Monday, August 12, 2013

Largest T-Rex Skeleton Ever Found: Books about Dinosaurs

On this day in 1990, the largest-ever skeleton of a T-Rex was found. The skeleton was named Sue, and she's been a museum star ever since. To celebrate, here are some books about dinosaurs.


Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. This is a modern classic that teens will love. Scientists find Dinosaur DNA and create a dinosaur safari park. But then it all goes wrong and it's dinosaurs run amok!

Chronal Engine by Greg Leititch Smith, illustrated by Blake Henry. Max, Kyle, and Emma don't believe their grandfather has a time machine. But then Emma is kidnapped, so Max, Kyle, their friend Petra, and a VW Bug have to make a road trip to the Cretaceous period to save her.

Z. Rex by Steve Cole. After his father disappears, Adam is hunted by armed bad guys, and a talking T. Rex. It appears that the video game his dad was working on has come to life, and they're after Adam. The first in the Hunting series, follow it with Z. Raptor.


My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs by Brian Switeck. An excellent pop-science book on the latest discoveries in paleontology. Published for adults, this is a great read for dinosaur fans of all ages.

The Death Collector by Justin Richards. Victorian London. Pickpockets and street urchins, and a mad scientist at the British Museum reanimating the dead--both humans and dinosaurs. What more could one ask for in a story?

Tommysaurus Rex by Doug TenNapel. After Ely's dog dies, he finds a dinosaur in the cave behind her grandfather's house. This T-Rex is almost dog-like in disposition and a big hit. Too big of a hit-- the bully down the road doesn't like it one bit.


Jurassic Towel Origami by Alison Jenkins. Towel origami is the fancy art of folding your bath towel so it looks... fancy. Or, in this case, kinda scary, because they're dinosaurs.

Prehistoric Actual Size by Steve Jenkins. Ok, this is a picture book published for younger readers than teens, but! They're ACTUAL SIZE pictures of various prehistoric creatures and basically the coolest book ever, no matter how old you are.

The Lost World by Sir Conan Doyle. From the guy who gave the world Sherlock Holmes, here's a story about some scientists and explorers who find a volcanic plataeu that rises above the Amazonian rainforest. When they get to the top, they discover a prehistoric world-- complete with dinosaurs.

What's your favorite dinosaur? What are your favorite dinosaur books?

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