28 Favorite Dinosaur Books for Kids (2022)

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Dino-rrific Fiction Dinosaur Books for Kids 1. Dinosaurs on the Go series by Penny Dale (pre-K–1) 2.We Love Dinosaurs by Lucy Volpin (pre-K–1) 3.How Do Dinosaurs … series by Jane Yolen (pre-K–1) 4. The Girl and the Dinosaur by Hollie Hughes (pre-K–1) 5. How to Catch a Dinosaur by Adam Wallace (pre-K-1) 6. Brontorina by James Howe (pre-K–2) 7. Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug by Jonathan Stutzman (pre-K–2) 8. There’s a Dinosaur on the 13th Floor by Wade Bradford (pre-K-2) 9. What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night: A Very Messy Adventure by Refe and Susan Tuma (pre-K–2) 10. Dino Sports series by Lisa Wheeler (pre-K–2) 11. Dino Holidays series by Lisa Wheeler (pre-K–2) 12. Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap (pre-K–2) 13. Dinosaurs Can’t Roar! by Layla Beason (pre-K-3) 14. Dad and the Dinosaur by Gennifer Choldenko (pre-K-3) 15. The Dinosaur Expert by Margaret McNamara (K–3) 16. Mad Scientist Academy: The Dinosaur Disaster by Matthew McElligott (2–4) 17. Dinosaur Empire (The Earth Before Us #1): Journey Through the Mesozoic Era by Abby Howard (3–5) 18. Dinosaur Boy by Cory Putman Oakes (3-6) Nonfiction Dinosaur Books for Kids to “Dig” Right Into 19. Dinosaur A to Z by Roger Priddy (pre-K–1) 20. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs by Catherine D. Hughes (pre-K–2) 21. Dinosaur Feathers by Dennis Nolan (pre-K-3) 22. Fly Guy Presents: Dinosaurs by Tedd Arnold (K–3) 23. Prehistoric Actual Size by Steve Jenkins (K–4) 24. Dinosaurs (National Geographic Kids Reader) by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld (K–2) 25. In the Past by David Elliott (1–5) 26. Science Comics: Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers by MK Reed (3–6) 27. Dinosaurs: A Visual Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition by DK (3 and up) 28. The Age of Dinosaurs: The Rise and Fall of the World’s Most Remarkable Animals by Steve Brusatte (3 and up) Can’t wait to share these dinosaur books for kids? Also check out our favorite dog books and books about space. Want more book lists and classroom ideas? Be sure tosubscribe to our newsletter! FAQs Videos

The awesomeness of dinosaur books for kids is no secret. Dinosaur fiction stories capture kids’ imagination and make for great read alouds. Dino information books naturally inspire future scientists. Check out this list of our favorites from both genres.

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Dino-rrific Fiction Dinosaur Books for Kids

1. Dinosaurs on the Go series by Penny Dale (pre-K–1)

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This series merges dinosaurs and other high-interest topics. Think farm vehicles, space exploration, construction, emergency rescue vehicles, pirate treasure, and more. We love them for working on print concepts and phonological awareness. They’re also perfect for practice making inferences using pictures.

2.We Love Dinosaurs by Lucy Volpin (pre-K–1)

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This rhyming text professes its love for dinosaurs of all shapes, sizes, and habits. We love all the descriptive vocabulary!

3.How Do Dinosaurs … series by Jane Yolen (pre-K–1)

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This classic series has withstood the test of time. We love these titles for modeling visualization, reading with expression, and attending to punctuation. Plus, they’re full of important themes!

4. The Girl and the Dinosaur by Hollie Hughes (pre-K–1)

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Digging up a dinosaur skeleton is an amazing possibility to imagine. Having that skeleton come to life and become your pet dinosaur? Magical. This is one of our favorite new dinosaur books for kids, for sure.

5. How to Catch a Dinosaur by Adam Wallace (pre-K-1)

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This installment of a popular series mixes imaginative fiction with some facts. A light and fun read aloud.

6. Brontorina by James Howe (pre-K–2)

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Brontorina Apatosaurus is desperate to dance. But, her size—and others’ doubts—make it seem impossible. Perseverance and others’ kindness help her wish come true.

7. Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug by Jonathan Stutzman (pre-K–2)

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Tiny T. Rex just wants to find a way to give his sad friend a hug, despite his short arms. This story of persistence, acceptance, and friendship could spark many important classroom discussions.

8. There’s a Dinosaur on the 13th Floor by Wade Bradford (pre-K-2)

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This funny tale follows Mr. Snore on his floor-by-floor search for a quiet room at the Sharemore Hotel. We don’t meet the dino from the title until the end, but she exemplifies everything the hotel’s name suggests.

9. What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night: A Very Messy Adventure by Refe and Susan Tuma (pre-K–2)

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What kind of mischief would toy dinosaurs get into if they came alive at night? The photos in this book show the havoc they could cause. Maybe you’ll even bring the authors’ Dinovember, a month-long tribute to childhood wonder, to your classroom.

