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Over 50 Fantastic Dinosaur Books For Preschoolers

by Ivy B

50+ dinosaur books for preschool aged kids they’ll be dying to read again and again. 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.

Then, my toddler son began expressing a similar interest in these prehistoric creatures.  So, while we had some books, we needed to load up on more for his emerging dinosaur obsession.

Dinosaurs are a hot topic among little ones.

From toddler-hood to about Kindergarten age, you may find your little one obsessed with dinosaurs.  If your kids are anything like mine were, you probably have loads of dinosaur toys strewn about the house.

My kids have even loved reading as many books with (and about) dinosaurs as they could get their hands on.

Check out these dinosaur books for preschoolers that we’ve loved.

40+ Dinosaur Books for Preschool Aged Kids

1. Rexy the Dinosaur and a New Bike

Rexy the Dinosaur and a New Bike is a terrific story that highlights the value of sharing. Tell it in front of a class or read it as a nice bedtime story to your children.

2. Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug

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Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug
  • Hardcover Book
  • Stutzman, Jonathan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 48 Pages – 03/05/2019 (Publication Date) – Chronicle Books (Publisher)

Tiny T. Rex has a HUGE problem. His friend Pointy needs cheering up and only a hug will do. But with his short stature and teeny T. Rex arms, is a hug impossible? Not if Tiny has anything to say about it!

3. Don’t Forget Dexter! (Dexter T. Rexter)

Don’t Forget Dexter! (Dexter T. Rexter Book 1)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Ward, Lindsay (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 01/01/2018 (Publication Date) – Two Lions (Publisher)

This hilariously neurotic dinosaur will do whatever it takes to get his friend back—even asking the reader’s advice.

What an engaging way to get your child to enjoy reading!

4. Rexy the Dinosaur Learns to Brush his Teeth

Rexy the Dinosaur Learns to Brush his Teeth: (Children’s book about a Dinosaur Who Learns to Brush Teeth, Dinosaur Books, Brush Teeth Book, Bedtime Story, Picture Books, Preschool Books, Kids Books)
  • Woods, ms. Ellie J. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 12/13/2018 (Publication Date) – Independently published (Publisher)

Rexy is still young dino with much to learn about life. He does not believe in brushing his teeth and not even his loving mother and father can change his mind.

5. Dinosaurs Love Underpants (The Underpants Books)

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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)

The mystery of dinosaur extinction is solved! Scientists have plenty of theories about why dinosaurs are extinct.  But in Dinosaurs Love Underpants, the real answer is the dinos were wiped out in an Underpants War!

6. Little Critter: The Lost Dinosaur Bone

The Lost Dinosaur Bone (Little Critter)
  • Mercer Mayer (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 11/20/2007 (Publication Date) – HarperFestival (Publisher)

Little Critter’s class is going to the Critterville Museum of Natural History, and everyone is excited. But when the class arrives, they find out the dinosaur exhibit is closed because of a missing Triceratops bone. Join Little Critter as he searches the Hall of Gems and Minerals, climbs the trees in the rain forest, and sneaks around the Planetarium—all to solve the mystery of the lost dinosaur bone.

7. Dinosaurs (A Mini Animotion Book)

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Dinosaurs: A Mini Animotion Book
  • Hardcover Book
  • Accord Publishing (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 12 Pages – 03/15/2011 (Publication Date) – Accord Publishing, a division of Andrews McMeel (Publisher)

In Dinosaurs, bright, graphic illustrations feature friendly dinosaurs doing what they do best — running, swinging tails, and munching leaves. You’ll find five of the most recognizable dinosaurs lurking on the pages: Brachiosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Velociraptor. No scary dinos here, though. Each and every one is certified preschooler-friendly. Designed especially for preschoolers, Dinosaurs is packed with adventures of prehistoric proportions.

8. We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

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We Don’t Eat Our Classmates: A Penelope Rex Book
  • Hardcover Book
  • Higgins, Ryan T. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 48 Pages – 06/19/2018 (Publication Date) – Disney Hyperion (Publisher)

It’s the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can’t wait to meet her classmates. But it’s hard to make human friends when they’re so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . . .

9. Pete the Cat: Cavecat Pete

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Pete the Cat: Cavecat Pete
  • Dean, James (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 01/20/2015 (Publication Date) – HarperFestival (Publisher)

Pete lives happily among the dinosaurs. He’s friends with everyone. But when Pete organizes a picnic with all his friends and some herbivores and carnivores can’t seem to get along, it’s up to Cavecat Pete to show them that they can all have fun together. Fans of Pete the Cat will enjoy going back in time with Pete. Complete with over 30 stickers!

