BookYou Asked For It: Books about Dinosaurs

Browse the list below for a selection of great books about dinosaurs. Click the book cover or title to go to the book in the online catalog. Click the author's name to search for more books by that author.

Dinosaur hunter Dinosaur hunter
Alphin, Elaine Marie.
In Wyoming in the 1880s, a young boy fulfills his dream of finding a dinosaur skeleton on his father's ranch, outwits a man who would cheat him, and sells his find to a team of fossil hunters.

Dinosaurs galore! Dinosaurs galore!
Andreae, Giles, 1966-
As the sun lights the horizon, and the mist begins to clear, what shapes do you begin to see; what noises do you hear? Perhaps you'll see a swishing tail, huge footprints, or a beak. I think I heard a distant roar⦠and did you hear something shriek? Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz have combined their talents once again to create this funny, rhythmic and fact filled picture book about the lives of the great dinosaurs.

Bones, bones, dinosaur bones Bones, bones, dinosaur bones
Barton, Byron.
A cast of characters looks for, finds, and assembles some dinosaur bones.

Dinosaurs, dinosaurs Dinosaurs, dinosaurs
Barton, Byron.
In prehistoric days there were many different kinds of dinosaurs, big and small, those with spikes and those with long, sharp teeth.

Hunting the daddyosaurus Hunting the daddyosaurus
Bateman, Teresa.
Two young dinosaurs track their father around the house and finally tackle him in his easy chair.

I dreamt I was a dinosaur I dreamt I was a dinosaur
Blackstone, Stella.
A child dreams of being one dinosaur among many. Includes notes on dinosaur species mentioned in the rhyming text.

Crunch munch dinosaur lunch! Crunch munch dinosaur lunch!
Bright, Paul.
Ty tyrannosaurus stomps through the jungle proving that he is brave, terrifying, and hungry, while his loving baby sister, Teri, keeps embarrassing him, but when she is threatened, Ty comes to the rescue.

When dinosaurs came with everything When dinosaurs came with everything
Broach, Elise.
Although his mother is a little worried, a young boy is delighted to discover that every shop in town is giving away real dinosaurs to their customers.

No T. Rex in the library No T. Rex in the library
Buzzeo, Toni.
A rampaging Tyrannosaurus Rex demonstrates to an out-of-control little girl the results of "beastie" behavior in the library.

Big old bones : a dinosaur tale Big old bones : a dinosaur tale
Carrick, Carol.
Professor Potts discovers some big old bones and puts them together in various ways until he is satisfied he has discovered a dinosaur that once ruled the earth.

Patrick's dinosaurs Patrick's dinosaurs
Carrick, Carol.
When his older brother talks about dinosaurs during a visit to the zoo, Patrick is afraid, until he discovers they all died millions of years ago.

The trouble with Tyrannosaurus Rex The trouble with Tyrannosaurus Rex
Cauley, Lorinda Bryan.
Ankylosaurus and Duckbill devise a plan with the other peaceful dinosaurs in their neighborhood to outwit and humiliate Tyrannosaurus Rex before he eats them all.

Tadpole Rex Tadpole Rex
Cyrus, Kurt.
A tiny primordial tadpole grows into a frog, feeling just as strong and powerful as the huge tyrannosaurus rex that stomps through the mud.

G-Rex G-Rex
Daniels, Teri.
Gregory deals with his annoying older brother Mark by turning into fierce G-Rex and threatening to eat him.

Little Grunt and the big egg : a prehistoric fairy tale Little Grunt and the big egg : a prehistoric fairy tale
De Paola, Tomie.
When a dinosaur hatches from the egg that Little Grunt brought home for dinner, Mama and Papa Grunt let him keep it as a pet until it grows too big for their cave.

Dinosnores Dinosnores
DiPucchio, Kelly S.
Relates the earth changing consequences of millions of nights of raucous snoring by sleeping dinosaurs.

Tyrannosaurus Drip Tyrannosaurus Drip
Donaldson, Julia.
A duckbilled dinosaur, accidentally raised by fierce tyrannosauruses who would eat duckbills if only they could reach them, tries to be like his "family" but finally gives up, runs away, and finds a real home with others of his kind.

Dinosaur starts school Dinosaur starts school
Edwards, Pamela Duncan.
Dinosaur worries about the first day of school, but with the help of a reassuring classmate he finds that school can be fun.

Time train Time train
Fleischman, Paul.
A class takes a field trip back through time to observe living dinosaurs in their natural habitat.

Rescue mission Rescue mission
Fontes, Justine.
"Eric Kirby went parasailing near Jurassic Park--and never returned. His frantic parents have come to find him. Is Eric still alive? And can his rescuers stay alive long enough to find him?"

