Dinosaurs! Kids love them and even adults are fascinated—just look at the success of Jurassic World this summer. And this is not a new phenomenon. People have been in love with dinosaurs since the before the word “dinosaur” existed. (See The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins for more information on the earliest days of dinosaur research.) For those who just can’t get enough, here are some dinosaur books and activities sure to excite future paleontologists.
The Mine-o-saur by Sudipta Barden-Quallen
A group of dinosaurs is playing in the school yard when the Mine-o-saur arrives. He snatches all the toys, grabs all the snacks, and hoards the blocks. Soon enough, no one wants to play with him. What will it take for the Mine-o-saur to realize that what he really wants are friends?
When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach
Just when a little boy thinks he’s going to die of boredom from running errands with his mom, the most remarkable, the most stupendous thing happens. He discovers that on this day, and this day only, stores everywhere are giving away a very special treat with any purchase. No, not the usual lollipop or sticker. Something bigger. Much, MUCH bigger. It’s a dream come true, except…what exactly do you do with these Jurassic treats? And how do you convince Mom to let you keep them?
Dino-Pets by Lynn Plourde
Where does a young dinosaur admirer go to find a pet? The Dino Pets store carries every kind of dinosaur a kid could possibly want. Sure, some of them might be a little too big and others might be too fast, but there are advantages, too–a “Seismosaurus” makes a great backyard playset.
How do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen
How does a dinosaur eat all his food? Does he burp, does he belch, or make noises quite rude? Does he pick at his cereal, throw down his cup, hoping to make someone else pick it up? Just like kids, dinosaurs have a difficult time learning to behave at the table. However, with a little help from Mom and Dad, these young dinosaurs eat all before them with smiles and goodwill.
Dinosaur Cove: Catching the Velociraptor by Rex Stone
Tom and Jamie can’t believe their luck when they find a secret entrance to a prehistoric world filled with dinosaurs! The boys are ready for a fun day with the Wanna by the lagoon. But when a velociraptor steals their Fossil Finder, they find themselves chasing the speedy thief into unfamiliar — and dangerous — territory.
Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne
Join Jack and Annie as they travel back to the time of dinosaurs where they encounter all sorts of dinos from the terrifying T-Rex to the crowd-pleasing Triceratops.
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley
Can you fathom a time when no one knew what a dinosaur was? That was true in the mid-nineteenth century, until a Victorian artist named Waterhouse Hawkins brought these ancient animals to life for all to see. Originally in his native England, and later in New York City, he devoted more than three decades to building the first life-size models of dinosaurs, and he dazzled the world with his awe-inspiring creations. With style, spirit, and impeccable attention to detail, Barbara Kerley unearths a story of consuming passion, triumph, loss, and courage — and ultimately, of an extraordinary legacy that lives on today. Brian Selznick celebrates this complex and fascinating individual through luminous and soul-stirring paintings that — apropos of his subject — form a visual masterpiece. From the youngest dinosaur aficionados to those interested in art, science, or pioneering people, the unforgettable story of Waterhouse Hawkins and his dinosaurs has something to teach all of us about the importance of believing in oneself and following a dream.
Dinopedia: the Complete Guide to Everything Dinosaur by Lori Stein
Get ready to become a dinosaur expert! Dinopedia: The Complete Guide to Everything Dinosaur is the ultimate visual guide to the incredible Age of Dinosaurs, a period of time millions of years ago when these amazing creatures lived on Earth. Packed with over 400 photographs and fascinating facts, Dinopedia features more than 750 known types of dinosaurs-from fierce meat eaters such as Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor to the gentle plant-eating giants including Supersaurus and Brachiosaurus. Learn everything there is to know about dinosaur habitats, why they became extinct, recent fossil discoveries and more!
Extend your kiddos’ prehistoric learning by making your own dinosaurs, dino-skeletons and fossils!