Behind every bone is a story waiting to be discovered. Travel back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the Earth and and then bring them back to life with this collection of prehistoric page-turners for kids ages 0-9.


By: Pamela Duncan Edwards
Illustrated by: Henry Cole
Age Level: 4-7
Reading Level: Beginner Reader
Dinorella does the dishes and dusting for her dreadful sisters Dora and Doris until a message arrives announcing the Duke’s Dinosaur Dance. Now Dinorella needs her Fairydactyl’s help to win the Duke’s love and escape her dull life in this delightful retelling of the classic “Cinderella.” And yes, the book is full of cute alliteration.

By: Howard Zimmerman
Age Level: 5-8
Reading Level: Intermediate Reader
This nonfiction look at dinosaurs is accompanied by detailed paintings that brings them to life. Learn about popular dinosaurs like Brontosaurus, Velociraptor, Triceratops and more, with pages full of interesting and scientific facts. And though younger children may find it hard to follow, they can still enjoy the exciting pictures covering the pages.

Dinosaurs A to Z (Dinosaur Train)
By: Andrea Posner-Sanchez
Age Level: 2-5
Reading Level: Beginner Reader
All aboard! Buddy, Mr. Conductor and your other favorite characters from Dinosaur Train have arrived with this collection of dinosaurs from A to Z. Learn all about the Apatosaurus, the Zigongosaurus and everything in between. Each dinosaur comes with an illustration of what it looked like and cool science facts to keep your child’s education rolling.

Dinosaur Bob
By: William Joyce
Age Level: 4-8
Reading Level: Beginner Reader
This updated tale of Dinosaur Bob finds him going on new adventures, with new illustrations and arrangements for the easy-to-play “The Ballad of Dinosaur Bob.” Bob is a large, adorable dinosaur who transports his family across land and sea to explore the wonders of the world.

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs!
By: Byron Barton
Age Level: 3-4
Reading Level: Pre-Reader
This simple picture book is full of elegant colors and shapes, making it great for younger children to follow along with. Every dinosaur has its name labeled, along with a guide on how to pronounce each name. From longnecks to horned tails, these dinosaurs are an exotic bunch that’ll send imaginations soaring.

Dinosaur Roar
By: Henrietta Stickland,  Paul Stickland
Age Level: 3-5
Reading Level: Beginner Reader
Whether they’re strong or weak, loud or quiet, this collection of dinosaur opposites is the perfect way to teach your child about antonyms. And despite their differences, these dinos also know how to come together and have fun, creating a heartwarming story of acceptance.

Have You Seen My Dinosaur?
By: Jon Surgal
Illustrated by: Joe Mathieu
Age Level: 4-6
Reading Level: Beginner Reader
One boy loses his very large and very green dinosaur and goes on a humorous adventure to find him. Children will laugh at the clever hiding spots this dinosaur finds, and with every page comes a new challenge for readers to solve to see if they can find the missing dinosaur. The rhyming words add to its simple charm, making this a great pickup for families with younger children.

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?
By: Jane Yolen
Illustrated by: Mark Teague
Age Level: 3-5
Reading Level: Beginner Reader
Jump rope with a Silvisaurus or read along with an Iguanodon in this adorable picture book that brings dinosaurs into the classroom. Buses and desks weren’t quite made for students of their size, creating humorous situations as the kids learn to share the school with their scaly peers.

For more zany dinosaur questions, check out the rest of the How Do Dinosaurs series.

Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark
By: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Age Level: 5-8
Reading Level: Intermediate Reader
The Magic Tree House series is a classic found in every library, and this is the book which started it all. Siblings Jack and Annie find a tree house which transports them back to the time of the dinosaurs, sending them on a prehistoric adventure. Will the pair get back to the tree house before dark, or will they be trapped in history forever?

National Geographic: Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs
By: Catherine D. Hughes
Illustrated by: Franco Tempesta
Age Level: 4-8
Reading Level: Intermediate Reader
National Geographic presents another nonfiction look at dinosaurs of all sizes, from the tiny Microraptor to the enormous Spinosaurus. Parents will also appreciate the interactive activities and tips that will keep your kid captivated even after they’ve read the book. The many pictures and colorful facts make it easy for younger readers to enjoy as they explore the prehistoric world.

Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur?
By: Bonnie Worth
Age Level: 4-8
Reading Level: Beginner Reader
The Cat in the Hat surprises Dick and Sally again with a friendly Brontosaurus and a spontaneous trip back in time. His Super Dino Museum is a great way to learn how to pronounce the names of the dinosaurs, and the back of the book comes with a glossary for learning terms like “carnivore,” “muzzle,” and “zucchini.”

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs
By: Paul Stickland
Age Level: 3-5
Reading Level: Beginner Reader
If you thought one dinosaur was more than enough, try ten. These dinosaurs know how to stomp and dance and shove each other out of the picture, reducing their group one-by-one. This book is great for helping children learn how to count down, and they’ll also enjoy the colorful reptiles prancing across their pages.

The Dinosaur Museum
By: National Geographic Society
Illustrated by: Sebastian Quigley
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Intermediate Reader
This interactive journey brings kids into the lab with pop-ups, pull-outs, flaps and more that brings the dinosaurs to life like never before. Explore fossils, maps and timelines as you dive into this exciting museum where surprises await on every page.

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins
By: Barbara Kerley
Illustrated by: Brian Selznick
Age Level: 4-8
Reading Level: Intermediate Reader
Based on the life of the very real artist, this book takes a look into his creation of the life-sized dinosaur models in 19th century London. The story throws the reader into Hawkins’ workshop, where they get a thrilling look as the famous sculptor turns bones into behemoths. The pages are also full of historical facts and detailed illustrations of the finished models.

The Magic School Bus: In the Time of the Dinosaurs
By: Joanna Cole
Illustrated by: Bruce Degen
Age Level: 4-8
Reading Level: Intermediate Reader
Ms. Frizzle’s back for another field trip, but this time the bus is going back to a land before time. Not only does her class come face-to-face with living dinosaurs, but they also learn what they eat, where they live and the fossils they left behind. The characters also throw out jokes and questions, adding humor and liveliness to make it feel like you’re actually watching an episode of the show.

Thomas and the Dinosaur
By: Golden Books
Illustrated by: Thomas Lapadula
Age Level: 2-7
Reading Level: Beginner Reader
Thomas and Percy try to do their work in the forest, but the discovery of a new monster terrifies them so much all they can do is run away. Can they work together to overcome their fear and face the creature lurking in the woods? This tale features beloved characters and fully illustrated pages. And what’s more exciting than combining trains and dinosaurs?

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