Get ready to explore the past...the prehistoric past. During June,  @kidlitpicks  dug into prehistoric life, dinosaurs, fossils, and thos...

KidLit Picks June Round Up

Wednesday, July 05, 2017 BookBairn 6 Comments

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 Peskimo“The 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 

Darcy and the Dinosaurs, by Nicole Madigan
“Filled with lots of lift the flaps..” -- Mel from

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

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

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

What a great selection of prehistoric books. BookBairn just adores dinosaurs so we will need to look into extending our collection by adding some of these.

Katie from @friendlyaffair has chosen our theme for July: Little Kids, Big Emotions. This is going to be hard for me to choose as there are so many great books out there for helping children deal with their emotions and changes in their little lives. 

Katie says "Did you know that reading with your kiddos supports the development of emotional intelligence? Well it does! By enhancing vocabulary, creating an openness to experience, and providing safe space for empathic imagination, books open our children to the world of emotions in pretty powerful ways. This month, the #kidlitpicks theme is Little Kids, Big Emotions and we are excited to share some great picture books that address your children's big and budding feelings! Some books will aim directly at helping kiddos understand and express themselves (a major tantrum-busting skill) by featuring an array of emotions, illustrations, and feeling words. Other books will feature stories that give children the opportunity to imagine themselves in interesting narratives about sadness, hope, joy, fear, angry, and all the rest. 

I hope you share your favorite Little Kids, Big Emotions books and tag #kidlitpicks_emotions. As a clinical psychologist, I feel strongly about the importance of giving your kids a plethora of ways to express themselves. Hopefully your feed will be full this month of books that help us all along the way of building a good base of knowledge, play, and imaginative experiences so that our kids can understand the world around them and be resilient."

Celebrate with @kidlitpicks, by gathering your most beloved books on the theme of 'little kids, big emotions life' and tagging them #kidlitpicks_emotions throughout July. 

Happy reading!
Mummy, BookBairn and The Wee Page Turner xxx


  1. What a great collection. BookBairn would love the dinosaur books.

    1. She will! So many good ones to choose from x

  2. My goodness what a huge number of dinosaur books there are.

  3. Oh my what a fabulous selection!!

    1. I know, right!?! Makes me think of the #top5friday we had recently.