Author Archives: Deanna Michaels

What I Read in 2021

A stack of books I read in 2021 sitting on my swing.

Before we get started, I will say reading is something that I do to relax. I find it lifegiving – it’s not a chore. I also see it as a way to continue learning and exploring.

Since reading is something I want my kids to grow up loving, I invest time in reading chapter books aloud to them as well as picture books. (And audiobooks are great for roads trips with the kiddos. We utilized several on our 5400 mile trip this fall!)

Last year I read 68 books on my own and then read aloud/listened to the audio book of 38 books to/with the kids.

2 books on CD and other books I read in a pile on a front porch

Most of the books I read I either already own, where given to me, or I check our from the library or find used. Very few I purchase new to read.

I straight up like books so it can be hard for me to pick favorites. I most always learn something or see the world from another culture or perspective. Sometimes books are comfort reads too. Different books also speak to us more in different seasons of life. (So let me know what you like or are looking for in a book, and I can make a recommendations for you from this list!)

That said, I will try and narrow down my top picks in each category. I will have them all asterisked in my main book list so you can check them out!

Pile of books on a swing

Favorite Non Fiction Reads:
(Keep reading for links and the entire list!)

  • Experiencing God
  • How to Really Love Your Child
  • Prayer
  • Weep With Me
  • Delighting in the Trinity
  • Raising Worry-Free Girls
  • A Gospel Primer for Christians
  • In His Image
    (If you are struggling with tech boundaries in your house, I would highly recommend The Tech-Wise Family as well.)

11 of the books I read in 2021

Favorite Biography/Memoir/History Reads:
(Keep reading for links and the entire list!)

  • All Creatures Great and Small (I love reading his books!)
  • The Story of Christianity Volume 1 and 2 (on my list to re-read and take notes/dig into more to help with retaining the material)
  • Until We Meet Again
  • Reading Promise
  • Carved in Ebony
    (If you are a Gilmore Girls fan, be sure to read Talking as Fast as I Can. It’s a fast, fun read – perfect for taking on your summer vacation. I’m not even a fan girl of Gilmore Girls, but still enjoyed it!)

A small stack of books I read in 2021

Favorite Fiction Reads:
I’m trying to branch out and read modern fiction as well as classics (which is my go to).

  • The Chronicles of Narnia (still love these books)
  • We Were the Lucky Ones (fiction but based on a true story)
  • Sweep
  • The Girl With the Louding Voice
  • Orphan Train
  • Scottish Chiefs
    (I am also always a fan of anything George MacDonald, so those books rank high as well. And in high school I read all of Thomas Hardy’s books so it was fun to go back to Far from the Madding Crowd)

7 books I read stacked on a swing

Favorite Reads with the Kids:

  • All of a Kind Family
  • The Hundred Dresses
  • Twenty and Ten
    These first 3 were all books I loved as a kid and it was fun to read them with the kids.
  • The Rats of NIHM
  • The Warden and the Wolf King
  • The Summer of the Monkeys

You can keep reading for links to these books and to see everything I read last year!

A stack of books and audio books to read

What were some of your favorites?

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Non Fiction:
All That’s Good *
Lies Women Believe
Experiencing God *
The Great Divorce
The Tech-Wise Family
How to Really Love Your Child *
The Explosive Child
Neighborliness
Prayer *
Miracles
None Like Him
How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth
Gentle and Lowly
Weep with Me *
Flirtation Experiment
Delighting in the Trinity *
Raising Worry-Free Girls *
The Millionaire Next Door
A Gospel Primer for Christians *
Mama Bear Apologetics
The Creative Habit
Calm My Anxious Heart
You Can’t Make Me
In His Image *
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Biography/Memoir/History:
All Creatures Great and Small *
The Story of Christianity Volume 1 *
The Story of Christianity Volume 2 *
This is Chance!
Autobiography of a People
Home Work
Talking as Fast as I Can
Until We Meet Again *
The Kidnap Years
The Reading Promise *
The Last Lecture
Carved in Ebony *
Flag of Our Fathers

2 stacks of books I read on a swing.

