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Books About Dinosaurs

We present this list of books as a starting point for further reading. Many more exist than we have listed, and the inclusion of a book on this list does not represent an endorsement. Those books that are written for younger readers are listed as “Juvenile,” but there is information in these books that is useful and interesting to readers of all ages.

Click on Adult Books to skip to the list of books for adults.

Books marked DS are written by paleontologists and are recommended by the Dinosaur Society. Most of these books are illustrated profusely. They represent many different styles and interpretations of the same dinosaurs; among them, you will probably find something that matches your impression of your favorite dinosaurs.


Allen, Tom and Jane D., with Savannah Waring Walker. Dinosaur Days in Texas.
Dallas: Hendrick-Long Publishing Co., 1989.

Arnold, Caroline. Dinosaur Mountain: Graveyard of the Past.
New York: Clarion Books, 1988.

Attmore, Stephen. Dinosaurs.
New Market, England: Brimax Books, 1988.

Benton, Dr. Michael. The Giant Book of Dinosaurs
New York: Gallery Books, 1988.

Burton, Jane and Dougal Dixon. Time Exposure: A Photographic Record of the Dinosaur Age.
New York: Beaufort Books, Inc., 1984.

Dixon, Dougal. The First Dinosaurs.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Gareth Stevens Publishing, 1987.

Dixon, Dougal. The Last Dinosaurs.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Gareth Stevens Publishing, 1987.

Dixon, Dougal. The Jurassic Dinosaurs.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Gareth Stevens Publishing, 1987.

Dixon, Dougal. Hunting the Dinosaurs.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Gareth Stevens Publishing, 1987.

Dodson, Peter and Peter Lerangis. Giant Dinosaurs.
New York: Scholastic Books, 1990. DS

Dodson, Peter and Peter Lerangis. Baby Dinosaurs.
New York: Scholastic Books, 1990. DS

Eldredge, Niles, Gregory, and Douglas.
The Fossil Factory: A Kid's Guide to Digging Up Dinosaurs, Exploring Evolution, and Finding Fossils.
Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1989. DS

Elting, Mary. The Macmillan Book of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals
New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1984.

Farlow, James O. On the Tracks of Dinosaurs: A Study of Dinosaur Footprints.
New York: Franklin Watts, 1991. DS

Fornari, Giuliano. The Great Dinosaur Atlas.
New York: Julian Messner, 1991.

Freedman, Russell. Dinosaurs and Their Young.
New York: Holiday House, 1983.

Gaffney, Eugene S. Dinosaurs: A Golden Guide.
New York: Golden Press, 1990. DS

Goodenough, Simon. Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals.
Chicago: Childrens Press, 1979.

Halstead, Beverly. Deinonychus, The Terrible Claw.
New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc., 1983.

Horner, John R. and James Gorman. Maia: A Dinosaur Grows Up.
Philadelphia: Running Press, 1985. DS

Jacobs, Louis L. Cretaceous Airport
The Saurus Society, 1994.

Lasky, Kathryn. Dinosaur Dig.
New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1990.

Lauber, Patricia. The News About Dinosaurs.
New York: Bradbury Press, 1989.

Lindsay, William. The Great Dinosaur Atlas.
New York: Julian Messner, 1991.

McGowen, Tom. Album of Dinosaurs. Chicago:
Rand McNally & Company, 1984.

Milner, Angela and Ray Burrows. The Dinosaur Wall Chart.
Dorset Press, 1991. DS

Norman, David. Spotter's Guide to Dinosaurs & Other Prehistoric Animals.
New York: Galley Press, 1980.

Norman, David. When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth.
New York: Exeter Books, 1985. DS

Peters, David. A Gallery of Dinosaurs & Other Early Reptiles.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989.

Sattler, Helen Roney. Dinosaurs of North America.
New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1981.

Sattler, Helen Roney. The New Illustrated Dinosaur Dictionary
New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1990.

Sattler, Helen Roney. Pterosaurs, The Flying Reptiles.
New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1985.

Simon, Seymour. New Questions and Answers about Dinosaurs.
New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1990.

Simon, Seymour. The Smallest Dinosaurs.
New York: Crown Publishers, 1982.

Wright, Robin. Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals.
Troll Associates, Inc., 1991.

Zallinger, Peter. Dinosaurs and Other Archosaurs.
New York: Random House, 1986.

Zanini, G. (Adapted by David LeRoi). The Dinosaur Book.
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1983.


