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Dig into Dinosaur Fossil Books

Find the best dinosaur fossil books available!


There was a time when I read an awful lot of dinosaur books!

We write about the best books for boys here on Brain Power Boy because we love books, and because reading is so important.

Kids can learn a lot about dinosaurs from studying fossils.

These books will feed the need to know more about them.

The best books on dinosaur fossils!


This post may contain affiliate links which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. All opinions are my own and I share things I think would be of interest to boys. 

Dinosaur Fossil Books

We have gathered together these dinosaur fossil books for your dino lover.

Check the annotated list for help in selecting the books that will be just right.

Curious About Fossils highlights fossil information about dinosaurs. From how fossils form to modern use of computers and tech to dig up and analyze fossils, this book is packed. It also has a lot of picture. Oh, and they will like the part about fossilized poop!

Monster Bones: The Story of a Dinosaur Fossil by Jacqui Bailey. This book has a sort of comic book style and shows the dinosaur actually talking. He dies in a fall and becomes a fossil.  Some boys thought it was entertaining. There is a decent amount of information in it and a “try it and see” at the back of the book with info on how to make your own “fossil.”

Digging Up Dinosaurs by Aliki. I like Aliki’s books as there are a lot of fun little details in the illustrations and they explain things very well. This book covers a lot including info on fossils, fossil hunters, people who work on excavation teams, and excavating. A great book for all boys though it is geared toward the younger set.

Dinosaur Fossils by Natalie Hyde covers the many different types of fossils. It has general fossil information as well as dino mummies, the big dinosaurs, flying, polar and deadly dinosaurs and much more.There are directions for making your own dinosaur egg with a toy baby dinosaur (like this) inside.

Dinosaur Bones by Bob Barner is a popular title for young boys who love dinosaurs. It is a rhyming book with facts included. The illustrations are done in paper collage and are very appealing.

Fantastic Fossils by Christine Petersen. This is a good book for boys who want more details. It talks about how they find the age of fossils, has a geologic time scale, tells how something becomes petrified and much more. Great pictures and a white glue fossil mold activity to boot.

Dinosaur Fossils by Kathleen Connors is a short book with awesome pictures. There is dinosaur fossil information, of course, but this book shines because of their selection of images. Includes a dinosaur fossil facts, a glossary, and websites to visit.

Fossil by Bill Thomson. This is a fiction book that I threw in because so many boys enjoy it. It is a wordless picture book in which a boy goes on an unexpected, and exciting!, adventure because of fossils.


Combine a book with our favorite plastic dinosaur fossil set or this hands-on kit for a nice dinosaur fossil gift idea.

It is rather interesting to see fossils, or replicas of fossils and realize just how big some of the dinosaurs were!

Enjoy these dinosaur fossil books with your boys and be sure to check out our other dinosaur posts as well.

Dig This Dinosaur Fossil Unit Study,
Tips for Planning a Dinosaur Fossil Dig Party,
Dinosaur Question and Answer Books

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Friday 23rd of January 2015

Oh, what a great list! My son LOVES Dinosaurs (I know... shocking) and he has a number of books. He especially loves the fact-based books and I believe he has a National Geographic one focused on books. Thanks for joining us in the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

Sheila Rogers

Saturday 24th of January 2015

Thanks Renee, Hope he finds a new book he will really enjoy.

Naila Moon

Wednesday 21st of January 2015

I still love dinos and these books are just great! I recently sent my grand-son some dinos. I may just have to get these books to send next.

Oh, and I pinned this to my dinosaur board on Pinterest! :)

Naila Moon, Hostess KidLitBlogHop

Sheila Rogers

Thursday 22nd of January 2015

Naila, Thanks for stopping by and for the pin. I will have to pop over and check out your dino board. Glad you found some things your grandson will enjoy!


Wednesday 21st of January 2015

This is a great round up of dinosaur books. My daughter in kindergarten is currently working on a dinosaur unit. Funny she really isn't in to it but my boys totally were.

Sheila Rogers

Thursday 22nd of January 2015

Hi Charlotte, Thanks so much for the feature! I am excited as this was my first go at printables. Appreciate you taking the time to stop by and let me know.


Monday 3rd of November 2014

What a fantastic resource! I wish my class had access to some of these a couple of years ago when we spent a whole term looking at dinosaurs.

Sheila Rogers

Monday 3rd of November 2014

Thanks Nichole :) What fun that you were able to spend so much time on dinosaurs. I bet the kids really enjoyed that.


Saturday 1st of November 2014

Some great books here Sheila - and they will make fabulous Christmas gifts too!

Sheila Rogers

Sunday 2nd of November 2014

Thanks Clare!