Fiction:
The Printed Letter Bookshop
We Were the Lucky Ones *
The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe *
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Horse and His Boy
The Magician’s Nephew
The Last Battle
Thirteen at Dinner
Rebecca
The Westing Game
Sweep *
The Kite Runner
The Girl with the Louding Voice *
Homegoing
Orphan Train *
The Scottish Chiefs *
Delicious!
Wuthering Heights
Listening for Lions
Pilgrim’s Inn
The Farthest Away Mountain
The Giver
Gathering Blue
Messenger
Son
The Maiden’s Bequest
The Baron’s Apprenticeship
Far From the Madding Crowd

Read with the Kids:
The Cabin Faced West
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
The Warden and the Wolf King* (8)
The Hundred Dresses * (5)
All of a Kind Family  * (8,10)
The Golden Goblet
Sarah Whitcher’s Story (5)
The Littles (5)
The Long Winter (10)
Twenty and Ten* (10)
Treasure of the Snow (10)
Sled Dog School  (8)
Number the Stars* (10)
Magic Treehouse 1-4 (8)
Flora & Ulysses
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM * (8)
The True Gift (8)
The Sign of the Beaver (8)
Mary Poppins
Farmer Boy
Hatchet (8)
Peter and the Starcatchers  (8)
Mara Daughter of the Nile (10)
Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg
My Father’s Dragon (5)
Choice Stories for Children
Puppy Lost in Lapland (8)
Pick of the Litter (8)
Meet Felicity (5)
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
The Tanglewood’s Secret
Fridays with the Wizard (5,8)
The Dog Who Thought He Was Santa (8)
Summer of the Monkeys *(5,8)
The Green Ember (8) (We listened to this on our road trip, and when it was done my husband said “that was a good story”)

I asked my kids their favorites from this list. They are marked above with their ages and also listed below:

My 5 year daughter’s favorites were: The Littles, Meet Felicity, Sarah Whitcher’s Story, Summer of the Monkeys, Fridays with the Wizard, My Father’s Dragon, and The Hundred Dresses.

My 8 year old son’s favorites were: Sled Dog School, Summer of the Monkeys, Dog Who Thought He Was Santa, Warden and the Wolf King, Hatchet, Magic Treehouse, Pick of the Litter, Puppy Lost in Lapland, Green Ember, Fridays with the Wizard, Sign of the Beaver, The True Gift, Sign of the Beaver

My 10 year old daughter’s favorites were: Warden and the Wolf King, Green Ember, All of a Kind Family, Mara Daughter of the Nile, Twenty and Ten, The Long Winter, Treasures of the Snow

If you need even more ideas, check out these posts from previous years:

a graphic that says list of 106 books I read in 2021

Planning a Trip to the Badlands and Black Hills

Picture of the presidents carved at Mount Rushmore

Are you planning a trip to the Badlands and Black Hills area? We went the summer of 2020 and had an amazing time! This post has what we did, tips, and information to help you plan your visit!

When To Go to the Badlands

There are no trees of any kind in the Badlands. Even though South Dakota is in the norther part of the US, it still gets hot during the summer. We went in June and some days were pleasant and others quite warm. I’d recommend May and June or waiting until mid to late September.

Custer State Park has many trees and lakes to enjoy. If you want to enjoy the water, wait until the weather warms up some, but not too much. (Or just know your day or 2 in the Badlands will be warm but enjoy the water and shade in Custer State Park the other days) 🙂

What Age Is Best for Kids

We went with my husband’s parents and his brother’s family. The ages ranged from 4 all the way to late 70s. All of my kids loved the trip (ages 4, 7, and 9) and so did the adults. When we left, everyone wanted to go back to the area again. My 4 year old was able to do all of the short hikes in the Badlands and was even a trooper and did a 4 mile one (rated difficult on All Trails) in Custer State Park.

What To Do in the Black Hills Area:

The following is what we did on our trip to South Dakota. This is a huge tourist area, so there are countless other things you can find to do as well. You can research to find things to fit your children’s interests and your family’s budget. I would have been more than happy just getting to explore the Badlands and Custer State Park on this trip, so if you are on a budget – you will still be able to make great memories.

The Mammoth SiteWe did this on our first day in the area. If your kids are into fossils and such, they will love getting to see an active dig site! The grandparents also paid for all of the kids to do the Paleontologist Excavation Program. (My 9 year old did the advanced program and the 4 and 7 year old the junior one.)

Reptile Garden: This is the place for reptile lovers. Lots of snakes and lizards. We happened to be there shortly after they fed they snakes and got to see several snakes in the process of swallowing mice. There is also a fun playground outside for younger kids. The huge tortoises were also outside and my 3 enjoyed that and a bird presentation was also going on as well. (We did this and Bear Country USA on the same day.)

