Best dinosaur books for kids
What child dosen’t love dinosaurs? Here are our favourite dinosaur books for kids of all ages.
The Dinosaur's Diary
By: Julia Donaldson
Julia Donaldson’s fan’s will love the enchanting tale of The Dinosaur’s Diary.
Surviving and finding a safe place to lay her eggs is difficult for Hypsilophodon with dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus Rex around. When she falls into a mysterious pool and finds herself on a modern farm there are still problems. Finally she finds a safe place to hatch her babies, but how can she keep thirteen baby dinosaurs safe and secret? When the farmer catches one – Hector – and plans to take him to the vet, it’s up to Hypsilophodon and her fiesty daughter, Henrietta, to get him back. After a daring rescue, Hypsilophodon takes all her youngsters back through the mysterious pool to her own world.
This book is a perfect read-aloud book for kids aged 7 years plus.
From Moa to Dinosaurs
By Gillian Candler & Ned Barraud
From Moa to Dinosaurs looks back in time to reveal what lived in ancient New Zealand. The book begins with a glimpse of the animals that lived in New Zealand just before people arrived. It then goes back in time, providing snapshots of particular periods, as far back as 180 million years ago. The range of animals covered in this book is remarkable: moa and other extraordinary birds that are now extinct; crocodilians and turtles; the shark-toothed dolphin and giant penguins; dinosaurs such as sauropods and theropods; as well as those resilient survivors who can still be found in New Zealand today, such as kiwi, native bats, giant weta and tuatara. Beautifully illustrated and impeccably researched, this is a wonderful and intriguing way for kids to learn about the origins of New Zealand.
Smithsonian: The Dinosaur Book
By DK Smithsonian and John Woodward
An essential encyclopedia for young paleontologists with over 1000 visual illustrations to learn more about dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures.
Kids can learn interesting facts about dinosaurs – the most awe-inspiring creatures to have ever lived with Smithsonian: The Dinosaur Book. Believed to have lived between 230 – 65 million years ago, this book contains everything prehistoric from dinosaurs and flying pterosaurs, to marine reptiles and early mammals, even prehistoric plants, some of which still live today. Find out about great herbivores and ferocious predators such as the Tyrannosaurus, Hadrosaur, Quetzalcoatlus and Stegosaurus. Find out how amazing fossilized remains inform us about how dinosaurs lived and how new feathered dinosaurs were discovered.
The Dinosaur Book is filled with fun educational facts that will answer your young dino-lovers curiosity and take a detailed approach in explaining the “what, why and how’s.”
Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark
By: Jonathan Stutzman and illustrated by Jay Fleck
Tiny T. Rex and his friend Pointy are having a campout in the backyard! It is what best friends do. But without their nighty-lights, the dark outside suddenly seems VERY dark . . . and very full of spooky things. Good thing Tiny has a super-secret plan to keep the dark at bay! Tiny T. Rex shows that friends will always find a way to face their fears together—even when those fears are not what they seem!
Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark is recommended for children aged 5 to 8 years.
Never Let a Dinosaur Scribble!
By Diane Alber
This story is about a little boy who keeps hearing, “Never let a dinosaur scribble!” But in his heart believes that people just don’t understand how beautiful scribbling can be. He wonders what would happen if he just gave him one crayon to scribble with, and realizes that the dinosaur had other ideas in mind!
The dinosaur ends up creating too much, creating a whole new set of problems. But with a little imagination makes the most magnificent art! And realizes that at first things can look like a disaster but in the end become a true masterpiece!
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?
By Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mark Teague
In a few simple lines of verse on each spread, fathers and mothers are ready to put their children to bed. But in this book, the youngsters are a wide variety of dinosaurs. And how do dinosaurs say good night?
Filled with wonderful detail and humour, children and their parents will love the expressions and antics of the eleven different dinosaur children depicted here, and each species is spelled out somewhere in the young dinosaur’s bedroom. In the end, young dinosaurs behave a lot like people do: They give a big kiss, turn out the light, tuck in their tails, and whisper “good night.”
By Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler
Maisy’s brother’s Ed won’t let her play with his toys. He says, ‘Dinos are for boys!’ But Ed hasn’t met T. Rex’s BIGGER sister …She Rex is a big and burly, multi-coloured dino girly. And Maisy is about to show her brother that stomping, chomping She Rex is as fierce and as loud as any boy dinosaur. Watch out, Ed, you may just discover that dino toys are for girls and boys! The perfect picture book for all dino-fans.
The Girl and the Dinosaur
By Hollie Hughes and illustrated by Sarah Massini
This beautifully illustrated picture book The Girl and the Dinosaur celebrates one girl’s limitless imagination. Anything is possible and nothing’s as it seems . . .
In a town by the seaside, Marianne is often seen digging for buried treasure on the beach. One day, she finds the most wonderful treasure of all–a dinosaur skeleton!
That night, Marianne makes a wish upon a star that her dinosaur will come to life. She wishes it with all her heart–and it comes true. Together, Marianne’s adventures with her new friend are limited only by their imagination.
By Molly Idle
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!
The Dinosaur Department Store
By Richard Merritt and Lily Murray
Eliza Jane was an unusual child. Some called her wilful, some called her wild! Instead of a cute, fluffy bunny, she has her heart firmly set on a prehistoric pet. Join Eliza Jane and her parents on a marvellous magical tour of their local dinosaur department store.
From huge, stomping sauropods stretching their necks to a pair of loved-up Ankylosaurs called Maud and Frank, there are plenty of amazing dinosaurs for Eliza Jane to choose from. But this wild child is hatching a fantastic plan of her own.
By: Chris Wormell
Welcome to the museum that is always open to explore… Step inside the pages of this beautiful book to discover galleries of dinosaurs, curated to bring you the experience of a fascinating dinosaur exhibition from the comfort of your own home. Dinosaurium features a wide range of dinosaurs from the most-loved Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus Rex to lesser-known species such as Coelophysis and Tsintaosaurus.
With stunning artwork and informative text with input from experts in palaeontology, Dinosaurium is the perfect gift for anyone with an interest in this fascinating field.
Recommended for children aged 9 years plus.
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World
By: Stephane Brusatte
Sixty-six million years ago, the Earth’s most fearsome creatures vanished. Today they remain one of our planet’s great mysteries. Now The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs reveals their extraordinary, 200-million-year-long story as never before.
In this captivating narrative with original illustrations and photographs, Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist masterfully tells the complete, surprising, and new history of the dinosaurs, drawing on cutting-edge science to dramatically bring to life their lost world and illuminate their enigmatic origins, spectacular flourishing, astonishing diversity, cataclysmic extinction, and startling living legacy.
Brusatte traces the evolution of dinosaurs from their inauspicious start as small shadow dwellers into the dominant array of species every wide-eyed child memorizes today, T. rex, Triceratops, Brontosaurus, and more. The story continues to the end of the Cretaceous period, when a giant asteroid or comet struck the planet and nearly every dinosaur species (but not all) died out, in the most extraordinary extinction event in earth’s history.
Ten Little Dinosaurs
By: Mike Brownlow and illustrated by Simon Rickerty
Count from ten to one and back again in this action-packed rhyming prehistoric adventure! Ten Little Dinosaurs set off in search of adventure… But what will the Ten Little Dinosaurs do when they meet a grumpy triceratops? And a stomping diplodocus? And a HUNGRY T-REX?
Part traditional counting rhyme, part fun-filled story, Ten Little Dinosaurs is perfect for reading together with the kids. Read the bouncy rhyming story and count from ten to one and back again, as the dinosaurs disappear then reappear.
Geronimo Stilton Cavemice #6: Don't Wake the Dinosaur!
By Geronimo Stilton
Geronimo Stilton’s ancient ancestor Geronimo Stiltonoot is back for another prehistoric adventure!
