We knew when my 3 1/2 yo son had his tonsillectomy that we would need a few new toys and books to keep him entertained while he was recovering (see post about the awesome sticker books we used here). We did not know that the things we bought would lead to a full-blown, over-the-top, every-second-of-every-day obsession! But alas, it did. And now we are officially dino-crazy around here.
There are dinosaurs in his room. There are dinosaurs in the playroom. There are dinosaurs in the living room. Occasionally there are dinosaurs on top of the fridge. (This is where they go when he is misbehaving and has to have a consequence. I know. I’m the meanest mom ever! But putting a toy up in a spot where he can see it but not play with it is an extremely effective consequence!)
Because we are a book loving family, there are also lots of dinosaur books! He asks to read them every night, and we always oblige.
One of my favorite recent follows/email signups is Brightly, a Penguin Random House division that shares book recommendations and literacy articles with its readers/subscribers. An article they recently published confirmed the idea that reading the same book over and over again is actually really good for kids, even if it drives you crazy. Here is one of my favorite reasons: “Each pass through the text or illustrations allows them to dive deeper into the story’s meaning, preparing them for more complex narratives down the road.”
Luckily we have a quite a few dinosaur books that he is currently loving, so we do get to mix it up a little… but just a little! Here are some of our favorites:
What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night – by Refe and Susan Tuma
This is my personal favorite! If you have been reading for a while, you know that while I KNOW nonfiction is super important (see my post about it here), I still prefer a good story over anything else. This one is super funny and I love that the mom and dad team who wrote it added a little blurb in the back of the book about the “real-life” events (them putting the dinosaurs in their house in messy situations while their kids were sleeping and their kids’ excitement to see What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night when they woke each morning) that inspired the book! If you are interested, search for #dinovember on social media to see what the dinosaurs in other families have gotten into as well!
There is apparently another book called, What the Dinosaurs Did at School . We will surely be checking that one out soon as well!
199 Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals – an Usborne book by Hannah Watson
This nonfiction book is really just pictures of the dinosaurs and their names. However, because we love the PBS show Dinosaur Train, we know that “all dinosaurs have different features” and use the pictures to discuss those and learn the dinosaurs’ names. You would be amazed how many dinosaurs a 3 1/2 yo can memorize. He can’t remember that he has to wash his hands after he goes to the bathroom, but he has no trouble remembering which dinosaur is a pteranodon and which is a pterodactylus.
This one is aimed at kids a little younger than 3 1/2, but we still love it – especially when bedtime is running a little late and we need a shorter book than usual! It is a very interactive book, which you know I love!
That’s Not My Dinosaur – an Usborne book by F. Watt and R. Wells
This one is very similar to the Never Touch a Dinosaur one above. It is a short, very interactive book aimed at kids a little younger than mine. But we have loved the That’s Not My … series for so long that it is still a favorite. And because it goes back to the idea that reading the same book (or even just the same pattern within a few books) over and over again is helpful for kiddos, we keep it in the rotation.
Dinosaur Dig – by Penny Dale
This one combines two of my son’s favorite things: dinosaurs and construction vehicles. It is also a counting book, so it is really three for the price of one!
How do Dinosaurs Count to Ten – by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
This is another super cute counting/dinosaur book. And while this is the only book by these two authors that we have, we may have to remedy that soon! As I was looking for the link I found so many more that look just as great as this one. Check out this link to find some others for your collection.
Danny and the Dinosaur – by Syd Hoff
This was one of my husband’s favorites as a kid, and it is still great today. It is also an “I Can Read” book, so it will grow right along with your kiddo.
Dionosaurumpus – by Tony Mitton
This one is great for anytime you want your kiddo to get up and move around. The illustrations are so cute, the rhymes are catchy, and it is sure to inspire movement!
We LOVE Nibbles. The original, Nibbles: The Book Monster is a great book and a great way to spark interest in classic fables. There is also an adorable plush Nibbles for your little one to love on while you read about Nibbles EATING THROUGH the pages of the book you are reading!
We actually haven’t read these in a while, but loved them when my boys were younger. In fact, Boynton books are some of my absolute favorite baby/board books!
Meet Teddy Rex (Dino School) – by Bonnie Williams
We found a few of these Dino School books at the library over Spring Break and fell in love. They are “Ready to Read” books as well, so they will grow with your little one as they begin to read themselves. This one has a great lesson about using your “indoor roar” when you are inside and your “outdoor roar” when you are outside. Trust me, when your kiddo is pretending to be a spinosaurus from the moment he wakes up to the moment he falls asleep, it is a useful one!
We love sticker books, especially when the stickers are reusable! If you don’t know about our awesome sticker hack, click here to find out. It will change your sticker world!
As always, thanks for reading! I hope you found some new dinosaur books to love as much as we do. I would love to hear from you! Do you have other favorite dino books? Is there something that your child wants to read about/play with/dream about all.the.time? Share in the comments below or on one of my social media accounts – links to the right!
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