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Dinosaurs: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about dinosaurs?

From pure fun to incredibly educational, these dino-books are sure to thrill your young curious readers. Dinosaurs are often a great topic to help interest young paleontologists in reading books, and this selection is sure to provide an option for any adventure loving reader.

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Jurassic Park
Written by Michael Crichton
chapter book
Recommend Ages: -

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Creatures once extinct now roam Jurassic Park, soon-to-be opened as a theme park. Until something goes wrong…and science proves a dangerous toy….

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Dinosaur Days
Written by Joyce Milton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

This series of affordable paperbacks offers an appealing variety of fiction and nonfiction by such popular authors as Jean Marzollo, Joyce Milton, Richard Scarry, and Joanna Cole

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Sea Rex
Written & illustrated by Molly Idle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

What could that be

down in the sea?

Is it a fish?

A snail?

A mermaid’s tail?

No, it’s bigger than that . . .

a LOT bigger . . .

it’s Sea Rex!

Join Cordelia and her cretacious companions as they spend a memorable day at the beach, as only dinosaurs can do!

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Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug
Written by Jonathan Stutzman & illustrated by Jay Fleck
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Tiny T. Rex has a HUGE problem. His friend Pointy needs cheering up and only a hug will do. But with his short stature and teeny T. Rex arms, is a hug impossible? Not if Tiny has anything to say about it! Join this plucky little dinosaur in his very first adventure—a warm and funny tale that proves the best hugs come from the biggest hearts. Introducing an unforgettable character on the picture book scene, Tiny T. Rex will stomp into the hearts of readers in this winning new series.

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Dancing Dinos Go to School
Written by & illustrated by Margeaux Lucas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

“Dinos dancing in a book.Dinos leaping, look, look, look!Dinos pasting red and blue.Dinos wasting paint and glue! “The dancing dinos are back, and this time, when their book turns up in a school library, they leap out and bring their musical mayhem to a kid’s classroom. This fun, rhyming Step 1 reader is perfect for back-to-school!

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  • Digger the Dinosaur - Digger the Dinosaur may be huge, but he has the heart of a preschooler. He loves to help but gets mixed up a lot. In Digger the Dinosaur, Digger wants to play baseball with his friends. But he isn’t allowed to go out until he’s cleaned his room. Digger starts cleaning at top speed, but the faster he moves the messier his room gets. His big tail and big feet aren’t helping! Will Digger win the race to tidy his room and get to the game on time? Gynux’s full-color illustrations capture Digger’s lovable personality. Digger the Dinosaur is a My First I Can Read book. That means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child.

  • Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads - The Toad brothers are wreaking havoc in Drywater Gulch when a boy with no experience but immense knowledge of dinosaurs rides into town on his tortoise and declares himself the new sheriff.

  • The Girl Who Really Really Really Loves Dinosaurs - Lara loves dinosaurs. No–Lara is mad about dinosaurs. And she really really really wants one of her own. She goes looking for her very own dinosaur at the Museum, and while things don’t work out quite how she expected, she discovers that she really didn’t have to go so far from her own home after all.

  • Don't Ask a Dinosaur - Written in a masterfully-executed rhyme, the book presents a cavalcade of lesser-known dinos and pairs their odd characteristics with little tasks that are hilariously impossible because of those features. “Don’t ask Deinocheirus to set the forks and spoons,” because his hands were enormous, “Therizinosaurus shouldn’t blow up balloons,” because he had very long claws. In the end they find the one thing everyone can help do is to blow out the candles on the cake…but will it create yet another mess?

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Double the Dinosaurs
Written by Diana Murray & illustrated by Mette Engell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

2, 4, 6, 8, math with dinos is so GREAT! This Step 1 early reader will introduce the fundamentals of addition and the concept of doubling. First there’s one dinosaur, then two, then four… keep up the doubling and there will sixty-four dinosaurs before the story’s through. The dinosaurs like to stomp and play, but they seem to keep multiplying. This math reader is a great introduction to the concept of addition and doubling. Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words for children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading. Rhyme and rhythmic text paired picture clues help children decode the story.

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Dinosaurs Before Dark
Written by Mary Pope Osborne & illustrated by Sal Murdocca
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Where did the tree house come from?

Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark…or will they become a dinosaur’s dinner?

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Hello, Mr Dinosaur!
Written & illustrated by Sam Boughton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Little ones will love saying ‘hello’ to a whole host of friendly dinosaurs in this delightful lift-the-flap book. Sam Boughton’s vibrant illustrations bring facts to life with deft humour and memorable comparisons. With big flaps to lift and a fantastic double gatefold on the final spread, this book is sure to go down a storm with young readers.

