Fictional dinosaur tales captivate kids’ imaginations and make great read-alouds. Educating children about dinosaurs naturally inspires future scientists. Here is our list of favorite dinosaur books.
Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Dinosaur
Written by Rhiannon Fielding and Chris Chatterton, 2020
In this prehistoric jungle, there’s a screech – and this time it’s a dino who just can’t sleep! Can anyone blame Rumble? Volcanoes erupt, a jungle is to be explored, and all kinds of creatures await viewing. But after a while, all that adventure does become pretty tiring… This gentle story was specially written to help children wind down before bedtime.
A reader should be between the ages of 2 and 6 when reading
Peppa Pig: George and the Dinosaur (2019)
Peppa Pig’s younger brother George loves dinosaurs! So do his friends Richard Rabbit and Edmond Elephant. There are always fossils and bones being uncovered in the trio’s sandbox – although a sandpit is not the best place to find prehistoric beasts… But then George and his friends are taken fossil hunting, and lo and behold, they find a dinosaur!
Ages 2-6 are recommended for reading
The Dinos on the Bus by Peter Millett and Tony Neal (2021)
In this new spin on the classic school tale, everyone will be clapping, stomping, and roaring. There is a trip to the school for a class of dinosaurs in the book, The Dinos on the Bus. Through the land, they’re going up and down and round and round. Throughout Tony Neal’s delightful illustrations, young readers will come across a fun action they can join in with and sing along to. Read it with a friend to have fun!
Readers between the ages of 2 and 6 are recommended
The Ladybird Big Book of Dead Things by Ned Hartley and Binny Talib (2019)
These fun guides are perfect for children who love learning about all things dead and gone. At the Museum of Dead Things, you can find Doctor Eddie Dawdle if you are interested in all things prehistoric. The course takes students through the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods and explores a wide variety of topics. The Velociraptor could reach speeds of about 40mph. Its prey could be gripped with its teeth, and the Mosasaurus was a giant underwater lizard!
It is recommended that children between the ages of 6 and 10 read this book
Ladybird Audio Adventures: Dinosaur Times (2019)
This story from Ladybird Audio Adventures will transport young dinosaur fans right back to prehistoric times. During this time period, the Diplodocus roamed the earth, Pterosaurs ruled the air, and the T-Rex terrorized all creatures. Explore the ancient world with fearless explorers Otto and Missy (one of the smartest birds you’ll ever meet)! You can listen to this audiobook while you drive or before you go to bed.
The recommended reading age is between 4 and 7 years old
Mad About Dinosaurs (2008)
Do you have a little one who is crazy about dinosaurs? There are fascinating facts and key information about food and fossils in this book for young dinosaur lovers. This bumper dinosaur book has all the answers to those dinosaur-sized questions.
Readers aged 5 to 7 are recommended to read
An Adventurer’s Guide to Dinosaurs by Isabel Thomas, Chris Packham & Yas Imamura (2021)
This fact-filled guide will interest lovers of the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. In this episode, Mia embarks on a journey back in time to see what life was really like in the prehistoric age. Together with Mia, readers will discover a whole host of creatures that lived millions of years ago, such as giant titanosaurs as big as blue whales or winged dinosaurs that shared the skies with birds. A number of fun interactive activities are also included, which the next generation of paleontologists is sure to enjoy.
Four to ten years of age is recommended for reading
Peppa Pig: Dinosaurs! Sticker Book (2019)
It’s no secret that George loves dinosaurs. He and his sister Peppa are going to discover the Dinosaur World and the Museum! This book contains over 250 stickers that will keep mini dino enthusiasts occupied on long car trips or rainy days when they can’t go fossil hunting.
3 to 6 years old is the recommended reading age
Dinosaur Train: I Am a T. Rex (2012)
The first book in the Dinosaur Train series from the popular TV show features Buddy discovering he is quite different from his adopted family, and riding the dinosaur train to figure out exactly what kind of dinosaur he could be. You’ll find this series informative and fun for your little dinosaur aficionados.
3 to 6 years old is the recommended reading age
Is That You, Little Dino? by Rob Hodgson (2022)
Is That You, Little Dino? is an intriguing book for young readers who show an interest in dinosaurs. It is the ideal story for young readers. Little Dino was lost and Papa Dino needed help finding her. Because she is good at hiding, it will be up to little hands to pull and slide the different flaps to find her. Behind the flaps are also few other animals – can your child figure out who they are? Be sure to check it out!