Dinosaurs – Intense interests

Some kids are obsessed with dinosaurs and there are several benefits with having a great passion, whether it be dinosaurs, insects, astronomy, or something else.

Reserach suggests that intense interest in a topic such as dinosaurs “enhance perseverance, improve attention and enhance skills of complex thinking as the processing of information.”

Sometimes the intense interest lasts a couple of years but some children, around 20 procent, continue to explore the topic and it becomes a large part of their lives. Many children lose their passion when they start school. Question asking is a vital part of learning and sadly many children also stop asking questions when they start school.

There are a some wonderful books about dinosaurs.

The Dragons are Singing Tonight by Jack Prelutsky

A wonderful poetry books that tell you what to do when your dragon is sick or in the computer. This book brings to life many sorts of funny, ferocious, and gentle dragons. Prelutsky is the master of poems that are a delightful to read out aloud.

Humour, imagination, and the little extra heartbreaking touch make this book rewarding on many different levels. The secret and fascinating lives of dragons of all sizes and shapes come into even more life by the irresistible illustrations by Peter Sís.

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Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast by Jack Prelutsky

A dinoriffic book that should be part of every child’s bookshelf. Not only is it filled with facts about the interesting lives of the dinosaurs but the poems are easy to memorise because of their easy following verse and rhyme. Some words may not be easy to understand but that is part of the treat. Tongue twisters mixed with facts make this a great way to inspire children to learn more about the running, jumping, and attacking creatures.

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Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus by Tony Mitten

Near a sludgy old swamp, the dinosaurs are gathering for a romp. Exciting, fast-paced  dinosaurumpus rhyme that that slows down towards the ends to prepare a sleepy child for bed. Exuberant illustrations by Guy Parker-Rees makes this a true rhyming treat.

There may be many dinosaur books around, but few offers such fresh and energetic language. Sheer creative love of language. And why not try your own “Dinosaurusrumpus” and let the flying Pteranadon land in the bed.

Oh, but remember to tell the truth about  Pteranadon before you fall asleep. Pteranadon  was a reptile!

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Tyrannosaurus Drip by Julia Donaldson

An comic Ugly Duckling tale about a vegetarian Duckbill dinosaur who hatches in Tyrannosaurus nest. The green Duckbill feels very lonely and out of place among the red, bullying carnivores who nickname him Drip.

Poor little Duckbill, and all he wants is to munch on some water weeds.  But he is a real hero and not a little weakling. David Roberts illustrations of the swampland are charming.

Children will look out of the little blue onlooker, a Compsognathus, who appears on each page. Donaldson’s iambic metre rollicks along and there is Tyrannosaurus Drip Song that you can sing.

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