Barnum’s Bones

Reader’s Advisory

Other books by Tracey Fern (style appeal):

Other books illustrated by Boris Kulkov (style appeal):  (Click on illustrations for titles.)

Other books about Barnum Brown (character appeal):
Kurtz, Jane.  Mister Bones:  dinosaur hunter (Ready to read series).  A biography of Barnum Brown also known as Mr. Bones.  (

Shelton, David.  Barnum Brown, Dinosaur Hunter.  The story of a young boy who wanted to grow up a dinosaur hunter and how he built an amazing dinosaur collection for the American Museum of Natural History.  (

Zoehfeld, Kathleen Weidner.   Finding the first T. rex.  The story of dinosaur hunter Barnum Brown and his discovery of the first Tyrannosaurus rex for the American Museum of Natural History in New York.  (

Nonfiction:  prehistoric times, creatures, and paleontology (subject appeal):
Bailey, Gerry, Karen Carr, Dawn Bentley.  Tyrannosaurus rex.  Realistic illustrations highlight this story about a day in the life of the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. Created in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, information sections give all the vital statistics about the Tyrannosaurus rex.  (

Bergen, David.  Life-size dinosaurs.  Dinosaur sized pages with detailed illustrations of a variety of prehistoric animals.  (

Dixon, Dougal.  Dougal Dixon’s amazing dinosaurs: the fiercest, the tallest, the toughest, the smallest.  Descriptions of the strangest and the most famous dinosaurs, including new discoveries.  (

Finsley, Charles.  A field guide to fossils of Texas.  Presents a collective representation of the state’s most common fossils and also its most important, noteworthy, and unusual specimens.  (

Gray, Susan Heindrichs.  Paleontology:  the study of prehistoric life.  Presents general information about paleontologists, what they learn about prehistoric animals and vegetation by studying them.  (

Hilston, Paul.  Field guide to planet earth:  projects for reading rocks, rivers, mountains, and the forces that shape them.  Provides practical information and hands-on activities about earth science topics, including maps, water, soil, minerals, fossils, and career possibilities.  (

Holtz, Thomas R.  T. rex:  hunter or scavenger?  Discusses evidence from paleontologists showing that Tyrannosaurus rex both hunted and scavenged for food.  (

Hort, Lenny.  Did dinosaurs eat pizza?:   mysteries that science hasn’t solved.  A look at dinosaurs and what scientists know about them and the mysteries that may never be solved.  (

Lambert, David.  Dinosaur (DK Eyewitness books). Text and photographs explore the world of the dinosaurs, focusing on such aspects as their teeth, feet, eggs, and fossils.  (

Larsen, Peter L.  Bones rock!:  everything you need to know to become a paleontologist.  Introduces young people to paleontology, from collecting the evidence and searching for clues, to developing and testing a theory.  Revealing true stories about kids who have made paleo discoveries and providing young readers with the tools necessary to make the next big discovery, this book shows kids how to collect, clean, and study fossil samples in order to develop and further their own research interests.  (

Lessen, Don.  National Geographic Kids ultimate dinopedia:  your illustrated reference to every dinosaur ever discovered.  Organized by the periods that are well known to young dinosaur enthusiasts–Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous–this book includes almost every dinosaur ever discovered, and highlights 125 species that scientists know sufficiently to describe in rich detail. Full color.  (

Malan, John and Steve Parker.  Encyclopedia of dinosaurs.  An illustrated guide to the physical characteristics, behaviors, diets, and habitats of dinosaurs.  (

Morgan, Jennifer.  From lava to life:  the universe tells our earth’s story.  A history of the Earth, from its formation through the appearance of mammals and the extinction of dinosaurs, in the form of a story told by the Universe itself to an Earthling. (

Riciutti, Edward R. Rocks and minerals (Aududon first field guide series).  Detailed full-color spreads help beginning naturalists observe and understand over 150 types of rocks and minerals.  (

Spearing, Darwin.  Roadside geology of Texas.  Texas is blessed with rocks of all ages, as well as an incredible array of natural geologic resources.  (

Taylor, Paul.  Eyewitness Fossil (DK Eyewitness series).  Introduces fossilized shells, bones, skulls, teeth, and plants to young readers and explains what they tell us about earlier eras.  (

Wagner, Kathi.  The everything kids’ dinosaur book:  stomp, crash, and thrash through hours of puzzles, games, and activities!.  The Everything Kids’ Dinosaur Book combines exciting and educational facts about dinosaurs with super-cool puzzles and awesome activities that will keep kids roaring, stomping and leaping for more.  Inside they’ll find out about the different types of dinosaurs, where they came from, how they lived and a ton (or two) more!  (

Fiction:  dinosaurs, fossils and paleontology (subject appeal):
Alphin, Elaine Marie .  Dinosaur hunter (I can read series, level 4).  In Wyoming in the 1880s, a young boy fulfills his dream of finding a dinosaur skeleton on his father’s ranch, outwits a man who would cheat him, and sells his find to a team of fossil hunters.  (

Ciencin, Scott.  I was a teenage T. rex (Dinoverse series #1).  The Dinoverse series is “full of non-stop wish fulfillment action for anyone who ever fancied being a dinosaur.” (

Conrad, Pam.  My Daniel.  Ellie and Stevie learn about a family legacy when their grandmother tells them stories of her brother’s quest for dinosaur bones on their Nebraska farm.  (NoveList)

Edwards, Wallace.  The extinct files:  my science project.  Wally’s science project “proves” that the extinction of dinosaurs is a hoax, and that they are living right in our midst.  (