10. We Are the Dinosaurs

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We Are the Dinosaurs
  • Hardcover Book
  • Berkner, Laurie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages – 03/21/2017 (Publication Date) – Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

Laurie Berkner, “the queen of children’s music,” (People) pairs the lyrics of her beloved hit with Ben Clanton’s whimsical illustrations in this winning, adorable picture book—a must-have for fans of Laurie, dinosaurs, and all things cute.

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!

Related Reading: 15 Captivating Books for a Preschooler’s Dinosaur Obsession

11. What the Dinosaurs Did at School

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What the Dinosaurs Did at School (What the Dinosaurs Did, 2)
  • Hardcover Book
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages – 06/06/2017 (Publication Date) – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

These scampish dinosaurs make the trip to school, hidden in a kid’s backpack. Each scene is photographed in meticulous detail, letting viewers joyfully suspend disbelief and think to themselves–just LOOK at what these diminutive dinos did at school!

12. Rory the Dinosaur Wants a Pet

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Rory the Dinosaur Wants a Pet
  • Hardcover Book
  • Climo, Liz (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages – 06/07/2016 (Publication Date) – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

When Rory meets his friend Sheldon’s pet crab, he realizes he wants a pet of his own. He searches high and low–from tree tops to sand pits–for a creature to love. It’s at the end of a long day, when Rory least expects it, that he meets George.

13. How to Catch a Dinosaur

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How to Catch a Dinosaur
  • Hardcover Book
  • Wallace, Adam (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages – 09/03/2019 (Publication Date) – Sourcebooks Wonderland (Publisher)

“Do dinosaurs still walk among us? Sure, no one has seen one, but if alligators, whales, and even birds still exist, then dinosaurs must still exist, right? Join the daring How to Catch Kids as they try to wrangle a dinosaur in time for the school science fair and prove they’re still around! Parents, young readers, dinosaur lovers, and educators alike will roar with laughter in this dinosaur picture book that blends STEAM concepts with hilarity and clever chaos. Do YOU have what it takes to pluck a prehistoric pal? Perfect for kids ages 4-10, this fun story makes a great birthday and back to school gift, stocking and basket stuffer, or read aloud for any occasion!”

14. The Berenstain Bears’ Dinosaur Dig

The Berenstain Bears’ Dinosaur Dig
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Berenstain, Jan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 02/23/2016 (Publication Date) – HarperFestival (Publisher)

When Brother and Sister visit the Bearsonian Museum, they luck out. A real dinosaur dig is taking place! What sort of fossils will they find? A Stegosaurus? A Spinosaurus? The mighty Tyrannosaurus rex?

There’s nothing like having a good old fashioned story to foster a child’s imagination about dinosaurs and dinosaur digs.

15. Little Dinos Don’t Yell

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Little Dinos Don’t Yell (Hello Genius)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Dahl, Michael (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 20 Pages – 12/31/2013 (Publication Date) – Picture Window Books (Publisher)

Little Dino has a loud roar. Sometimes it’s amazing and astounding, but sometimes it’s just too much. She must learn that yelling all the time is not okay.

To me, there’s no better way to introduce toddlers important subjects, like manners, than through books that appeal to their personal interests.

Related Reading: The Ultimate List of Kids Books About Manners

16. Little Dinos Don’t Bite

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Little Dinos Don’t Bite (Hello Genius)
  • Dahl, Michael (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 20 Pages – 01/31/2013 (Publication Date) – Picture Window Books (Publisher)

Little Dino has lots of sharp teeth and starts using them to bite objects and other dinosaurs. He must learn to use them in the right way.

This book is great if your toddler goes through a biting phase.

17. I’m a T. Rex! (Little Golden Book)

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)

A T. rex tells all about his great and terrible self. Facts about the T. rex are humorously presented: “Does the T stand for toothy? Does the T stand for tall? Does the T stand for terrible? I am known as them all!”

18. Dino-Hockey (Dino-Sports)

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Dino-Hockey (Dino-Sports)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Hardcover Book
  • Wheeler, Lisa (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 08/01/2007 (Publication Date) – Carolrhoda Books ® (Publisher)

In an ice-hockey match unrivalled in prehistory, this is the tale of the Meat-Eaters taking on the Veggiesaurs. By sorting teams into carnivores and herbivores the author sneaks in a science lesson in this amusing pairing of sport and prehistoric beasts.

