The best dinosaur books for kids of all ages

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

15/06/2020
2 minutes to read

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

Dinosaur Roar!

by Henrietta Stickland

Book cover for 9781509828531

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.

Say Hello to the Dinosaurs

by Ian Whybrow

Book cover for 9781509885541

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

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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 books for kids aged 3-5

I can roar like a Dinosaur

by Karl Newson

Book cover for 9781529008548

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 9781509828807

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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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.

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.