We love ❤️ to 📖 read, but we are also very selective with which books we end up buying. Julia and Adrian love going to libraries, and we end up with about ten books a week. We have been reading many dinosaur books, and the list below summarizes the books which are worth buying.
We are using this two-sided playmat, which is reversible, offering countless hours of pretend play.
The National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs (buy here) is our absolute favorite! We love National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books Series, which is amazing! (We have every singe book in a series.)
Full two-page illustrations are so exciting to a child! Triceratops (buy here).
The size comparison: dinosaur to a person is easily comprehensible to a child.
Apatosaurus (buy here).
"The prehistoric world comes alive with dinosaurs small, big, giant, and gigantic, with stunning illustrations by Franco Tempesta—who illustrated National Geographic Kids The Ultimate Dinopedia. Bursting with fun facts and age appropriate information, each spread features a different dinosaur, along with simple text in big type that is perfect for little kids."
Brachiosaurus – Adrian's favorite! (Buy here.)
Spinosaurus (buy similar here) – also has a movable lower jaw – just like T.Rex!
Tyrannosaurus-Rex (buy here) even has a movable lower jaw!
Styracosaurus (buy here).
The National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs (buy here) is the winner🏅since it is very interactive, engaging a child with interesting questions❓such as "What do you do if you can't reach something you want?" while referring to a Plateosaurus (Leaf Chomper). Each page-spread has beautiful full-page illustrations and captivating fun fact in a bubble 💬 such as "The biggest dinosaurs had small brains about the size of two chicken 🐣🐣 eggs," or "T. Rex's teeth were the size of 🍌bananas." At the end of the book, there is a 🌏 world dinosaur 🗺 map showing where fossils of these dinosaurs were found. Lastly, "parent tips" ℹ️ section offers tips for carrying young readers' experience beyond the page, such as: size up dinosaurs, create a time-line, observe dinosaurs (e.g. birds by some definitions are dinosaurs.)
These are the few other books 📚 we have enjoyed:
In the middle: My Big Dinosaur Book (buy here) is a big board book ideal for babies and toddlers, since it has a lot of bright illustrations with just the names of the dinosaurs, thus helping little ones build their vocabulary without overwhelming them with additional information.
On the right: Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur? Cat in the Hat's Learning Library (buy here) is a fun rhyming book, enjoyed equally by Adrian (3 years) and Julia (7 years-old). Julia can read it independently, so it is a nice beginner-book for anyone enjoying Cat in the Hat as their guide while exploring the prehistoric world of dinosaurs.
"The Cat in the Hat makes a surprise appearance at Dick and Sally's house riding atop a brachiosaurus! Soon, he's off, along with Dick and Sally, millions of years back in time to see how fossils were created. Then it's on to a tour through the Cat's own Super Dino Museum-a fabulous place where the correct pronunciation of a dinosaur's name wins you a peek at the real living thing!"
On the top: Leap and the Lost Dinosaur interactive LeapFrog Tag Book (buy here). The book teaches about dinosaur facts, science skills and fossils, and comes with 15 interactive dinosaur playing cards that teach about dinosaur diets and defenses. "Explore the prehistoric world and help Leap and Professor Quigley reunite an adorable dinosaur with her family in this LeapReader book." (Please note that the book works only with Tag Reading System which is sold separately.)
Which dinosaur books do you enjoy reading?
p.s Read interesting facts about dinosaurs in a Dinosaur Box post here.