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Children's books and activities

Dinosaurs

Do you know any kids who are fascinated by dinosaurs (and think that T-Rex rules)? We do! And we've gathered up a great collection of books, activities, apps, and websites for learning all about dinosaurs.

Try pairing fiction with nonfiction books and exploring different genres (like poetry and biographies) and formats (like graphic novels and audio books). You'll be creating your own "text sets" — collections of texts focused on a specific topic, such as dinosaurs. Reading widely in this way helps children build background knowledge, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.


Is your public library closed?

See if your public library offers OverDrive where you can borrow and read free ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines on your phone or tablet — all you need is your library card to get access. There are also a number of online services that offer high-quality audiobooks and ebooks: Audible for Kids, Tales2Go, and Epic!. Learn more: Finding Audiobooks and Ebooks.


Great Fiction & Nonfiction Books

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo

By: William Joyce

Age Level: 3-6 years old

While on a family excursion to Africa, the Lazardos find a dinosaur and bring him home to their...

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Dinosaur Train

By: John Steven Gurney

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Does Jesse travel back in time or is an imaginative jaunt when he boards a train with a...

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Dinosaur!

By: Peter Sis

Age Level: 3-6 years old

When a boy's toy dinosaurs come to life, a whole new world is created in his bathtub. No...

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Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs

By: Byron Barton

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A long time ago there were dinosaurs. Big dinosaurs and small dinosaurs. Dinosaurs with horns on...

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Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct

By: Mo Willems

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Everyone in town knows Edwina. She is the dinosaur who plays with the kids. She is the dinosaur who...

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How Big Were the Dinosaurs?

By: Bernard Most

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Dinosaurs are endlessly fascinating. Perhaps because it is hard to imagine giant lizards roaming...

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How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

By: Jane Yolen

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Ten sleepy dinosaurs get ready for bed in this celebration of funny, endearing, and naughty...

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Roar: A Dinosaur Tour

By: Michael Paul

Age Level: 3-6 years old

“Millions of year ago, dinosaurs walked the Earth.” Some were small, some walked on two legs,...

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Stegothesaurus

By: Bridget Heos

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The third brother was a different kind of dinosaur. Rather than a more typical stegosaurus, he...

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Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp!

By: Margaret Mayo

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Meet massive, wrinkly, stiff-tailed, feathered and more dinosaurs as they stomp, guard, and gulp...

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Tea Rex

By: Molly Idle

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

A Miss Manners–style primer on how to throw a delightfully proper tea party for a dinosaur...

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Time Flies

By: Eric Rohmann

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

A wordless time-travel adventure and a meditation on the scientific theory that dinosaurs were...

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Time Train

By: Paul Fleischman

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Join Miss Pym's students as they take a memorable train trip across the U.S. to a time and...

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When Dinosaurs Came with Everything

By: Elise Broach

Age Level: 3-6 years old

In a playful take on the stickers and lollipops that bored kids sweep up at businesses as parents...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Archaeologists Dig for Clues

By: Kate Duke

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Archaeologists on a dig work very much like detectives at a crime scene. Every chipped rock,...

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Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World

By: Tracey Fern

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Even as a child, Barnum Brown started collecting fossils. This boy from Carbondale, Kansas, grew up...

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Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs

By: Kathleen V. Kudlinski

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This is a very kid friendly introduction to how a scientific theory is formed through the careful...

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cover of "Chalk" showing a large dinosaur head

Chalk

By: Bill Thomson

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

Join three children who find a magical piece of chalk that begins an exciting series of events...

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Dad and the Dinosaur

By: Jennifer Choldenko

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

A father-son story about bravery and facing fears. With his toy dinosaur, Nicholas can...

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Digging Up Dinosaurs

By: A Aliki

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Where do museum dinosaur skeletons come from? In this introduction to archaeology, the author shows...

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Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House series)

By: Mary Pope Osborne

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Share adventures with Annie and her brother Jack when they accept missions from a magical library...

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Dinosaurs: The Biggest, Baddest, Strangest, Fastest

By: Harold Zimmerman, George Olshevsky

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The large format of this book is perfect for the theatrical, sometimes spectacular, full color...

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Dinotrux

By: Chris Gall

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Millions of years ago, huge, hungry prehistoric 'dinotrux' ruled the world. A terrible...

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Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs

By: Robert Sabuda, Matthew Reinhart

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Nonfiction

Information appears alongside beautifully designed pop-up constructions in this overview of all...

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Fly Guy Presents: Dinosaurs

By: Tedd Arnold

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Nonfiction

Fly Guy and Buzz are ready for their next field trip as they visit a natural history museum to...

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If the Dinosaurs Came Back

By: Bernard Most

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

What would happen if the dinosaurs returned? A small boy imagines a world where dinosaurs...

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Let’s Investigate with Nate: Dinosaurs

By: Nate Ball

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Travel with Nate Bell and a group of kids whose adventure begins at the Science Museum. They...

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Mad Scientist Academy: The Dinosaur Disaster

By: Matthew McElligott

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

The seven new students at Mad Scientist Academy include a werewolf, a robot, and other odd...

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My Encyclopedia of Very Important Dinosaurs

By: DK

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Nonfiction

Full of up-to-date facts and discoveries, this encyclopedia includes everything from an in-depth...

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Prehistoric Actual Size

By: Steve Jenkins

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Nonfiction

What is it like to come face-to-face with the ten-foot-tall terror bird? Or stare into the mouth...

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The Dinosaur Expert

By: Margaret McNamara

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

Join Mr. Tiffin's class as they learn about dinosaurs big and small, feathered and scaly, winged...

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The Dinosaur Museum

By: National Geographic

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This interactive guide takes you on a room-by-room tour of a natural history museum.You can open...

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The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

By: Barbara Kerley

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Mr. Hawkins was a 19th century British artist with a passion for dinosaurs. This illustrated...

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The Magic School Bus: In the Time of the Dinosaurs

By: Joanna Cole, Bruce Degen

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Everyone's favorite science teacher is back as Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a journey...

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The Talking T. Rex (An A to Z Mystery)

By: Ron Roy

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Friends and amateur detectives Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose set out to help their friend whose...

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There's a Dinosaur on the 13th Floor

By: Wade Bradford

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

There is something a bit unusual about the Sharemore Hotel. When an exhausted Mr. Snore checks...

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Age Level: 9-12 years old

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Children's Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs

By: Clare Hibbert

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Nonfiction

Full of fascinating facts and dramatic illustrations, and based on the latest paleontological...

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Dinosaur Empire! Journey through the Mesozoic Era

By: Abby Howard

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

Travel back in time to the age of the dinosaurs with fifth-grader Abby and her neighbor—Ms...

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Dinosaurs! (Explorer series)

By: Christopher Lloyd, Nick Forshaw

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Dinosaurs, endlessly fascinating, continue to be explored. Current information is presented in...

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Dinosaurs: A Visual Encyclopedia

By: DK

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Nonfiction

The history of all life on Earth, with a special focus on dinosaurs, featuring details of over...

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Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers (Science Comics Series)

By: MK Reed

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Nonfiction

In this graphic novel, learn all about the history of paleontology! This fascinating look...

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Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time

By: James Gurney

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

In this fantasy classic, young readers imagine an isolated island inhabited by shipwrecked...

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Knights vs. Dinosaurs

By: Matt Phelan

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

Renowned for their courage, their chivalry, and their ability to fight mythical creatures, the...

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