All the cavemice are gathered together for their favorite annual comedy show. But the grand prize, to be awarded to the funniest mouse, has been stolen…and Geronimo Stiltonoot is the main suspect! It’s up to Geronimo to prove his innocence –or he’ll end up in enormouse trouble!
Recommended for ages 7 to 10 years.
By: Stuart Gibbs
In New York Times bestselling author Stuart Gibbs’s FunJungle series, Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle’s resident sleuth to solve his most improbable mystery yet—with a victim that’s 65 million years old.
Teddy was all set for a campout at his friend Sage’s family ranch—but then Sage gets terrible news: The skull of a rare dinosaur that was being excavated on his property has mysteriously vanished overnight in the middle of a rainstorm, even though it weighed 500 pounds. Not a single footprint has been left behind. Since the dinosaur was top secret, the police don’t believe anyone outside the dig could have stolen it.
A T-rex skull can sell for millions of dollars, and everyone is a suspect—including J.J. McCracken, the owner of FunJungle.
Meanwhile, Teddy’s old foes, the Barksdale twins, have gotten into trouble with an illegally purchased anaconda, and Teddy’s girlfriend Summer wants to find out who’s behind the local trade in black market reptiles. The two cases will drag Teddy into more danger and chaos than ever before, in this mystery that’s stranger than fiction.
The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet
By Tom Fletcher, Garry Parsons and Dougie Poynter
Danny and his hungry dinosaur are back in this laugh-out-loud rhyming picture book. Danny is going to space, when he realises he’s forgotten Dino’s lunch box. The very hungry dinosaur eats everything in sight, including their only way home- the rocket! How will Dino get them back home? There’s poop, planets and pandemonium in this supersonic space adventure!
Aotearoa Lost Worlds
By Dave Gunson
Aotearoa New Zealand has changed dramatically throughout prehistory. It has also seen a great diversity of animals and plants – dinosaurs, great sea reptiles, the largest-ever bird of prey, early mammals and giant moa – most of them unique to these islands. Discover these ancient beasts for yourself in Aotearoa Lost Worlds.
By David Hill and illustrated by Phoebe Morris
Dinosaur Hunter is the remarkable true story of science superstar Joan Wiffen, whose fossil discoveries proved that dinosaurs lived in ancient New Zealand.
Once there was a clever girl who liked searching for interesting things on the ground. She wanted to know why shells could be found in rocks so far away from the sea. But her father thought education was no use to a girl, so Joan had to leave school. Many years later, she bought an old map. To her amazement, she saw that it marked a treasure hoard. Not of gold and jewels, but of dinosaur bones. Nobody had ever found dinosaur fossils in New Zealand before – in fact, top scientists had said it was impossible. But Joan was intrigued. She decided to learn everything she could about palaeontology and hunt for these dinosaur fossils.
Recommended for kids aged 5 to 8 years old
The Bad Guys: Do-You-Think-He-Saurus?!
By Aaron Blabey
THE DAWN OF TIME! Nothing on Earth could rival the terrifying power of the DINOSAURS. Except maybe that Wolf over there… yeah, the one standing next to the Snake and the Shark and that other sardiney-looking thing. HUH?! This is ALL wrong. This is ALL bad. This is ALL awesome. Its time to get your Jurassic on, baby. Its time… for the BAD GUYS EPISODE 7: Do-you-think-he-saurus?
Recommended for kids aged 5 to 8 years old.
Do you Love Dinosaurs?
By Matt Robertson
Some dinosaurs had a deadly bite and others could run super fast. Some had club-like tails and some could make the smelliest of farts – POO-WEE! But wait, don’t run away… Because dinosaurs are actually awesome!
From the ferocious hunters like Spinosaurus and T.rex to the gentle giants like Diplodocus and Titanosaurus, the speedy raptors to the armoured Ankylosaurs, discover all the weird and wonderful things that made dinosaurs so AMAZING.
Did you know that some dinosaurs laid eggs the size of footballs? Or that there’s a fossilised dinosaur poo as long as your arm? And have you ever heard of a certain dinosaur that could outrun a racehorse?
Find out about all this and more – and then decide- Do YOU love dinosaurs?