Dinosaur Park: This is free and nothing fancy, but young dinosaur loving kids would probably enjoy a short stop. You walk up a hill and pass large dinosaur statues on the way.

A bear swimming at Bear Country USA in Rapid City

Bear Country USA: My kids thought it was a lot of fun getting to see so many bears and then other animals around the car as you are driving. There is also an area you can walk around that has animals once you complete the drive through. If our trip to South Dakota had been a year later, after we explored Glacier National Park and Yellowstone area and saw a dozen bears and numerous other animals in the wild, we could have done without Bear Country. But last summer the kids loved this.

Wall DrugThis is one of those places I would say is a tourist trap. It is free to walk around and the kids would say they liked it but I would say it’s okay to skip if you are short on time. Lots of souvenir shopping, if that’s your thing. There’s also a restaurant if you need to grab a bite to eat. Wall Drug is also known for free ice water and 5 cent coffee. We ate there, the kids shopped for souvenirs and enjoyed taking pictures on some of the structures in the Backyard.

Minuteman Missile Site and Visitor Center:  We stopped by this visitor center and one of the missile silos on our last day. It was free and worth a quick stop. I didn’t know much about this part of history, so it was interesting.

At one of the lookouts at the Badlands!

Badlands National ParkMy family loved the Badlands! This was such a fun place to explore. Parts of it felt like we were on the moon. This and Custer State Park were my 2 favorite parts of the trip. As I said earlier, there is no shade here, so if you do go in the hottest summer months plan to go early in the day. We went late June and spent the day here and were fine. We didn’t do any of the long trails, but I would recommend going on all of the short trails we did. Also, plan on driving all of the way through the park and stopping at the overlooks on each end!

Trails We Did:

  • Door Trail (short, easy hike that the kids actually did twice)
  • Window Trail
  • Notch Trail (A lot of fun! The hardest part is climbing the rope ladder)
  • Cliff Shelf
  • Saddle Pass (This hike is only .7 miles but was our favorite! You definitely want hiking shoes and maybe even your hiking poles because it is slippery on the way down and easy to lose your footing. We saw a rattlesnake on this hike)
  • There is also a .4 mile Fossil Exhibit Trail that was closed when we were there.

You can easily do all the above trails in 1 day and enjoy both lookout areas. There are also longer trails (4 mile and 11 mile and more) that you can look into. Notch and Saddle Pass were our 2 favorites. Watching a sunrise or sunset would also be gorgeous!

See this AllTrails link for information on the hikes!

Another view at Badlands National Park

Mount RushmoreThis was a pretty fast stop and I thought it was underwhelming. Maybe part of that had to do with the fact that the Avenue of Flags and Presidential Trail were both closed when we went. We walked around a little bit and went to the ranger talk at the Sculptor’s Studio. You probably want to go just because it’s an iconic landmark, but don’t overestimate it.

The faces carved at Mount Rushmore

Wind Cave National Park: This was closed when we went, but had it been open we definitely would have gone!

Custer State Park: loved Custer State Park (the kids did as well)! It was such a beautiful and relaxing area and a complete contrast to the Badlands. Highly recommend. If we were on this trip ourselves, I would have spent more time here.

Places to drive: Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road, and the Wildlife Loop Road (similar to driving something like Lamar Valley at Yellowstone).

Hikes: Again, I didn’t get to spend as much time doing this as I liked but the one hike we made time for was at Sylvan Lake. Sylvan Lake was a beautiful area (and quite busy). We did the Sunday Gulch Trail (and you can easily include Sylvan Lake Shore Trail like we did) which is 4 miles and AllTrails rates it as challenging. My 4 year old was able to walk the entire way with some handholding and hosting to get her across the boulders. I highly recommend this trail!

Check out AllTrails for Custer State Park for more info on this and other hiking options! We want to go back and explore more. This Trail Pocket Book from Custer State Park also has good information.

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway and D.C. Booth Historic Fish HatcheryThis was an easy and pretty drive! We stopped at the Bridal Veil Falls to take pictures and also did the short hike to Spearfish Falls.

My kids love fish hatcheries, so this was a fun and free excursion for them. We went June of 2020, so the museum and house were still closed to visitors. We did do the short hikes they have on the property.

