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Dinosaurs for Kids
Best Children's Books

Below are some of the best books about dinosaurs for kids. There a lots to choose from because dinosaurs are a perennial childhood favorite! Below are books on dinosaurs for kids of all ages. Some target young kids, teaching dinosaurs with a cute, 'soft' touch. We also listed books for older kids--the kind that go into details about how dinosaurs really were!  We think it's fun to mix both types--the realistic and the fantastical--because really, even though we know dinosaurs did actually roam the earth, aren't they pretty fantastical anyway just by their very nature.

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Books on Dinosaurs for Kids
with links to buy on Amazon

Time Flies  
by Eric Rohmann
all ages (wordless)

Digging Up Dinosaurs
(Let's Read and Find
Out About Science)
by Aliki

Preschool - 2nd grade

Fossils Tell of Long Ago  
(Let's Read & Find
Out Science) by Aliki

Kindergarten - 3rd grade

by Douglas Florian
1st grade - 5th grade

Actual Size

by Steve Jenkins
Preschool - 5th grade

T. Rex  
by Vivian French
Preschool - 2nd grade

Jurassic Poop
What Dinosaurs Left Behind
by Jacob Berkowitz

Grade 3 +

Encyclopedia Prehistorica
Pop-Up Books

by Robert Sabuda
Kindergarten - 5th grade

Dinotopia series  
(Dinotopia, The World Beneath,
Journey to Chandara, First Flight)
by James Gurney

Grade 6 +

How the Dinosaur
Got to the Museum

by Jessie Hartland
1st grade - 4th grade

What Happened to
Patrick's Dinosaurs

by Carol Carrick
Kindergarten - 2nd grade

Nat Geo Kids: The
Ultimate Dinopedia

by Don Lessem
2nd grade - 6th grade

How Do Dinosaurs
series of books

by Jane Yolen
Preschool - 1st grade

The Big Book of

by DK Publishing
Grade 2 +

Magic Tree House
Dinosaurs Before Dark

plus related Fact Checker book
by Mary Pope Osborne

1st grade - 4th grade

The Extinct Files
My Science Project
by Wallace Edwards

2nd grade - 5th grade

The Dinosaurs of
Waterhouse Hawkins

by Barbara Kerley
3rd grade - 6th grade

Dinosaurs! The
Biggest, Baddest,
Strangest, Fastest

by Howard Zimmerman

2nd grade - 5th grade

Dinosaur Books for Older Kids
More Challenging Books on Dinosaurs

Since we teach the little ones, we generally don't read a ton of middle grades or high school books.  But, to be helpful, we are listing below some award winning books on dinosaurs for kids in middle and upper grades. If you know some good books on dinosaurs for kids aged 12 and up, can you please share your recommendations. :)

Paleo Bugs: Survival of the Creepiest
Proof that the huge insects of old, low budget horror movies are based on real prehistoric arthropods! Large, bright paintings bring the creepy crawlies to life. A School Library Jrnl Best Book of 2008. (Grade 3-7) Click the title for a look inside.

Dinosaur Eggs Discovered 
An interesting look at the discovery of dinosaur nesting ground in Argentina and the new insights gleaned from it. Detailed language-- best for advanced readers. "Valuable, unusually authoritative." (Bklst)   (Grade 6+)  Click the title for a look inside.

Pterosaurs: Rulers of the Skies
A beautifully illustrated intro to the enormous flying reptiles of the prehistoric skies. Kids will be aghast at their bizarre features! A "solid overview." (Bklst) An NSTA Outstanding Children's Science Trade Book.  (Grade 4+) Click the title for a look inside.

Giant Sea Reptiles of the Dinosaur Age
Kids know the T.Rex, but not many know about the fascinating marine reptiles! This book describes the largest of the lot, paired by detailed watercolors. An NSTA Outstanding Science Children's Book.
(Grade 3-7) Click the title for a look inside.

Dinosaur Parents, Dinosaur Young
What were dinosaur families like? This interesting book discusses the topic (ie: the discovery of an Oviraptor father that was buried in a sandstorm in a protective posture over his eggs!)  An ALA Notable Children's Book and NSTA Outstanding Science Children's Book.   (Grade 4-7) Click the title for a look inside.

New Dinos: The Latest Finds! 
In this title, Shelly Tanaka covers a wide range of topics like discoveries, eggs, feathers, appetites, hunting, etc. Clear and age-appropriate, with fantastic illustrations.  A 2004 NSTA Outstanding Science Kids Book.   (Grade 5-8) Click the title for a look inside.

Dinosaur Atlas
A fact filled compendium of dinosaur facts! We love the clear overlays showing dinosaur skeletal systems-- so educational!  Comes with a CD-ROM. An NSTA Outstanding Science Children's Book! (Grade 4+) Click the title for a look inside.

Enjoy the books!

Betsy, Cindy, and Virginia (the teachers/sisters behind this website)

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