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The Best Dinosaur Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Are your kids dinosaur crazy? Do they know their stegosaurs from their T-rex? Can they correct your pronunciation of Parasaurolophus no problems! Then these fantastic dinosaur picture books for toddlers and preschoolers are exactly what you need to excite their imagination further and get them hooked on reading from an early age. So here you go our best books about dinosaurs for toddlers and preschoolers for them and you to read together.

A young boy playing with his dinosaur toy collection on the floor. They are lined up in order of size in front of him.

Why Read Dinosaur Books?

So they are already dinosaur crazy, why do you want to read about it as well. It’s simple, following your child’s interests is the best way to encourage them early to pick up the books and develop a love of reading that will hopefully continue for life.

Whether they just love to roar and stomp around or a budding paleontologist reading books that ignite that interest will provide an excellent grounding for the future.

Read Next: Best Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Dinosaurs were always a favourite theme of my kids so we had (still have) a large selection of fiction and non-fiction books about dinosaurs many of which I have kept as it’s surprising the amount of detail and information contained in these dinosaur books for toddlers and preschoolers.

Dinosaur Books for Kids

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We’re kicking off our list with non-fiction books. Many of these we still have and the kids have used for research when we studied fossils and more with them as they were home educated.

National Geographic Kids Dinosaur Books

One of our favourite series of non-fiction books are the National Geographic book and their National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs is great for even the youngest members of the family but no fear for those that want more information (I know my son did) then National Geographic Kids Ultimate Dinopedia: The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever has everything that they may want to know!

Usborne Big Book of Dinosaurs

The Big Book of Big Dinosaurs is a great book with large fold out pages full of many different sorts of dinosaurs and some that were new to me (hard to find after 7 and a half years with a dinosaur mad son!). With a mix of illustrations and facts this is a great book for preschoolers upwards.

Big Book Of Dinosaurs (Big Books)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Alex Frith (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 16 Pages – 05/01/2017 (Publication Date) – Usborne Publishing Ltd (Publisher)

Dinosaurs (Discovery Kids)

With beautiful illustrations Dinosaurs Discovery Kids is full of interesting facts and information – aimed at preschoolers or older this would be a good addition to your home library to continue the dinosaur theme further with your kids.

Dinosaurs (Discovery Kids)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Parragon Books (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 80 Pages – 06/05/2015 (Publication Date) – Parragon Books (Publisher)

The Big Book of Dinosaurs (DK Books)

There are just so many non-fiction books for kids all about Dinosaurs and The Big Book of Dinosaurs is one that I enjoy flicking through, with tons of facts and information of all the different type of dinosaur it’s a great read for families and can be found on our bookshelf as a resource for the kids.

The Big Book of Dinosaurs (DK Big Books)
  • Hardcover Book
  • DK (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 10/06/2015 (Publication Date) – DK Children (Publisher)

Dinosaurs! Amazing Pictures and Fun Facts

Full of fantastic facts as well as amazing pictures Dinosaurs! A Kids Book of Amazing Pictures and Fun Facts About Dinosaurs is a fantastic choice from an independent author for your bookshelf. It’s full of dinosaur facts and information perfect for keeping your little ones engaged.

Dinosaurs! A Kid’s Book of Amazing Pictures and Fun Facts About Dinosaurs: Nature Books for Children Series
  • Yost, John (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 58 Pages – 03/14/2014 (Publication Date) – CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)

Dinosaur Alphabet Books

I love A to Z books, they really helped my kids to learn their alphabet from our very first sensory A – Z book through to ones like this Dinosaur A-Z: For Kids Who Really Love Dinosaurs! and my kids favourite Alphasaurus and other Prehistoric Types.

Dinosaur Sound Book

Books that have you doing something are great with toddlers and preschoolers, whether it’s lifting the flaps or listening to sounds. In Discovery Kids Dinosaurs Rumble Sound Book you can hear the dinosaur roar and imagine what it must have been like to live among these beasts.

