Reading Roundup: Five Great Books For Dinosaur Day!

Yes, we know that every day seems like Dinosaur Day when you have a child. June 1st is still the Official Dinosaur Day–which usually ties into special promotions for museums and other places. Check around to see what’s happening locally. And, of course, dinosaurs and books really go together. Here are five favorites that will capture your child’s imagination…

 How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You

How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?  By Jane Yolen

This colorful and rhyming story shows how a rather rambunctious dinosaur goes about his day, causing a ruckus every child is known to do on a daily basis.  The dinosaur is reminded throughout just how much he is loved through it all.  This is truly a touching and beautiful book to read to your small child as you snuggle with them.  This is sure to become a favorite in your child’s library. [Recommended for ages 3 and up]

When Dinosaurs Came with Everything


When Dinosaurs Came with Everything, by Elise Broach

This is a tale of a typical Friday in a boy’s life.  He’s put together to go out with his mother to run errands and keep appointments.  He’s not thrilled at all with the prospect of yet another Friday of boredom.  However, this is no ordinary Friday!  Everywhere they go and everything they buy, they received a dinosaur.  After numerous stops, and as many dinosaurs, the little boy finally asks the important question as to why so many people were giving away dinosaurs.  As for the answer, you’ll have to read the book to find out!  It’s bound to be an answer you and your child will get a good giggle from together. [Recommended for ages 3 and up]

Tea Rex

Tea Rex, by Molly Idle

Loving dinosaurs isn’t reserved for just boys.  Girls of all ages enjoy them, as well.  This lovely book tells how a little girl handles a tea party with a T-Rex present.  It goes through proper tea etiquette, but having to become a little creative with larger accommodations in mind.  This is a beautifully illustrated book with gorgeous colors on every page.  Having a little tea time with your little girl will take on a whole new dimension when you add this whimsical addition to your library. [Recommended for ages 3 to 5 years]

Dinosaur Pet

Dinosaur Pet, by Marc Sedaka

This is a book inspired by Neil Sedaka’s song, “Calendar Girl”, and written by his son, Marc.  This fun book and CD combination takes a reader the fun and exciting things a dinosaur could do every single month.  This is an engaging way to begin to teach young children the names of the months of the year.  The song is easy to remember and enjoyable to sing along with your child as you read along in the book. [Recommended for ages 2 to 5 years]

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs

The National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs, by Catherine D. Hughes

For older readers, this is a fantastic first book about dinosaur facts to further their knowledge of these amazing creatures.  Covering them from small to gigantic, there are interesting facts and comparisons throughout this book.  There are also suggestions for parents on helping their children to learn more through other games and activities.  With beautiful colors and illustrations, you can watch your child’s enjoyment of learning grow with each page.