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Dinosaurs Rule!

Whether big or small, scary or cute, children love dinosaurs. Kids can rattle off facts about the terrible lizards at the drop of a hat, and can pronounce scientific names with an ease that sometimes baffles adults. Join in the fun with these books!

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale

By: Pamela Duncan Edwards, Henry Cole
Illustrated by: Henry Cole
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

In this rendition of the classic fairy tale, the Cinderella role is played by – you guessed it – a dinosaur! Her Fairydactyl comes to the rescue and dresses our heroine, a big fuchsia dinosaur, in a prom gown. And while you're reading about how Dinorella dazzles the Duke at the Dinosaur Dance, children will be learning about the sound /d/ makes.

Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures With the Family Lazardo

By: William Joyce
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

While on a family excursion to Africa, the Lazardos find a dinosaur and bring him home to their small town. Dinosaur Bob becomes part of their family and the town’s best baseball player.

Dinosaur Roar!

By: Paul Strickland, Henrietta Strickland
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Delightful dinosaurs strut, jaunt, and parade across the sturdy pages of this book to the rhythm of a gently rhyming text. Young children respond to the lively language and illustrations in which dinosaurs introduce new words and ideas.

Dinosaur Train

By: John Steven Gurney
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Does Jesse travel back in time or is an imaginative jaunt when he boards a train with a Tyrannosaurus engineer? No matter; train and dino-obsessed Jesse's imaginative journey is sure to delight.

Dinosaur!

By: Peter Sís
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

When a boy’s toy dinosaurs come to life, a whole new world is created in his bathtub. No words are needed as the adventure grows and then recedes when his mother brings him back to the real world. Black lines on crisp white pages effectively convey the child’s fantasy and his reality. Dinosaur names appear on the endpaper to the book.

Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House #1)

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Time-traveling siblings, Jack and Annie, are celebrating their 20th anniversary in print. Join them on their first fantastic adventure to the time of dinosaurs. The occasion is celebrated with new illustrations, updated dino-info, and a letter from the author.

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs

By: Byron Barton
Illustrated by: Byron Barton
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Some dinosaurs have long necks, some have long tails. Some dinosaurs are large, some are quite small. All are introduced in broad, simple shapes and bright colors with a minimum of text to create a non-threatening introduction to a broadly appealing subject.

Dinosaurs: The Biggest, Baddest, Strangest, Fastest

By: Harold Zimmerman, George Olshevsky
Illustrated by: George Olshevsky
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The large format of this book is perfect for the theatrical, sometimes spectacular, full color illustrations of the larger-than-life dinosaurs of yesteryear. The brief but informative text adds to the drama.

How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?

By: Jane Yolen
Illustrated by: Mark Teague
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Short rhyming text contrasts with illustrations of huge dinosaurs who are ailing with sniffles and coughs. Of course, the dinosaurs (with their names tucked into each page) are being helped by a caring but seemingly small adult in this companion to How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs

By: Paul Strickland
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Ten not-so-terrible dinosaurs count down to bedtime until one particularly rowdy reptile revives them all again. A rhyming text and engaging, colorful dinosaurs playfully introduce counting as well as provide a lighthearted tale.

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

By: Barbara Kerley
Illustrated by: Brian Selznick
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Mr. Hawkins was a 19th century British artist with a passion for dinosaurs. This illustrated biography introduces the man, his time, and how he worked both to satisfy his own curiosity and stimulate that same curiosity in others. Additional notes from both the author and illustrator provide insight into the person and how his knowledge evolved.

The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs

By: Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, Bruce Degen
Illustrated by: Bruce Degen
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Everyone's favorite science teacher is back as Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a journey into the Mesozoic Era. The Magic School Bus becomes a time machine, giving the students a first-hand look at many dinosaurs and the eras in which they lived. The text and illustrations are blended in this amazing fact and trivia-filled field trip to the past.

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