Mt. Moriah Cemetery: We drove through the city of Deadwood and stopped at Mt. Moriah Cemetery because my father in law wanted us to see Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane’s graves. There is a $2 entrance fee and we spend some time walking throughout the cemetery.

Broken Boot Gold Mine: The kids all wanted to tour a gold mine, so their grandparents took everyone here and the 4 kids did the panning for gold as well. It was a fairly short tour and was fine, but I don’t know that I would do it again.

Picture of Broken Boot Gold Mine

Pirate’s Cove Mini Golf: We did this one evening because my kids and nephew really wanted to. It’s a nice course that you can find at several locations around the USA.

Other Options On Our List: These were other ideas my mother-in-law had that we did not make it to:

  • Air & Space Museum
  • Storybook Island
  • Rush Mountain Adventure Park
  • Main Street Square Splash Park

View looking into the Badlands

Where to Stay When Visiting the Black Hills

Anything in the Rapid City area would work. Also, look in the surrounding cities. We rented a house in Summerset and it worked fine. It was about 10-25 minutes to the different attractions in Rapid City and an hour to Badlands, Mount Rushmore, and Custer State Park and less than 45 minutes to the hatchery.

Conclusion:

Everyone in our group had a great trip! Our family has talked about going again, especially to explore Custer State Park more and see Wind Cave. We’d definitely go back to Badlands for a day as well.

This is a great possibility for a family vacation! Kids as young as 4 will be able to participate and hike most everything. But it would still be fun with younger kids, you just might end up carrying them a bit depending on the trails you do. It’s also fun for older kids and adults! So many interesting places to explore.

Again, you can do this on any budget. Stick to the state and national parks to keep things frugal and you will still have a great trip. Add in a tourist attraction or two if your budget and time allows. Either way, you will love exploring and creating memories.

Easy 5 Ingredient Instant Pot Recipes

Collage of 4 5 ingredient Instant Pot Recipes

Do you have an Instant Pot and are looking for some new recipes to try? Check out this list of 5 Ingredient Instant Pot Recipes!

That’s right, 5 ingredients. (And full disclosure, I’m not counting salt, pepper, water, and oil for sautéing as ingredients! That would be a little too extreme and not enough flavor!)

Dinner will be fast, easy, and even budget friendly. Many of these easy Instant Pot meals use ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen. That’s a lot of wins!

Add in a salad, roasted veggies, or even just some baby carrots and cucumbers and you are ready for supper.

Keep scrolling to the end of the list and there are a couple options you could even use for breakfast for dinner.

For all you Instant Pot pros, what 5 ingredient Instant Pot recipes do I need to know about?!

[For more budget friendly dinner ideas, check out this list of 27 Kid Friendly Meals under $5]

15+ 5 Ingredient Instant Pot Recipes

5 Ingredient Instant Pot Spaghetti 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound spaghetti noodles
  • 2 24 ounce jars marinara sauce
  • 3 cups water

Check out the Recipe Critic for all of the details!

5 Ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

  • 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 carrot peeled and chopped
  • 1 stalk celery sliced
  • 2 oz uncooked extrawide egg noodles about 1 cup dry
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth

See Instant Pot for the details!

5 Ingredient Instant Pot Tomato Soup

  • 2 28 ounce cans whole tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

See Grace and Good Eats for the recipe!

5 Ingredient Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

  • 1 pound uncooked elbow macaroni
  •  4 cups water
  •  4 tablespoons salted butter
  •  ¾ teaspoon salt
  •  ½ teaspoon dried mustard powder
  •  3 cups shredded cheese
  •  1 1/4 cup whole milk or half and half

Check out Little Spice Jar for the details!

5 Ingredient Instant Pot Pulled Pork

  • tablespoons butter
  • to 4 lb boneless pork shoulder
  • cup chicken broth 
  • tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • tablespoons soy sauce
  • 10 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1teaspoon salt

Check out Pillsbury for the whole recipe.

5 Ingredient Instant Pot Broccoli

5 Ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Shredded Chicken

  • 3 pounds boneless chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa
  • 4 ounces diced green chilis
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

See Never Ending Journeys for the details.

5 Ingredient Instant Pot Enchilada Casserole

  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1 (15 oz) can enchilada sauce
  • 1 (4.5 oz) can green chiles
  • 10 (6 inch) soft corn tortillas
  • 1 ½ cups grated sharp or medium cheddar

365 Days of Crockpot has the recipe for you!

2 Ingredient Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup bbq sauce

Veronika’s Kitchen has the details.

