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Check It Out: Embrace your Jurassic side

By Jan Johnston
Published: November 18, 2023, 6:03am

If you think November is all about turkeys, get ready for a prehistoric blast from the past because November is also all about dinosaurs. Wondering what in the wide, wide, world of reptiles I’m talking about? Well, get ready to share that Thanksgiving dinner with Tyrannosaurus Rex and all of his pals because this is Dinovember — RAWR!

I wish I had invented the term Dinovember because I love fun word play. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be, so the best I can do to celebrate Dinovember is to offer a dinosaur-themed reading list for kids and adults. After all, who doesn’t love a good pre-Neanderthal read?

Embrace your Jurassic side by checking out books and DVDs with a decidedly primeval vibe. Dino-mite!


  • “Alaskan Dinosaurs: National Geographic” (DVD) directed by Oscar Chan.
  • “How Fast Did T. Rex Run? : Unsolved Questions from the Frontiers of Dinosaur Science” by David Hone.
  • “The Last Days of the Dinosaurs: An Asteroid, Extinction, and the Beginning of Our World” by Riley Black.


  • “Big Words for Little Paleontologists: The Dino Dictionary Every Little Explorer Needs” written by Lisa Gerry, illustrated by Franco Tempesta.
  • “Dinosaur World: Over 1,200 Amazing Dinosaurs, Famous Fossils, and the Latest Discoveries from the Prehistoric Era” written by Evan Johnson-Ransom, illustrated by Julius Csotonyi.
  • “How to Survive in the Age of Dinosaurs: A Handy Guide to Dodging Deadly Predators, Riding Out Mega-Monsoons, and Escaping Other Perils of the Prehistoric” by Stephanie Warren Drimmer.