Many kids go through a dinosaur phase before they can even read. Often kids know complicated dinosaur names they learn from books like these. These children’s books are the best of picture books to nonfiction resources; there’s something for everyone.
The great thing? Even kids with only a passing interest can learn to appreciate the wonder of these creatures of prehistoric times.
And if it’s not a passing fancy, this is one obsession proven to be beneficial long term for children.
The Best Dinosaur Board Books for Kids
Dinosaur Touch and Feel
Touch the smooth horns and the bumpy scales then feel the sticky tongues.
My First Pop-Up Dinosaurs by Owen Davey
WOW! Each page opens to a sturdy, earth-toned pop-up dinosaur. The artwork is gorgeous, mesmerizing for readers because it POPS! Each of the 15 dinosaur names is written on the bottom right corner of the page as well as a phonetical guide to pronunciation for us clueless adults who don’t know how to say words like Coelophysis. (It’s SEE-lo-FIE-sis just in case you didn’t know.) One of the best first dinosaur books you could buy a child!
Hello, Dinosaurs! by Sam Boughton
Facts and flaps introduce readers to the coolest dinosaurs and interesting info about each. Dinosaurs like the Diplodocus who was as long as two school buses. Or the Triceratops who had between 400 and 800 teeth. Flaps, fold-out pages, whimsical illustrations, and handwritten text.
My Big Dinosaur Book by Roger Priddy
Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, this book provides information in colorful photos and simple text.
Rumble with the Dinosaurs: Discovery Kids Dinosaurs Sounds
Imagine hearing dinosaur sounds. Well, now you can with this fun book!
Stomp! Stomp! by Sebastien Braun
Look under the flaps to find dinosaurs hiding. Find the dinosaur and read along with the noise word — stomp, stomp, munch, munch, roar, roar. Sure to be a hit with dino-loving little ones.
Creature Features Dinosaurs illustrated by Natasha Durley
Colorful pages filled with dinosaurs! For each two-page spread, you’ll be asked to notice a particular feature of dinosaurs like horns, teeth, wings, beaks, armor, and more. Read the question that asks you to differentiate even further such as, “Which animal also has flippers?” or “Which creatures also have a long neck?” The dinosaurs are all labeled.
Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist by Linda Skeers, illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens
Perfect in every way, this appealing biography recounts Mary Anning’s beach discoveries of the first dinosaur bones –fossilized ancient creatures that no one had ever seen before. Even though women weren’t invited into the scientific community at the time, she continued her exploring and learning. Pretty illustrations and fantastic writing with impressive sentence variety.
The Best Dinosaur Picture Books for Kids
We Love Dinosaurs by Lucy Volpin
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague
You’ll read this aloud so many times, you’ll have it memorized. It’s a silly, very silly look at what good behaviors and not so good behaviors look like using your favorite dinosaurs. The entire series of “How Do Dinosaurs…” is wonderful!
Dear Dinosaur by Chae Strathie, illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne
In the Past: From Trilobites to Dinosaurs to Mammoths in More Than 500 Million Years by David Elliott, illustrated by Matthew Trueman
Aptly-oversized to reflect many of the gigantic creatures within, these poems and gorgeous illustrations celebrate prehistoric creatures. Creatures like the weird-looking dunkleosteus or terrifying yutyrannus. Some of these creatures you’ll know, many will be new. The text is very accessible. Each creature includes their scientific name plus the geologic timeline in which they lived. SO cool, right?
No birds yet.
Only you in the sky.
the giant dragonfly!”
Dinosaurs Don’t Have Bedtimes! by Timothy Knapman, illustrated by Nikki Dyson
An imaginative boy tries to school his mother about the dos and don’ts of parenting dinosaurs in this playful story. (Because everyone knows that dinosaurs don’t take baths or have bedtimes!)
The Wonderous Dinosaurium by John Condon, illustrated by Steve Brown
SO FUN! This boy wants a pet dinosaur from the Dinosaurium. In an introduction to different kinds of dinosaurs, each one he picks, he’s not happy with. Finally, he settles on a small, cute dinosaur that doesn’t eat as much as some of the others. A turtle! Or meiolania.
Three Little Dinosaurs by Charles Fuge
Scratch, Lofty, and Sniff are best friends who want to fly — and keep trying. Then they meet an enormous winged creature, Terry Dactyl, who gives them a ride on his back. Now they can fly!
Mad Scientist Academy The Dinosaur Disaster by Matthew McElligott
In this comic book, Dr. Cosmic is a kooky mad-scientist teacher to an unusual group of students: werewolf, bug-girl, vampire, robot, and others. He takes his students through an interactive exhibit on dinosaurs but can the students can stay safe? Lots of dinosaur facts throughout.
If I Had a Dinosaur by Alex Barrow and Gabby Dawnay
A young girl knows all the reasons having a dinosaur for a pet would be the best. Kids will be sure to nod along at all her reasonable reasons.
I Want That Love by Tasuya Miyanishi
Mamasaurus by Stephan Lomp
Babysaurus can’t find his Mamsaurus so he asks other dinosaurs he meets if they have seen her. The dramatic black background makes the colorful dinosaurs pop in this sweet story about a Mamasaurus who was really there all along.
The Best Nonfiction Books About Dinosaurs
Dinosaur A – Z by Roger Priddy
This book is AWESOME — colorful, engaging, and fact-filled. It’s a must-own for any dinosaur lover.
You Can Be a Paleontologist! National Geographic Kids by Scott D. Sampson, Ph.D.
Dinosaurs By the Numbers by Steve Jenkins
Ultimate Dino-Pedia Second Edition by “Dino” Don Lessem, illustrated by Franco Tempesta
What first struck me about this incredible dinosaur tome, is the incredible illustrations of dinosaurs that aren’t skeletons. Kids who are interested in dinosaurs can see what they actually looked like including all 600 of the species in this book. Along with the illustration, each dinosaur page shows how to pronounce their name, facts, and information, often with photo inserts of bones and paleontologist reports. The back of the book includes a dino dictionary listing names, meanings, geological age, where it lived, fossils, length, and group. It’s incredible!! Kids who love dinosaurs NEED this book. It’s the one-stop field guide to everything dino.
Dino-Mite (Science with Stuff )by Sarah Parvis
Dinosaur! by DK
Starting with Triassic life and continuing to Cretaceous and Cenozoic, discover the timeline of the dinosaurs and important facts about each. The photo-realistic illustrations will make your child think they’re actually seeing the real creature, not just the bones from a museum.
You Can Be a Paleontologist! National Geographic Kids by Scott D. Sampson, Ph.D.
Walking with Dinosaurs The 3D Movie Encyclopedia
Images from the movie accompany information about dinosaurs, paleontologists, and the movie. Great for both movie fans and budding paleontologists.
T. Rex Generations by Ted Rechlin
In a graphic novel with realistic, dramatic illustrations, readers follow a T Rex family from the birth of hatchlings all the way to their adulthood, or at least the adulthood of those infants who survive. Life is dangerous even for the top predators — it’s an eat or be eaten world. Kids won’t be able to put down this well-done illumination of the Cretaceous period filled with action and drama.
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