The best dinosaur books for kids of all ages

These roar-some books are perfect for little dinosaur fans.

22/07/2021
4 minutes to read
Book covers of Tyrannosaurus Drip, Dinosaur Roar! and Explorers: Dinosaurs

We all know a child who loves dinosaurs, and it's no surprise when there are so many fascinating species to read about and discover! If you’re looking for a dinosaur book to read with a little one in your life, here is our selection of the best dinosaur books for kids of all ages.  

For our edit of the very best books for babies and toddlers, click here.

Dinosaur books for babies and toddlers

Say Hello to the Dinosaurs

by Ian Whybrow

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Are you ready with your roars? Then say Hello to the Dinosaurs! This fun-filled prehistoric adventure from author and illustrator team Ian Whybrow and Tim Warnes will teach young children all about the different species of dinosaur - from the gentle diplodocus to the underwater ichthyosaurus.

Dinosaur Sleepover

by Pamela Duncan Edwards

Book cover for Dinosaur Sleepover

Spending the night away from home can be a scary prospect if you’ve never done it before, even if you’re a dinosaur! Written by Pamela Duncan Edwards and illustrated by Deborah Allwright, this dinosaur book is perfect for reading with children who feel anxious about going to their first sleepover.

Dinosaur Roar!

by Henrietta Stickland

Book cover for Dinosaur Roar!

Celebrating its 25th year in print in 2019, this edition of Henrietta & Paul Stickland’s classic dinosaur storybook comes with an exciting addition - a roaring sound button! Young children will love reading along with the story and pressing the button to hear the dinosaur roar, and the bold illustrations and rhyming text are guaranteed to make this picture book a firm favourite in any household.

Dinosaur Flap! The Oviraptor

by Peter Curtis

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Meet Dinosaur Flap, the nervous Oviraptor, in this brilliant rhyming story, part of the collectable The World of Dinosaur Roar! series, in association with the Natural History Museum.

Poor Dinosaur Flap just can't settle down for a nap – she's always worrying about protecting her eggs. But with a little help from a friend, will she ever be able to relax? 

Dinosaur Snap! The Spinosaurus

by Peter Curtis

Book cover for Dinosaur Snap! The Spinosaurus

Meet Dinosaur Snap, the scary Spinosaurus, in this brilliant rhyming story, part of the collectable The World of Dinosaur Roar! series, in association with the Natural History Museum.

Dinosaur Snap is a big, bad, bossy giant. But, after trying to creep up on Dinosaur Whack, trying to terrify Dinosaur Flap and trying to eat little Dinosaur Squeak, Snap realizes that he can't use his spiky scariness to bully and bother the other dinosaurs, not when Dinosaur Roar is king. 

Dinosaur Munch! The Diplodocus

by Peter Curtis

Book cover for Dinosaur Munch! The Diplodocus

Meet Dinosaur Munch, a Diplodocus with a giant appetite, in this brilliant rhyming story, part of the collectable The World of Dinosaur Roar! series.

Dinosaur Munch is always hungry – he wants more and more and more – but will his huge appetite get him into trouble? 

Dinosaur Stomp! The Triceratops

by Peter Curtis

Book cover for Dinosaur Stomp! The Triceratops

Meet Dinosaur Stomp, the grumpy Triceratops, in this brilliant rhyming story, part of the collectable The World of Dinosaur Roar! series, in association with the Natural History Museum.

Dinosaur Stomp doesn’t want to play with the other dinosaurs, all he wants is to be left alone . . . but sometimes even a grumpy Triceratops needs a friend! 

Dinosaur Boo! The Deinonychus

by Peter Curtis

Book cover for Dinosaur Boo! The Deinonychus

Meet the naughty Dinosaur Boo, in this brilliant rhyming story about a Deinonychus, part of the collectable The World of Dinosaur Roar! series, in association with the Natural History Museum.

Dinosaur Boo loves nothing more than playing tricks on the other dinosaurs, but he had better look out as he might just be in for a surprise of his own . . .

Dinosaur Whack! The Stegosaurus

by Peter Curtis

Book cover for Dinosaur Whack! The Stegosaurus

Meet Dinosaur Whack, the clumsy Stegosaurus, in this brilliant rhyming story, part of the collectable The World of Dinosaur Roar! series, in association with the Natural History Museum.

Dinosaur Whack is the clumsiest dinosaur around. She doesn't mean to cause trouble, but she just can't control her long, spiky tail. After accidentally knocking over Dinosaur Chew and bumping Dinosaur Boo, poor Whack finds herself all alone. But can she find a use for her wayward tail and win back her friends?