By Parragon Books Dinosaurs Rumble Sound Book (Discovery Kids) [Board book]
  • unknown author (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Parragon Books (Publisher)

Dinosaurs Amazing Pictures and Fun Facts

Featuring 12 of your favourite dinosaurs and ones that you can likely pronounce as well as facts about these great lizards and the dinosaur extinction Dinosaurs: Amazing Pictures & Fun Facts on Animals in Nature has great pictures and illustrations as well as simple text that will engage your none readers and allow emergent readers to have a go at reading their text as well.

Dinosaurs: Amazing Pictures & Fun Facts on Animals in Nature (Our Amazing World Series)
  • de Silva, Kay (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 36 Pages – 10/28/2015 (Publication Date) – CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)

The Complete Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures

If I was to get just one dinosaur non-fiction book for my little dino loving kids that will last and last it’s this one! After a visit to the Natural History Museum we discovered that there were so many more prehistoric animals than just the dinosaurs.

The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures not only are dinosaurs covered but also some of the other creatures that roamed the world before man and it has enough facts that you can dip in and out but it also goes into more detail and one that has pride of place still on our family bookshelf.

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Dinosaur Stories and Picture books

Part of the fun of reading is being able to escape into the imagination and fun of the authors and there are so many fun dinosaur themed fiction books for toddlers and preschoolers that teach concepts, make you laugh and more. Here are a few of our favourites that my kids loved growing up.

How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?

One of my favourite Dinosaur Fiction series for kids is the How do Dinosaurs… series by Jane Yolen. There look at different areas where kids or you may be struggling with eating dinner, or this one How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? which is great for reading with kids especially when they are arguing with siblings or friends.

[ How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?[ HOW DO DINOSAURS PLAY WITH THEIR FRIENDS? ] By Yolen, Jane (Author)Aug-01-2006 Board Books
  • Hardcover Book
  • Jane Yolen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Blue Sky Press (AZ) 08-01-2006 (Publisher)

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight

Another worry for toddlers and preschoolers and stressful time for parents can be bedtime so why not read How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and laugh at all of the silly antics that I am sure you have experienced time and time again as your children put off going to sleep for whatever reason!

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
  • Lively bedtime story of baby dinosaurs
  • Encourage proper bedtime behavior
  • Engaging illustrations by Mark Teague
  • Hilarious story line by Jane Yolen
  • Pictures 11 different dinosaur species

The Dinosaur Who Lived in My Backyard

With more than a little fact mixed with the story, this classic storybook was a circle time hit in my classroom The Dinosaur Who Lived in My Backyard Picture Puffin Books.

The Dinosaur Who Lived in My Backyard (Picture Puffin Books)
  • B. G. Hennessy (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 06/01/1990 (Publication Date) – Puffin Books (Publisher)

The Berenstain Bears Dinosaur Dig

The Berenstain Bear’s is another classic series for kids and in The Berenstain Bears Dinosaur Dig they visit the museum and a dinosaur dig is taking place I wonder what kind of dinosaur bones they will discover!

The Berenstain Bears’ Dinosaur Dig
  • Berenstain, Jan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 07/03/2012 (Publication Date) – HarperFestival (Publisher)

Dinosaur Train: Triceratops for Lunch

I spent many a wet afternoon cuddling up on the sofa reading and watching dinosaur train. I loved the way that they mixed in facts and fictions and it was one of the few programmes that I could happily watch over and over again in Dinosaur Train: Triceratops for Lunch Little Golden Book you watch as they prepare for the triceratops twins arrival and work out what to feed them as well as learning about Herbivores and Carnivores.

Dinosaur Train: Triceratops for Lunch (Little Golden Book)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Golden Books (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 08/10/2010 (Publication Date) – Golden Books (Publisher)

Dinosaurs Galore!