5 Ingredient Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

  • 15 ounces teriyaki sauce
  • 1.5-2 pounds boneless chicken
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

See The Typical Mom for the recipe.

5 Ingredient Instant Pot Chili

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • salt and pepper
  • hot water

The full recipe is at My Freeze Easy.

5 Ingredient Instant Pot Whole Chicken

  • Whole chicken
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

You can find all the details on Snug and Cozy Life.

5 Ingredient Instant Pot Carnitas

  • 2 1/2-3 pounds boneless pork shoulder
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper
  • Juice of 2 oranges
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon ghee

Find the instructions at A Calculated Whisk.

5 Ingredient Instant Pot Fried Rice

  • 2 cups rice
  • 2 1/2 cups broth
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 medium eggs
  • salt and pepper

The recipe is on Happy Foods Tube.

3 Ingredient Instant Pot Oatmeal

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup

Check out Fit Foodie Finds for the details!

5 Ingredient Instant Pot Egg Casserole

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 cups hashbrowns
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • pepper

The full recipe is on Kitschen Kat

If this list of 5 ingredient Instant Pot recipes isn’t enough, check out these other Instant Pot Ideas:

pictures of 4 different 5 ingredient Instant Pot recipes

Easy Taco Pot Pie Recipe

A slice of taco pot pie on a plate

Are you looking for a new easy, kid friendly supper idea? Check out this simple recipe for taco pot pie! That’s right, taco ingredients in a pie crust. Even my picky eater enjoyed this recipe.

You can switch up the ingredients with out any problem too! Not a beef fan, use shredded chicken. Swap the corn for green beans. You can make this your own which is always great for budget friendly cooking.

This recipe came to be because I had ample amounts of leftover taco meat to use! The perfect time to try something new and Tex Mex flavors are always a hit with the kids.

If you have ground beef in your freezer needing to be used, give this a try.

Taco Pot Pie Ingredients

  • Ground Beef
  • Taco Seasoning (make your own)
  • Onion
  • Bell Pepper
  • Frozen corn
  • Black or Pinto Beans (I cook my own)
  • Rotel (or canned tomatoes and canned green chilis)
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Double Pie Crust (make or buy)
  • Toppings of your choice (Salsa, avocado, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes etc)

Taco pot pie ingredients in a pan

Taco Pot Pie Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown your ground beef. Drain and add taco seasoning. Add the onions and cook until almost tender.

Add the bell pepper, frozen corn, beans, and Rotel. Cook until everything is hot.

Taco pot pie ingredients in a skillet topped with cheese

Stir in the grated cheese.

Place one pie crust in a deep dish pie pan. Scoop in the filling and top with the second crust. Crimp the edges and make several slashes in the top of the pie.

Picture of assembled taco pot pie before cooking

Put pie on a baking sheet (in case anything leaks out) and bake for 40-45 minutes or until crust is golden brown. You may need to put foil around the edge of the crust if it gets too dark.

Remove from oven and let rest 15 minutes before cutting.

East Taco Pot Pie Recipe

Easy Taco Pot Pie
Author: 
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Tex Mex American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6-8
 
This taco pot pie is an easy, fun, kid friendly supper idea! All of your favorite taco ingredients put inside of a pie. Top with lettuce, sour cream, avocado or leave plain!
Ingredients
  • 2 pie crusts
  • 1 pound ground beef, turkey, or chicken (approximately ⅕ cups cooked)
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1½ cups frozen corn
  • 1½ cups black or pinto beans
  • 1 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 can mild rotel or 1 cup salsa
  • Toppings of your choice: sour cream, salsa, avocado, lettuce, olives, cilantro etc
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brown your ground beef. Drain and add taco seasoning. Add the onions and cook until almost tender.
  3. Add the bell pepper, frozen corn, beans, and Rotel. Cook until everything is hot.
  4. Stir in the grated cheese.
  5. Place one pie crust in a deep dish pie pan. Scoop in the filling and top with the second crust. Crimp the edges and make several slashes in the top of the pie.
  6. Put pie on a baking sheet (in case anything leaks out) and bake for 40-45 minutes or until crust is golden brown. You may need to put foil around the edge of the crust if it gets too dark.
  7. Remove from oven and let rest 15 minutes before cutting.
  8. Cut and and serve. Top with your favorite toppings.