Gould, Robert.  Rex.  Rob and Mikey Davis and their friends explore a mysterious swirling tunnel that leads to a land of dinosaurs of all epochs and a dangerous encounter with a Tyrannosaurus–and Rob catches it all on videotape.  (NoveList)

Greenberg, J. C.  With the dinosaurs (Andrew lost series #11).  When Beeper accidentally releases the escape hatch to the Time-a-Tron, the time travelers must protect themselves from the world’s most fearsome creature, Tyrannosaurus rex.  (

Griffith, Helen V.  Dinosaur habitat.  After twelve-year-old Nathan’s pesky younger brother Ryan claims to have found a dinosaur fossil, they are suddenly transported into a misty world where Ryan’s toy dinosaurs are alive.  (NoveList)

Gurney, James.  Dinotopia:  a land apart from time.  In 1862, after being shipwrecked in uncharted seas, Professor Arthur Denison and his twelve-year-old son will find themselves washed up on a strange island where people and dinosaurs live together peacefully.  (

Osborne, Mary Pope.  Dinosaurs before dark (Magic tree house series #1).  Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic treehouse, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs.  (NoveList)

Ransom, Candice F.  Bones in the badlands (Time spies series #2).  Alex, Mattie, and Sophie visit the past again, this time traveling to 1898, where they help paleontologist Walter Granger to protect his fossil find.  (NoveList)

Silverthorne, Judith.  Dinosaur hideout (Dinosaur adventure series #1). Daniel would rather search for dinosaur fossils than work on his family’s struggling farm in southern Saskatchewan, but when he discovers some unknown fossils he must also worry about a cantankerous neighbor and his scary dog who want to keep Daniel away from the fossils.  (

Stilton, Geronimo.  Dinosaurs in action! (Geronimo Stilton graphic novels #7). The Pirate Cats decide to better their odds by getting rid of Professor Volt; kidnapping him and leaving him in the Cretaceous Period- a time when the earth was occupied by dinosaurs society. Geronimo and his friends must travel back in time 140 million years to save Professor Volt from literally becoming a part of history!  (

Stilton, Geronimo.  Valley of the giant skeletons (Geronimo Stilton #32).  When Geronimo gets lost looking for hidden treasures in the Gobi Desert, he comes across giant dinosaur bones.  (

Other types of dinosaur books:
Prelutsky, Jack.  Tyrannosaurus was a beast:  dinosaur poems. A collection of humorous poems about dinosaurs.  (

Sabuda, Robert.  Dinosaurs:  encyclopedia prehistorica.  Explore the prehistoric world of dinosaurs with exciting text and more than thirty-five pop-ups.  ( 

Dinosaur DVDs for kids:
Chased by dinosaurs (BBC video).  Join zoologist Nigel Marven as he traipses through the eons on a quest to find the largest land animals that ever lived. Watch Marven’s encounters with various dinosaurs, each brought to stunning life through computer animation techniques.  (

Prehistoric park (BBC video).  Find out what it would be like to live among the dinosaurs, with the help of science and computer-aided graphics.  (

Other books about pioneering scientists and inventors (character appeal):
Anholt, Laurence.  Stone girl, bone girl:  the story of Mary Anning.  A brief biography of the English girl whose discovery of an Ichthyosaurus skeleton in 1811 when she was twelve led to a life-long interest in fossils and other important discoveries.  (

Atkins, Jeannine.  Girls who looked under rocks:  the lives of six pioneering naturalists.  Brief biographies of 6 woman naturalists from the 17th to 21st centuries: Maria Sibylla Merian, Anna Botsford Comstock, Frances Hamerstrom, Rachel Carson, Miriam Rothschild, and Jane Goodall.  (

Freedman, Russell.  The Wright brothers:  how they invented the airplane. 
Follows the lives of the Wright brothers and describes how they developed the first airplane.  (

Kerley, Barbara.  The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins.  The true story of Victorian artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, who built life-sized models of dinosaurs in the hope of educating the world about . . . these awe-inspiring ancient animals and what they were like.  (

Krull, Kathleen.  Isaac Newton (Giants of science series #2).  Isaac Newton was not only brilliant, but secretive, vindictive and obsessive. Here is a portrait of the man, contradictions and all, [that] places him against the backdrop of seventeenth-century England, a time of plague, the Great Fire of London, and two revolutions.  (

Krull, Kathleen.  Leonardo da Vinci (Giants of science series #1).  Explores the scientific studies, experiments, and observations of this world-renowned artist and scientist of the fifteenth century through a review of the writings, notes, and sketches left behind in his vast collection of notebooks.  (

Martin, Jacqueline Briggs.  Snowflake Bentley.  A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.  (

Ray, Deborah Kogan.  Dinosaur mountain: digging into the Jurassic Age.  This is the story of Earl Douglass and his discovery of the first almost complete skeleton of an Apatosaurus, one of the largest dinosaurs ever to roam Earth.  (

Sis, Peter.  The tree of life:  a book depicting the life of Charles Darwin, naturalist, geologist & thinker.  Presents the life of the famous nineteenth-century naturalist using text from Darwin’s writings and detailed drawings by Sis.  (

Sis, Peter.  Starry messenger:  a book depicting the life of a famous scientist, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, physicist, Galileo Galilei.  Describes the life and work of the courageous man who changed the way people saw the galaxy, by offering objective evidence that the earth was not the fixed center of the universe.  (


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