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Book of the Month: I’m A Dirty Dinosaur (Janeen Brian, Ann James, 2014)

Updated: 7 days ago

Do your kids love dinosaurs?  I have a nephew who has been obsessed with dinosaurs for years.  Many of the children I work with know more about dinosaurs than I ever will.   There is just something about dinosaurs that kids are drawn to.  This dinosaur book will not disappoint.  In the Book of the Month, I'm A Dirty Dinosaur, this dinosaur is just looking to have some fun by playing in the dirt and mud.  This book is great for modeling and teaching body parts, action words, describing words, using phrases and sentences, and even practicing sounds. 



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  • Vocabulary:  As we have discussed in previous weeks, vocabulary development is crucial in order to support a child’s development of understanding and use of language. I love to pull out a toy dinosaur and pretend to have the dinosaur put mud on himself.  I like to use play-doh as the mud.  You can also print a black and white picture of a dinosaur and put it in a protective sleeve.  I then use a dry erase brown marker to put mud and dirt on the dinosaur.   Let’s look at some of the vocabulary in this book:

    • Body Parts:  In this book, the dinosaur puts mud and dirt on different parts of his body.  You can practice labeling each body part telling where he put the mud and dirt.  Body parts in this book include:  “snout” (nose), “face”, “tum” (tummy), “feet”, “tail”, and “body”.

    • Adjectives or Describing Words:  I love to make comments on each page of this book to describe the dinosaur.  Describing words you can use include:  “yucky”, “nasty”, “gross”, “smelly”, “stinky”, “dirty”, “clean”, “funny”, and “happy”.

    • Verbs or Action Words:  The dinosaur doesn’t just like to put mud on himself, but he likes to play in the mud by doing different actions each time he gets more mud.  Action words you can model include:  “sniff and snuff”, “shake”, “splatter”, “tap”, “stamp” or “stomp”, “flick”, “slide”, and “wash”.  

  • Using Phrases and Sentences:  While developing language, children learn to put words together to express themselves more efficiently and in more detail.  Let’s look at some of the phrases and sentences we can model throughout this book:

    • Verb + “ing”:  “playing”, “shaking”, “washing”, “sniffing”, “stomping”, “sliding”.

    • Verb + Body Part:  “slide tail”, “wash face”, “stomp feet”

    • Adjective + Noun:  “dirty dino”, “dirty tummy”, “clean tail”, “yucky mud”.

  • Sound Production:  Children learn how to produce different sounds and sound combinations in order to express themselves more clearly and to be understood by others.  Let’s look at some sounds and sound combinations we can target throughout this book:

    • Initial /d/,  /t/, and /n/ (initial alveolar sounds):  These are sounds where the front tongue tip touches right behind the top front teeth.  Words in this book to target these sounds include:  “dirty”, “dirt”, “dino”, “no”, “turn” (turn the page), “toes”, “tail”, “tummy”, “nose”.

    • Variegated Syllables:  These are words or syllables that have different or varying consonant sounds.  Examples of these words in this book include:  “dirty”, “dino”, “yucky”, “muddy”, “tummy”.


I hope you enjoy reading about this muddy yet playful dinosaur this week with your child!  My desire is that these ideas will help support you and your child in their speech and language development while exploring a variety of books together.

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