Dinosaur Whizz! The Coelophysis

by Peter Curtis

Book cover for Dinosaur Whizz! The Coelophysis

Meet Dinosaur Whizz the Coelophysis, speediest of the dinosaurs, in this brilliant rhyming story, part of the collectable The World of Dinosaur Roar! series, in association with the Natural History Museum.

The quick-moving, quick-thinking Coelophysis, Dinosaur Whizz is the speediest of the dinosaurs. She loves to run and just can't stand still, much to the annoyance of the other dinosaurs. But when the mean Spinosaurus, Dinosaur Snap, tries to catch Whizz, she finds her quick running can be very useful indeed!

Dinosaur books for kids aged 3-5

I can roar like a Dinosaur

by Karl Newson

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Mouse is determined to teach her animal friends how to roar like a dinosaur. She gets to work on her dino-roar, but what's that coming up behind them with an impressive roar of its own?  I Can Roar Like a Dinosaur is the folow-up to to Karl Newson and Ross Collins's hilarious I am a Tiger and I am not an Elephant

Tyrannosaurus Drip

by Julia Donaldson

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A rhyming adventure from the bestselling picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and David Roberts,  Tyrannosaurus Drip is the story of a baby dinosaur who turns out to be not quite what he seems. A tale about celebrating the differences between us all, Tyrannosaurus Drip will become a firm favourite with kids and parents everywhere.

Dinosaur Lands

by Neiko Ng

Book cover for Dinosaur Lands

This board book is packed with prehistoric scenes and every type of dinosaur for children to discover. From the terrifying tyrannosaurus rex to the stampeding triceratops, children aged 3-5 will have hours of fun identifying the species as they flip through the colourfully illustrated pages of Dinosaur Lands, and spotting the baby dinosaur hidden in every scene.


Dinosaurs Don't Draw

by Elli Woollard

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What do you think of when you think of a dinosaur? Maybe stamping, stomping and roaring, but certainly not drawing! This heartwarming tale of a talented young dinosaur who just can’t help but create brilliant works of art while the rest of his family are fighting will teach children that it’s okay to be different from everyone around you.

Dinosaur books for kids aged 6-8

The Dinosaurs Book

Covering not just dinosaurs, but also prehistoric mammals and marine reptiles, The Dinosaur Book is the ultimate guide to all types of prehistoric life. The new edition of this dinosaur encyclopedia for children is updated with the latest scientific discoveries and over 1000 colour images to help bring these incredible creatures to life.

Explorers: Dinosaurs

by Dougal Dixon

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Explorers: Dinosaurs is packed with fascinating facts and illustrated spreads about many species of dinosaur, a perfect companion for children looking to find out everything there is to know about these prehistoric creatures.

A Dinosaur Ate My Sister

by Pooja Puri

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Esha Verma, her snotty apprentice Broccoli and his cunning pet tortoise have a dream. They are going to win the legendary Brain Trophy – the ultimate inventing prize. This year's entry: A TIME MACHINE. But the day before the competition, Esha's IGNORAMUS big sister hijacks the time machine and is lost in the Cretaceous age. With help from a new recruit for The Office of Time, Esha and Broccoli will have to face hungry dinosaurs, mysterious black holes and malfunctioning inventions to get them back in time.

Dinosaur books for kids aged 9-12

Kat Wolfe Takes the Case

by Lauren St John

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A chapter book for young amateur sleuths to enjoy, the second in Lauren St John’s Wolfe & Lamb series sees best friends Kat Wolfe and Harper Lamb journey to the Jurassic Coast for their latest case. Following the discovery of a rare ‘dragon dinosaur’, sleepy Bluebell Bay becomes a hub for scientists and the world’s press. After the girls begin investigating a suspicious death, they realise that their faithful sidekick - Kat’s wild cat - is in grave danger.

The Age of Dinosaurs: The Rise and Fall of the World's Most Remarkable Animals

by Steve Brusatte

Book cover for The Age of Dinosaurs: The Rise and Fall of the World's Most Remarkable Animals

Join modern-day dinosaur hunter Dr Steve Brusatte as he takes you on a brilliant prehistoric journey – armed with cutting edge technology, he is piecing together the complete story of how the dinosaurs ruled the earth for 150 million years. Discover their incredible true adventures, meet other dinosaur hunters, find out what it's like to be a paleontologist and even how it feels to discover a new type of dinosaur!

If you’re looking for more children's books that little ones are sure to love, discover our list of the very best picture books for kids, here.