A New Dinosaur? Cool!
Some of you may have read the recent news in the dinosaur world. For those of you that don’t know, a huge dinosaur, a species of Titanosaur (it doesn’t have a name quite yet) has recently been discovered in Argentina and it surpasses the previous record holder, Argentinosaurus, in almost every single way. It’s as tall as a seven story building; see below for one of its large bones. Scientists have found what they claim to be the largest living creature to have ever walked the Earth… until they find something else.
The topic of dinosaurs will always have children interested to learning about the ancient creatures that used to roam the Earth, but with this recent news there is sure to be an influx of kids looking for the coolest new dinosaur book. I have listed a few new dinosaur books below for you to consider adding to your collections…for those kids that won’t stop asking for more dinosaur books.
How Big Were Dinosaurs? by Lita Judge. 9781596437197. 2013. Gr K-3.
This book seems to go along perfectly with the newly found dinosaur (it’s unfortunate the new dinosaur isn’t in its pages). There are a multitude of facts about familiar dinosaurs that kids will be sure to gobble up. Such as, did you know that the velociraptor was only the size of a golden retriever? Or that the stegosaurus weighed as much as three cows? These and other surprising facts are included in this book which compares a variety of well-known dinosaurs with familiar objects in modern life. making it easier for young readers can realize just how big these ancient creatures were.
The Greatest Dinosaur Ever by Brenda Z. Guiberson and illustrated by Gennady Spirin. 9780805096255. 2013. Gr K-2.
Was the smallest, tallest, strongest, or fastest dinosaur the greatest? It’s up for young readers to decide (though they might be wishing they could choose the new dinosaur from all the hype it’s been receiving) as they view spectacular illustrations, which depict scenes straight out of the Jurassic period. Dinosaurs are shown in fierce battles or daily activities, such as running or eating. This title stands out from the crowd with its illustrations and interactivity in helping readers decide which dinosaur they think is the best.
Alphasaurs and Other Prehistoric Types by Sharon Werner and Sarah Foss. 9781609051938. 2012. Gr 1-4.
The dynamic duo that brought us, Alphabeasties and Bugs by the Numbers, are back with a new addition to this fun series. This book has its fair share of interesting facts about dinosaurs, but what makes Werner and Foss’ book so unique is the creation of these creatures with the different sizes and shapes of letters. Most dinosaurs are featured on double-page spreads with an arrangement of facts above and below the design. These creations of the dinosaurs are definitely eye-catching and will draw the interest of those kids eager to have the coolest new book about dinosaurs.
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