Prehistoric dinos are fascinating to kids of all ages! So we picked some of our favorite Dinosaur Books for Preschoolers so you’d have a quick, go-to list of dinosaur children’s book suggestions for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders. So whether you use these dinosaur books for kids along with a dinosaur theme or as bedtime stories, these lovely illustrations and delightful tales are sure to be a hit!
Dinosaur Books for Preschoolers
Dinosaurs are fascinating creatures, and there are lots of great children’s books about dinosaurs. This list of dinosaur books includes board books and picture books that teach kids about different dinosaurs, and feature adorable dinosaur characters.
Dinosaur children’s book
Dinosaur Dance! by Sandra Boynton encourages kids to get up and dance with a simple rhyming text and colorful cartoon illustrations of dancing dinosaurs.
Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug by Jonathan Stutzman and Jay Fleck follows an adorable tiny T. Rex who wants to give his friend Pointy the Stegosaurus a hug. But his Tyrannosaurus Rex arms are too small, so he has to find other ways to give him a hug.
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs by Catherine Hughes and Franco Tempesta is a nonfiction guide to dinosaurs for young readers. The simple text is full of facts that kids will enjoy, alongside brightly colored illustrations of different dinosaurs.
Dinosaur A-Z by Roger Priddy is an alphabet book that introduces kids to interesting dinosaur facts for every letter of the alphabet. The book also includes labeled illustrations and pronunciations of dinosaur names.
Dinosaur Bones by Bob Barner introduces readers to dinosaur facts through paper collage illustrations and rhyming text. The colorful illustrations have interesting dinosaur facts sprinkled throughout them as well.
Dinosaurs by Kathleen Zoehfeld is a Level 1 reader from National Geographic that introduces readers to fascinating dinosaur facts. The easy to read text is paired with brightly colored illustrations and large photographs, with important vocabulary defined in the sidebars.
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague is a fun rhyming bedtime story that imagines how dinosaurs go to bed at night. The rhyming text takes readers through normal nighttime routines, while the funny illustrations show dinosaurs living in normal homes. Each dinosaur’s name is placed somewhere in the illustrations as well.
Dinosaurs Galore! by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz is a vibrantly colored book that introduces readers to different kinds of dinosaurs through fact filled poems. Kids will love the adorable dinosaurs in the illustrations and the peppy rhyming text.
You Can Be a Paleontologist!: Discovering Dinosaurs with Dr. Scott by Scott Sampson uses simple text, vivid illustrations, and photographs to introduce young kids to paleontology. The book tackles a variety of questions that kids have about dinosaurs and paleontologists.
The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degan visits Ms. Frizzle’s classroom as they learn about dinosaurs. As the class hops aboard the Magic School Bus, they go back in time and visit real dinosaurs. The pages are full of facts about dinosaurs and examples of classwork by the kids in the class.
Some Dinosaurs Are Small by Charlotte Voake explores the concept of size and shares facts about different kinds of dinosaurs and how they relate to one another. The colorful illustrations and simple text will keep little ones engaged, and they will love the cute twist ending.
Roar: A Dinosaur Tour by Michael Paul is a colorful introduction to all kinds of dinosaurs. The simple text and bold, brightly colored illustrations explore the differences between the many types of dinosaurs.
Here We Go Digging for Dinosaur Bones by Susan Lendroth and Bob Kolar follows a team of young paleontologists on a dig. The main text follows the tune of “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush” while the cute illustrations have other facts about dinosaurs scattered around them.
My Big Dinosaur Book by Roger Priddy introduces young readers to different types of dinosaurs. The book is broken up into categories with each 2 page spread showing a group of dinosaurs with something in common. Each illustration is clearly labeled with the dinosaur’s name.
The Berenstain Bears’ Dinosaur Dig by Jan and Mike Berenstain follows Brother and Sister Bear as they get to check out a real dinosaur dig. The text is full of dinosaur facts while the illustrations feature the beloved Bear family.
Dinosaur Countdown by Nicholas Oldland counts down from 10 to 1 with different groups of dinosaurs on each page. Each two page spread includes the featured number in numeral form and spelled out, as well as the pronunciation of the dinosaur name.
DK Readers L1: Dinosaur’s Day by Ruth Thomson uses simple text to share the point of view of a Triceratops going about it’s day. The illustrations include zoomed in details of the Triceratops’ body with clear labels.
How Big Were the Dinosaurs? by Bernard Most explores how large the dinosaurs were using examples from everyday life that kids will understand.
The Wondrous Dinosaurium by John Condon and Steve Brown follows a young boy named Danny who wants a pet. When he finds a pet store that specializes in dinosaurs, he tries out several before finding the perfect one for him.
I’m a T. Rex! by Dennis R. Shealy and Brian Biggs offers facts about the Tyrannosaurus Rex through a cute and funny text and adorable illustrations. Kids will love the little T. Rex showing how big and scary he thinks he is.
Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields and Scott Nash follows a group of dancing dinosaurs as they party together. The peppy rhyming text is paired with brightly colored illustrations of dinosaurs dancing the night away.
Pete the Cat: Cavecat Pete by James and Kimberly Dean follows the popular cat as he lives in prehistoric times with his dinosaur friends. The text is paired with adorable illustrations showing the cool cat buddying up with a variety of dinosaurs.
The Dinosaur Expert by Margaret McNamara and G. Brian Karas follows Mr. Tiffin’s class as they head to the natural history museum and learn about dinosaurs and fossils.
How to Catch a Dinosaur by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton follows a group of kids as they try to catch a dinosaur for the school science fair. Kids will appreciate the silliness of the book, and will love spying the escaping dinosaur on each page.
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo WIllems puts a prehistoric spin on the classic tale of Goldilocks. Kids will love this twist on the classic story, and the silly antics of the dinosaur family.
If you are looking for other fun, free dinosaur printables to make learning fun with a dinosaur theme you will love these resources:
- Dinosaur Ten Frame Addition
- Dino Number Recognition Games
- Dinosaur Unit 2nd Grade
- Printable Dinosaur Color by Number Worksheets
- D is for Dinosaur
- Alphabet Tracing Worksheets
- Dinosaur Playdough Mats
- Dinosaur Printable Pack
- Dino Bones Punctuation Game
- Dinosaur Worksheets Preschool
- Dinosaur Printables
- Printable Dinosaur Sight Words Activity
- Dinosaur Science Preschool
- Dinosaur Kindergarten STEM Activities
- Free Dinosaur Math Worksheets