Dinosaurs are fascinating creatures. These gigantic beings lived so long ago, but even the youngest among us can feel drawn to them today. There are so many fun dinosaur books available for kids to learn from. Check out this list of board books for the littlest ones, as well as picture books you can share as a family. Pair these book with the Dinosaur Preschool Printable Pack or the letter d dinosaur activity.
Dinosaur Books for Kids
Good Night Dinosaur (Good Night Our World) was written by Mark Jasper and Adam Gamble and illustrated by Cooper Kelly. This addition to the Good Night Our World series introduces kids to a variety of dinosaur species. The simple yet educational text, is paired with colorful illustrations that are sure to intrigue young kids.
That’s Not My Dinosaur (Usborne Touchy-Feely Books) by Fiona Watt is a colorful addition to the “That’s Not My…” series from Usborne Books. On each page, the simple repetitive text is paired with a different texture included in the illustrations. Babies and young toddlers will really enjoy exploring the textures on each page.
Ten Little Dinosaurs: Board Book was written by Mike Brownlow and illustrated by Simon Rickerty. In this bright counting book, little readers can count the ten dinosaurs as they go on an adventure and meet a variety of dinosaur species. The brightly colored illustrations pair with a fun rhyming text that kids will want to read over and over.
Dinosaur Dig! was written and illustrated by Penny Dale. This board book combines dinosaurs and heavy machinery to give kids a fun counting book full of noise. Little ones with a fascination for big machines and loud dinosaurs will love counting along as the dinosaurs dig, dump and crash their way around. The vivid illustrations are paired with simple text full of noises and descriptive words.
Dino Chomp! (Crunchy Board Books) was written by Little Bee Books and illustrated by Beatrice Costamagna. This interactive board book gives kids the opportunity to make the dinosaur growl and chomp his teeth. Little ones will enjoy pulling the tabs to make the teeth chomp, while making the fun noises along with the main character.
Dinosaur Kisses was written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein. When Dinah the dinosaur hatches from her egg, she ventures out to try new things. When she tries to give dinosaur kisses, she finds it a bit difficult. The cute story is paired with adorable illustrations of the little dinosaur as she stumbles through her trial and error.
Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton is a vividly colored introduction to dinosaurs for the youngest readers. Each page includes simple illustrations and text about different kinds of dinosaurs. The use of simple shapes and colors in the illustrations are sure to keep little ones entertained.
Dinosaurumpus! was written by Tony Mitton and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees. This brightly colored board book follows a group of dancing dinosaurs as they party down by the swamp. The fun illustrations accompany a peppy rhyming text that will have kids wanting to dance along with them.
Dinosaur Dance! was written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton. The adorable dinosaurs in this story are drawn in Boynton’s characteristic style, and the illustrations are paired with a fun rhyming text that make this a great one to read aloud with little ones.
My Big Dinosaur Book by Roger Priddy introduces readers to a variety of dinosaur species. The dinosaurs are sorted into various categories and the large clear photographs are labeled with the name of each species. There are also questions on each spread which promote conversation and investigation of the photos on the page.
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? was written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mark Teague. This fun story explores what bedtime routines are like for dinosaurs. The bedtime scenes will be familiar to both parents and kids, and little ones will enjoy watching the large dinosaurs going through the same routines that they do. This is one of the most adorable dinosaur books!
Tadpole Rex was written and illustrated by Kurt Cyrus. This vividly illustrated picture book follows a tiny tadpole as he watches the dinosaurs around him and tries to become the dinosaur he thinks he is. The text has an easy rhyming flow to it and the illustrations are stunning. A great book for older children, as young ones my find the illustrations a bit frightening.
Dinosaurs! was written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons. This brightly colored picture book is full of facts and tidbits about dinosaurs. The book not only introduces the reader to a variety of dinosaur species, but also discusses the discovery of dinosaur fossils and the field of paleontology.
I’m a T. Rex! (Little Golden Book) was written by Dennis R. Shealy and illustrated by Brian Briggs. This fun rhyming story follows a little T. Rex as he tells the reader about himself. The bright illustrations of the adorable dinosaur are paired with a rhyming text with enough repetition to make it a fun read aloud.
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books) was written by Catherine D. Hughes and illustrated by Franco Tempesta. This informative book brings dinosaurs to life with amazing illustrations and tons of information. The book divides the dinosaurs up by size, and offers lots of interesting facts about each one.
If the Dinosaurs Came Back was written by Bernard Most. This book imagines what would happen if dinosaurs came back today. What would they do? The creative jobs that the dinosaurs take part in are sure to entertain young kids, and maybe inspire them to come up with their own creative scenarios.
Dino Pets was written by Lynn Plourde and illustrated by Gideon Kendall. This imaginative story shows what life would be like if you had a large dinosaur for a pet. The peppy rhymes are coupled with incredible illustrations showing dinosaurs in real world scenarios.
My Visit to the Dinosaurs (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) was written and illustrated by Aliki. Dinosaurs may be extinct, but there is lots that you can learn about them by visiting their bones at a museum. This book introduces readers to the history of dinosaur discoveries, the field of paleontology, and a variety of dinosaur species. The text is full of information, and kids can relate to the story of the family visiting a local museum.
Dino-Football (Carolrhoda Picture Books) was written by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Barry Groner. This rhyming story imagines a football face-off between two teams of dinosaurs. The fun illustrations show a variety of dinosaurs facing off against each other in front of a packed stadium, and the peppy rhymes make it fun to read aloud.
Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp was written by Carol Diggory Shields and illustrated by Scott Nash. Did dinosaurs like to dance? This book answers that question through fun rhymes and colorful illustrations of dancing dinos.
Do you have any favorite dinosaur books for kids not listed here?