 

Taco pot pie with a piece cut out

Fun Children’s Books About Dinosaurs

a tall stack of kids books about dinosaurs

A few weeks ago I shared a list of great books for kids that love trains. Trains weren’t the only thing my son loved to read about. We also checked out mountains of books about dinosaurs and construction vehicles! Today’s post is a list of children’s books about dinosaurs.

Having fiction books organized alphabetically by author makes it easy to find books you know you want, but if your child just wants dinosaur books if takes some work to find them!

That’s where this compilation will come in handy.

If your toddler to first grader is as obsessed with dinos as my son was (and actually still is) hopefully this list will help you on your library runs and as you add to your home book collection. It might even save you from having to read the same 5 books over and over again.

I recommend checking books out from the library before buying them if possible- every kids seems to gravitate towards different favorites.

Don’t forget to check out the non-fiction dinosaur section. Even for little kids! From a young age my son would gravitate towards non-fiction books and just pour over the pictures. When he asked us to read them to him, we’d read an abbreviated version of each page according to his comprehension level and attention span.

If you are a young earth creationist, know that most of dinosaur themed books reference old earth in some way. If that bothers you, be sure to preview the books (or edit as your read them aloud) or just have a discussion with your child of the different viewpoints people have. (Keep reading to the end of the list for some books suggestions from a young earth, Christian perspective.)

Children’s Books About Dinosaurs

4 board books about dinosaurs

Dinosaur Board Books:

That’s Not My Dinosaur

Dinosaurs A-Z (Poke a Dot)

Dinosaurs Dinosaurs

My First Dinosaur Touch and Feel (This was my son’s favorite when he was little)

Roar! Roar! I’m a Dinosaur!

Rex Wrecks It

I Dreamt I Was a Dinosaur

Little Dinos Don’t Bite
Also in the series: Little Dinos Don’t Hit, Little Dinos Don’t Push, Little Dinos Don’t Yell

1-2-3 Dinosaurs Bite

Dinosnores

a pile of dinosaur easy pictures books

Dinosaur Easy Picture Story Books:

These children’s books about dinosaurs are all very fictional stories! Even though my dinosaur loving kids have non fiction books as their favorites, they still enjoyed many of these.

Dinos in the Snow

Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp

Dinosaurumpus

The Dinosaur Who Lost His Roar

Dinosaur Farm

Bang! Boom! Roar!

The Itchy Book

Dino Pets

Dini Dinosaur

10 Little Dinosaurs

Ten Little Dinosaurs

The Lost Dinosaur Bone (Little Critter book)

Dino-Sports Series

Curious George’s Dinosaur Discovery

When Dinosaurs Came With Everything

Lizard from the Park

How do Dinosaurs series

A stack of dinosaur easy picture books

Dinosaur Easy Picture Books:

This group of children’s books about dinosaurs are still in the easy picture section at my library, but include some dino facts and aren’t exclusively stories!

I Am A Tyrannosaurus

Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones

The Field Mouse and the Dinosaur Name Sue

Dinosaur Bones

Roar: A Dinosaur Tour

Kids non fiction dinosaur books

Dinosaur Non Fiction Books:

My kids have loved reading these. Most we simply check out of the library (and have done so over and over). Some are quite easy and other a little longer. I’ll include a picture below of all the options in our library’s non-fiction section.

Digging Up Dinosaurs

My Visit to the Dinosaurs

Here We Go Digging For Dinosaur Bones

Dinosaur Lady

A Dinosaur Named Sue: The Find of the Century

Lizard Tooth

Double Bones

Long Arm

It’s Tyrannosaurus Rex!

Inside Out T-Rex

Dinosaurs at the End of the Earth

How Tall Was a T-Rex

What Has a Pointed Head and Eats Lizards?
What Has Armor and a Tail Club?

A-Z of Dinosaurs by Kieron Connolly

the non fiction book section at the library

This is a picture of the dinosaur books in the children’s non-fiction section. I think it’s safe to say, my kids have checked out all of them before!


If you believe in a literal 7 day creation, Answers in Genesis also has some kid themed dinosaur books from a Christian perspective you might want to check out:


Phew, that is quite the list of children’s books about dinosaurs! What have I missed? And I know I sound like a broken record, but check these out from your library (or at minimum look at the preview pages on Amazon) before you buy! With so many great dinosaur book options, you will want to only own your child’s very favorites!
a stack of dino books with a graphic overlay