Ever since I was young, books have been a huge part of my life. I have a memory from when I was about five years old walking home from the library with an entire wagon full of books we had checked out. That little wagon sat in our front room where I could pick a book and look through it or my mom would read it to me. Before the week was done, I had looked through all the books at least once. The next week, we took the books back and got another wagon full to bring home. This love of reading has stuck with me all my life. I love getting lost in the world of books. My husband laughs at me because if I’m reading a book, I have no idea what’s going on around me.
I’m happy to say that this love of reading has been picked up by my own children. We have all types of books from Dr. Seuss to Sandra Boynton to Sesame Street to Disney. In the last year or so, my son has started to take a special interest in dinosaurs. So when we went to the library last month, I picked up a few books from the How Do Dinosaurs series by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. I’d heard about the series from a friend of mine who has two boys who also like dinosaurs. The moment we got home, my kids pulled all the library books out and asked me to read them. We had borrowed three of the How Do Dinosaurs books and with the exception of Pinkalicious and Fancy Nancy, even my daughter loved reading them.
|Illustration from How Do Dinosaurs Go To School? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague|
So why do I love these books? First of all, the illustrations are amazing. The illustrator draws pictures of dinosaurs doing the things he talks about in each of his books (along with the name of it). I’m just as captivated as my kids are. Second, they’re educational and promote good behavior. My kids learn lessons about how to behave at school or when they are mad through the use of humor. After only reading the books a handful of times, both my kids could “read” the story based on the pictures.
|Illustration from How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague|
I’ve decided that these books are definitely worth spreading the word about and definitely worthy of taking up space on our bookshelf. I hope you and your kids love them as much as mine do!
Below you can see a list of all the How Do Dinosaur books as well as links to purchase them on Amazon. (Note: any purchases made by clicking on these links will provide me with a small commission at no extra cost to you).
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? (Hardcover)
How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? (Hardcover)
How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms? (Board Book)
How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? (Board Book)
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? (Hardcover) (Paperback)
How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? (Board Book)
How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors? (Board Book)
How Do Dinosaurs Go To School? (Hardcover)
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? (Hardcover)
How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Cats? (Board Book)
How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Dogs? (Board Book)
How Do Dinosaurs Laugh Out Loud? (Board Book)
How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday? (Board Book)
How Do Dinosaurs Go Up and Down? (Hardcover)
How Do Dinosaurs Play All Day? (Paperback)
How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? (Hardcover)
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Cookies? (Hardcover)
How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad? (Hardcover)
How Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe? (Hardcover)
What are you favorite children’s books?