The littlest dinosaur The littlest dinosaur
Foreman, Michael, 1938-
The littlest dinosaur thinks he is too small to do much of anything, until his family and neighbors are in trouble and need his help.

The littlest dinosaur's big adventure The littlest dinosaur's big adventure
Foreman, Michael, 1938-
The littlest dinosaur discovers the advantages of being small as he frolics among the lily pads with his new frog friends, and then bravely finds his way home after getting lost in the woods.

A trip to dinosaur time A trip to dinosaur time
Foreman, Michael, 1938-
Tom disobeys his mother when she tells him not to play with her new kitchen timer and finds himself transported to a time when dinosaurs are alive.

Tyson the Terrible Tyson the Terrible
Fox, Diane.
Three young dinosaurs are afraid when they hear Tyson the Terrible approach, until they meet the young Tyrannosaurus for themselves.

Dinosaurs love underpants Dinosaurs love underpants
Freedman, Claire.
Illustrations and rhyming text reveal the Mighty Underpants War as the true reason dinosaurs are extinct.

Dinotrux Dinotrux
Gall, Chris.
Millions of years ago, the prehistoric ancestors of today's trucks, such as garbageadon, dozeratops, and craneosaurus, roamed the Earth until they rusted out and became extinct.

Making grizzle grow Making grizzle grow
Gilmore, Rachna, 1953-
Emily's father sends her outside to play in the snow, but she's upset because he won't join her. She decides to make a dinosaur that will impress her father, but the dinosaur has a voracious appetite.

The dinosaur's new clothes : a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale The dinosaur's new clothes : a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale
Goode, Diane.
In this retelling of the familiar story about two rascals who sell a vain emperor an invisible suit of clothes, the characters are presented as dinosaurs.

Can I have a Stegosaurus, Mom? Can I? Please!? Can I have a Stegosaurus, Mom? Can I? Please!?
Grambling, Lois G.
A child describes all the possible advantages of having a Stegosaurus for a pet.

Here comes T. Rex Cottontail Here comes T. Rex Cottontail
Grambling, Lois G.
A Tyrannosaurus rex tries his best to fill in for the sick Easter Bunny.

T. Rex and the Mother's Day hug T. Rex and the Mother's Day hug
Grambling, Lois G.
Eager to do something special for Mother's Day, T. Rex decides to surprise his mother by decorating her car.

T. rex trick-or-treats T. rex trick-or-treats
Grambling, Lois G.
A Tyrannosaurus rex cannot decide what kind of costume to wear on Halloween night.

The dinosaur tamer The dinosaur tamer
Greathouse, Carol.
With the strength of an Iguanodon and the speed of a Utah Raptor, lasso-tossing, Pleiosaurus-riding Rocky is legendary. There isn't a dinosaur in the land that would think of giving Rocky a lick of trouble. That is, until he meets T. Rex, the rip-roarinest, snip-snortinest, flame-breathinest reptilian ever to stomp the earth.

Gaspard and Lisa at the museum Gaspard and Lisa at the museum
Gutman, Anne.
While on a school field trip to the natural history museum, Gaspard and Lisa have an exciting adventure in the dinosaur room.

The three little dinosaurs The three little dinosaurs
Harris, Jim, 1955-
In this variation on the story of the Three Little Pigs, three young dinosaurs set out on their own, only to be hassled by a tyrannosaurus rex who gets a big surprise in the end.

Drumheller dinosaur dance Drumheller dinosaur dance
Heidbreder, Robert.

The dinosaur who lived in my backyard The dinosaur who lived in my backyard
Hennessy, B. G. (Barbara G.)
A young boy imagines what it was like long ago when a dinosaur lived in his back yard.

Danny and the dinosaur Danny and the dinosaur
Hoff, Syd, 1912-2004.
A little boy is surprised and pleased when one of the dinosaurs from the museum agrees to play with him.

Brontorina Brontorina
Howe, James, 1946-
Despite her size and not having the proper footwear, a determined dinosaur pursues her dream of becoming a ballerina.

Dinosaur Bob and his adventures with the family Lazardo Dinosaur Bob and his adventures with the family Lazardo
Joyce, William.
While vacationing in Africa, the Lazardo family finds and brings back to America a friendly dinosaur that becomes the talk of the town.

Princess Dinosaur Princess Dinosaur
Kastner, Jill.
Princess Dinosaur has fun playing with the rest of the toys until Spots the dog comes and carries her off to an outdoor adventure.

Tyrannoclaus Tyrannoclaus
Lawler, Janet.
Disaster nearly prevents a dinosaur Santa Claus from delivering toys to the prehistoric children on Christmas.

