Spring is a great time to explore the world of Dinosaurs. At this point the novelty of snow has worn off (at least for most adults) and we look for pretend and exotic worlds to take us away to another time and place. Dinosaurs do this with very little effort.
“When Dinosaurs came with Everything” by Elise Broach is a fantasy tale of a boys day of doing errands with his mother, where instead of stickers or lollipops as a treat, he acquires a dinosaur at each stop. What a wonderful way to spark children’s imagination and knowledge at the same time. If you are looking for more great books on Paleontology try “Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones” by Byron Barton. I love the drawing of The Museum of Natural History, to which they send the bones they have unearthed.
And if you’ re up for a bigger adventure, The American Museum of Natural History http://www.amnh.org/ has a wonderful permanent exhibit of dinosaurs. The Ornithischian Hall includes the Triceratops, Stegosaurus and the Duck-Billed Dinosaurs. The Saurischian Hall is home to Tyrannosaurus Rex, The Apatosaurus and many more. This museum is worth the trip, whether you visit it virtually or in reality.