10. Dino Sports series by Lisa Wheeler (pre-K–2)

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Carnivores and herbivores compete in a wide variety of sports. Kids love these rhyming titles. Brush up on your dinosaur names and your sports terminology before reading aloud!

11. Dino Holidays series by Lisa Wheeler (pre-K–2)

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If you love the Dino Sports books, you’ll love sharing some of the holiday-themed titles too.

12. Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap (pre-K–2)

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Crunch wants a new friend, but he’s not the easiest brontosaurus to get to know. Start a class discussion about meeting new friends where they are.

13. Dinosaurs Can’t Roar! by Layla Beason (pre-K-3)

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When a T. Rex meets a modern-day paleontologist, he’s surprised to hear the latest science on dinos. We love this title for talking to kids about myths vs. new scientific learning.

14. Dad and the Dinosaur by Gennifer Choldenko (pre-K-3)

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Nicholas’s favorite dinosaur is a lot more than a toy. It helps him be fearless and strong, just like he imagines the real dinosaurs were. When it gets lost, his dad knows just what he needs. This is a heartwarming story about what it means to be brave.

15. The Dinosaur Expert by Margaret McNamara (K–3)

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Superstar teacher Mr. Tiffin is back! (Should we set him up with Ms. Frizzle?) This time he’s taking his class to the natural history museum. Budding paleontologist Kimmy feels dismayed by the male-dominated examples at the museum. When Mr. Tiffin points out a profile of Dr. Brandoni de Gasparini, her outlook changes. Back matter includes information about notable female paleontologists.

16. Mad Scientist Academy: The Dinosaur Disaster by Matthew McElligott (2–4)

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Dr. Cosmic is not the average teacher! Students must make their way through a realistic dinosaur exhibit to find the class pet, Oscar the “dinosaur.”

17. Dinosaur Empire (The Earth Before Us #1): Journey Through the Mesozoic Era by Abby Howard (3–5)

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This exciting graphic novel series opener stars Ronnie, a reluctant science student. She goes on an enlightening journey back in time with her retired paleontologist neighbor, Ms. Lernin.

18. Dinosaur Boy by Cory Putman Oakes (3-6)

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Yikes! Fifth grader Sawyer Bronson grows stegosaurus spikes and a tail over summer break. With themes of bullying, integrity, and identity (plus dinosaur facts), this novel is for kids who like a fast-moving, twisting plot. Also check out the companion title, Dinosaur Boy Saves Mars.

Nonfiction Dinosaur Books for Kids to “Dig” Right Into

19. Dinosaur A to Z by Roger Priddy (pre-K–1)

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Besides 26+ pages of fascinating dinosaur info, this is a fantastic mentor text for writing informational alphabet books. It introduces one dinosaur for each letter of the alphabet. It also has informational text features like labels, size comparisons, pronunciation guides, and bolded text sprinkled throughout.

20. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs by Catherine D. Hughes (pre-K–2)

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In this title, dinosaurs are organized by size, prompting plenty of great conversations about comparisons. This is the perfect series for introducing informational text features, too.

21. Dinosaur Feathers by Dennis Nolan (pre-K-3)

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This rhyming book has a big idea: Dinosaurs and birds are related! It’s perfect for working with kids on generating questions and determining the author’s message in informational text. (Plus, you’ll get a phonics workout pronouncing all those species names!)

22. Fly Guy Presents: Dinosaurs by Tedd Arnold (K–3)

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The popular early reader character duo will draw kids in, and this spinoff series packs plenty of memorable information. We like how it dispels some common myths about dinosaurs.

23. Prehistoric Actual Size by Steve Jenkins (K–4)

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We adore this title and its non-paleontological companion, Actual Size. The true-to-life illustrations of dinosaur parts—and one entire dinosaur—make a memorable impression. It’s also good for helping kids understand that dinosaurs weren’t the only prehistoric creatures.

24. Dinosaurs (National Geographic Kids Reader) by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld (K–2)

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Standard nonfiction features mixed plus jokes and other extras. A conversational tone walks new readers through key questions.

25. In the Past by David Elliott (1–5)

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Take a trip back through the ages with these witty creature poems. There are familiar players, like T. rex, and plenty of lesser-known species, too. The illustrations are breathtaking.

26. Science Comics: Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers by MK Reed (3–6)

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This graphic nonfiction book covers the history of paleontology like it’s never been presented before. Riveting!

27. Dinosaurs: A Visual Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition by DK (3 and up)

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This is not your dusty Encyclopedia Britannica. Learn about prehistoric life from dinosaurs and birds to early mammals, invertebrates, and vertebrates.

28. The Age of Dinosaurs: The Rise and Fall of the World’s Most Remarkable Animals by Steve Brusatte (3 and up)

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For serious dino buffs who want the real scoop on the latest discoveries. This is an up-to-date resource from an expert in the field.

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How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night How Do Dinosaurs ?) By Jane Yolen? ›

They turn out the light they tuck in their tails. They whisper goodnight they give a big hug. Then

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How Do Dinosaurs?

