15 Captivating Books for a Preschooler’s Dinosaur Obsession

by Ivy B
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I highly recommend these books for a preschooler’s dinosaur obsession.  You can teach them about dinosaurs, shapes, alphabets, and more while incorporating your child’s favorite creatures!

I totally lucked out with my kids and their love for dinosaurs (and cars).  When I first found out I was having a girl, I was a bit concerned.  Not being very “girly” myself, I wasn’t sure how I was going to enjoy “girly” things.  I didn’t for myself.  I mainly have interests in cars.

But, then I realized my daughter, as a toddler, became interested in dinosaurs.  Now that was something I could get into.  And it was a good thing, because eventually her interest turned into an obsession.

We had to learn the names of all the dinosaurs.  We needed all the books.  She had to load up on (imo, an excessive amount of) dinosaur toys.

Now, my toddler son is expressing a similar interest in these prehistoric creatures.  So, while we have some books, we’re getting ready to load up on more for his emerging dinosaur obsession.

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15 Captivating Books for a Preschooler’s Dinosaur Obsession

My Big Dinosaur Book

A big book perfect for toddlers to learn all sorts of dinosaur terminology.  Great vocabulary building book for a preschooler’s dinosaur obsession.

Dino Chomp! (Crunchy Board Books)

This is a fun and interactive board book for toddlers and preschoolers to help T-Rex chomp or sing using sliders/tabs throughout the book

Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! (Boynton on Board)

Sandra Boynton is a favorite author for little kids’ books in this house.  Of course, because both my kids have a dinosaur obsession, we have this book and love it.  Not fact based, but tons of fun, as you’d expect from Sandra Boynton.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday?

This is a fun book to help teach kids about good and bad birthday behavior.  As you read about the dinosaur’s bad birthday behavior, you can totally envision your preschooler doing many of these same things!  And your little one will really enjoy the story while getting good behavior advice!

Dinosaur Dance!

For a while there, this was one of my toddler son’s favorite books to read before nap.  He loved the sounds and movements we’d do for each dinosaur.  Are you ready to do the “Cha Cha Cha”?


This is a fun rhyming book that turns those fascinating prehistoric creatures into wild dancers.  If you liked Giraffes Can’t Dance, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one.

We Are the Dinosaurs

We’re huge fans of playing Pandora for the kids and this is one of the most songs.  I’m excited to have found the words from the song We Are the Dinosaurs translated into an adorable book for a preschooler’s dinosaur obsession!  Many of Laurie Berkner’s songs are big hits in our house, and now the books are too!

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems

As soon as I found this book, I knew it needed to be in our home.  My daughter has become a Moe Willems fan after reading several of his Pigeon books.  Instantly I knew this would be well-received and the reviews on Amazon further convinced me of its necessity!  A must-have for the over-stuffed bookshelf full of dinosaur books.

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime (Board Book) (A Dinosaur vs. Book)

If you’ve ever read any of the Dinosaur vs. books, you’ll be familiar with the story line.  Dinosaur wins against many things, but even dinosaurs get tired ….

An adorable book for little kids at bedtime to maybe convince them not to fight sleep.  Even if it doesn’t work, you and your kiddo will enjoy it.

Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp

Sometimes dinosaurs, and their preschool friends, just need to have a good time.  This simple, yet vibrant, book will ensure your little ones immersed in rhyme and dance.

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Barton, Byron

This is a very simple, but bright book.  The dinosaurs are brought to life through the author’s vision of what the world would have looked like in a child’s eyes.  And, because he doesn’t bore with specific details, rather keeping his terminology simple, this makes for a perfect first dinosaur book for toddlers or preschoolers.

Dinoblock (Alphablock)

This is a chunky but small book introducing little kids to dinosaurs using comparisons of things we may see on a daily basis to the size of the dinosaur it will show on the following page.

I Love My Dinosaur (Love Meez)

We have one Caroline Jane Church book and it’s always been a sweet read for the little ones.  In this book, a cartoon preschooler tells why he loves his dinosaur so much … what makes his so special.  You can teach your preschooler social and emotional skills through this book while still appealing to their dinosaur obsession.

Dinosaur Kisses

A new baby dinosaur is exploring her world.  She can stomp and chomp.  Can she learn how to give a kiss without hurting someone?  Instead of vilifying a toddler’s “destructive” behaviors, the author tries to insinuate it’s part of a toddler’s learning process.  Practice makes progress, right?  Another social skill book designed to entice little learners through fun and play.

Picture Fit Board Books: A Stampede of Dinosaurs: An Opposites Book

An opposites book fit for your preschooler’s dinosaur obsession.  This book has tactile stimulation … where one side of the page is raise and the other is recessed.  Your child’s favorite creatures help them discover opposites in a fun and engaging way.

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Jennifer December 22, 2017 - 5:54 pm

I might need to get every single one of these for my son, such a great list!!!

Mama Writes Reviews December 22, 2017 - 6:26 pm

We have a dinosaur obsessed kiddo and I think we have almost every one of these books. Love it!

Laura December 22, 2017 - 7:02 pm

I love all things Sondra Boynton. Check out her book “Dinosaur’s Binkit!!” One of my sons loved dinosaurs and made me a book of his drawings of dinosaurs. I will never part with it!
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run 3 October 22, 2019 - 3:01 am

Penny Dale’s dinosaur books were my son’s most favorite. They combine dinosaurs with construction trucks and with transportation vehicles. I love them so much!


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