Are dinosaurs a big hit or obsession with your children or students? Last year I had the usual amount of dinosaur interest, but this year I notice even more that during free play, the dinosaur toys are chosen and well loved!
If kids develop a strong interest in something, I love taking it even further with great picture books and read alouds! These dinosaur books for kids are great for young researchers looking for dino facts, as well as children just interested in dinosaurs in general!
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National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs by Catherine D. Hughes
This book is great for capturing the interest of the youngest dinosaur lovers! They have it broken down by types of dinos too – small, big, giant, and gigantic. Each page has bright illustrations and fun facts. I think my favorite part is that they tell you the pronunciation of the names. Kids LOVE when they can pronounce scientific dinosaur names. It also asks fun, engaging questions to promote thinking and get conversation going!
National Geographic Kids Ultimate Dinopedia by Don Lessem
This book is for the die hard dinosaur fans, and is geared toward a bit older kids (7-10) but could be enjoyed with parents or teachers to help navigate. This book is packed with info and facts about TONS of dinos! It is pretty text heavy for young learners, but has great illustrations and info on nearly every dinosaur ever discovered. It would make a perfect gift for a kid who loves dinosaurs!
My Big Dinosaur Book by Roger Priddy
Now that we looked at a book for a bit older kids – here is one that is great for younger ones! This board book is simple and engaging, with great images as well as vocabulary. Perfect for preschoolers! Plus, even older kids would still want to see if they can say those challenging dinosaur names!
Dinosaur A-Z by Roger Priddy
I am pretty obsessed with alphabet books. Put “A-Z” on something and I immediately take a second glance – call it a Kindergarten teacher’s curse, but I can’t help it! I love this book for kindergarten. It gives you information on 26 dinos from (you guessed it) A-Z!
Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freedman
Now we have left the factual for some good old silly fun! This book is hilarious and my kids are always rolling with laughter when I read it. Probably by just the word “underpants” alone. This book is a silly take on the reason behind the dino extinction. Was it, perhaps, and underpants war?
Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow
Harry finds some old dinosaurs at his grandmas house. He names them all (with their true names) and takes them everywhere with him. But what happens when Harry leaves those dinos on a train?
How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? by Jane Yolen
The How Do Dinosaurs series has some great lessons for little ones! I love this book that teaches a lesson on being a good friend, while using the fun, familiar dinosaur characters from the series. What does “play nicely” really mean? This book shares lots of examples that kids can relate to in a fun and meaningful way.
Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones by Judy Schachner
We absolutely love Skippyjon Jones books in my classroom – he is a hoot! In this tale, when SkippyJon disappears into his closet, he thinks he is on a mission to hunt the rarest dinosaur there is! Of course, the regular sidekicks are in the story too, which make this dino adventure even more fun!
Do you have a favorite dinosaur book that didn’t make the list? Leave a comment and let me know what it is – I am always collecting great books!
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