8 Children’s Books About Dinosaurs

Dinosaur-themed books run the gamut from purely entertaining books with characters that happen to be dinosaurs to stories that both entertain and inform to encyclopedic books for kids interested in learning every detail there is to know about every dinosaur that ever lived. For this booklist, I chose a few of my favorite books in each of these categories.

If you know any 2-year-olds who read books to their toy dinosaurs, then you are going to need this booklist.

Dinosaur Roar! by Paul Stickland and Henrietta Stickland. A simple rhyming book that introduces kids to opposites: “Dinosaur roar, dinosaur squeak, dinosaur fierce, dinosaur meek, dinosaur fast, dinosaur slow, dinosaur above and dinosaur below.” Ages 1+

Dinosaur! by Peter Sis. In this wordless picture book, a boy takes a bath with his toy dinosaur and imagines that real dinosaurs surround his bathtub. At the end of the story, when his mother is running to frantically mop up spilled water, the boy seems pretty pleased with his imaginary adventure. Ages 3+

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? wins the most frequently requested dinosaur-themed book award. In this fun rhyming book, human parents attempt to put dinosaur kids to sleep. My kids get a kick out of descriptions of dinosaurs pouting, requesting extra bedtime books, and throwing fits before bedtime. How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? teaches kids more about bedtime etiquette than about dinosaurs. Ages 3+

My Visit to the Dinosaurs by Aliki. A fantastic introduction to dinosaurs for young children! Sandwiched between a description of a boy’s trip to a dinosaur exhibit at a science museum, My Visit to the Dinosaurs explains how dinosaur fossils formed and introduces readers to a handful of dinosaurs. If you like this book, look for others that Aliki has written including Digging up Dinosaurs and Fossils Tell of Long Ago. Ages 4+

Prehistoric Actual Size by Steve Jenkins. This book is not just about dinosaurs but instead about a variety of prehistoric creatures. Prehistoric Actual Size features succinct one to two sentence descriptions as well as “actual size” illustrations of these creatures. Ages 5+

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley and Brian Selznick. A fascinating, true story about a mid-nineteeth century artist who first attempted to create dinosaur sculptures. Ages 5+

Dinosaurs! The biggest baddest strangest fastest by Howard Zimmerman. This book is a good choice for kids interested in memorizing dinosaur names and facts. This book offers kids exciting illustrations of dinosaurs in their natural habitats and three to four paragraph descriptions of a variety of dinosaurs. It contains a few pictures of dinosaurs eating other dinosaurs. This book’s large, 15 inch tall format is fun! Ages 6+

The Ultimate Dino-pedia: The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever by “Dino” Don Dessem and Franco Tempesta. If you know a kid who is fascinated by dinosaurs and interested in learning everything there is to know about dinosaurs, then this is the book for you! The Ultimate Dino-pedia does more than simply list and describe dinosaurs. It also does a phenomenal job of explaining geological changes that occurred when dinosaurs lived, how fossils form, dinosaur life cycles and behavior, and much more. Ages 7+

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11 Responses to 8 Children’s Books About Dinosaurs

  1. Thanks! It’s hard to find books for young children with natural science topics.

  2. My 3 and a half year son can’t get enough of “Dinosaur roar”!!!

  3. Erica Clark says:

    Love Steve Jenkins!

  4. Ticia says:

    My kids always loved acting out “How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?” It was the cutest thing ever.

  5. Thanks so much for featuring my book Dinosaur Roar!
    So glad your little ones like it!
    There are lots of free dinosaur coloring pages on my website here:
    All best and a big ROAR!! Paul Stickland

  6. Dinosaur Roar is one of my youngest son’s favorite books. He loves the tiny dinosaurs on each page. I enjoy reading it as well.

    Another great list!

    • Amy says:

      Thanks, Eric! I brought Ian’s dinosaur toys out for a photo opportunity, and he ran to his bookshelf to get Dinosaur Roar to read to them. He has it partly memorized. I thought it was cute that he turned the book to face his dinosaurs. He also really likes How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and Dinosaurumpus by Tony Mitton.

  7. PragmaticMom says:

    My son still loves dinosaur books! Thanks for this great list! We don’t have all of these (yet!).

    • Amy says:

      My 2 and 4 year olds are bigger dinosaur fans right now, but my 7-year-old is still interested in them too. I really should have made a point of seeking out the best dinosaur books I could find for my oldest son earlier. He would have LOVED The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins and The Ultimate Dino-pedia last year.

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