

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!

Dad and the Dinosaur book
#3
Dad and the Dinosaur
Written by Gennifer Choldenko and illustrated by Dan Santat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
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.

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.

Thomas Jefferson and the Mammoth Hunt book
#4
Thomas Jefferson and the Mammoth Hunt
Written by Carrie Clickard and illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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.

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.

Stegothesaurus book
#5
Stegothesaurus
Written by Bridget Heos and illustrated by T. L. McBeth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

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.

Stegothesaurus has little in common with his fellow dinosaurs until he meets an allosaurus that seems as hungry for synonyms as he is.

Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and the Noise at Night book
#6
Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and the Noise at Night
Written by Kallie George and 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.

Barnum's Bones book
#7
Barnum's Bones
Written by Tracey Fern and illustrated by Boris Kulikov
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9
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!

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.

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? book
#8
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
Written by Jane Yolen and 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.

Crunch, The Shy Dinosaur book
#9
Crunch, The Shy Dinosaur
Written by Cirocco Dunlap and 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!

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? book
#10
How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?
Written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mark Teague
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

From the warm glow of holiday candles in the menorah to the fun of family gatherings, little dinosaurs love to celebrate the Festival of Lights. But sometimes the excitement of Chanukah, its treasured rituals, and the tradition of gifts can tempt a youngster to misbehave. . . . Come along on a joyful romp filled with tumbling dreidels and melting gelt as America's favorite prehistoric pals spread a little mischief this season. Children will laugh out loud as dinosaurs fidget, fuss, and stomp through every occasion, while their human parents shift from shock to weary patience. Filled with warmth and cheer, this new book by the bestselling team of Jane Yolen and Mark Teague makes a perfect gift to be read again and again, year after year. How do dinosaurs say Happy Chanukah? The same way they say Merry Christmas: With an abundance of love, joy, memory, and gratitude.

One More Dino on the Floor book
#11
One More Dino on the Floor
Written by Kelly Starling Lyons and illustrated by Luke Flowers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It's a hip-hopping, foot-stomping, hand-clapping, finger-snapping good time when the dinosaurs go out on the dance floor! One by one (and all the way up to ten), the dinosaurs get their groove on in this delightful counting book! With bright and colorful illustrations and fun, rhythmic text, young readers will be tapping their feet to the Jurassic beat!

How to Care for Your T-Rex book
#12
How to Care for Your T-Rex
Written by Ken Baker and 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

Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug book
#13
Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug
Written by Jonathan Stutzman and 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.

How to Grow a Dinosaur book
#14
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.

The Girl Who Really Really Really Loves Dinosaurs book
#15
The Girl Who Really Really Really Loves Dinosaurs
Written and 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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