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Monday, May 16, 2011

Teachable Moment: Terrible Lizards are Animals Too !

Teachable Moment:
Celebrate Dinosaur Day, May 15 !

Presentation by Emily of YarnMiracle
incl. a Reading List from her bookshelves

The word 'dinosaur' covers a diverse group of creatures. Some walked on two legs, some on four, some did both. Herbivores, carnivores, giants, person-size and smaller. Egg layers, nest builders, warm blooded or cold, loners, herd dwellers with potentially complex social structures - and all completely extinct.

Bedrock Dog Collar from hollywoofstyles

Scientists have identified more than 1,000 different species of dinosaurs that are non-avian. Birds were evolving at the same time and are considered in their own category. Since dinosaurs populated the earth for 160 million years 2,300 years ago (give or take), humans have been finding evidence of their existence for thousands of years. The Greeks and Romans thought dinosaur bones they found belonged to Ogres and Giants, and there is a reference to a Dragon skeleton that was found in China over 2,000 years ago.
With so much mystery and diversity, is there any wonder that these creatures have captured human imagination and attention? Dinosaurs star in films, television shows and hundreds and hundreds of books. Preschoolers all over the world are notoriously dinosaur crazy - this is reflected in the number of picture books written just of them on the subject of Terrible Lizards. I've got a small selection of my favorite dino fiction for you below.

If I've left out YOUR favorite, please share with us in the comments!

Personalized Dino Bag by ekneverfeltbetter

Picture Books

Dinosaur Nesting Doll Eggs from SavageArtworks

Early Readers

The Nose Flute by fenrislorsrai

For More Grown-Up Dinosaur Lovers
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton I could have told them that a theme park filled with dinosaurs grown from DNA was a terrible idea. But nobody asked me. If you haven't had enough there is always the sequel: Lost World.

  • The real The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle This tale of terror and adventure was written shortly after the dinosaurs entered the public eye. A trip into the Amazon rainforest is the setting for prehistoric encounters.

  • The Land That Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Bourroughs Another classic (1924). A bunch of adventurers lands on an island in the South Pacific that is populated with dinosaurs and other unlikely wild things. They make their way across the island in grand adventurer syle with the help of a jungle princess.

  • Don't forget Godzilla

Happy Dinosaur Day to all &
please share with peeps large & small !


  1. I love Danny the Dinosaur! I read that dozens of times to my kids. They are so fascinating - though only at a distance!

  2. You know way back when (when I was growing up) some of my best friends were dinosaurs!

    Thank you so much for featuring my Stephen Joseph Dino Go Go Bag on this wonderful blog...I appreciate it very much!

  3. Dinosaurs rock!
    I have yet to meet someone that isn't fascinated by them. Nice blog and thanks for including my eggs.

  4. Another good one for intermediate readers is "The Enormous Egg" by Oliver Butterworth in which a boy finds an egg that hatches out a triceratops. Eventually he ends up taking the triceratops to Washington DC.
    There was a life size model of "Uncle Beazley" that was moved around Washington DC. Somewhere I have pictures of me sitting on it when I was a wee one. The statue is currently at the National Zoo is a garden of prehistoric plants.


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