19. Dinosaurs!: Second Edition

Dinosaurs! (New & Updated)
  • Gibbons, Gail (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 01/23/2018 (Publication Date) – Holiday House (Publisher)

Gail Gibbons presents the most recent and up-to-date theories about the history of dinosaurs and dinosaur discoveries. She discusses the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods and the non-bird dinosaurs that lived during each time.

Each dinosaur is explored in just the right amount of detail for young paleontologists, as this book brings these magnificent creatures to life again.

20. Children’s Books: THE DINOSAUR THAT LOST HIS ROAR Rhyming Bedtime Story about Dylan the Dinosaur!

This is the rhyming story of Dylan the dinosaur that lived in Dino Land!

Dylan awoke one day to discover that he had lost his mighty roar!

Where could his roar be?

How could Dylan have lost his roar?  On the adventure to find his missing roar, Dylan gets help from his sister, some cavemen, some other dinosaurs, and even encounters a mean T-REX!

Will Dylan ever find his roar again?

21. Dancing Dinos Go to School (Step into Reading)

Dancing Dinos Go to School (Step into Reading)
  • Lucas, Sally (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 07/11/2006 (Publication Date) – Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

Dinos dancing in a book.
Dinos leaping, look, look, look!
Dinos pasting red and blue.
Dinos wasting paint and glue!

The dancing dinos are back, and this time, when their book turns up in a school library, they leap out and bring their musical mayhem to a kid’s classroom.

22. The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet!

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The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet!
  • Hardcover Book
  • Fletcher, Tom (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 09/05/2017 (Publication Date) – Aladdin (Publisher)

One boy, one space rocket, one very hungry dinosaur: the ingredients for an explosive space adventure of epic poop-portions! But when Danny realizes he’s forgotten Dino’s lunch box, the very hungry dinosaur eats everything in sight, including their only way home: the rocket! How will Dino get them back home?

23. Digger the Dinosaur (My First I Can Read)

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Digger the Dinosaur (My First I Can Read)
  • Dotlich, Rebecca (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 07/30/2013 (Publication Date) – HarperCollins (Publisher)

In Digger the Dinosaur, Digger wants to play baseball with his friends. But he isn’t allowed to go out until he’s cleaned his room. Digger starts cleaning at top speed, but the faster he moves the messier his room gets. His big tail and big feet aren’t helping! Will Digger win the race to tidy his room and get to the game on time?

24. Bradley and the Dinosaur

Bradley and the Dinosaur (Bradley’s Magic Adventures)
  • Hilton, Julian (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 39 Pages – 05/03/2016 (Publication Date) – Singing Frog Publishing (Publisher)

Imagine what you would do if you found a dinosaur in your own garden?

Find out what happens when Bradley is sent into his garden by his Mum to find flowers, only to find the biggest creature he’s ever seen! Travel far away, have an amazing adventure, but be back in time for dinner! This rhyming story for growing imaginations pops off the page with beautiful vibrant illustrations by an acclaimed illustrator.

25. Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur: A First Book of Manners

Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur: A First Book of Manners
  • Sierra, Judy (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages – 02/09/2016 (Publication Date) – Dragonfly Books (Publisher)

A little girl is shopping in a grocery store when—surprise!—she meets a dinosaur. Don’t worry. The dinosaur is very friendly. She’s polite, too. In this funny story, told in lilting read-aloud rhyme, the girl has numerous opportunities to be helpful to the clumsy shopping dino and demonstrate when to say “thank you,” “excuse me,” “I’m sorry,” “You’re welcome,” and other niceties of life.

Related Reading: The Ultimate List of Kids Books About Manners

26. Never Let a Dinosaur Scribble

Never Let A Dinosaur Scribble!
  • Alber, Diane (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 04/27/2019 (Publication Date) – Diane Alber Art LLC (Publisher)

Dinosaurs are pretty strong and powerful, so why can’t they scribble?This story is about a little boy who keeps hearing, “Never let a dinosaur scribble!” But in his heart believes that people just don’t understand how beautiful scribbling can be. He wonders what would happen if he just gave him one crayon to scribble with, and realizes that the dinosaur had other ideas in mind! The dinosaur ends up creating too much, creating a whole new set of problems. But with a little imagination makes an amazing story!”

