Dinosaur Storytime

Dinosaur Storytime Lesson Plan

By Kate Currie


If I Had A Raptor by George O’Connor, Candlewick, 2014

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen, The Blue Sky Press, 2000

Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields, Candlewick, 2008

Dinosaur Roar! by Paul Stickland, Puffin Books, 2008

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Strickland, Puffin Books, 2000

ABC T-Rex by Bernard Most, HMH Books for Young Readers, 2004

Dinosaurs Galore! by Giles Andreae, Tiger Tales, 2006

Dinosaur vs Bedtime by Bob Shea, Disney-Hyperion, 2011

Shape by Shape by Suse McDonald, Little Simon, 2009

How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by Jane Yolen, The Blue Sky Press, 2009

Dinosaur vs The Library by Bob Shea, Disney-Hyperion, 2011

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton, HarperCollins, 1989

If I Had a Triceratops by George O’Connor, Candlewick, 2015

The Dinosaurs Are Having a Party by Gareth P. Jones, Andersen Press USA, 2015

If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur by Linda Bailey, Tundra Books, 2014


There Were Five Dinosaurs

Dino Diddy  

I’m Bringing Home A Baby Dinosaur 

Fingerplays & Action Rhymes:

Five Enormous Dinosaurs

Dinosaur, Dinosaur

Dinosaurs Lived a Long Time Ago 

Craft Project:

Paper Plate Dinosaurs

Pasta Dinosaur Bones

Every Child Ready To Read Skills/Practices:

Print Conventions/Awareness: Ask the kids what words begin with D before starting the dinosaur theme.

Background Knowledge: Ask kids if they know what dinosaurs are being shown.

Letter Knowledge: Point out the letters in ABC T-Rex (Most) to the kids.

Vocabulary: The dinosaurs themselves may be new words to the kids.

Phonological Awareness: Using the rhymes will help the kids hear the similar sounds in words.

Sing: Encourage kids sing along with the dinosaur songs.

Talk: Ask the kids the emotions the dinosaurs have in How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? (Yolen).

Read: Have the children read the word ‘roar’ along with you in Dinosaur vs The Library (Shea).

Write: Kids can write their names on their art projects.

Play: Kids will be moving and dancing with the rhymes, such as Dinosaurs Lived Long Ago.

Asides to Parents and Caregivers:

1.     By reading to your children, you can introduce them to rare words that may not be used in every day speech and explain what they mean. This will help them build their vocabulary.

2.     Make sure that your child has access to different tools to write with. This way they can be creative while they practice their writing and drawing skills, and will become more comfortable with writing faster.

Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress:

Domain: Language, Literacy, and Communications:

Language comprehension

Social conversation


Phonological Awareness

Concepts of print

Vocabulary and Syntax

Letter recognition

Comprehension of narrative text

Motivation and engagement

Storytime Implemented:

Age: 3-6 Year Olds

Introduction: Letter of the Day (D for Dinosaur)

Book: Dinosaur vs The Library (Shea)

Fingerplay: Five Enormous Dinosaurs

Flannel board: There Were Five Dinosaurs (song)

Book: ABC T-Rex (Most)

Song: Dino Diddy

Fingerplay: Dinosaurs Lived a Long Time Ago

Book: How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? (Yolen)

Song: I’m Bringing Home a Baby Dinosaur

Optional Craft: Paper Plate Dinosaur

Further Resources:

Every Child Ready to Read 2

Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress

Reading Rockets

Hennepin County Library Early Learning Page

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