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Tea Rex
Written & illustrated by Molly Idle
Thoughts from The Goodfather
I love this clever dinosaur story. It's very unique. I love the irony of a Tyrannosaurus Rex being a guest at a tea party. Fortunately the hostess is most gracious and accommodating. Molly Idle's talent really shines through in this fun story.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Some tea parties are for grown-ups. Some are for girls. But this tea party is for a very special guest. And it is important to follow some rules . . . like providing comfortable chairs, and good conversation, and yummy food. But sometimes that is not enough for special guests, especially when their manners are more Cretaceous than gracious . . .

Introducing Tea Rex, a guest that just about any child would love to have to tea!

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Dad and the Dinosaur
Written by Gennifer Choldenko & illustrated by Dan Santat
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
Little Nick looks up to his dad (Big Nick) so much—he doesn't seem to be afraid of anything and so Little Nick comes up with a little helper (his dinosaur!) to help him be just as brave as his dad. Even though his mom tries to help him earlier on, the fact of life is that sometimes a child is just more receptive to one parent than another in any given moment, and the bonding moment this son and his father have as they go in search of what Little Nick needs most is just lovely.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A heartwarming father-son story about bravery and facing fears.

Nicholas was afraid of the dark outside his door, the bushes where the giant bugs live, and the underside of manhole covers.

His dad was not afraid of anything.

Nicholas wants to be as brave as his dad, but he needs help. That’s why he needs a dinosaur. After all, dinosaurs like the dark, bugs are nothing to them, and they eat manhole covers for lunch (and everything under them for dinner).

With his toy dinosaur, Nicholas can scale tall walls, swim in deep water, even score a goal against the huge goalie everyone calls Gorilla. But when the dinosaur goes missing, everything is scary again.

Luckily, his dad knows that even the bravest people can get scared, and it’s okay to ask for help facing your fears. It’s just guy stuff.

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  • We Love Dinosaurs - Whether they’re big, small, fast, slow, striped, spotted, or anything in between, dinosaurs are just so lovable! With rhyming text and bright watercolor illustrations, this joyful read is perfect for little ones who love dinosaurs.

  • Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! - The Book Snob Mom -

    Such an adorable opposites book with Sandra Boyton's signature animals :)

  • We Don't Eat Our Classmates - 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. . . . Readers will gobble up this hilarious new story from award-winning author-illustrator Ryan T. Higgins.

  • Dino Duckling - In this fun and endearing celebration of differences, a dinosaur finds a home with a family of ducks–a fresh twist on the beloved “The Ugly Duckling” tale. Even as an egg, Dino Duckling is different from all the other baby ducks. And when he’s born, no one seems to notice that he’s actually a dinosaur! Mama Duck knows that there is plenty of room for difference in a loving family, but there’s one big problem: How will Dino Duckling fly south for the winter without any wings? Can Dino Duckling ever truly belong? Alison Murray’s heartwarming reinvention of a classic is perfect for anyone who has ever wondered how to fit in.

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My First Pop-Up Dinosaurs
Written & illustrated by Owen Davey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Stylish artwork by award winner Owen Davey makes this 3-D introduction to dinosaurs a standout. Watch long-extinct creatures spring to life in a striking first pop-up book for budding paleontologists. Showcased are fifteen dinosaurs and prehistoric reptiles, from Ankylosaurus to Velociraptor, each one accompanied by its name and pronunciation. At once simple and sophisticated, Owen Davey’s striking pop-ups, with their geometric patterns of spiky scales, dramatic splotches, and dotted feathers, are sure to mesmerize dinosaur aficionados of all ages.

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Thesaurus Has a Secret
Written & illustrated by Anya Glazer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From author-illustrator Anya Glazer comes a humorous picture book for dinosaur fans and word lovers of all ages!

Thesaurus is an ordinary dinosaur. A very ordinary dinosaur . . . who just happens to love words. And the other dinos know that’s just who he is. But behind his verbose and fancy language, Thesaurus has also been keeping something absolutely, very, extremely top secret.

But as his lies begin to stack up, someone begins to notice. And if the other dinos discover what Thesaurus is hiding, they won’t think he’s such a normal dinosaur after all.

