Over the last few years, I’ve written a few “book stack” lists featuring Fleet’s favorite books at the time:
Here is number five in the series and this time the theme is dinosaurs!
Fleet The Dinosaur | Created just for Fleet thanks to Salli Solow
Kids usually enjoy seeing themselves/their names in books, so when our friend Salli created one that featured Fleet as the main character (who happens to be a dinosaur!) his fascination was no surprise.
Rumble, Rumble Dinosaur | written by Katrina Charman and illustrated by Nick Sharratt
Although Fleet is almost too old for this book, he loves the colorful dinosaurs, prevalent volcanoes, and the fact that all the different types of dinosaurs are depicted as friendly creatures.
We Love Dinosaurs | written by Lucy Volpin
Another beloved board book, We Love Dinosaurs is for kids who really appreciate a variety of dinosaurs. The story is simple and inclusive, and the illustrations are beautiful.
How It Works: Dinosaur | written by Amelia Hepworth and illustrated by David Semple
Both Fleet and I learned a lot from this one! With its “cutout” format, the book talks about the anatomy of the tyrannosaurs rex, its eating and hunting habits, and a variety of fun facts. Additionally, the “host” of the book is a very cute and knowledgeable paleontologist mouse.
Who’s That Dinosaur? | written by Gabrielle Balkan and illustrated by Sam Brewster
Another extremely educational book, Who’s That Dinosaur? introduces each creature as a skeleton and then provides clues about what they look like, their habitats, where their names originate from, what they like to hunt, etc. Then the reader opens the individual flaps to reveal which dinosaur is being discussed.
Danny And The Dinosaur And The Sandcastle Contest | written and illustrated by Syd Hoff
A sweet story about thinking of others, Danny depicts a little boy and his dinosaur entering a sandcastle-building contest. At first they are determined to win, but end up realizing that helping friends is more important than first place.
Ten Minutes To Bed Little Dinosaur | written by Rhiannon Fielding and illustrated by Chris Chatteron
Every parent can relate to a kiddo wanting to do anything but go to bed and Rumble the dinosaur is no different. Even though his mom says he has ten minutes until bedtime, Rumble finds himself in a myriad of charming adventures with his buddies. What he doesn’t realize (until he gets into trouble) is that mom has eyes on him – always.
Leilong’s Too Long! | written by Julia Liu and illustrated by Bei Lynn
This book is interesting because Leilong is a huge creature trying to exist in a crowded city which works until it doesn’t. As a result, Leilong hides because he feels useless – and then his human children friends come up with the perfect job for him.
Benny The Bananasaurus Rex | written by Sarabeth Holden and illustrated by Emma Pedersen
Fleet gets such a kick out of a t-rex who is really a kid named Benny who loves bananas. A silly story with a fun message about enjoying what you love to the fullest, the book is written in a way that seamlessly integrates the author’s Inuktitut heritage. And bananas of course.
Welcome To Dinosaur School | written by Rose Cobden and illustrated by Loretta Schauer
What I love most about Dinosaur School are the details. There are so many different types of dinosaur kids depicted and they are all dealing with the same thing – nervousness about the first day of school. Jewel doesn’t want to go but meets a new friend Roary (you would not believe how often this name is used in children’s books about dinosaurs) who kindly shows her the ropes.
Regina Is Not A Little Dinosaur | written and illustrated by Andrea Zuill
Lots of younger kids just want to be big and Regina is that kind of dinosaur. When her mom tells her that she’s too small to hunt, Regina takes it upon herself to hunt on her own which goes awry. Luckily mom is watching and gets her little adventurer out of trouble!