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Ricky Rocket

A summer reading initiative for kids from Reading Rockets

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Dinosaurs

Do you know any kids who are fascinated by dinosaurs (and think that T-Rex rules)? We do! And we've gathered up a great collection of books, activities, apps, and websites for learning all about dinosaurs.

Try pairing fiction with nonfiction books and exploring different genres (like poetry and biographies) and formats (like graphic novels and audio books). You'll be creating your own "text sets" — collections of texts focused on a specific topic. Reading widely in this way helps children build background knowledge, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.

Dinosaurs

Great Fiction & Nonfiction Books

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo

By: William Joyce

Age Level: 3-6 years old

While on a family excursion to Africa, the Lazardos find a dinosaur and bring him home to their...

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Dinosaur Train

By: John Steven Gurney

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Does Jesse travel back in time or is an imaginative jaunt when he boards a train with a...

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Dinosaur!

By: Peter Sis

Age Level: 3-6 years old

When a boy's toy dinosaurs come to life, a whole new world is created in his bathtub. No...

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Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs

By: Byron Barton

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A long time ago there were dinosaurs. Big dinosaurs and small dinosaurs. Dinosaurs with horns on...

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Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct

By: Mo Willems

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Everyone in town knows Edwina. She is the dinosaur who plays with the kids. She is the dinosaur who...

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How Big Were the Dinosaurs?

By: Bernard Most

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Dinosaurs are endlessly fascinating. Perhaps because it is hard to imagine giant lizards roaming...

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How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

By: Jane Yolen

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Ten sleepy dinosaurs get ready for bed in this celebration of funny, endearing, and naughty...

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Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp!

By: Margaret Mayo

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Meet massive, wrinkly, stiff-tailed, feathered and more dinosaurs as they stomp, guard, and gulp...

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Time Train

By: Paul Fleischman

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Join Miss Pym's students as they take a memorable train trip across the U.S. to a time and...

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When Dinosaurs Came with Everything

By: Elise Broach

Age Level: 3-6 years old

In a playful take on the stickers and lollipops that bored kids sweep up at businesses as parents...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Archaeologists Dig for Clues

By: Kate Duke

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Archaeologists on a dig work very much like detectives at a crime scene. Every chipped rock,...

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Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World

By: Tracey Fern

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Even as a child, Barnum Brown started collecting fossils. This boy from Carbondale, Kansas, grew up...

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Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs

By: Kathleen V. Kudlinski

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This is a very kid friendly introduction to how a scientific theory is formed through the careful...

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Chalk

By: Bill Thomson

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Join three children who find a magical piece of chalk that begins an exciting series of events...

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Digging Up Dinosaurs

By: A Aliki

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Where do museum dinosaur skeletons come from? In this introduction to archaeology, the author shows...

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Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale

By: Pamela Duncan Edwards

Age Level: 6-9 years old

In this rendition of the classic fairy tale, the Cinderella role is played by — you guessed...

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Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House series)

By: Mary Pope Osborne

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Share adventures with Annie and her brother Jack when they accept missions from a magical library...

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Dinosaurs: The Biggest, Baddest, Strangest, Fastest

By: Harold Zimmerman, George Olshevsky

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The large format of this book is perfect for the theatrical, sometimes spectacular, full color...

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Dinotrux

By: Chris Gall

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Millions of years ago, huge, hungry prehistoric 'dinotrux' ruled the world. A terrible...

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The Dinosaur Museum

By: National Geographic

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This interactive guide takes you on a room-by-room tour of a natural history museum.You can open...

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The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

By: Barbara Kerley

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Mr. Hawkins was a 19th century British artist with a passion for dinosaurs. This illustrated...

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The Magic School Bus: In the Time of the Dinosaurs

By: Joanna Cole, Bruce Degen

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Everyone's favorite science teacher is back as Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a journey...

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The Talking T. Rex (An A to Z Mystery)

By: Ron Roy

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Friends and amateur detectives Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose set out to help their friend whose...

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