50 Best Dinosaur Books For Kids

the best dinosaur books for kids

If you took a poll of elementary and preschool classrooms, you’d find that a huge majority of children are obsessed with dinosaurs. There is something about their sharp teeth and mysterious disappearance that intrigues kids of all ages.

While nonfiction dinosaur books for kids can be interesting, to get kids more excited about reading and engage their imagination, consider checking out some fictional dinosaur books.

The books listed below are some of the best dinosaur books for kids and will appeal to their love of dinosaurs while taking them on magical journeys to lands of make-believe.

Dinosaur Books for Toddlers: 1-3 Year Olds

As toddlers start to get curious about the world around them, a great way to introduce them to colors, letters, and numbers is by reading to them. Whether they’re flipping through dinosaur picture books alone or you’re reading them a bedtime story, a toddler’s interest in books will set a great foundation for future learning. The following books are perfect for dino-loving littles.

Dinosaur Dance


Count the Dinosaurs!

Jurassic Park Little Golden Book

Thomas and the Dinosaur

101 Dinosaurs: And Other Prehistoric Reptiles

Dinosaur Bones

Curious George’s Dinosaur Discovery

Dinosaur Books for Preschoolers: 4-6 Year Olds

By age four, many children start to have clear interests that aren’t influenced by adults or their peers. For many kids, a love of dinosaurs develops at this age. If you’ve ever talked to a young child, you’ve probably learned a lot about Pterodactyls and Tyrannosaurus Rexes. For these young readers, the following dinosaur books for kids will make a great addition to their bookshelf.

Crunch the Shy Dinosaur

Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates


Never Let a Dinosaur Scribble!

How Do Dinosaurs Series

Dinosaur Roar!

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs Galore!



Penny Dale’s Dinosaur Books

Dino Pets

Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct

What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night

Tyrannosaurus Drip


Tea Rex

Five Little Dinosaurs

Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur

Dinosaur Books for 7-10 Year Olds

By age seven, many children can read simple books on their own. To encourage a love of reading at this age, it’s important to give them books with subject matter that appeals to them. Since dinosaurs are a common interest at these ages, these books for older children are a great way to get kids reading and learning.

Have You Seen My Dinosaur?

Tyrannosaurus Rex


Oh, Say Can You Say Di-no-saur?

There’s a Dinosaur on the Thirteenth Floor

The Dinosaur Expert

Dinosaurs Love Underpants

When Dinosaurs Came with Everything

The Dinosaur Disaster from the Mad Scientist Academy

Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp

The Berenstain Bears Dinosaur Dig

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs

LuLu and the Brontosaurus

Dino Sports Series

The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet!

Where Did All the Dinos Go?

Dinosaur Books for Older Kids: 11-13

As kids get older, it can be difficult to find books that will keep them engaged while also challenging them to learn and grow. Transitioning from short picture books to longer stories and chapter books can be tough. If you’re looking for books for a dino-loving older kid or some dinosaur chapter books, the following books will pique their interest and allow them to grow their vocabulary, reading skills, and imagination.

Dinosaurs Before Dark

The Enormous Egg

Dinosaur Empire!

The Christmasaurus

Kat Wolfe Takes the Case

Dinosaur Cove: Attack of the Tyrannosaurus

Secret Agent Jack Stalwart: The Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur

Encourage Reading with Prehistoric Pals

Reading to children is proven to increase their interest in reading later in life, improve their outlook on school, and may even lead to greater success in adulthood. If you have a child who loves dinosaurs in your life, consider gifting them a love of reading with a dino-themed book. You never know what the impact of one book could be.

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