July 2, 2017

#kidlitpicks June Round-Up: 18 Prehistoric Picture Books

Get ready to explore the past...the prehistoric past. During June, @kidlitpicks dug into prehistoric life, dinosaurs, fossils, and those who speak for creatures long since past.

An American Paleontologist named Robert T. Bakker once said, "It's very simple why kids are crazy about dinosaurs -- dinosaurs are nature's Special Effects. They are the only real dragons. Kids love dragons. It's not just being weirdly shaped and being able to eat Buicks. It's that they are real." He is completely correct, children and adults alike are fascinated by the mammoth sized creatures that tower over us in museums. We are always in awe of the creatures that once roamed the Earth 230 MILLION years ago!

A special shout out to Leah from @astoryaday for giving us the idea to celebrate all things prehistoric! And though you might see a few of the same books in this list (can we help it if we all love the same books??), we've added in few extras shared by our featured contributors to help you build out your own list of prehistoric books! Enjoy!



T. Veg: The Story of a Carrot-Crunching Dinosaur, by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Katherina Manolessou
Written in rhyme and illustrated in bright colours—neon bright—this book is a romp, a stomp, a roar.” -- Summer from @readingisourthing


The Curious Case of the Missing Mammoth, by ​​Ellie Hattie and Karl James Mountford
The flaps generally blend in with the rest of the spread so it's extra special to seek them out to see what's underneath." -- Mel from @spiky_penelope


Day of the Dinosaurs, by Stephen L. Brusatte and Daniel Chester
It draws you in, makes learning fun, and teaches you all sorts of interesting things as you travel (in a makeshift safari-ish narrative) through the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods.” -- Katie from @afriendlyaffair


Toby and the Ice Giants, by Joe Lillington"A perfect marriage of fiction and non-fiction literature.-- Leah from @astoryaday


The Magnificent Book of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures, by Rudolf Farkas and Tom Jackson
"Children will be able to explore a range of fascinating dinosaurs as they flip the pages of this book.-- Leah from @astoryaday


Day of the Dinosaurs, by Dr. Steve Brusatte and Daniel Chester
“Check out this book for yourself! Seriously worth the fuss!” -- Clarissa from @book.nerd.mommy


Diggersaurs, by Michael Whaite
This is a brilliantly crafted rhyming book about what each diggersaur can do!” --  Kim from @bookbairn


Dino Block, by Christopher Franceschelli and PeskimoThe die-cuts allow us to run our fingers over the shape of the dinosaurs and the vintage style illustrations are a visual feast.” -- De from @books_and_babycinos


Prehistoric: Actual Size, by Steve Jenkins 
Prehistoric animal facts!” -- Arielle from @childrensbooksgalore


If I Had a Dinosaur, by Alex Barrow and Gabby Dawnay
This is an endearing, imaginative story that celebrates childhood and children’s imaginations and will become a quick favourite with all dino lovers.” -- Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople


Cave Baby, by Julia Donaldson Emily Gravett
My excitement reached mammoth levels (pun intended ha!) on finding this irresistible prehistoric adventure from two of the biggest names in children's books.” -- Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople


Neffy and the Feathered Dinosaurs, by Joe Illington
This books is great for those kids that want more than just a story, but some cold hard facts too and Neffy delivers.” -- Fiona from @feeloves


Dad and the Dinosaur, by Gennifer Choldenko and Dan Santat
I think this book is a great example of the importance of having short follow-up conversations with your children after reading. This is especially true if YOU feel there are some things you think need additional clarification. .” -- Charnaie from @hereweeread


Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, by Mo Willems"The story might as well be a canvas for Willems to display all of his wit through use of word and illustration." -- Wendy from @homegrownreader


Peep Inside Dinosaurs, by Simona Dimitri
“Filled with lots of lift the flaps.” -- Mel from @kids.books.we.love


Darcy and the Dinosaurs, by Nicole Madigan
I have never seen an Eco-friendly book before and this one is great.” -- Mel from @kids.books.we.love


Return of the Dinosaurs, by Brownwyn Houston
This was a fun book to read, image what life would be like if dinosaurs returned to this world..” -- Mel from @kids.books.we.love


T. Veg: The Story of a Carrot-Crunching Dinosaur, by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Katherina Manolessou
This is a RAWR-some read for any dino-loving/ veggie-avoiding young folk out there..” -- Shannon from @ohcreativeday


If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur, by Linda Bailey and Colin Jack
Do you happen to have a dinosaur just laying around your home....? Well, what are you going to do with it? .....I'd say if it's eating you out of house and home and making a mess, you'd better put it to work.” -- Michelle from @the.book.report


Things That Grow, by Libby Walden and Becca Stadtlander
An introduction to the field of natural sciences and biology, this non-fiction work tackles everything from the Big Bang to the bumble bee.” -- Liam from @words.and.illustrations