Unschooling Resources: Paleontology / Dinosaurs
by Jeff Moss
Put out bythe American Museum of Natural History, this book of verse and
illustrations is great fun for budding paleontologists! The poems are sometimes short,
sometimes long, but always hilarious!
Digging Up Dinosaurs
A simple, easy-to-read picture book about the search for dinosaur fossils and
what it takes to remove them, move them around, analyze them, and reconstruct them. This is
truly a great book - colorful, informative and interesting.
by Dennis Nolan
Though fiction, this picture book is beautifully done and delves more deeply
into the subject matter than most other fictional dino books. One night, a baby apatosaurus
shows up at Wilbur's bedroom window. With lines like, "You need a name... I will call you
Gideon, after Gideon Mantell. He discovered the first dinosaur fossil," and "Look,
Gideon... a dawn horse from fifty million years ago! We're in the Age of Mammals at last!"
readers are swept into the adventure as Wilbur and Gideon journey back to Gideon's home - the
Jurassic period. Nolan's beautiful, detailed illustrations make this an inviting read for any
child interested in dinosaurs.
Dinosaurs by Scholastic First
This series is writen for younger readers. Each book includes several clear,
plstic pages that change the scenes when turned. Just the right size for smaller hands. A great
Dinosaur World by David Orme and Helen
Created as a companion to the BBC / Discovery Channel series Walking with
Dinosaurs, this book is made up of realistic images of dinosaurs on transparent pages
with prehistoric backgrounds to create awesome dinosaur scenes. Lots of info here, as well.
Fossil Detective by Joyce Pope
A basic introduces to the field of paleontology. Includes chapters such as "What Is a
Fossil?" "How to Look for Fossils," "Making a Fossil Collection,"
"What Fossils Can Tell Us," and "How to Be a Paleontologist." Lots of
BBC's Prehistoric Life
Games, quizzes, and lots of good info.
Unearthing T. rex (an interactive
You can start with anything you find!
Carefully dig out replica fossils buried in plaster. Great fun!
and brushes for the aspiring paleontologist!