Discover a Prehistoric World @ Your Library

It's time to pre-register online for the Texas Summer Reading program Starting this Friday, June 3rd, you can start reading and loging your books.

Children of all ages (infants - 12 years old) will have the opportunity to earn a free book for their personal collection! To earn your book you will need you read or listen to 10 books, or 500 pages or 500 minutes. I know that for a lot of you, those numbers can be somewhat intimidating.  So, I wanted to suggest a few things before you get started to help you achieve your goal.  

• When you register for our club, you will need to choose either how many books you read or the pages/minutes you read. If you are older and have been reading for some time, you may want to challenge yourself by choosing to log your items by the pages or minutes you read. Otherwise, I would highly suggest recording the number of books you have read or have listened to.

• A lot of people think that the book has to be borrowed from the library.  It does not. You can count any book.

• Listening to any book also counts.  So, if you come to storytime or your family reads bedtime books, these items can be counted towards your goal. Audio books also count.  So, if you are planning a summer road trip, you may want to consider listening to a book instead of music. 

• We do not have a reading list for you to follow.  In fact, we want you to pick out books that look fun to you.  It could be a graphic novel, it could be an audio book, it could be a non-fiction book, it could be a series book, etc...  This is summer and it's time to have fun choosing out items that you want to read.

• My final bit of advice, is it that supplies for award books are limited.  Therefore, you will want to turn in your book log as soon as you complete 10 books, 500 minutes, or 500 pages. This will offer you the best selection of books for your prize.  

Below is a list of items that readers may enjoy.  I will be creating an additional booklist for younger children at a later date.  Enjoy!

Prehistoric Books for Readers

The Great Whale of Kansas by Richard W. Jennings.

While digging a hole in his back yard, an eleven-year-old Kansas boy finds the fossilized remains of a gigantic prehistoric animal, a discovery that brings both fame and controversy.

Dinosaur Habitat by Helen V. Griffith

 What if you suddenly found yourself in a misty world of colossal reptiles, giant insects, and a smoking volcano? Ryan wants to stay forever, but Nathan would go home now if he could only figure out how. In the meantime some of the dinosaurs have plans of their own for the two brothers, and that volcano is beginning to bubble. Here is an enchanting chapter book that will take young readers on the primeval adventure of a lifetime!

Dinosaur Hunt: Texas, 115 Million Years Ago by Karen Carr.

 On a muddy riverbank, a hungry dinosaur stalks her prey. From her hiding place in the nearby trees, she spies a giant, four-legged plant eater. At the right moment, she leaps from the trees and lunges at the slower dinosaur, tearing at its flanks with teeth and sharp claws.

11,000 Years Lost by Peni R. Griffin

What does it mean if you die before you were born? An eleven-year-old Texan girl finds out what it was like to live in the Ice Age in this action-packed time-travel adventure. As Esther participates in an archaeological dig in Texas, she is accidentally transported back in time. Living among the Clovis, the mammoth hunters, she learns of a very different childhood in which play is practice for survival and humans are prey for megafauna, scimitar cats, giant bears, and others. Will she ever get back to her own time? 

Life with Mammoth by Ian Fraser 

Cavemen Ogg and Bob search for their "pet" mammoth, Mug, to give him a bath, then try to figure out which of them is Mug's best friend.

Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst 

Lulu's parents refuse to give in when she demands a brontosaurus for her birthday and so she sets out to find her own, but while the brontosaurus she finally meets approves of pets, he does not intend to be Lulu's. Judith Viorst and Lane Smith team up to create an irresistibly fresh and funny story with an ending that will surprise you again, and again.

My Teacher is a Dinosaur: and Other Prehistoric Poems, Jokes, Riddles, and Amazing Facts by Loreen Leedy

An entertaining introduction to life on earth from amoebas to dinosaurs and small mammals.


Dinosaurs Life Size by Darren Naish

Accurate illustrations of dinosaurs plus facts and figures that describe the dinosaurs in detail.