Dinosaurs are beloved by children of all ages, and we’ve compiled the best dinosaur books for kids, categorized by age and including both reference books filled with information as well as great stories featuring dinosaurs.
Researchers found that one in three children will develop an “intense interest” in dinosaurs at some point, and fascination with a conceptual topic like dinosaurs has been linked to better attention spans, information-processing skills, and persistence. That’s because you actually have to go out there and ask questions, read and learn, not just passively observe.
For children who have an intense interest or just want to learn more, reading is one of the best ways to learn about dinosaurs, and below are some of the best dinosaur books for children of all ages.
Dinosaur Books for Toddlers
Written by Fiona Watt
Toddlers love these touchy-feely books, where they can explore different textures, colors, and materials. This is a well-made, quality board book that will start a love of dinosaurs in your home.
Written by Jim McDonald
This Hello, World! board book is a great introduction to the world dinosaurs and our association with them today. The images are bright and colorful, and simple enough for a young child to comprehend.
Written and Illustrated by Sandra Boynton
This silly book is great for interacting with your child, making up a little dance with the words, and having fun. I haven’t met a toddler who doesn’t love Sandra Boynton!
Written and Illustrated by Sandra Boynton
This rhythmic, silly book teaches children about opposites showing various scenes with dinosaurs. It is another Sandra Boynton favorite.
Written by Roger Priddy
This large, colorful book of dinosaurs is a collection of dinosaurs with its name and some facts sprinkled in. There are so many different colors and types of dinosaurs, that children will spend a long time looking through this book.
Written by Margaret Mayo, illustrated by Alex Ayliffe
This is a great dinosaur book for toddlers, with a new action word for each dinosaur.
Dinosaur Books for Preschoolers
Written and Illustrated by Sid Hoff
Danny and the Dinosaur is a classic book for children who are learning to read. It is a sweet story of a boy and his pet dinosaur, and the little things they do together. A favorite among preschool-aged children!
Written by Molly Idle
A lot of dinosaur books target the boy audience or feature a boy as the main character, but this one features a little girl and her tea party with a T-rex. It is a humorous book, with adorable illustrations that both children and adults will enjoy.
Written by Deb Lund, illustrated by Howard Fine
In this book, dinosaurs are up for an adventure and decide to take a train ride. It is a funny, rhythmic story that is fun for children, and a delight for adults to read aloud. If you like this book, Dinosailors and Dinosoaring are other favorites.
Dinosaur Books for Kids Ages 6 – 8
Written and illustrated by Lita Judge
For anyone wondering just how big the dinosaurs were, this book shows modern animals next to dinosaurs to see exactly how they size up. This dinosaur book is silly but fact-filled to interest children of all ages.
Written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen
Ms. Fizzle’s class is transported back in time to the prehistoric age, where dinosaurs roam the earth. In true Magic School Bus fashion, science, history, and humor are mixed in for a great read.
Written and illustrated by Jessie Hartland
This dinosaur book is great for children to make the connection for what they see in a museum with real life. It teaches children the process from finding the fossils until they are presented in the museum.
Written by Elise Broach and illustrated by David Small
This dinosaur book is a story of a little boy who gets a dinosaur wherever he goes. It combines the imagination and silliness of childhood, with enough smart humor and language that adults would enjoy. Wonderful picture book.
Written by Catherine D. Hughes, illustrated by Franco Tempesta
This is one of the best dinosaur books for preschoolers, as it is comprehensive and each page highlights a dinosaur, along with simple facts for children to follow. Along with each dinosaur are questions parents can ask their child to keep them engaged and relate the dinosaur to their own life.
Written by Brenda Z. Guiberson, illustrated by William Low
For children who can’t get enough information about dinosaurs, this book has specific facts about feathered dinosaurs, and the connection between the ancient animals and birds today. The illustrations are beautiful in this book!
Written and illustrated by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart
This remarkable pop-up book is one of the most unique and treasured books on dinosaurs. It is full of fascinating facts and six spreads with one large pop-up and smaller pop-ups on the page of dinosaurs. Of course, because it is a pop-up book with intricate details, it is recommended for ages 4+.
Dinosaur Books for Kids 8 – 12
Written by Kathleen V. Kudlinkski, Illustrated by S.D. Schindler
This is a great book on teaching children how science has changed our understanding of dinosaurs as new discoveries come out. It provides interesting information about dinosaurs but also shows children how that information was discovered.
Written by Emily Hawkins, Illustrated by Lucy Letherland
If you’re looking for a book that includes stories along with facts, this Atlas of Dinosaur Adventures is great. The illustrations are detailed enough for children to be engaged while you read, and you get a chance to use your imagination on what things looked like when dinosaurs roamed the world.
Written by Lily Murray, Illustrated by Chris Wormell
It’s almost as if you walk through a museum in this book, as you are guided through As always, Chris Wormell’s artwork is fantastic and will captivate children of all ages.
Written by Oliver Butterworth
This chapter book is a great, timeless fictional story of a boy who finds a dinosaur egg in a chicken’s nest and the adventure that ensued. It is funny, heartwarming and has all the charm you want in a middle-grade book.
Written by DK
This dinosaur book is a comprehensive, visual guide to the prehistoric world. The images and illustrations are fantastic and the details are up to date with the latest paleontology discoveries.
These are only a handful of hundreds of the best dinosaur books for kids. If you have children who enjoy dinosaur books, you may want to check out other book lists, such as children’s books about the ocean and nature books for kids. If you have a favorite book that you would like considered to be featured, please feel free to contact us!
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