We took a visit to our local library the other day so we could do our research on the best dinosaur books around. While we were there, I asked the librarian if she had any favorite dinosaur books hoping she could introduce us to a few new gems. She suggested a few that we already had in our stack and she was really impressed with our dino book collection, but there was one she suggested that we hadn’t heard of. After reading about 30 dinosaur books, her selection made the cut. I’m so excited to share it and four others with you today!

Dinosaur Parade
Dinosaur Parade by Shari Helburn is a sweet book that introduces you and your Lil’ to all the different types of dinosaurs. It’s also a wonderful way to talk about diversity both among humans and dinosaurs because the little boy in the story talks about the various features different dinosaurs have just like us humans. And of course, the little boy loves all his dinosaurs in spite of all their differences.
This is a great book for all readers and can be used to teach and celebrate our differences.
Duck, Duck, Dinosaur
Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and the Noise at Night by Kallie George is the sequel to Duck, Duck, Dinosaur (which we have not read). It’s about two ducks and a dinosaur who grew up as siblings and they are going to spend their first night in their own nest, away from mama duck. Duck, Duck, and Dinosaur are feeling really brave and fall asleep in their own nest until they hear, “Groorre.” Totally afraid and wide awake, they seek out the sound.
This is a great book for all readers with a humorous ending.
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs retold by Mo Williams is the book that our wonderful librarian suggested! It is an awesome book and easily my favorite of the whole bunch!
Your Lil’ will enjoy the story, but you will LOVE all the little nuances that tie it to the original fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
This book is a little longer so it is best for our Lil’ Creators and it leads to some great conversations about the similarities and differences between this story and the classic fairy tale.
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You

How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague is part of the How Do Dinosaurs series which we LOVE!!! This book describes typical toddler behaviors that frustrate all of us like fussing with their food and refusing their nap followed by the sweet little things our Lil’s do that makes parenting so worth it. It is a great way to show your Lil’ the behaviors that demonstrate love and care and a great reminder to us parents that the tantrums are followed by sweet hugs and, “I love you’s.”

Dinosaurumpus!
Dinosaurumpus! by Tony Mitton is a fun book about a big ol’ dinosaur dance party! The pictures are fun and the text will have you tongue tied. And in the end, you will just want to dance. This book is also great for introducing you and your Lil’ to the different dinosaurs and their characteristics.
This is a great book for kids of all ages as it makes you feel good and puts you in a fun mood.
 
Dino Pets
Dino Pets by Lynn Plourde is about a little kid who gets a pet dinosaur. The first pet dinosaur he gets is the biggest dinosaur he could find, but the biggest dinosaur doesn’t fit in his house so he has to get a new pet dinosaur. This sort of problem happens every time he gets a pet dinosaur whether they be too fast, too scary, or too big.
The rhyming and tempo of this book make for a fun read and at the end of the book, there are some dinosaur facts so your Lil’ can learn about the biggest, fastest, longest, softest, smallest, and scariest dinosaurs.

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