Dinosaurs are a great topic for kids, and there are so many different kinds of dinosaur books out there! We’ve gathered some of our favorite books for preschool and elementary school aged children below to help you find the perfect book for your school library, classroom, or home.
Whether you’re looking for fiction, non-fiction, or anything in between – we have it all here!
Best Dinosaur Books for Kids
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A team of paleontologists are exploring an ancient riverbed. Suddenly they find themselves face to face with two enormous dinosaur skeletons! The discovery is even more amazing because both prehistoric creatures died at exactly the same time millions of years ago. But how did that happen?
Dinosaur Bones will delight young dinosaur enthusiasts with fun facts and a “Dinometer” in an engaging format that will help them connect science to everyday life.
In this book, a small boy imagines what would happen if dinosaurs came back to life after extinction and preform public services. This is an excellent picture book to get kids’ brains thinking!
This book will take children through the alphabet to learn fun facts about some of the largest creatures that once roamed Earth.
Featuring twenty-six colorful illustrations of dinosaurs from Allosaurus to Zephyrosaurus, this dinosaur book will take your child back in time to discover a variety of species.
We think of dinosaurs as colossal creatures, but how big were they REALLY?
This fact-filled children’s book with seriously silly illustrations puts dinosaurs next to modern animals so that you can see exactly how they size up.
Full of lighthearted good humor, this breathtaking dinosaur book includes a variety of pop-ups with fascinating facts about popular dinosaurs as well as many lesser-known prehistoric creatures. There are even amusing tidbits on the history of paleontology! The Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs is a magnificent display of paper engineering that will be cherished for years to come. And definitely gets our vote for the best dinosaur encyclopedia for preschool!
This wonderful story walks readers through what it means to be a true friend, with the help of a tiny but brave T. Rex who is on the hunt for someone to hug—specifically his friend Pointy, who is feeling down about something. Children will also learn how to deal with others’ negative emotions in this book that stands out as one of the most adorable books for teaching kids empathy.
Dinosaurs of every shape and size race, roar, and stomp through this illustrated story book of opposites. Where are all these prehistoric dinos on an adventure to? A dino picnic, of course! The playful rhyming text will delight children and parents everywhere. A fantastic book to introduce preschoolers to the concept of opposites.
This dino story is about a 145-million-year tale of a Diplodocus longus. From the fossils discovery in 1923 in Utah to its arrival in the Smithsonian National Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C.
Kids will love flipping the pages of this dinosaur tale. This book would be a great introduction into what a paleontologist is!
Dinosaur is on his way to his favorite place: the library! He invites his friends turtle, owl and more to ROAR with him along with him – but how will that go over at the library? Has Dinosaur finally met his match in Storytime? This is a super fun book to work on library skills for young children.
America’s favorite dinos romp and roar as they soak books in the bathtub, throw them, and finally discover how to enthusiastically — and carefully — read them…with Mama and Papa at bedtime in this delightful classic children’s story.
If your preschool child loves this book make sure to check out the full series by Jane Yolen that has books for every topic from bed to school!
This dinosaur book features fascinating facts and simple language for young children. Each page spread features a different dinosaur, along with age appropriate text in big type making it easy for your little kids to follow along.
Little dino fans will love the interactivity included in every chapter, and parents will discover ways to extend readers’ experiences outside of the book.
The life of a farmer is hard work —and even harder running a dinosaur farm! Early readers will love spending a day on this farm, filled with fantastic pictures of prehistoric animals of every shape and size. They’ll follow the farmer from dawn till dusk, through feedings, cleanings, little dino baby hatchings, and finally to sweet bedtime ending.
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. In this simple story with vibrant illustrations, early readers explore the process of finding and assembling bone fossils.
Brontorina knows, deep in her heart, that she is meant to dance. This loved dinosaur is unmatched by size or determination, exhibiting talent only topped by her charm. The illustrations in this book show that anything is possible if your heart and imagination are big.
Take a trip back through the ages with these descriptive and rhyming poems that introduce reptiles from epochs gone by. There are classic dinos, like T. Rex, and plenty of lesser-known species, too, all illustrated in breathtaking detail.
Print and Go Dinosaur Books Reading Log
Want to print this list out and challenge your children to read every book? Snag the printable packet below!
This dinosaur reading log packet is also perfect to send home with your students and is editable so that you can easily add or remove reading suggestions!
Roaring Fun Dinosaur Activities to do with the Books
Are you looking for some fun dinosaur-themed activities to do with the books? Here are some simple ideas that will have kids of all ages roaring with delight.
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