Staff Picks

Dinosaur Stories

Books for young fans of dinosaurs, including picture books, drawing and other activity books. To find informational books about dinosuars, look on the nonfiction shelves at call number 567.9.

Children's Services Staff

Picture Books

A Pair of Protoceratops     A Pair of Protoceratops    
Bernard Most
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mo)

A pair of protoceratops engage in such activities as packing for preschool, partying with pals, and peeling potatoes.

Brontorina     Brontorina    
James Howe
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej How)

Despite her size and not having the proper footwear, a determined dinosaur pursues her dream of becoming a ballerina.

Can I Have A Stegosaurus, Mom? Can I? Please     Can I Have A Stegosaurus, Mom? Can I? Please    
Lois Grambling
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Gr)

A child describes all the possible advantages of having a Stegosaurus for a pet.

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs     Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs    
Giles Andreae
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej An)

When Flinn enters the classroom art closet for supplies, his imagination sends him on a high-seas adventure filled with pirates, dinosaurs, mystery, and swordfights.

Captain Raptor and the Moon Mystery     Captain Raptor and the Moon Mystery    
Kevin O'Malley
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Om)

When something lands on one of the moons of the planet Jurassica, Captain Raptor and his spaceship crew go to investigate. Look for more Captain Raptor titles.

Dinos on the Go!     Dinos on the Go!    
Karma Wilson
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wi)

Dinosaurs ride everything from bicycles to airplanes as they travel around the world. Look for Dinos in the Snow.

Dinosailors     Dinosailors    
Deb Lund
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Lun)

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

Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo     Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo    
Willliam Joyce
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Joy)

While vacationing in Africa, the Lazardo family finds and brings back to America a friendly dinosaur that becomes the talk of the town.

Dinosaur Dinosaur     Dinosaur Dinosaur    
Kevin Lewis
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Le)

A rhyming story about a busy day in the life of a young dinosaur.

Dinosaurs Love Underpants     Dinosaurs Love Underpants    
Claire Freedman
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fre)

Illustrations and rhyming text reveal the Mighty Underpants War as the true reason dinosaurs are extinct.

Dinosaurumpus     Dinosaurumpus    
Tony Mitton
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mi)

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

Dinosnores     Dinosnores    
Kelly DiPucchio
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Di)

Relates the earth changing consequences of millions of nights of raucous snoring by sleeping dinosaurs.

Find-a-Saurus     Find-a-Saurus    
Mark Sperring
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sp)

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.

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs     Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs    
Ian Whybrow
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wh)

Harry finds toy dinosaurs in the attic that come to life when he names each one. Look for more Harry and the Dinosaurs titles.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?     How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?    
Jane Yolen
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Yo)

Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss. Look for more How Do Dinosaurs... titles.

Hunting The Daddyosaurus     Hunting The Daddyosaurus    
Teresa Bateman
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ba)

Two young dinosaurs track their father around the house and finally tackle him in his easy chair.

If the Dinosaurs Came Back     If the Dinosaurs Came Back    
Bernard Most
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mo)

A young boy who wishes for the return of dinosaurs imagines how useful they would be.

Little Grunt and the Big Egg: a Prehistoric Fairy Tale     Little Grunt and the Big Egg: a Prehistoric Fairy Tale    
Tomie DePaola
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej De)

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.

Patrick's Dinosaurs     Patrick's Dinosaurs    
Carol Carrick
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ca)

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. Look for more Patrick's Dinosaurs titles.

Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp     Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp    
Carol Diggory Shields
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Shi)

When it's rock 'n' roll time during the prehistoric era, many different kinds of dinosaurs gather to twist, twirl, and tromp at a Saturday night party.

T is for Terrible     T is for Terrible    
Peter McCarty
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mcc)

A tyrannosaurus rex explains that he cannot help it that he is enormous and hungry and is not a vegetarian.

The Littlest Dinosaur     The Littlest Dinosaur    
Michael Foreman
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej For)

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.

Time Flies     Time Flies    
Eric Rohmann
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Roh)

A wordless tale in which a bird flying around the dinosaur exhibit in a museum has an unsettling experience when it finds itself back in the time of living dinosaurs.

Too Big!     Too Big!    
Claire Masurel
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mas)

Everyone tells Charlie that his new toy dinosaur Tex is too big to take anywhere, but he proves to be just right when Charlie needs support at the doctor's office.

Too Many Dinosaurs     Too Many Dinosaurs    
Mercer Mayer
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej May)

A little boy really wants a dog, but instead he gets dinosaurs!

Early Readers

Catch Me If You Can!     Catch Me If You Can!    
Bernard Most
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Mo)

When a little dinosaur plays a game with the biggest dinosaur of them all, she is not scared because he is her grandpa.

Danny and the Dinosaur     Danny and the Dinosaur    
Syd Hoff
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Ho)

When he visits the museum, Danny thinks it would be nice to play with a dinosaur and the dinosaur is just as eager to play with him. With Danny on the dinosaur's back, the two of them spend the day parading through the town, seeing the sights, offering their assistance to people, playing with the children, and upstaging animals at the zoo. Look for more Danny and the Dinosaur titles.

Detective Dinosaur     Detective Dinosaur    
James Skofield
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Sk)

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. Look for more Detective Dinosaur titles.

Dinosaurs Dance     Dinosaurs Dance    
Larry Dane Brimner
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Br)

Though other animals may twirl and prance, there is nothing like a dinosaur dance.

Meet Dinah Dinosaur     Meet Dinah Dinosaur    
B. G. Hennessy
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER He)

Presents the adventures of a playful dinosaur for beginning readers. Look for the title Busy Dinah Dinosaur.

Nonfiction

Dinomania: [Things to do with Dinosaurs]     Dinomania: [Things to do with Dinosaurs]    
Mick Manning
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 745.5 Ma)

Includes a number of projects for those interested in learning about dinosaurs through crafts -- including dioramas, mobiles, costumes, and much more.

Dinosaur Discoveries: How to Create Your Own Prehistoric World     Dinosaur Discoveries: How to Create Your Own Prehistoric World    
Robin West
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 745.54 We)

Instructions for drawing, cutting, and gluing paper shapes together to form three-dimensional dinosaurs.

Dinosaur Roar!     Dinosaur Roar!    
Paul Strickland
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 428.1 St)

Dinosaurs of every size, shape, color, and personality thunder through the pages of this fun-filled book of opposites.

Dinosaurs Galore!     Dinosaurs Galore!    
Giles Andreae
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 821.914 An)

Descriptive rhymes and bright pictures are used to introduce children to the different dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs!: A Drawing Book     Dinosaurs!: A Drawing Book    
Michael Emberley
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 743.6 Em)

Presents instructions for drawing a variety of dinosaurs.

Dizzy Dinosaurs: Silly Dino Poems     Dizzy Dinosaurs: Silly Dino Poems     (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 811 Diz)

Collects humorous poems about dinosaurs, both real and fictional, including the muddy Triceratops, the pilot Pterodactyl, and the dancing Sauropods.

Draw 50 Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals     Draw 50 Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals    
Lee J. Ames
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 743.6 Am)

Step-by-step instructions for drawing fifty different dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals.

The Three Little Dinosaurs     The Three Little Dinosaurs    
Jim Harris
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Three Little Pigs Har)

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.