27. Jurassic Park Little Golden Book (Jurassic Park)

Jurassic Park Little Golden Book (Jurassic Park)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Kaplan, Arie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 02/06/2018 (Publication Date) – Golden Books (Publisher)

Now, the movie’s youngest fans and dinosaur enthusiasts can relive the movie in this fun, action-packed–and age-appropriate–Little Golden Book adaptation of Jurassic Park!

28. The Good Dinosaur Little Golden Book (Disney/Pixar The Good Dinosaur)

The Good Dinosaur Little Golden Book (Disney/Pixar The Good Dinosaur)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Scollon, Bill (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 81 Pages – 10/13/2015 (Publication Date) – Golden/Disney (Publisher)

Children will love this Little Golden Book retelling of the film, The Good Dinosaur.

29. Willy the Dinosaur & the Magic Cake: (Children’s book about a Dinosaur Who Learns that Sharing is Caring, Bedtime Story, Picture Books, Ages 3-5, Preschool Books, Kids Books, Dinosaur Books)

Willy the Dinosaur & the Magic Cake
  • Grand, Robert B. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 06/15/2017 (Publication Date) – CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)

“Willy the Dinosaur & the Magic Cake” is a cute bedtime story for little kids about a dinosaur who learns that sharing is caring.  Written in simple, easy-to-understand language.

30. Dinosaur Bones

Dinosaur Bones
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Barner, Bob (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 18 Pages – 06/01/2012 (Publication Date) – Chronicle Books LLC (Publisher)

With a lively rhyming text and vibrant paper collage illustrations, author-artist Bob Barner shakes the dust off the dinosaur bones found in museums and reminds us that they once belonged to living, breathing creatures. Filled with fun dinosaur facts (a T. Rex skull can weigh up to 750 pounds!) and an informational “Dinometer,” Dinosaur Bones is sure to make young dinosaur enthusiasts roar with delight.

Related Reading: Over 30 Awesome Dinosaur Things for Dinosaur Obsessed Kids

31. It’s Show and Tell, Dexter! (Dexter T. Rexter)

It’s Show and Tell, Dexter! (Dexter T. Rexter Book 2)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Ward, Lindsay (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 07/17/2018 (Publication Date) – Two Lions (Publisher)

Dexter T. Rexter is going to school. But will anyone like him?

Your kids will get a glimpse into belonging, friendship, anticipation and first-day jitters, with advice to help along the way.

32. Cookiesaurus Rex

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Cookiesaurus Rex (Cookiesaurus Rex, 1)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Evans, Nate (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages – 09/26/2017 (Publication Date) – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

As soon as Cookiesaurus Rex comes out of the oven, he declares that he is King of All Cookies. He should be frosted before all of the standard-shaped cookies, in a nice bright green. But the other cookies are getting sprinkles, or shiny stars, or even gumdrops . . . WAIT ONE STINKIN’ STOMPIN’ MINUTE! Cookiesaurus wants a do-over. Problem is, he might not end up with the kind of “do” he wants.

33. My First 100 Dinosaur Words (Dinosaur Train)

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My First 100 Dinosaur Words (Dinosaur Train)
  • Shaw, Natalie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 26 Pages – 05/07/2019 (Publication Date) – Simon Spotlight (Publisher)

What kind of words make up Buddy the T. rex’s world? Find out in this book of first words that takes readers on a tour of the prehistoric era! They will learn dinosaur names like “T. rex” and “Triceratops,” words related to dinosaurs like “herbivore” and “omnivore,” plus words related to trains such as “conductor,” and much more!

34. Dinosaur Kisses by Stein, David Ezra (2013) Hardcover

Dinosaur Kisses by Stein, David Ezra (2013) Hardcover
  • Hardcover Book
  • David Ezra Stein (Author)
  • Candlewick (Publisher)

WHOMP! An energetic young dinosaur figures out her own way to give a kiss.

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.

35. Buddy and Pals (Dinosaur Train)

Buddy and Pals: Ready-to-Read Ready-to-Go! (Dinosaur Train)
  • Testa, Maggie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 12/12/2017 (Publication Date) – Simon Spotlight (Publisher)

All Aboard! Get to know Buddy the T. rex and his adoptive Pteranodon family as they live and learn in the Mesozoic Era in this Ready-to-Go! Ready-to-Read.

