The moment my boys were old enough to know that dinosaurs once existed, they were instantly in love. Before we knew it, we were reading dinosaur books left and right!
The ones they particularly loved were the ones that really helped them understand just what dinosaurs were… nothing like reading for fun and learning something along the way.
In addition to offering recommendations for dinosaur books that kids will love and learn from, I’ve teamed up with some fellow bloggers to offer you homeschool and in-class resources to teach kids all about dinosaurs! You can find these fun books for kids at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience.
Dinosaur Books for Unit Study
These dinosaur books are both educational and fun to read — the best combination!
Dinosaurs: There’s nothing more fascinating than dinosaurs. In this Level 1 reader, youngsters learn all about the terrifying giants that once roamed the Earth—maybe even as close as their own backyard! They’ll be wowed by new information and eye-popping illustrations from National Geographic, a trusted source of children’s nonfiction content.
Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!: The ancient Chinese thought they were magical dragons. Scientists thought they could only float on water since they were so big. Boy, were they wrong! Even today, notions about dinosaurs are being revised as new discoveries are made. This lively book offers fascinating insight into how certain theories were formulated, and then how those theories were proved or disproved.
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs: This book is for kids 4- to 8-years-old who LOVE dinos! The prehistoric world comes alive with dinosaurs small, big, giant, and gigantic, with stunning illustrations by Franco Tempesta—who illustrated National Geographic Kids The Ultimate Dinopedia. Bursting with fun facts and age appropriate information, each spread features a different dinosaur, along with simple text in big type that is perfect for little kids. Young dino fans will love the interactivity included in every chapter, and parents will appreciate tips to help carry readers’ experience beyond the page.
Dinosaurs! (Animal Planet Chapter Books): Take a trip back in history and visit the incredible creatures that once dominated life on Earth. Profiles of popular dinosaurs, such as the Tyrannosaurus Rex and the Velociraptor, are interspersed with chapters on how dinosaurs ate, slept, and lived. Kids ready to flex their reading muscles can take dino learning to the next level with Dinosaurs!. Special features include full-color photography throughout, “Meet the Scientist” sidebars, and “In Your Newsfeed” articles about new discoveries in the world of paleontology.
The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs: To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Scholastic is re-releasing the ten original Magic School Bus titles in paperback. With updated scientific information, the bestselling science series ever is back! The classroom is decorated as Dinosaur Land, but Ms. Frizzle-inspired by an archeological dig-craves a more authentic experience. The Magic School Bus turns into a time machine and transports the class back millions of years to an adventure where they learn about dinosaurs, their habitats and diets, and even a Maiasaura nesting ground.
Dinosaur!: The lost world of velociraptor, stegosaurus, allosaurus, and other prehistoric monsters come to life as never seen before in Dinosaur! Packed with photorealistic computer generated images, detailed cross-sections and cutaways revealing the inner workings of dinosaurs, simple annotations, and clear concise definitions explaining each dinosaur and prehistoric beast at a glance — Dinosaur! revives the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous Eras and brings young readers into the action.
Dinosaurs (Discovery Kids): Discover the prehistoric world of dinosaurs. Using stunning images and illustrations, Dinosaurs takes you on a fascinating visual journey of these amazing creatures who once ruled the Earth, revealing their incredible secrets along the way. Satisfy the curiosity of the most inquisitive minds and uncover dinosaurs and their dramatic story with this concise reference book for all the family. Features key information on the habitats, behavior, and feeding habits of dinosaurs. Discover how dinosaurs adapted to perfectly suit their surroundings. Learn all about plant-eating and meat-eating dinosaurs and how they lived together. Discover how fossils are used to build pictures of dinosaurs and recreate the past.
Dinosaurs: Amazing Pictures & Fun Facts on Animals in Nature: Bestselling children’s author Kay de Silva presents “Dinosaurs”. The book uses captivating illustrations, and carefully chosen words to teach children about the ‘great lizards’. There are also picture captions that provide more information to talk about with your child. Alternatively, a child of any age (even the child in you) can just look at the images and appreciate their beauty. This book depicts the wonder of the world of dinosaurs in all its glory. Children are given a well-rounded understanding of these magnificent creatures: their anatomy, feeding habits, and behavior.
Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur?: All About Dinosaurs: The Cat in the Hat makes another surprise appearance at Dick and Sally’s house–only this time he makes his entrance riding atop a brachiosaurus! Soon, he’s off, along with Dick and Sally, millions of years back in time to see how fossils were created. Then it’s on to a tour through the Cat’s own Super Dino Museum–a fabulous place where the correct pronunciation of a dinosaur’s name wins you a peek at the real living thing! Beginning readers will love exploring the prehistoric world of dinosaurs with the Cat in the Hat as their guide!
National Geographic Kids Ultimate Dinopedia: Dinosaurs continue to fascinate kids, and although these amazing creatures roamed the Earth ages ago, new dinosaur discoveries are still being made today! The new edition of the popular Nat Geo Kids Dinopedia includes all the latest species and is the most complete, up-to-date dinosaur reference available. Find favorites, like the fierce T-rex and the gentle Brontosaurus, plus audacious new finds, like the Anzu, Kosmoceratops, and Yi. Every dino profile is colorfully illustrated and features descriptions of when they roamed the Earth, how they lived, what they ate, and more. There are more than 600 dinos featured in all, including 10 profiles of recently discovered dinosaurs and new entries in the Dino Dictionary. Reports from paleontologists present the latest news and insights from the field.
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Dinosaur Unit Study Resources
In addition to offering recommendations for dinosaur books that kids will love and learn from, I’ve teamed up with some fellow bloggers to offer you homeschool and in-class resources to teach kids all about dinosaurs! You can find these fun books for kids at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience. These unit study resources may contain affiliate links.
- Dinosaur Theme Preschool Classroom Lesson Plans
- Dinosaur Do a Dot Printable Pack
- Dinosaur Literacy Activities
- Dinosaur Math Activities
- Dinosaurs Nature Study Notebooking Pages
- Dinosaur Dig Dramatic Play
- Dinosaur Theme Home Preschool Lesson Plans