Alexander, R. McNeill. Dynamics of Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Giants.
New York: Columbia University Press, 1989.

Bakker, Robert T. The Dinosaur Heresies.
New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1986.

Benton, Michael. The Dinosaur Encyclopedia.
New York: Wanderer Books, Simon and Schuster, 1984. DS

Benton, Michael. On the Trail of the Dinosaurs.
New York: Crescent Books, 1989. DS

Charig, Alan. A New Look at the Dinosaurs.
New York: Mayflower Books, 1979. DS

Colbert, Edwin Harris. Great Dinosaur Hunters and Their Discoveries.

Colbert, Edwin Harris. A Fossil Hunter's Notebook,1980.

Colbert, Edwin Harris. Dinosaurs, An Illustrated History.
New York: Hammond, Inc., 1983. DS

Colbert, Edwin Harris. Digging Into the Past, 1989.

Czerkas, Sylvia J. and Donald F. Glut. Dinosaurs, Mammoths, and Cavemen: The Art of Charles R. Knight.
New York: Dutton, 1982.
[A book cited by the Dinosaur Society for the value of its illustrations.]

Czerkas, Sylvia J. and Everett C. Olson, editors. Dinosaurs Past and Present,
Volumes I & II. Seattle, Washington: University of Washington Press, 1987.
[A book cited by the Dinosaur Society for the value of its illustrations.]

Desmond, Adrian J. The Hot-Blooded Dinosaurs: A Revolution in Paleontology.
New York, The Dial Press, 1976.

Dixon, Dougal. The New Dinosaurs, An Alternative Evolution.
Topsfield, Massachusetts: Salem House Publishers, 1988. [Fiction]

Dixon, Dougal, and others. The Macmillan Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals.
New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1988.

Gallagher, William. Dinosaurs -- Creatures of Time.
Trenton: New Jersey State Museum, 1990. DS

Glut, Donald F. The New Dinosaur Dictionary.
Secaucus, New Jersey: Citadel Press, 1982.

Halstead, L.B. and Jenny Halstead. Dinosaurs.
New York: Sterling Publishing Company, 1987. DS

Horner, John R. and James Gorman. Digging Dinosaurs.
New York: Workman Publishing, 1988. DS

Jacobs, Louis L. Quest for the African Dinosau
New York: Villard Books, 1993.
Winner of the Dinosaur Society's Colbert Award.

Jacobs, Louis L. LoneStar Dinosaurs,
Texas A&M Press, 1995.

Lambert, David and the Diagram Group. The Dinosaur Data Book.
New York: Avon Books, 1990.

Lambert, David and the Diagram Group. A Field Guide to Dinosaurs.
New York: Avon Books, 1983.

Lockley, Martin G. Tracking Dinosaurs: A New Look at an Ancient World.
Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 1991. DS

Long, Robert A. and Rose Hauk. Dawn of the Dinosaurs: the Triassic in Petrified Forest. Arizona:
Petrified Forest Museum Associates, 1988. D

Man, John. The Day of the Dinosaur.
London: Bison Books, Limited, 1978.

McGinnis, Helen J. Carnegie's Dinosaurs.
Pittsburgh, PA: Geyer Printing Company, 1982.

McGowan, Christopher. Dinosaurs, Spitfires, and Sea Dragons.
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991. DS

Norman, David B. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs.
London: Salamander Books, 1985.

Norman, David B. Dinosaur.
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1991. DS

Ostrom, John H. Dinosaurs.
Burlington, NC: Carolina Biological Supply Co., 1984. DS

Parker, Steve. Dinosaurs and Their World.
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1988.

Paul, Gregory S. Predatory Dinosaurs of the World.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1988.

Preiss, Byron, ed. The Dinosaurs.
New York: Mallard Press, 1981.

Pride, Marilyn. Australian Dinosaurs.
North Ryde, NSW, Australia: William Collins Pty. Ltd., 1988.

Russell, Dale A. A Vanished World: The Dinosaurs of Western Canada.
Ottawa: National Museum of Natural Sciences, 1977. DS

Russell, Dale A. An Odyssey in Time: The Dinosaurs of North America.
Toronto: The University of Toronto Press, 1989. DS

Thulborn, Tony. Dinosaur Tracks.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1990. DS

Wilford, John Noble. The Riddle of the Dinosaur.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985.

Zhiming, Dong and Angela C. Milner. Dinosaurs from China.
London: Ocean Press, 1987. DS

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