This book is the perfect one for little kids who know their ABCs and are ready to begin reading along to their favorite characters from Dinosaur Train.

36. Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs

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Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs
  • Barton, Byron (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 04/22/1994 (Publication Date) – HarperFestival (Publisher)

A long time ago there were dinosaurs. Big dinosaurs and small dinosaurs. Dinosaurs with horns on their heads or spikes down their backs. Dinosaurs with long, long necks and long, long tails.

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.

37. Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones

Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Hardcover Book
  • Barton, Byron (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 09/30/1990 (Publication Date) – Greenwillow Books (Publisher)

Six paleontologists search for bones. When they find them, they dig them up, wrap them, and load them on a truck, bound for the museum. With simple text and vibrant illustrations, young readers explore the process of finding and assembling bone fossils.

38. The Dinosaur Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta’s Alphabet Books)

The Dinosaur Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta’s Alphabet Books)
  • Jerry Pallotta (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 07/01/1990 (Publication Date) – Charlesbridge (Publisher)

The perfect way to introduce children to the fascinating world of dinosaurs.   This alphabet book explores both the known and the not-so-well known dinosaurs.

39. Ten Terrible Dinosaurs

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs
  • Stickland, Paul (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Pan Macmillan (Publisher)

One by one the dinosaurs leave the scene. Children count down along with the text until there is only one sleepy dinosaur left.

40. Dinosaur Roar!

Dinosaur Roar! 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Stickland, Henrietta (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 30 Pages – 01/10/2019 (Publication Date) – Pan Macmillan Australia (Publisher)

While a short book, this vibrantly painted book illustrates two dinosaurs on each spread to introduce opposites.

41. Dinosaurs Galore!

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

A lyrical picture book takes readers to the prehistoric era where dinosaurs roamed the earth.  12 dinosaurs introduce themselves in funny, rhyming verses.

42. If the Dinosaurs Came Back

If the Dinosaurs Came Back
  • Most, Bernard (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 04/16/1984 (Publication Date) – Clarion Books (Publisher)

In this delightful book, a small boy imagines a world where dinosaurs perform public services.

This book will give your kids the opportunity to decide what would happen in various instances if dinosaurs came back.

Related Reading: 11 Tricks To Make Reading More Fun For Kids

43. Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs (Harry and the Dinosaurs)

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Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs (Harry and the Dinosaurs)
  • Whybrow, Ian (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 07/13/2010 (Publication Date) – Dragonfly Books (Publisher)

Harry finds some old dinosaurs in his Grandma’s attic. He cleans them up and makes them his own, carefully (and accurately) naming each one. Harry and his dinosaurs go everywhere together.

Your kids will more than likely relate to the idea of finding a treasure forgotten by a family member.

44. Dinosaurumpus!

Dinosaurumpus! (A StoryPlay Book)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Mitton, Tony (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages – 12/27/2016 (Publication Date) – Cartwheel Books (Publisher)

Shake, shake, shudder … near the sludgy old swamp. The dinosaurs are coming. Get ready to romp!  The whimsical illustrations and the catchy beat will have your kids begging to join the Dinosaurumpus again and again.

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.

45. Dinosaur A-Z: For kids who really love dinosaurs!

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Dinosaur A-Z: For kids who really love dinosaurs!
  • Hardcover Book
  • Priddy, Roger (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 03/01/2004 (Publication Date) – Priddy Books US (Publisher)

This colorful book features 26 models from Allosaurus to Zephyrosaurus, specially commissioned from experts in the field.  Your child will enjoy learning fun facts and figures about these large, extinct creatures.

46. Chalk

Chalk
  • Bill Thomson (Author)
  • 40 Pages – 07/23/2024 (Publication Date) – Scholastic Inc. (Publisher)

Three children discover a magical bag of chalk on a rainy day.  In this wordless picture book, your children will be able to tell the story as they see it.

There’s so much value in wordless picture books that speech language pathologists use them for assessment and treatment purposes.

47. Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp

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Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp
  • Shields, Carol Diggory (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 08/12/2008 (Publication Date) – Candlewick (Publisher)

Have your children ever wondered what dinosaurs did for fun?  Find out just what it is dinosaurs did on a Saturday night in this fun, rhyming picture book.

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.

48. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)

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National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Hughes, Catherine D. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 128 Pages – 10/11/2011 (Publication Date) – National Geographic Kids (Publisher)

This book is bursting with fun facts and age appropriate non-fiction information.  Each spread features a different dinosaur, along with simple text in big type that is perfect for little kids.

