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17 Dinosaur Books for Kids

17 Dinosaur Books for Kids

Most young children are fascinated by dinosaurs! Make any tot school or preschool at home unit study more fun with these dinosaur books for kids. There are recommendations for board books, picture books, books for new readers, and even reference books for older kids.

No matter how old your dinosaur-lover, these books are sure to please!

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17 Best Dinosaur Books for Kids

Dinosaur Board Books

Dinosaur Dance! by Sandra Boynton

Dinosaur Opposites by Paul Henrietta Stickland

Follow the Trail: Baby Dinosaurs

How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? (series by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague)


Dinosaur Picture Books

Digging Up Dinosaurs by Aliki

Dinosaur Bones by Bob Barner

Dinosaur Tracks by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

My Visit to the Dinosaurs by Aliki


Have even more dinosaur fun with your preschooler! Check out our Dinosaur Family Activity Guide, now available in The Play School Club.

Here at Rolling Prairie Readers, we are passionate about helping young children learn through play! We know that Pinterest can be overwhelming for busy moms, which is why we’ve created our themed digital Family Activity Guides for kids ages 2-6.

With just one click of the button, you can access our seasonal guides, each with 40 hands-on learning ideas, recommended books for your next library trip and a master list of materials (most items are already in your house!).


Dinosaur Books for New Readers

The BIG Dinosaur Dig by Esther Ripley

Dinosaur Babies by Lucille Recht Penner

Dinosaur Detectives by Peter Chrisp

Meet the Dinosaurs (DK Readers)

We Both Read About Dinosaurs by Sindy McKay


Dinosaur Reference Books

DK Eyewitness Books: Dinosaur

DK First Dinosaur Encyclopedia

Magic Tree House Research Guide: Dinosaurs

Dinosaur Discoveries by Gail Gibbons


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12 Jungle Books for Kids

12 Jungle Books for Kids

If you are putting together a jungle or rain forest unit study for your children, a stack of bright colorful picture books is always a great place to start! Since most of our kids are unlikely to experience a tropical rain forest during their childhood, these jungle books for kids are just what you need.


A quick note:

You’ll notice that most of these books are about rain forests. Since all jungles are forests, this is a great conversation to have with your kids who can understand. “Jungle” is a casual term, while “rainforest” is the more scientific one.


Jungle and Rain Forest Books for Kids

12 Jungle Books for Kids

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Start with a broad non-fiction book that introduces different aspects of the tropical habitat.

Our library had Tropical Climates by Cath Senker.

Other good non-fiction books are:

We Both Read About the Rain Forest by Heather Johnanasen and Sindy McKay

Rain Forests: A Magic Tree House Research Guide by Will and Mary Pope Osborne

In the Rain Forest by Catherine Nichols

Up a Rainforest Tree by Carole Telford and Rod Tehodorou

Predators in the Rain Forest by Saviour Pirotta

Our kids also enjoy reading fiction jungle books! Here are some of our favorites:

Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme by Marianne Berkes

“Slowly,  Slowly,  Slowly,” Said the Sloth by Eric Carle.

The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry

We’re Roaming the Rainforest by Laurie Krebs

 

Secrets of the Rainforest: A Shine a Light Book

By the way, have you heard of cloud forests? I picked up this book at the library, all about the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica:

The Forest in the Clouds by Sneed B. Collard III


And one “eh” book:

Most lists of recommended jungle books for kids include Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae. And while it is a completely cute book, I just can’t get over the fact that (gasp!) it’s not even about jungle animals. In case you want to check it out for yourself, click here:


If you have a favorite jungle book, I would love for you to leave it in the comments! And if you’re looking for any jungle-related learning activities, be sure to check our latest family activity guide, now available in The Play School Club.

Jungle Habitat Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers


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13 Desert Books for Kids

13 Desert Books for Kids

Growing up in California and Texas, learning about the desert never really appealed to me. It’s dry and dusty, everything is brown, and there are lots of poisonous plants and animals waiting to get you. At least, that’s what I thought. When I sat down to make our desert-themed Family Activity Guide for The Play School Club, I quickly discovered just how fascinating the desert really is! And what’s really neat is that every continent has at least one desert, and they all have unique qualities, including a variety of plants and animals that aren’t found anywhere else in the world! Next time you go to the library, check out these desert books for kids.

13 FUN Desert Books for Kids

13 Desert Books for Kids

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Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro Cactus by Barbara Bash

Animals in the Desert by Elisabeth De Lambilly-Bresson

Desert by DK Publishing

Seasons of the Desert Biome by Shirley Duke

Desert Night Desert Day by Anthony D. Fredericks

Cactus Hotel by Brenda Z. Guiberson

A Walk in the Desert by Rebecca L. Johnson

Desert Dwellers (board book) by Dr. Holly Karapetkova

The Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell

A Dry Place by Catherine Nichols

Hot Deserts by Rose Pipes

Why Oh Why Are Deserts Dry? by Tish Rabe

There Was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea by Jennifer Ward


Desert Habitat Activities for Kids

Check out our Desert Family Activity Guide, now available in The Play School Club!

With just one click of the button, you can access our downloadable guide, with 40 hands-on learning ideas, recommended books for your next library trip and a master list of materials (most items are already in your house!).

WOULDN’T IT BE NICE TO:

  • have a ready list of simple activities to do together?
  • connect with your children through play?
  • spend family time creating memories rather than planning them?

Be sure to share your favorite desert books for kids in the comments below!

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