Dancing dinos Dancing dinos
Lucas, Sally, 1933-
Dinosaurs dance out of the book that a boy is reading and head for mischief.

Dancing dinos at the beach Dancing dinos at the beach
Lucas, Sally, 1933-
The dancing dinosaurs come out of their book and have fun cavorting on the beach.

Dancing dinos go to school Dancing dinos go to school
Lucas, Sally, 1933-
A surprised librarian and a young reader watch as dancing dinosaurs in a book leap off the page and into the school, causing havoc in the classroom and on the playground.

All aboard the dinotrain All aboard the dinotrain
Lund, Deb.
When dinosaurs seek adventure by taking a train ride, they find the trip has some unexpected surprises along the way.

Dinosailors Dinosailors
Lund, Deb.
After spending time sailing, some seasick dinosaurs decide they have had enough of the high seas.

When dinosaurs go to school When dinosaurs go to school
Martin, Linda, 1961-
Dinosaurs spend a day at school with reading, writing, arithmetic, music, fingerpaints, exercise, and pizza.

Stomp, dinosaur, stomp! Stomp, dinosaur, stomp!
Mayo, Margaret.
Illustrations and rhythmic text depict dinosaurs from Ankylosaurus to Plesiosaurus and Tyrannosaurus stomping, swooshing, plodding, and lunging through the landscape.

T is for terrible T is for terrible
McCarty, Peter.
A tyrannosaurus rex explains that he cannot help it that he is enormous and hungry and is not a vegetarian.

Dear Tyrannosaurus Rex Dear Tyrannosaurus Rex
McClatchy, Lisa.
Enamored of dinosaurs, Erin writes a letter inviting a real one to her sixth birthday party.

Dinosaur Woods : can seven clever critters save their forest home?  Dinosaur Woods : can seven clever critters save their forest home?
McClements, George.
To save their homes from being destroyed by developers, a fanciful group of endangered animals constructs a fearsome dinosaur.

I'm bad! I'm bad!
McMullan, Kate.
A hungry Tyrannosaurus rex searches for food in the prehistoric forest but is thwarted in its attempts to find something to eat.

I'm big! I'm big!
McMullan, Kate.
A young Sauropod encounters friends and foes while searching for his pack, who left while he was oversleeping.

Luther's Halloween Luther's Halloween
Meister, Cari.
On Halloween, a boy and his pet triceratops named Luther thwart a bully dressed as Dracula who has been taking candy from other trick-or-treaters.

Dinosaurumpus Dinosaurumpus
Mitton, Tony.
A rhyming tale of Triceratops, Brontosaurus, and even Tyrannosaurus gathering at the swamp to dance.

Trouble at the Dinosaur Cafe Trouble at the Dinosaur Cafe
Moses, Brian, 1950-
The vegetarian dinosaurs are enjoying their plant meals at the Dinosaur Cafe until ravenous Tyrannosaurus stomps in looking for meaty dinosaur stew.

Most, Bernard.
A young T-Rex loves his ABCs so much that he eats them up, experiencing on each letter a word that begins with that letter.

Dinosaur dream Dinosaur dream
Nolan, Dennis.
After reading about dinosaurs and then falling asleep, Wilbur sees a baby apatosaurus outside his bedroom and travels backwards through time to return it to its own time period.

Captain Raptor and the moon mystery Captain Raptor and the moon mystery
O'Malley, Kevin, 1961-
When something lands on one of the moons of the planet Jurassica, Captain Raptor and his spaceship crew go to investigate.

Captain Raptor and the space pirates Captain Raptor and the space pirates
O'Malley, Kevin, 1961-
Captain Raptor and the crew of the Megatooth are called back into action to save the planet Jurassica from rogue space pirates.

Gorgonzola : a very stinkysaurus Gorgonzola : a very stinkysaurus
Palatini, Margie.
When Gorgonzola the dinosaur learns that everyone runs from him to avoid his smell, rather than out of fear, he is grateful to the little bird who shows him how to brush his teeth and wash.

Dino pets Dino pets
Plourde, Lynn.
A boy brings home various dinosaurs from the pet store, but discovers that neither the biggest nor the smallest, the softest nor the scariest, makes an ideal pet. Includes facts about dinosaurs.

Buying, training & caring for your dinosaur Buying, training & caring for your dinosaur
Rennert, Laura.
Includes instructions for choosing and caring for a pet dinosaur.

Dinosaur vs. the potty Dinosaur vs. the potty
Shea, Bob.
"Dinosaur doesn't need to use the potty. Even when making lemonade, running through the sprinkler, splashing in puddles, playing in the water... But wait, is that a victory dance or something else?"--Provided by publisher.