Not a non-fiction book and not a fiction book Dinosaurs Galore! is full of funny rhymes and poems about some of your favourite dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs Galore!
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Andreae, Giles (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 09/05/2006 (Publication Date) – Tiger Tales (Publisher)

Dinosaurs Love Underpants

If you haven’t read any books by the author Claire Freedman and illustrated by Ben Corts then we really recommend that you do in Dinosaurs Love Underpants one of the popular “Love Underpants” series of books there is a great time with the bunch of dinosaurs that just love wearing underpants even when they are quite itchy!

Dinosaurs Love Underpants (The Underpants Books)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Hardcover Book
  • Freedman, Claire (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 12/29/2009 (Publication Date) – Aladdin (Publisher)

Thomas and the Dinosaur

Another favourite with many children is Thomas the tank engine and it was the same with my kids, in fact the train set with dinosaur fossils was one of their favourite to play with when they were little. So finding the accompanying book was a hit with them and in Thomas and the Dinosaur you can read the adventure he has and then reenact it with your toy dinosaurs and train set.

Thomas and the Dinosaur (Thomas & Friends) (Little Golden Book)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Golden Books (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 01/06/2015 (Publication Date) – Golden Books (Publisher)

Curious George’s Dinosaur Discovery

If your children like Curious George then Curious George’s Dinosaur Discovery is a great one to read together. Featuring this loveable monkey what mischief will he get up to this time.

Curious George’s Dinosaur Discovery
  • Curious George Dinosaur Discovery By Hapka Catherine Rey H A ILT Hines Anna Grossnickle ILT
  • Rey, H. A. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 04/10/2006 (Publication Date) – Clarion Books (Publisher)

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Dinosaur Books for Babies and Young Toddlers

Looking for something simpler, or more sturdy for younger toddlers and little hands to explore then these dinosaur books for young toddlers and older babies are great. With sensory features and sturdy pages they and you will love sitting, snuggling and reading these books together.

Touch and Feel: Dinosaur

Any sensory books are great for all ages but specifically for young children. It gives them something to do whilst you read and you will be surprised at how much they can learn as you read with them from engaging different senses as well. This Touch and Feel: Dinosaur has scales and horns and other body parts that they can touch and you can go over the sensory language at the same time.

Touch and Feel: Dinosaur
  • DK (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 12 Pages – 05/21/2012 (Publication Date) – DK Children (Publisher)

Dinosaur Dance

Dinosaurs can do all sorts of silly things in books and in this book ideal for babies and you to read together you can find them dancing away in Dinosaur Dance!

Dinosaur Dance!
  • Boynton, Sandra (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 16 Pages – 08/30/2016 (Publication Date) – Boynton Bookworks (Publisher)

Oh My Oh My Dinosaurs!

In another book by the same author Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! you and your baby or toddler can learn some opposites whilst having fun with the dinosaurs.

Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!: A Book of Opposites (Boynton on Board)
  • New
  • Mint Condition
  • Dispatch same day for order received before 12 noon
  • Guaranteed packaging
  • No quibbles returns

I’m a T.Rex

Even the youngest toddler can learn some facts about dinosaurs – and you can bet that by the time they turn 3 they will be giving you a run for your money! I’m a T. Rex! Little Golden Book is perfect for them with cute pictures and lovely little facts told in simple sentences.

I’m a T. Rex! (Little Golden Book)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Shealy, Dennis R. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 05/11/2010 (Publication Date) – Golden Books (Publisher)

Noisy Dinosaurs

Books that have sounds may drive us crazy – believe me they do me! But they are great for babies and young toddlers Noisy Dinosaurs My First Touch and Feel Sound Book would make a great gift or addition to your home library.

Noisy Dinosaurs: Includes Six Sounds! (My First)
  • Litton, Jonathan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 12 Pages – 09/22/2020 (Publication Date) – Tiger Tales (Publisher)

Good Night Dinosaur

In this book you and your child can say good morning, hello and Good Night Dinosaur Good Night Our World. Read along together with the simple sentences and brilliant illustrations.

Good Night Dinosaur (Good Night Our World)
  • Jasper, Mark (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 28 Pages – 04/01/2013 (Publication Date) – Good Night Books (Publisher)
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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.

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