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Loads of books to make you ROAR (like a dinosaur)!

This week we are joining The Happy Book Club along with some other book lovers on Twitter for #top5friday and we are discussing the best dinosaur books around. We thought we'd share our top five choices as selected by Mini Reviewer and dinosaur fan, Theo (3). We hope these get you roaring...

1. Dinosaurs in the Supermarket - Timothy Knapman and Sarah Warburton
When I asked Theo to think of some dinosaur books, he immediately remembered this fantastic picture book that we recently borrowed from the library. There are dinosaurs wreaking havoc in the supermarket and only a little boy can see them. If only all shopping trips were this exciting! We had great fun spotting the dinosaurs as they hid behind the fruit and veg and got the giggles as the chaos unfolded. A highly recommended read.

2. Tyrannosaurus Drip - Julia Donaldson and David Roberts
Anyone who regularly reads regularly will know just how much we love Julia Donaldson books so it's no surprise that Tyrannosaurus Drip is a longstanding favourite in this house. After a mix-up with some dino eggs, a poor duckbilled dinosaur is raised by a mean but rather dim T Rex family. This story reminds me a lot of The Ugly Duckling but with a lot more bite!

3. Megs Eggs - Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski
In this story Meg, Mog and Owl get more than they bargained for when Meg casts a spell on their breakfast eggs. I bet you can imagine what hatches out, that's right - dinosaurs! The Mini Reviewers have loved these simple Meg and Mog stories since they were really young. The bold and bright illustrations and exciting adventures take some beating. They have been read over and over again.

4. Ten Little Dinosaurs - Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty
This was another library find. It has an eye-catching cover and colourful illustrations throughout. Although it is a very simple story, it is perfect for little ones to count along with. I was getting slightly worried as the baby dinosaurs kept disappearing but fortunately they are all reunited with their mummy in the end - phew!

5. Dinosaurs Love Underpants - Clare Freedman and Ben Cort
Dinosaurs Love Underpants is definitely the best in the "Underpants" series of books and, yes, we've read them all! This book puts an interesting spin on how the dinosaurs got wiped out - it was all down to their pants of course! If you're looking for a bit of fun and fantastic illustrations then this is the book for you. As you can see we may have got carried away with this book when we started potty training...

So there you have our top five dinosaur books as chosen by Theo. I have included the Amazon affiliate links* for these books below as some are a good price at the moment, so you could be tempted to make a purchase!

There are many more amazing dinosaur books out there. We recently reviewed a brilliant series of non-fiction books called What's So Special About... and had a lot of dino-themed fun. Why not check out our review and our small world play idea here?

Do you or your little ones have a favourite dinosaur book?
Please do let us know in the comments below and
we'll add it to our list of "ROARING READS" below.

Here are even more "ROARING READS" with links*:
  1. The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet
  2. Dinosaurs in My School 
  3. Usborne Peep Inside Dinosaurs 
  4. That's Not My Dinosaur
  5. Dinosaur Roar!
  6. DinoTails
  7. Gigantosaurus
  8. Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs (Harry and the Dinosaurs)
  9. This Little Dinosaur: Ladybird Touch and Feel (Ladybird Touch & Feel)
  10. The Christmasaurus
  11. Dinosaur Dig! (Penny Dale's Dinosaurs)
  12. Ten Terrible Dinosaurs
  13. Maisy Goes to the Museum (Maisy First Experience Books)
  14. How to Grow a Dinosaur
  15. Let's Talk about Dinosaurs
  16. Peppa Pig: George's New Dinosaur
  17. Peppa Pig: Stomp and Roar!
  18. Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs (Picture Puffin)
  19. Dinosaur Pirates! (Penny Dale's Dinosaurs)
  20. Spot the Dinosaur on the Island
  21. What's so Special about Triceratops?: Dinosaur facts and fun for children (What's so Special about Dinosaurs?)
  22. Dinosaur (DK Touch and Feel)
  23. If I had a dinosaur
  24. We Love Dinosaurs
  25. Neffy and the Feathered Dinosaurs
  26. Bone Collections: Dinosaurs
  27. Silly Dizzy Dinosaur! 
  28. Papasaurus
  29. Follow The Trail Baby Dinosaurs: Take a peek! Fun finger trails! 
  30. Dinosaur Dreams (Funnybones)
  31. Aliens Love Dinopants (Underpants)
  32. T-Veg: The Tale of a Carrot Crunching Dinosaur
  33. Dinosaur Cove Cretaceous 1: Attack of the Lizard King
  34. The Wonderful Egg
*Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon Affiliate links, which means we receive a small amount of money for every purchase made through our links and completed within 24 hours at no extra cost to you.


  1. My son would love all of these! He's 2 and he's mostly into cars but just getting into dinosaurs now. Thanks for sharing, I'll be back to purchase some of your recommendations!


    (Jenny - Accidental Hipster Mum) x

  2. Great choices. We got 10 little dinosaurs from the library too and I had a simile feeling as I was reading along the first time! It became a very fast favourite, along with dinosaurs love underpants x

  3. We love love love dinosaur roar. They do a whole clothing range for it in M&Co. we love dinosaurs love underpants too. George got it for Christmas with a little dinosaur wearing pants.

  4. I remember readig Meg and Mog books when I was at school lol. They all look like fab books that kids will enjoy.

  5. Dinosaurs love underpants is a huge favourite in this house!! Thank you for sharing with #readwithme

  6. Great list of dinosaur books. My grandson seems to be favouring dinosaurs over diggers now so I will definitely use your list for inspiration.

  7. these are fab - I could have done with this list when i was teaching my dinosaur topic in reception lol!#kcacols

  8. So many dino books! My 3 year old would love all of these,will have to bookmark thus made to refer back to closer to his birthday xx #kcacols

  9. I definitely need to get Snappy and his cousin some of these! #kcacols

  10. Dinosaur books are very popular at the charity where I volunteer. Just about time I'm there I'm asked if we have dinosaur books!

  11. They all look fab! And I love the little companion you have for the reading! #KCACOLS

  12. My son got some clothes with dinosaurs for his birthday. i dont know why because he doesn't look like big fan but if he would I would love to get those books for him

  13. Gosh some new titles here since we were in the little book department market. Dinosaurs were always a fave #kcacols

  14. Some great research into Dino books. My boys would love these. Will check them out! #KCACOLS

  15. I don't think I've come across any of these - where have we been?!! #KCACOLS

  16. M son who is 3 years old would love these too. He likes reading book and making noise of the dinousaurs roar lol #kcacols

  17. We have a lot of these as my eldest was a huge Dino fan. Our favourite still has to be the Dino that pooped Christmas though! #KCACOLS

  18. Great Post! My Mother In Law recently purchased a ton of Julia Donaldson books for little Eco which included Tyrannosaurus Drip. Lovely read before bed #KCACOLS

  19. After watching Peppa Pig my little boys is into dinosaurs so I think we'll have to check some of these out. #KCACOLS

  20. I love the dinosaur that pooped a planet and also captain flinn and the Pirate dinosaur! #kcacols xx

  21. Good choices! We have the Meg & Mog one and Dinosaurs Love Underpants! #KCACOLS