49. My Big Dinosaur Book (My Big Board Books)

My Big Dinosaur Book (My Big Board Books)
  • Priddy, Roger (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 10 Pages – 05/10/2011 (Publication Date) – Priddy Books US (Publisher)

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

50. Dino Chomp

Dino Chomp! (Crunchy Board Books)
  • Little Bee Books (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 12 Pages – 06/02/2015 (Publication Date) – little bee books (Publisher)

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.

51. Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!: A Book of Opposites

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Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!: A Book of Opposites (Boynton on Board)
  • Boynton, Sandra (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 01/03/2023 (Publication Date) – Boynton Bookworks (Publisher)

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.

52. How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday?

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How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday?
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday By Yolen Jane Teague Mark ILT
  • Yolen, Jane (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 12 Pages – 09/01/2011 (Publication Date) – The Blue Sky Press (Publisher)

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!

53. Dinosaur Dance!

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

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”?

54. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems

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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems
  • Hardcover Book
  • Willems, Mo (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages – 09/04/2012 (Publication Date) – Balzer + Bray (Publisher)

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.

55. Dinosaur vs Bedtime

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Dinosaur vs. Bedtime (A Dinosaur vs. Book, 1)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Hardcover Book
  • Shea, Bob (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages – 09/09/2008 (Publication Date) – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

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.

56. Dinoblock (An Abrams Block Book)

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Dinoblock (An Abrams Block Book)
  • Franceschelli, Christopher (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 96 Pages – 06/30/2015 (Publication Date) – Abrams Appleseed (Publisher)

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.

57. I Love My Dinosaur (Love Meez)

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I Love My Dinosaur (Love Meez)
  • Church, Caroline Jayne (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 10 Pages – 08/25/2015 (Publication Date) – Cartwheel Books (Publisher)

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.

58. Picture Fit Board Books: A Stampede of Dinosaurs: A Clever Opposites Book

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Picture Fit Board Books: A Stampede of Dinosaurs: A Clever Opposites Book
  • Priddy, Roger (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 14 Pages – 06/13/2017 (Publication Date) – Priddy Books US (Publisher)

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.

Current Best-Selling Dinosaur Books for Preschoolers

SaleBestseller No. 1
How to Catch a Dinosaur
  • Hardcover Book
  • Wallace, Adam (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages – 09/03/2019 (Publication Date) – Sourcebooks Wonderland (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 2
My Encyclopedia of Very Important Dinosaurs: Discover more than 80 Prehistoric Creatures (My Very Important Encyclopedias)
  • Hardcover Book
  • DK (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages – 09/11/2018 (Publication Date) – DK Children (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 3
The Impatient Dinosaur: (Children’s Books About Emotions & Feelings, Kids Ages 3 5, Preschool, Kindergarten) (Kids Books about Feelings)
  • Read, Sarah (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 06/18/2020 (Publication Date) – Independently published (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 4
Dinosaur A-Z: For kids who really love dinosaurs!
  • Hardcover Book
  • Priddy, Roger (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 03/01/2004 (Publication Date) – Priddy Books US (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 5
How Do Dinosaurs Learn to Be Kind?
  • Hardcover Book
  • Yolen, Jane (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 48 Pages – 01/03/2023 (Publication Date) – Scholastic Press (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 6
How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?
  • Yolen, Jane (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 6 Pages – 08/01/2006 (Publication Date) – The Blue Sky Press (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 7
Have You Seen My Dinosaur? (Beginner Books)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Surgal, Jon (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 48 Pages – 01/26/2010 (Publication Date) – Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

Are there other dinosaur books for preschool aged kids you recommend?

Over 40 fun dinosaur books for preschool aged kids for reading aloud to toddlers and Kindergarten children who love dinosaurs
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Ken April 22, 2019 - 6:20 am

Hello Ivy! Your blog is amazing and useful for all readers. I am a big fan of kindle and I love to read books on kindle, it is easy and comfortable for reading. Thank you for sharing!

google street view October 16, 2019 - 10:09 pm

What a fun list! I would add Thesaurus Rex by Laya Steinberg; Gus, the Dinosaur Bus by Julia Liu; and Bang! Boom! Roar! A Busy Crew of Dinosaurs by Nate Evans and Stephanie Gwyn Brown.

matin July 10, 2024 - 5:33 pm

this is a great list of book thanks for the info

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