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The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas!
Written by Tom Fletcher & illustrated by Garry Parsons
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Danny wants everything for Christmas. But what he gets is a dinosaur, a very hungry dinosaur. Danny’s new dino eats up all of Christmas, but as we all know, what goes in must come out. Danny is about to have the most explosive Christmas of his life! There’s poop, presents, and prehistoric creatures in this festive feast! With a strong moral about the dangers of being greedy, The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas! is sure to be become a modern Christmas classic.

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Dinosaurium
Written by Lily Murray & illustrated by Chris Wormell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The newest title in the Welcome to the Museum series focuses its attention on the impressive beasts that once ruled the world: dinosaurs. With artwork from Chris Wormell, this stunningly curated guide to dinosaurs gives readers the experience of a fascinating exhibition from the pages of a beautiful book. Featuring a wonderful range of dinosaurs, from the much-loved triceratops and Tyrannosaurus rex to lesser known species such as coelophysis and tsintaosaurus, Dinosaurium is a fascinating display of the impressive beasts that once ruled the world.

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Kat Wolfe Takes the Case
Written by Lauren St John
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Kat Wolfe, Harper Lamb, and their animal sidekicks are back in a new caper as Lauren St. John’s Wolfe and Lamb Mysteries . A suspicious death coincides with the exciting discovery of the fossilized bones of a 200-million-year-old dinosaur. Kat is on the case, but she’s also fending off accusations that one of her pets is attacking local animals, dealing with a difficult and perhaps dangerous relative, and wondering about clues she’s discovered about a strange local cult. Kat Wolfe Takes the Case is another high-stakes adventure perfect for mystery and animal lovers!

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  • Dinosaur Dilemma - Young witch Salem Hyde needs an idea for her science project, and she needs it fast. While on a field trip to the Natural History Museum, Salem decides that dinosaurs are the perfect answer. She uses magic to cut corners but finds that her efforts have disastrous results when the egg she brings home hatches during the night. Good thing Whammy is there to help Salem keep the baby dinosaur out of trouble and clean up this magical mess! Salem and Whammy are an irresistible duo in a book perfect for the youngest independent readers.

  • I'm a Scaredy-Mouse! - Geronimo Stilton’s ancient ancestor is back in another prehistoric adventure!Geronimo Stiltonoot and his family save a young dinosaur from the river! The dinosaur and Benjamin quickly become good friends. But the dino turns out to have a tremendous talent . . . for mischief! Can Geronimo get him back to his herd before he causes a megalithic disaster?

  • The Haunted Dinosaur - Get ready for a fur-raising adventure with Creepella von Cacklefur!A terrible haunted dinosaur is wreaking havoc throughout Mysterious Valley! He’s scattering bones and leaving destruction in his wake. Creepella steps up to the task of taming this creature – and brings Geronimo along for the adventure!

  • Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Velociraptor - What would happen if a Tyrannosaurus rex and a velociraptor met each other? What if they had a fight? Who do you think would win?This nonfiction reader compares and contrasts two ferocious dinosaurs. Kids learn about the dinos’ anatomies, behaviors, and more. The book is packed with photos, charts, illustrations, and amazing facts.

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Dinosnores
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Ah, all those dinosaurs look so cute in their pajamas. See them yawn and stretch and brush their teeth. Soon they’ll be sound asleep, and . . . OH NO! SNORING!!! (“Honk-SHOOOOOO! Honk-SHOOOOOO! . . .”) Little kids love big dinosaurs. They also love the sublime silliness of Sandra Boynton books. So what better way to wind down at the end of the day than with DINOSNORES, a rhyming and rhythmic ritual of getting ready for bed—ruined by a pile of loudly snoozing dinos. Happily, the book concludes: “Thank goodness those dinosnores live far, far away.”

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Code Name Flood
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Perfect for fans of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World! Code Name Flood is the electrifying sequel to The Ark Plan, which School Library Journal praised by saying: “Nonstop action, marauding dinosaurs, and kids on the run: What’s not to like?” Last week, twelve-year-old Sky found a cryptic message from her dad, who mysteriously fled the safety of their underground compound five years ago. The note said the fate of the world depended on her going topside, to a lost world that’s ruled by dinosaurs.Today, after a treacherous journey through the wilderness, Sky and her friends have made it to their destination: Lake Michigan. There they discover a hidden underwater lab, and with the help of its scientists, Sky will finally learn the truth about her father’s secret mission.Tomorrow, it will be up to Sky and her friends to save humanity from the very edge of extinction.Readers who enjoy middle grade adventures by Brandon Mull and Rick Riordan will love this action-packed story, which takes the premise of Michael Crichton’s bestselling classic to a whole new level, envisioning a postapocalyptic future where cloned dinosaurs have taken over and the world’s only hope is one group of courageous kids.–School Library Journal

