Annotated Children’s Books

Annotated Children’s Books

Allen, C. (1989). The dinosaur family reunion. Allen, TX: DLM Teaching Resources. This predictable storybook has the dinosaur family coming to a reunion, one by one, two by two, etc. It also highlights verbs that children can act out and say.

Barton, B. (1989). Dinosaurs, dinosaurs. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell. This is almost a wordless book. It is well illustrated, showing the different kinds of dinosaurs.

Barton, B. (1990). Bones, bones, dinosaur bones. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell. Large-sized print, an almost wordless book, this shows paleontologist looking for bones.

Berenstain, S. & J. (1987). The day of the dinosaur. New York: Random House. Labeled a first time reader, this 30-page publication can be used to teach the concepts of “long ago”; different sizes and shapes of dinosaurs and fossils. It contains good illustrations and names of the dinosaurs while the text is written in rhyming manner. It begins with “Long ago, long, long ago, before many things we now know – before cities, towns, and roads, before people, before birds, frogs, and toads – long, long, long before – it was the day of the dinosaur.”

Brandenberg, A. (1989). Digging up dinosaurs. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell. Labeled as a “Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science Book,” this book is good for read-aloud in kindergarten. It is one of the few primary books that includes the paleontologist, geologist and other experts working with fossils. It also emphasizes the caution these experts take when digging up dinosaurs’ fossils. This is a sample sentence: “At the museum, scientists unwrap the fossil.”

Carrick, C. (1986). What happened to Patrick’s dinosaurs? New York: Clarion Books. Patrick invents his own explanation of why dinosaurs became extinct.

Dixon, D., & Lings, S. (1988). Be a dinosaur detective. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications. In its question/answer format, this publication has many charts and diagrams. It contains easy-to-follow projects. It is colorful and large enough for children to see during a read-aloud session.

Donnelly, L. (1987). Dinosaur day. New York: Scholastic. A boy and his dog go hunting for dinosaurs. Almost a wordless book.

Emberley, M. (1980). Dinosaurs: A drawing book. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. This appears to be a good book for children and teachers, too. It shows how to draw the different dinosaurs; easy to follow steps.

Heller, R. (1981). Chickens aren’t the only ones. New York: Grosset & Dunlap. Chicken aren’t the only ones laying eggs. Many others do, including dinosaurs.

Kindersley. (1991). Dinosaurs. New York: Macmillan Books. Illustrated in beautiful colors, this publication names the dinosaurs.

Moseley, K. (1984). Dinosaurs: A lost world. New York: Putnam Publishing Group. Presents current information in a “pop-up” format.

Most, B. (1978). If the dinosaurs came back. San Diego: Harcourt, Brace, & Jovanovich. This fantasy depicts dinosaurs helping build skyscrapers and catching lost kites, if they were to come back. Available in a big book also.

Most, B. (1984). Whatever happened to the dinosaurs? New York: Harcourt, Brace, & Jovanovich. This is a clever book about extinction possibilities. It is a humorous book, portraying the dinosaurs at large in cities, in jungles, undergrounds, and even in disguise.

Most, B. (1987). Dinosaur cousins? San Diego: Harcourt, Brace, & Jovanovich. Using clever words and vivid illustrations, the author points out the similarities between animals of today and the dinosaurs of yesterday.

Most, B. (1990). Four and twenty dinosaurs. New York: Harper Collins Children’s Books. Beautifully illustrated, this book combines dinosaurs and nursery rhymes.

Most, B. (1991). A dinosaur named after me. New York: Harcourt, Brace, & Jovanich. This book encourages creative thinking. Ryan wants Tyrannosaurus Rex to be called Ryanosaurus Rex, etc.

Norman, D., Milner, A., & Keates, C. (1989). Eyewitness books: Dinosaurs. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Realistic drawings and photographs make this volume a useful source of information regarding early discoveries, eggs and nests, birth and growth, claws, footprints, and other dinosaur facts.

Robinson, E. (1987). The dinosaur ball. Allen, TX: DLM Teaching Resources. This is a predictable storybook, using numbers.

Sattler, H. R., & Zallinger, J. (1984). Baby dinosaurs. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. Based on rare baby dinosaur fossils, this discusses early life of dinosaurs.

Shapiro, L. (1979). Dinosaurs. New York: Simon & Schuster. This is an entertaining “pop-up” book.

Talbott, H. (1988). We’re back!: A dinosaur’s story. New York: Crown Publishers. A product testing firm from outer space brings seven dinosaurs to the 20th Century. The seven dinosaurs get into a lot of trouble. Will they stay on earth?