Dinosaur Themed Booklist for kids

The children in my class loved learning about Dinosaurs and making salt dough fossils, building dinosaurs out of straws and popsicle sticks and painting dinosaur silhouettes. The books in this Dinosaur Themed Booklist for kids made the week so much more enjoyable. I hope you and your kids will love it too!

Dinosaur Themed books for kids

Dinosaur Themed Booklist for kids

Fossil, by Bill Thomson

When a boy and his dog go for a hike, the boy trips on a fossil, and it comes to life, revealing an ancient plant. The boy is so intrigued that he breaks two more fossils that come to life―a dragonfly and a pteranodon. When these prehistoric creatures collide with present reality, the boy must figure out a way to make things go back to normal. 


Dinosaurs galore! by Giles Andreae

From sun-up to sundown, meet the creatures that swam, roamed and flew over prehistoric earth. Dinosaurs Galore is brimming with vivid, bold illustrations paired with clever rhymes about every child’s favorite: Dinosaurs!


Dinosaurumpus! by Tony Mitton

Where can you find a Deinosuchus that practically pirouettes on its tail and a T. rex that bounds gracefully through the air? In DINOSAURUMPUS!, where dinosaurs run, boom, shake, and shudder their way to the “sludgy old swamp” and rock the night away. 


Dinosaur Bones, by Bob Barner

Shake the dust off the dinosaur bones found in museums to remind us that they once belonged to living, breathing creatures. Filled with fun dinosaur facts (a T. Rex skull can weigh up to 750 pounds!) and an informational “Dinometer,” Dinosaur Bones is sure to make young dinosaur enthusiasts roar with delight.


How Do Dinosaurs count to ten? by Jane Yolen

How do dinosaurs count to ten? Over and over and over again!


Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs, by Catherine D. Hughes

The prehistoric world comes alive with dinosaurs small, big, giant, and gigantic. Bursting with fun facts and age appropriate information, each spread features a different dinosaur, along with simple text in big type that is perfect for little kids.


Dinosaur A – Z, by Roger Priddy

Featuring twenty-six one-of-a-find models from Allosaurus to Zephyrosaurus, specially commissioned from experts in the field, this colorfully illustrated book is ideal for children aged 3 years and up who love dinosaurs.


Dinosaurs, by Kathleen Zoehfeld

There’s nothing more fascinating than dinosaurs. In this Level 1 reader, youngsters learn all about the terrifying giants that once roamed the Earth―maybe even as close as their own backyard! 


My Big Dinosaur Book, by Roger Priddy

The stunning large format brings images of the dinosaurs to life and helps encourage picture-word association.
Beyond building a child’s vocabulary, kids will learn all about dinosaurs as the follow along to answer the questions and spot different prehistoric species and features.


Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs, by Ian Whybrow

Harry finds some old dinosaurs in his Grandma’s attic. He cleans them up and makes them his own, carefully (and accurately) naming each one. Harry and his dinosaurs go everywhere together. But one day, after an exciting train ride, Harry accidentally leaves the dinosaurs on the train. 


Dinosaur Farm, by Frann Preston-Gannon

Its hard work being a farmer—and even harder running a DINOSAUR FARM! Children will follow the farmer from dawn till dusk, through feedings, cleanings, baby hatchings, and finally to a sweet bedtime nighty-night. Who knew dinosaurs could be so cuddly? 


Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp! by Margaret Maye

Meet all your favorite dinosaurs as they stomp, glide and charge through this book, including Tyrannosaurus Rex, Pteranodon, Triceratops, Velociraptor, Diplodocus and more.


Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones, by Byron Barton

Six paleontologists search for bones. When they find them, they dig them up, wrap them, and load them on a truck, bound for the museum. 


Dinosaur Roar! by Paul Stickland

The paired dinosaurs, in a goofy array of pastels, are almost all smiling, even when the rhyme insists they’re “grumpy”–so when they settle down to a lunch with (and not of) each other, the end is satisfying.


One More Dino on the Floor, by Kelly Starling Lyons

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.


If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur, by Linda Bailey

If you happen to have a dinosaur, lying around your living room, and you don’t know what to do with it…why don’t you use it as a can opener? It will make a terrific nutcracker too! There are oodles of uses for a dinosaur — from a fine umbrella to an excellent kite and a dandy pillow, not to mention a reliable burglar alarm and the perfect excuse to forget your homework. 


Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs, by Byron Barton

A long time ago there was dinosaurs. Big dinosaurs and small dinosaurs. Dinosaurs with horns on their heads or spikes down their backs. Dinosaurs with long, long necks and long, long tails.


Don’t Forget Dexter! by Lindsay Ward

When his best friend, Jack, leaves him behind at the doctor’s office, Dexter T. Rexter panics. First he tries to find Jack. Then he sings their special song. Then he sings their special song even louder. But when Jack still doesn’t appear, Dexter starts to wonder. What if he’s being replaced by another toy? It can’t be—after all, he can STOMP, RAWR, and CHOMP! Right? Right?!


Knock, Knock Dinosaur, by Caryl Hart

A visit from a dinosaur might sound like fun… but what will happen when not one, not two, but TEN dinosaurs knock on the door? Munching and crunching, skating down the hall, and drawing on the walls. It’s Dinosaur chaos!


Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, by Mo Willems

Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur . . . and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway.

One day—for no particular reason—they decided to tidy up their house, make the beds, and prepare pudding of varying temperatures. And then—for no particular reason—they decided to go . . . someplace else. They were definitely not setting a trap for some succulent, unsupervised little girl.

Definitely not!


Little Dino’s Don’t Yell, by Michael dahl

Little Dino has a loud roar. Sometimes it’s amazing and astounding, but sometimes it’s just too much. She must learn that yelling all the time is not okay. 


Little Dino’s don’t Push, by Michael Dahl

Little Dino must realize that pushing is wrong, even if she is very strong.


How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends, by Jane Yolen

Do children in your home ever fight over a toy? Do good friends at school ever push or call names? And do buddies also know to share, give cookies, and apologize?
Come along and laugh as little ones make friends and stay friends … the dinosaur way!


We Don’t Eat Our Classmates, by Ryan T. Higgins

It’s the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can’t wait to meet her classmates. But it’s hard to make human friends when they’re so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . .


If you are looking for a week filled with fun Math & Literacy activities all about Dinosaurs, click on the image below to download all of the printables needed.

Dinosaur Themed Math & Literacy Printables

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