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Bolivar
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

What would you do if your neighbor was a dinosaur? Going extinct isn’t for everyone. Sybil knows that there is something off about her next door neighbor, but she can’t seem to get anyone to believe her. Everyone is so busy going about their days in the busy streets of New York City that they don’t notice Bolivar. They don’t notice his odd height, his tiny arms, or his long tail. No one but Sybil sees that Bolivar is a dinosaur. When an unlikely parking ticket pulls Bolivar into an adventure from City Hall to New York’s Natural History Museum, he must finally make a choice: continue to live unnoticed, or let the city see who he really is. School Library Journal says… “Bolivar the dinosaur speaks to the introvert in all of us. That part deep down inside that encourages us to hide away from the world, keep to ourselves, and avoid any and all connections for fear of getting hurt. Dinosaurs may not be around anymore but Bolivars abound. Even little Bolivars who will pick up this book and instantly connect with someone just like them. So for the Bolivars and the Manhattan-lovers, the graphic novel enthusiasts and the parents just looking for a good bedtime story, Bolivar the book is the place to go. Dino-mite stuff.”

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Dinotopia, a Land Apart from Time
Written & illustrated by James Gurney
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

When James Gurney’s Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time first appeared in 1992, it was immediately hailed as a fully imagined world of the caliber of J. R. R. Tolkien’s. Gurney’s premise – of an undiscovered island where a race of mystical humans co-exists in harmony with intelligent dinosaurs – has been since reiterated over and over in numerous films and by scores of other writers. Now, Calla Editions brings Gurney’s spectacular artistry to a new generation in this 20th anniversary edition. Digitally re-rendered from the original transparencies, Gurney’s dramatic panoramas of Dinotopia and close-up character studies of its inhabitants – both human and saurian – take on new vitality. And as a tale of high adventure and discovery told as entries and sketches in journal form, Dinotopia presents a shipwrecked visitor’s glimpse into an imagined social order, a culture, and even a cooperative interspecies technology that will satisfy lovers of fantasy and science fiction of all persuasions. This edition includes a new Afterword written by author James Gurney as well as a special section of behind-the-scenes studies and maquettes he used in developing his paintings.

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Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs
Written & illustrated by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

From renowned pop-up masters Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart comes an awe-inspiring tribute to the world’s most beloved extinct animals and their 180-million-year reign on our planet.

Open this book and a massive T. REX springs out, flashing a startling jawful of jagged teeth. Turn the next spread and a ravishing raptor unfurls and appears to fly off the edge of the page. Inside the amazing ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS are “shield bearers” in full-body armor, creatures with frilly headgear, and weighty, long-necked giants. There are even amusing tidbits on the history of paleontology itself — like a pop-up version of a Victorian New Year’s dinner in the belly of a dinosaur model, or a pair of scientists locked in a literal tug-of-war over bones.

Full of fascinating facts and lighthearted good humor, this breathtaking book includes fascinating, up-to-the-minute information about popular dinosaurs as well as many lesser-known varieties. With each of six spreads featuring one spectacular, large pop-up as well as booklets of smaller pop-ups and text, ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS is a magnificent display of paper engineering and creativity — an astonishing book that will be read, admired, and treasured forever.

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  • Thomas Jefferson and the Mammoth Hunt - Mom of Boys -

    This book has lots of great rhymes. It tells a fun story of Thomas Jefferson when America was first settled. The Count of Paris wrote a book saying that the New World had puny creatures and Thomas Jefferson wanted to prove him wrong. At the end of the book it has notes from the author and his resources which is always great to learn the real history behind a story like this.

  • No, No, Dinos! - Gobble! Chomp! Crunch! What happens when silly dinos eat sweets? Open their mouths to find out!

  • The Journey Through Time - Journey back in time with Geronimo in this fabumouse hardcover special edition!I, Geronimo Stilton, never expected to set paw inside a time machine. But when Professor Paws von Volt invited me to travel with him, I had to accept! My family came along to help us discover how the dinosaurs became extinct, how the Great Pyramid of Giza was built, and what life was like at King Arthur’s court. Along the way I was chased by a Tyrannosaurus rex, almost eaten by a crocodile in the Nile, and asked to save a maiden from an evil knight’s castle. Holey cheese! It was an adventure through history!