That's not my dinosaur...
By Fiona Watt and illustrated by Rachel Wells
Meet five friendly dinosaurs in That’s not my dinosaur… Babies love the best-selling That’s not my… books series with their bold illustrations, patches to stroke, and a mouse to spot on every page, all designed to develop sensory and language awareness.
Recommended for babies and toddlers.
By Lesley Gibbes and illustrated by Marjorie Crosby-Firall
The dinosaur kids fight and grumble until, an earthshaking STOMP echoes over the hill. Get ready, get set, for daddies galore. Here they come! Here they come! Here they come… ROAR!
Dinosaur Dads is recommended for kids aged 5 to 8 years old.
Dinosaurs Love Underpants
By Claire Freedman
The mystery of dinosaur extinction is solved! Scientists have plenty of theories about why dinosaurs are extinct, find out how the dinos were wiped out in an Underpants War! This wacky celebration of underpants is perfect for reading aloud, and the hilarious antics of T. rex and the gang are endlessly entertaining. Featuring fun, vibrant art and short, rhyming text, Dinosaurs Love Underpants is a prehistoric pleasure parents and kids will want to read again and again.
Lielong the Library Bus
By Julia Liu and Bei Lynn
Lielong the Library Bus picture book is about an enthusiastic dinosaur absorbed in storytime threatens to flatten the library-until the children decide to take the books outdoors. The children are late for storytime at the library. Ever helpful, Lei the enthusiastic dinosaur can get them there one time!
Lei’s small head is the only part of him that fits so he must listen through the window. But he gets so excited by the story, he starts to shake the building. Lei’s love of stories risks destroying the library until the children decide to take the books outdoors.
This library-loving picture book reminds us how it feels to be transported by story. And what first seems a problem for Lei the dinosaur becomes a triumph.
Recommended for 0 to 5 years.
Flip Flap Dinosaurs
By Axel Scheffler
What do you get if you cross a mighty Tyrannosaurus rex with a fearsome Triceratops? It’s a Tyrannotops, of course! And how about a giant Diplodocus with a soaring Pterodactyl? Why, that’s a Diplodactyl! With over 121 possible prehistoric creations, silly names and strange noises to make you giggle, this new Flip Flap Dinosaur book is perfect for preschoolers and ideal for dinosaur fans. With a hilarious rhyming text and brilliant illustrations from Axel Scheffler, simply flip the pages to create some seriously silly mixed-up dinosaurs.
Recommended for children aged 2 to 5 years.
If I had a Dinosaur
By Alex Barrow and Gabby Dawnay
A little girl dreams of having her very own pet in If I had a dinosaur. But what kind of animal would make the best companion? A mouse is too small; a cat is too ordinary; and a fish is too… wet!
As she plays with her toy dinosaur, inspiration strikes. What about a real, live dinosaur? She could ride it to school. It would need lots of food to eat, a swimming pool to drink from, and a dino flap so it could come and go.
At the end of a day spent busily imagining, the girl trudges up to bed with her little plastic dinosaur. As she falls asleep, the dinosaur from her daydreams stands in the garden with its head poking through the bedroom window, making her dreams come true.
Recommended for children aged 0 to 2 years.
Excavate! Dinosaurs: Paper Toy Palentology
By Jonathan Tennant and illustrated by Vladimir Nikolov
Excavate! Dinosaurs is the perfect paper paleontology collection for dinosaur-loving kids. With fun text and colorful illustrations, Jonathan Tennant explains the anatomy, habits, and diet of twelve iconic dinosaurs from the Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic eras. Pages of pop-out pieces can be assembled into stand-up paper models of each dinosaur skeleton, but only if kids can use their new knowledge and imagination to put the pieces together correctly — just like real paleontologists do!
Recommended for kids aged 7 years plus.
Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures
By Matt Sewell
This book examines the many types of dinosaur that lived during the prehistoric periods. Packed with large illustrations and interesting information on these amazing creatures. Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures is a must-have book for all dinosaur fans, young and old.