Dinosaur Books for First Graders

by SusanM

9 fun dinosaur books to encourage first graders who love dinos to read

Learning to read is hard work for kids. So giving children books about things they enjoy can help them become better readers. This is because it makes reading feel less like work.

If you have a young dinosaur lover at home you have an easy way to make this learning to read time easier.

Good dinosaur books can make learning to read feel less like hard work for children in first grade who love the prehistoric creatures. This is because when kids love dinosaurs they usually are big fans. This makes reading more fun and encourages them to become readers.

Dinosaurs Make Learning to Read Fun

Dinosaurs are very popular with kids. This makes them a good choice if you are buying for a book for your child.

It is possible children are dinosaur fans because we don't exactly know what dinosaurs were like. This allows a child to imagine and create their own ideas.

It is also possible that children's small size and limited power in the world leads them to love the giant and powerful aspects of dinosaurs.

No matter what the reason is for this fascination, there are a number of books that will attract the interest of first graders who love dinosaurs.

Danny and the Dinosaur is the classic story of a boy and his friendly dinosaur. Many children imagine what it would be like to have a real dinosaur. This beginner reader book brings this dream to life with the story of a boy's day with a rather unusual dinosaur. It has been a favorite with children for over 50 years.  

Danny and the Dinosaur is a children’s book classic. It has sold more than 6 million copies. The book has also been translated into languages other than English and has won the New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year award.

Other books in the Danny the Dinosaur series include Happy Birthday, Danny and the Dinosaur! and Danny and the Dinosaur Go to Camp.

Dinosaurs and Dr Seuss

For first grade kids who love Dr Seuss books Oh, Say Can You Say Di-no-saur? from The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library is a fun book full of dinosaur information. Although not written by Dr Seuss this collection of educational books is written in the same rhyming style of the great Dr Seuss.

The pictures are also classic Seuss making for a fun read for young dinosaur lovers.

Oh, Say Can You Say Di-no-saur?
Random House Books for Young Readers

Realistic Fact Books about Dinosaurs

DK has some great dinosaur books for first graders who want all the facts. 

Dinosaur's Day is a dinosaur fact book told as an adventure story. This book would make a good choice for a reluctant reader who loves dinosaurs. This is because the excitement and realistic photos make for a high interest book.

Meet the Dinosaurs is a great choice for kids wanting dinosaur facts. Realistic pictures and simple sentences create the perfect book for a first grader. Help is given for those long dinosaur names too e.g. Brachiosaurus [BRAK-ee-oh-SORE-us].

Dinosaur Fact Books

Dinosaur's Day


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Meet the Dinosaurs


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Berenstain Bear Dinosaur Book

The Berenstain Bears are a classic part of childhood. So it's great that there is also a book about dinosaurs for first grade fans of these bear cubs. The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone is a mystery story for young readers. A bone has gone missing from the Bear Museum and its up to the cubs to find it in time for everyone to enjoy the dinosaur exhibit.

The Missing Dinosaur Bone
Random House Books for Young Readers

Popular Dino Books for Beginners

Another imaginative dinosaur book for children in first grade is Dancing Dinos Go to School. This is a dinosaur adventure suited to children who have just started school. This is because school learning has become such a big part of their life. In this story six green dinosaurs create mayhem at a child's school.

This book is an easy beginner book so it’s a good choice for a first grade child who needs something that is fun to read without being too hard. Because we all know its good to settle down with a book for a relaxing read rather than something hard all the time. It is also a fun book for children who need encouragement to love reading. 

The story has a great rhythm to it "Dinos peeking through the glass. Dinos sneaking into class." The pictures are funny with some cheeky looking dinosaurs. There are also picture clues to help with the reading. A fun read for any first grader taking their beginning steps into reading.

Other books in the series include Dancing Dinos and Dancing Dinos at the Beach.

Dancing Dinos

Dancing Dinos Go to School
Random House Books for Young Readers
Dancing Dinos at the Beach
Random House Books for Young Readers

More Book Ideas for Beginner Readers

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Updated: 09/13/2012, SusanM
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