  • Ocean Renegades! - “Determined to show Ronnie just how interesting prehistoric life was BEFORE the age of the dinosaurs, Miss Lernin takes her back in time to the six parts of the Paleozoic era to study the earliest lifeforms on Earth, starting with the rise of the vertebrates”–]cProvided by publisher.

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Dinosaurs Before Dark
Written by Mary Pope Osborne and Jenny Laird & illustrated by Kelly Matthews and Nichole Matthews
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-11

The #1 bestselling chapter book is now a graphic novel! Magic. Mystery. Time-travel. Get whisked back in time in the magic tree house with Jack and Annie! Where did the tree house come from? Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark…or will they become a dinosaur’s dinner?For the first time in graphic novel–live the adventure again in the very first Magic Tree House book, with new art from comic artists Kelly and Nichole Matthews! Have more fun with Jack and Annie at MagicTreeHouse.com!

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We Will Rock Our Classmates
Written & illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Readers will twist and shout for this headbanging companion to the #1 New York Times best-selling We Don’t Eat Our Classmates.Penelope is a T. rex, and she’s very good at it. She also likes to rock out on guitar! With the school talent show coming up, Penelope can’t wait to perform for her classmates. But sharing who you are can be show-stoppingly scary, especially when it’s not what people expect. Will Penelope get by with a little help from her friends?

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Dinosaur Empire!
Written & illustrated by Abby Howard
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Ronnie is just a normal fifth-grader trying to pass her science class’s impossible quiz on the history of dinosaurs . . . until she happens upon her neighbor–Ms. Lernin–a retired paleontologist. With the assistance of Science Magic, Ronnie and Ms. Lernin travel back through time and space to experience the Mesozoic Era firsthand. They visit three important time periods in the development of the Mesozoic Era: the Triassic, the Jurassic, and the Cretaceous. Along the way, Ronnie finds herself face-to-face with real-life dinosaurs and reptiles, like stegosauruses, velociraptors, and thalattosaurs. With the help of her neighbor’s trusty knowledge of prehistoric times, she learns the differences between herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores, as well as between dinosaurs, insects, and reptiles. This insightful and informative graphic novel uses engaging art to bring facts to life, giving kids the tools to understand the evolution of these prehistoric creatures and the important effects this era had on our world today.

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Mary Anning
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Mary Anning, the mother of paleontology, and daring fossil hunter. When Mary was little, her family was very poor. She used to help her dad to comb for shells and bones up high on dangerous cliffs. After receiving a book as a gift from a kind benefactor, Mary learned all about fossils. She continued to hunt for them and made the startling discovery of a complete skeleton of an ichthyosaur. Sadly, she wasn’t allowed to study along with all the other men, but she carried on making her own discoveries–including dinosaur poo!–and advising the Geological Society when they needed help. It took a lifetime to receive recognition but we all remember her now as the mother of paleontology. This roar-some book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the paleontologist’s life. Little People, BIG DREAMS is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardcover versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games, and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children. Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!

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The Bad Guys in Do-You-Think-He-Saurus?!
Written by Aaron Blabey
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!I wish I’d had these books as a kid. Hilarious! – Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants and Dog Man They may look like Bad Guys, but these wannabe heroes are doing good deeds…whether you like it or not! This New York Times bestselling illustrated series is perfect for fans of Dog Man and Captain Underpants. The Bad Guys have flown through outer space, made it back to Earth, and managed to land in exactly the right place… but exactly the wrong TIME. Who knew alien escape pods were capable of time travel?!? And now that they’re 65 million years in the past, they must avoid being eaten by dinosaurs and fix their broken time machine if they ever want to get back home before an evil alien destroys the whole world! This super special edition also includes a hilarious original short story following evil Dr. Marmalade’s quest for superstardom, quizzes, games, and more!

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  • National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs - The third title in National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book series, this book is for kids 4- to 8-years-old who LOVE dinos! The prehistoric world comes alive with dinosaurs small, big, giant, and gigantic, with stunning illustrations by Franco Tempesta–who illustrated National Geographic Kids The Ultimate Dinopedia. 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. Young dino fans will love the interactivity included in every chapter, and parents will appreciate tips to help carry readers’ experience beyond the page.

