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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!

Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale

Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale

By: Pamela Duncan Edwards
Illustrated by: Henry Cole
Genre: Fiction, Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales
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

Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo

By: William Joyce
Genre: Fiction
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 Feathers

Dinosaur Feathers

By: Dennis Nolan
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Through rhyming text, learn about the evolutionary link between million-year-old dinosaurs and modern-day birds.

Dinosaur Roar!

Dinosaur Roar!

By: Paul Strickland, Henrietta Strickland
Genre: Poetry
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

Dinosaur Train

By: John Steven Gurney
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
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; the imaginative journey of train- and dinosaur-obsessed Jesse is sure to delight.

Dinosaur!

Dinosaur!

By: Peter Sís
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
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

Dinosaurs Before Dark

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
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 Magic Tree House adventure to the time of dinosaurs. The occasion is celebrated with new illustrations, updated dino info, and a letter from the author.

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs

By: Byron Barton
Genre: Nonfiction
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: By the Numbers

Dinosaurs: By the Numbers

By: Steve Jenkins
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Through infographics, illustrations, facts, and figures, readers will learn about the giants that roamed the earth millions of years ago, but that still captivate their imaginations: Dinosaurs. Discover some of the most fascinating aspects of dinosaurs through astonishing numbers:  the varying sizes and shapes of dinosaurs, timelines of when they roamed the earth, charts comparing the fastest dinos with the speedy animals of today, maps of where these giant reptiles lived across the globe, and so much more. 

Dinosaurs: The Biggest, Baddest, Strangest, Fastest

Dinosaurs: The Biggest, Baddest, Strangest, Fastest

By: Harold Zimmerman
Illustrated by: George Olshevsky
Genre: Nonfiction
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?

How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?

By: Jane Yolen
Illustrated by: Mark Teague
Genre: Fiction
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?

My Book of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life: Animals and Plants to Amaze, Surprise, and Astonish!

My Book of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life: Animals and Plants to Amaze, Surprise, and Astonish!

By: Dean R. Lomax
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Young dinosaur lovers are introduced to an amazing range of prehistoric beasts through facts and detailed illustrations. Discover how the Earth has changed over time, why fossils formed, and the arrival of early humans. A pronunciation guide helps kids with tricky names and encourages early learning and language development. The helpful visual index provides a quick overview of every species in the book.

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs

By: Paul Strickland
Genre: Fiction
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 Age of Dinosaurs: The Rise and Fall of the World’s Most Remarkable Animals

The Age of Dinosaurs: The Rise and Fall of the World’s Most Remarkable Animals

By: Steve Brusatte
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Think you know about dinosaurs? Think again! Paleontologist Steve Brusatte brings young scientists and readers everywhere into his world of massive herbivores and fearsome predators, daily unexpected discoveries, and all the new science used to learn about some of the world’s oldest beings.

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

By: Barbara Kerley
Illustrated by: Brian Selznick
Genre: Biography
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

The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs

By: Joanna Cole
Illustrated by: Bruce Degen
Genre: Nonfiction
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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