Dinosaur Books and Apps for Little Ones

Dinosaur Books + AppsRebecca from Thirteen Red Shoes is with us today to share some great app and book recommendations for the little dinosaur lovers in our lives…
Little ones usually go through phases of being mesmerized by a specific genre.  In our household dinosaurs have come and gone numerous times.  Over the last couple of years we have developed a lovely little dinosaur library, as well as a few dinosaur themed iPad apps.
1. How to be a Dinosaur | Lonely Planet This is filled with information worthy of an encyclopaedia.  Lonely Plant do these books so very well.  The comic book style illustrations are perfection.  
2. Dinosaur A – Z | Sam Mugford This books is a all time favorite.  Each page represents a different dinosaur and the pictures are bold and contain details, such as size comparisons to a human adult, as well as how to pronounce the tricky names!  Once when we went on an extended holiday I photographed every page so we could still flick through the book on my phone.  The Smart Kids books are all brilliant, as is the entire dinosaur range by Priddy Books

3. Yikes, Stinkysaurus! | Pamela Butchart and Sam Lloyd This is perfect for those littles that enjoy a little but of humor of the bathroom variety.  

4. There’s a Dinosaur in my Bathtub | Catalina Echeverri A large dinosaur called Pierre found in your bathtub is ever so delightful, especially if he comes from France to visit for the summer.
5. Dinosaur Farm | Fran Preston Gannon Fran Preston Gannon is the recipient of the Sendak Fellowship and has created a delightful tale of being a very special kind of farmer.  
6. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs | Mo Willems I have a soft spot for Mo Willems in our house as my boys adore his quirky style.  This books is a take on the traditional Goldilocks and the Three Bears. 
Educational iPad applications also worth having a little look at if you have children who enjoy this format:
Britannica Kids Dinosaurs (These are three individual apps based on different dinosaur periods)

Rebecca has a love for travel, the outdoors, and picture books, and enjoys spending her time sourcing delightful educational experiences to share with her two sons.With a background in early childhood and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania, Rebecca teaches at a private all girls school in Australia. Her passion for the philosophies of Reggio Emilia and Maria Montessori lead Rebecca to Playful Learning many years ago when she first enrolled in the online Playful Learning Spaces workshop.  She shortly became a regular contributor, mainly focusing on children’s literature. Rebecca is currently working on a modern day primer for children, called Alphabet Town under the label bec + georg.



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  1. Great suggestions for the little dino-lover in my house! He also loves the How Do Dinosaurs…? series, particularly How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends and How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? And anything Dinosaur Train–related is also a big hit!

  2. These are awesome, thanks for the research! Any chance you’d do a horse/pony list someday? 🙂
    My son just asked, when I told him we were going to the library, “Do you have any dinosaur books waiting for me for my research?” 🙂 He’s 6. I told him, after this list, I’d have a few for next week!
    Sarah M

  3. Great timing! We are doing our dinosaur unit now and are making it to the library hopefully on Tuesday, so I have some time to request some of these books! Thanks!

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