  • Oh Say Can You Say Di-No-Saur?: All about Dinosaurs - Journey through the fascinating world of dinosaurs with everyone’s favorite Cat in the Hat in this positively prehistoric adventure! The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library is a nonfiction picture book series that introduces beginning readers ages 5-8 to important basic concepts. Learn about how fossils are formed and found, and get an easy introduction to dinosaurs from the flying Archaeoptyerx to the spiky Ankylosaurus. (And not to fear-the Cat in the Hat will break the names down for easy pronunciation for kids and parents.) Perfect for readers who are crazy about dinosaurs (or even just dino-nuggets) and for any kid who loves learning and science. Featuring beloved characters from Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, the Learning Library are unjacketed hardcover picture books that explore a range of nonfiction topics about the world we live in and include an index, glossary, and suggestions for further reading. “Pretty much all the stuff you need to know is in Dr. Seuss.” -President Barack Obama

  • The World Beneath - The voyage of discovery that Arthur Denison and his son, Will, began in Dinotopia continues in The World Beneath. Professor Denison and Will have been living on Dinotopia for several years, learning the marvels of this lost island continent where dinosaurs and humans have coexisted peacefully for centuries, cut off from the rest of the world.Now Professor Denison decides to explore the natural mysteries of Dinotopia. He turns his attention to the ancient caves that point to a long-lost Dinotopian civilization that seems to have used a technology beyond any that the Professor has ever before encountered. His journey takes him deeper and deeper into the heart of Dinotopia, into the World Beneath. Little does he know that his quest to uncover Dinotopia’s deepest mystery will soon become a desperate race to save the very existence of the island. Beloved by a generation of readers, James Gurney’s classic story returns in this lavish edition from Calla Editions(TM). The artwork has been reproduced from new plates digitally scanned from the original transparencies. This unabridged, expanded edition includes 30 additional pages, including a new Foreword by paleontologist Michael Brett-Surman and an Afterword by the author with over 40 behind-the-scenes sketches and photos.

  • Digging for Dinos - Meet Haggis and Tank–two dogs with BIG imaginations!This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!Haggis and Tank’s big imaginations take them on a search for real live dinosaurs! They build a nest for dino eggs and play baseball with a triceratops. But then the ground starts shaking. Is a T-rex chasing Haggis and Tank? Or could something else be headed their way? This series is full of clever wordplay and homophones that make Haggis and Tank’s adventures even more fun!

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The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs
Written by Joanna Cole & illustrated by Bruce Degen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The classroom is decorated as Dinosaur Land, but Ms. Frizzle-inspired by an archeological dig-craves a more authentic experience. The Magic School Bus turns into a time machine and transports the class back millions of years to an adventure where they learn about dinosaurs, their habitats and diets, and even a Maiasaura nesting ground.

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Journey to Chandara
Written by James Gurney
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Professor Denison, the intrepid 19th-century explorer, is back! Some time ago, the professor discovered a lost island where humans and dinosaurs dwell in harmony. Now the professor and Bix, his dinosaur companion, have been summoned to the forbidden empire of Chandara. But when they lose their invitation from the emperor, the adventurers must cross the border penniless and in disguise. A vivid narrative, accompanied by enchanting illustrations, traces their journey and its spectacular sights: a village composed of three ships propped up on end, a 50-foot-tall Brachiosaurus outfitted for firefighting, an Allosaurus tending its hatchlings, and other memorable scenes.A stand-alone sequel to the first two Dinotopia books, Journey to Chandara offers the perfect introduction to James Gurney’s fantasy world for readers of all ages. Filled with magnificent full-color paintings, cutaway views, and mechanical diagrams, this newly expanded deluxe edition includes a behind-the-scenes featurette filled with rare insights from the author/illustrator.

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Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-13

Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic–dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you’re a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you! This volume: in Dinosaurs, learn all about the history of paleontology! This fascinating look at dinosaur science covers the last 150 years of dinosaur hunting, and illuminates how our ideas about dinosaurs have changed–and continue to change.

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Dinosaurs in Action!
Written by Geronimo Stilton
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-11

The Pirate Cats have had their plans foiled by Geronimo Stilton time and time again, due to the help from Geronimo’s friend Professor Volt. The Pirate Cats decide to better their offs by getting rid of Professor Volt; kidnapping him and leaving him in the Cretaceous Period - a time when the earth was occupied by dinosaurs! Geronimo and his friends must travel back in time 140 million years to save Professor Volt from literally becoming a part of history!

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If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party
Written & illustrated by Jill Esbaum
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

You never know what will happen when a “T. Rex” crashes your birthday party. Sure, you’ll be super excited when he turns up. But then he ll stomp. He ll ROAR. He ll wonder how you taste with a little mustard. In the end, though, you may find yourself asking him to come back next year! This delightfully whimsical picture book has a fun twist kids will love.”

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