How Do Dinosaurs animate school? ›

And punch does he make a quick grab for a classmate's packed lunch. Does he race up the stairs right

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight Youtube? ›

They tuck in their tails. They whisper good night they give a big hug. Then give one kiss. More.

How do dragons say goodnight? ›

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What dinosaurs Say Rawr? ›

Rawr means I love you in dinosaur, often abbreviated as Rawr XD, may be read as an infantilistic statement indicating regressed maturity could alternatively be understood as a signal of social progression.

How Do dinosaurs Say Thank You? ›

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How Do dinosaurs have babies? ›

It has captivated me ever since. Dinosaurs must have had sex to reproduce. As in nearly all modern-day reptiles, males would have deposited sperm inside females, which would later lay fertilized eggs containing developing dinosaur embryos.

Can dinosaurs mate? ›

There are no fossil records of any dinosaur reproductive organs, let alone a fossilised version of two ancient creatures caught in the act of copulation. Both male and female reproductive parts are formed of soft tissues which perish over time.

How Do Dinosaurs Go to sleep animated? ›

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How do you Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? ›

How do dinosaurs get well soon? They drink lots of juice, and they get lots of rest; they're good at the doctor's, 'cause doctors know best.

Is there a national Dinosaur Day? ›

Dinosaur Day is celebrated on May 15 and June 1 by people young and old to relive their most fascinating dinosaur fantasies. Even though scientists have found many dinosaur fossils dating back millions of years in different parts of the world, there is still so much that people don't know about these majestic reptiles.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight bedtime story? ›

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Why do girls say Rawr? ›

Interjection. (onomatopoeia, Internet slang, text messaging) An expression of great appreciation, a happy imitation of a roar, often to emphasize attraction.

Why do Emos say Rawr? ›

Rawr is slang for "I love you" in dinosaur "cute" speak. It's a roleplay way of being friendly between preteens and young teens. More done for fun, rather than having a serious meaning. The "xd" is actually in caps "XD" which becomes an smiley face emoji, with the X as an eye squint.

How do you pronounce Rawr? ›

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How did T Rex sleep? ›

There is no known answer for this question but based on the fact there's no two legged animals that do this today, it's pretty safe to say that T-Rex's didn't sleep standing up. It's more likely they either slept resting on their pubic foot (or pubis) or by fully laying down.

What was the first dinosaur? ›

Nyasasaurus Parringtoni is believed to be the earliest dinosaur to have ever lived on Earth. It predates all other dinosaurs by more than 10 million years.

Do dinosaur eggs exist? ›

Until the 1980s, discoveries of fossilized eggs and bones of young dinosaurs were extremely rare, but dinosaur eggs have now been discovered on several continents, and fossils of hatchlings, juveniles, and adults have been found for most major groups.

What is a female dinosaur called? ›

The female form is “saura” and the male, more commonly used format is “saurus”.

How did Blue have a baby? ›

It turns out that Blue has been able to asexually reproduce due to the monitor lizard DNA within her system, and has given birth to a daughter named Beta. Blue and Beta live in the wilderness near the cabin where Grady lives with Claire Deering (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon).

Why did T Rex have small arms? ›

Mr Makovicky said that the dinosaur's arms were “literally half the length of the skull and the animal would not have been able to reach its mouth”. The scientists believe that the species' massive heads were the main predatory tool and performed functions that arms would have had in smaller species.

Do Dinosaurs Get Sick? ›

Dinosaurs suffered from some of the same diseases that afflict humans and animals today including cancer, gout and infections. T. rex was the ultimate dinosaur predator, but it fell victim to the tiniest of foes: parasites.

How did the dinosaurs look like? ›

What Dinosaurs ACTUALLY Looked Like? - YouTube

How Do Dinosaurs Learn reading? ›

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What reading level is when dinosaurs go visiting? ›

PreSchool-Grade 2-Bright, action-packed watercolors fill the pages of Martin's first picture book, a story in rhyming couplets. The title is a good indicator of what's to come: lots of silly stuff.

How Do dinosaurs Go to school copyright date? ›

Are there dinosaur Emojis? ›

🦕 Sauropod (Dinosaur) Emoji.

What year did the dinosaurs exist? ›

Dinosaurs lived during most of the Mesozoic era, a geological age that lasted from 252 million to 66 million years ago. The Mesozoic era includes the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

When did the dinosaur go extinct? ›

Dinosaurs went extinct about 65 million years ago (at the end of the Cretaceous Period), after living on Earth for about 165 million years.

When was How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight published? ›

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight Goodreads? ›

Jane Yolen , Mark Teague (Illustrator)

And how do dinosaurs say good night? Filled with wonderful detail and humor, children and their parents will love the expressions and antics of the eleven different dinosaur children depicted here, and each species is spelled out somewhere in the young dinosaur's bedroom.

When was How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight published? ›

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight Goodreads? ›

Jane Yolen , Mark Teague (Illustrator)

And how do dinosaurs say good night? Filled with wonderful detail and humor, children and their parents will love the expressions and antics of the eleven different dinosaur children depicted here, and each species is spelled out somewhere in the young dinosaur's bedroom.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight bedtime story? ›

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