Delightful Dinosaur Reads

Picture Books

Bang! Boom! Roar!: A Busy Crew of Dinosaurs by Nate Evans. 2012
While designing and constructing a playground, a building crew of dinosaurs introduces the letters from A to Z.

Brontorina by James Howe. 2010
Despite her size and not having the proper footwear, a determined dinosaur pursues her dream of becoming a ballerina.

Chalk by Bill Thomson. 2010
A wordless picture book about three children who go to a park on a rainy day, find some chalk, and draw pictures that come to life.

Dino Pets Go to School by Lynn Plourde. 2011
A boy brings various dinosaurs to school, but discovers that neither the loudest, nor the tallest, nor the smartest is suited to the classroom. Includes facts about dinosaurs.

Dino-Basketball by Lisa Wheeler. 2011
Plant-eating dinosaurs face meat-eating dinosaurs in a basketball game at Mastadon Square Garden.

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton. 1989
In prehistoric days there were many different kinds of dinosaurs, big and small, those with spikes and those with long, sharp teeth.

Dinotrux by Chris Gall. 2009
Millions of years ago, the prehistoric ancestors of today's trucks, such as garbageadon, dozeratops, and craneosaurus, roamed the Earth until they rusted out and became extinct.

Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems. 2006
Everyone in town loves Edwina the dinosaur except one little boy who is determined to prove to everyone, including Edwina, that dinosaurs are extinct.

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems. 2012
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!

Gorgonzola: A Very Stinkysaurus by Margie Palatini. 2008
When Gorgonzola the dinosaur learns that everyone runs from him to avoid his smell, rather than out of fear, he is grateful to the little bird who shows him how to brush his teeth and wash.

How Big Were the Dinosaurs? by Bernard Most. 1994
Describes the size of different dinosaurs by comparing them to more familiar objects, such as a school bus, a trombone, or a bowling alley.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen. 2000
Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss. Look for more “How Do Dinosaurs...” books.

I’m Big! by Kate McMullan. 2010
A young Sauropod encounters friends and foes while searching for his pack, who left while he was oversleeping.

Time Flies by Eric Rohmann. 1994
A wordless tale in which a bird flying around the dinosaur exhibit in a museum has an unsettling experience when it finds itself back in the time of living dinosaurs.

Tyrannosaurus Drip by Julia Donaldson. 2008
A duckbilled dinosaur, accidentally raised by fierce tyrannosauruses who would eat duckbills if only they could reach them, tries to be like his "family" but finally gives up, runs away, and finds a real home with others of his kind.

When Dinosaurs Came With Everything by Elise Broach. 2007
Although his mother is a little worried, a young boy is delighted to discover that every shop in town is giving away real dinosaurs to their customers.


Non-Fiction

Big Noisy Book of Dinosaurs by Britta Teckentrup. 2009

Born to Be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World by Lita Judge. 2010
Through easy to read text, this book shows readers how baby dinosaurs grew up to be giants.

Dinofile: Profiles of 120 Amazing, Terrifying, and Bizarre Beasts by Richard Moody. 2006 (Adult)

Dinosaur by Sarah Walker. 2001
Part of the Eye Wonder series,  Dinosaurs takes young readers back in time to an age when dinosaurs ruled the earth, from gentle Jurassic giants and the terrifying Tyrannosaurus Rex, to fearsome packs of Velociraptors and herds of Hadrosaurs.

Dinosaur Bones by Bob Barner. 2001
With a lively rhyming text and vibrant paper collage illustrations, author-artist Bob Barner shakes the dust off the dinosaur bones found in museums and reminds us that they once belonged to living, breathing creatures.

Dinosaur Discoveries by Gail Gibbons. 2005
Here are the most recent theories about the history of dinosaurs, backed up with amazing facts about dinosaur discoveries. Gibbons discusses the triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods and many of the non-bird dinosaurs that lived during each of those times.

Dinosaur Discovery: Everything You Need to Be a Paleontologist by Christopher McGowan. 2011
In-depth facts about 13 dinosaurs are interspersed with activities that teach readers about anatomy and how paleontologists understand body structure.

Dinosaurs by John A. Long. 2007
Part of the Insiders series, Dinosaurs explores every aspect of the time when these real-life monsters ruled the Earth, with illustrations that reveal the layers of dinosaur anatomy, show the process of fossil formation, and explore several well-known species in depth.

The Discovery and Mystery of a Dinosaur Named Jane by Judith Williams. 2006
Digging in the badlands of Montana, workers from the Burpee Museum of Natural History have spent weeks hunting for fossils. On their last day of prospecting they make a great find: the toe bone of a meat-eating dinosaur! Judith Williams takes us on this adventure--from the dig site to the creation and opening of the museum exhibit. The dinosaur named Jane is different from any found before and it's up to scientists at the museum to identify her.

Don’t Know Much About Dinosaurs by Kenneth C. Davis. 2004
Questions and answers provide information about dinosaurs, including the different species, what they ate, how they lived, and why they may have become extinct.

The Fossil Girl: Mary Anning’s Dinosaur Discovery by Catherine Brighton. 1999
In simple cartoon style, tells the story of a twelve-year-old English girl's discovery in 1811 of an ichthyosaurus skeleton.

Global Warming and the Dinosaurs: Fossil Discoveries at the Poles by Caroline Arnold. 2009

My Favorite Dinosaurs by John Sibbick. 2005

New Dinos: The Latest Finds! The Coolest Dinosaur Discoveries! by Shelley Tanaka. 2003
Describes some of the newly discovered dinosaurs and what paleontologists have learned about these prehistoric creatures in recent years.

Scholastic Dinosaurs A-Z: The Ultimate Dinosaur Encyclopedia by Don Lessem. 2003