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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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
by Barbara Kerley
3rd grade - 6th grade
by Howard Zimmerman
2nd grade - 5th grade
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.
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.
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