Good night, dinosaurs Good night, dinosaurs
Sierra, Judy.
Verses describe the bedtime preparations of different kinds of dinosaurs.

Dinosaur! Dinosaur!
Sís, Peter, 1949-
While taking a bath, a young boy is joined by all sorts of dinosaurs.

Detective dinosaur Detective dinosaur
Skofield, James.
Detective Dinosaur and Officer Pterodactyl are challenged to solve three cases when a hat is missing, a shoe squeaks, and a loud clanging comes from a dark alley at night.

Detective Dinosaur : lost and found Detective Dinosaur : lost and found
Skofield, James.
After Detective Dinosaur and Officer Pterodactyl find a missing baby wearing pink diapers and a home for Cadet Kitty, they lose and rediscover each other.

Detective Dinosaur undercover Detective Dinosaur undercover
Skofield, James.
In three brief mysteries, Detective Dinosaur learns about doing undercover work, gets chased by strange blobs, and finds rain on a sunny day.

Find-a-saurus Find-a-saurus
Sperring, Mark.
Even though Marty's mother has told him that dinosaurs no longer exist, he is certain they are just good at hiding and sets out to find one, encountering many fantastic creatures along the way.

Thesaurus Rex Thesaurus Rex
Steinberg, Laya.
Thesaurus Rex is a playful young dinosaur with a way with words. He especially likes trying out synonyms as he plays all day.

The most amazing dinosaur The most amazing dinosaur
Stevenson, James, 1929-
Wilfred the rat stumbles into a museum, where he befriends the animals living there and enjoys the many exhibits.

Dinosaur colors Dinosaur colors
Stickland, Paul.
Cheerful illustrations of dinosaurs offer a humorous and fun introduction to colors.

Dinosaur numbers Dinosaur numbers
Stickland, Paul.
"Welcome to the wonderful world of numbers, starring Paul Stickland's band of playful dinosaurs. Count the dinosaurs, one through ten. When you're done, start over again!"--P. [4] of cover.

Dinosaur roar! Dinosaur roar!
Stickland, Paul.
Illustrations and rhyming text present all kinds of dinosaurs, including ones that are sweet, grumpy, spiky, or lumpy.

Little Rex, big brother Little Rex, big brother
Symes, Ruth, 1962-
Rex tries to be the biggest, scariest tyrannosaurus around until he learns that he is just the right size to be a big brother.

The Super Hungry Dinosaur The Super Hungry Dinosaur
Waddell, Martin.
Hal and his little dog Billy calmly deal with a dinosaur's monstrous temper tantrum.

The field mouse and the dinosaur named Sue The field mouse and the dinosaur named Sue
Wahl, Jan.
A field mouse finds himself in the Field Museum when the roof of his former home is transported there with the rest of the bones of a dinosaur named Sue.

I am a tyrannosaurus I am a tyrannosaurus
Wallace, Karen.
A hungry Tyrannosaurus rex prowls through the forest.

Dino-basketball Dino-basketball
Wheeler, Lisa, 1963-
Plant-eating dinosaurs face meat-eating dinosaurs in a basketball game at Mastadon Square Garden.

Dino-hockey Dino-hockey
Wheeler, Lisa, 1963-
The meat-eating dinosaurs challenge the plant-eating dinosaurs to a hockey match.

Harry and the dinosaurs at the museum Harry and the dinosaurs at the museum
Whybrow, Ian.
When his family goes to a museum so that big sister Sam can research human ancestors, young Harry wanders off while playing with his toy dinosaurs and becomes lost, but Gran knows just where to find him.

Edwina, the dinosaur who didn't know she was extinct Edwina, the dinosaur who didn't know she was extinct
Willems, Mo.
Everyone in town loves Edwina the dinosaur except one little boy who is determined to prove to everyone, including Edwina, that dinosaurs are extinct.

How to raise a dinosaur How to raise a dinosaur
Wing, Natasha.
Young readers can lift-the-flaps and find out what it would be like to have a dinosaur as a pet.

How do dinosaurs eat their food? How do dinosaurs eat their food?
Yolen, Jane.
Just like kids, dinosaurs have a difficult time learning to behave at the table. However, with a little help from Mom and Dad, these young dinosaurs eat all before them with smiles and goodwill.

How do dinosaurs go to school? How do dinosaurs go to school?
Yolen, Jane.
Explains how young dinosaurs should behave during a typical school day.

How do dinosaurs say I love you? How do dinosaurs say I love you?
Yolen, Jane.
Illustrations and rhyming text present some of the different ways dinosaurs can express their love, from cleaning up after making a mess to smiling sweetly instead of roaring.

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Last modified on Friday, July 27, 2012
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