It's Mary Pope Osborne's birthday!

Today (20 May) is author Mary Pope Osborne's birthday. Osborne is best-known for her Magic Tree House series which has been translated into more than 30 languages and has sold more than 130 million copies worldwide.

Originally planning to only write four books for the series, she received letters from teachers and students alike, asking for more. Osborne agreed and there are now 55 separate titles within the series.

The first book of the Magic Tree House series, Valley of the Dinosaurs, features on the Kumon Recommended Reading List.

To celebrate her birthday, we are going on a prehistoric adventure to explore some of our favourite dinosaur-themed books.

Valley of the Dinosaurs by Mary Pope Osborne
The first book in this much-loved series, introduces the reader to the central characters: Jack and Annie. On their first adventure they discover a tree house full of magic books and, using these books, they travel back 65 million years to the Cretaceous period where they meet a Pteranodon dinosaur that saves them from Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Dino-Dinners by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom
This rhyming book about dinnertime for dinosaurs teaches children about the eating habits of different dinosaurs, including what they ate, who they ate and how they ate! The book includes fun fact sheets for the reader as well, perfect for any young, budding palaeontologist!

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Adrian Reynolds and Ian Whybrow
First published in 1999, Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs is part of a series by author Adrian Reynolds. The series takes the reader on many adventures with Harry and his dinosaur friends. In this book, Harry finds some old toy dinosaurs in his granny's attic. When the dinosaurs get lost, the lost property man gets a big shock when Harry proves the dinosaurs are his by calling them over to him.

The Dinosaur's Packed Lunch by Nick Sharratt and Jacqueline Wilson
The Dinosaur's Packed Lunch takes us on a journey to a museum with the central character Dinah. Whilst on a school trip, Dinah realises she has forgotten to bring a packed lunch. However, after feeling a big hand tap her on the shoulder, Dinah gets to share a packed lunch with a dinosaur. Little does she know that she is in for another special surprise, when she drinks some dinosaur juice.

Books about dinosaurs provide a wonderful way for children and young people to learn about the prehistoric world. To celebrate Mary Pope Osborne's birthday, you could pick up a copy of Valley of the Dinosaurs and go on an adventure with Jack and Annie. Alternatively, you could dig out some dinosaur toys and go on a dino-adventure of your own, just beware of the Tyrannosaurus Rex!

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