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The Jim Henson Company and Random House Children’s Books are celebrating Dinosaur Train’s "Dinosaurs A-Z" programming special on PBS KIDS on July 8 and July 9. The "Dinosaurs A-Z" special is being aired as part of PBS KIDS’ summer learning initiative, which provides families with a variety of free and educational resources to encourage young learners to continue learning and exploring over summer vacation. Research shows that students experience significant learning loss when they do not participate in educational activities during the summer months, and that loss is even greater among children in low-income communities. This exciting initiative kicked off on June 3, and features 10-weeks of programming and partnership activities designed to inspire kids 2-8 to continue learning and exploring over summer vacation!If you have never checked out the show Dinosaur Train with your kids than you are definitely missing out! It is a cute show about some super adorable dinosaurs. A little T-Rex named Buddy and his Pteranodon family that adopted him take the train to have adventures! Also, beware the super catchy theme song as it has been known to get stuck in my head on more than one occasion!
The "Dinosaurs A-Z" programming special airing on July 8 and July 9 encourages kids to practice the alphabet while learning about the diversity of dinosaurs.
Airing on July 8 (Check your local TV listings for specific times)
Part One: Dinosaurs A to Z The Big Idea
Part Two: Spread the Word
Airing on July 9 (Check your local TV listings for specific times)
Part Three: Dinosaurs A to Z Classification
Part Four: Dinosaurs A to Z Picnic
These fun episodes begin aboard the Dinosaur Train where Tiny gets the idea to gather all the dinosaurs in the "Dinosaurs A to Z" song for a picnic at Troodon Town. The conductor agrees, and as the Train starts picking up dinosaurs, Tiny, Buddy, Shiny and Don, help keep track of how many of the different species have come on board. They learn about classification and organize the dinosaurs by their species, features, and size. When all 26 dinosaurs finally come on board, the Train has more extra cars than ever before and they need an additional engine to help pull it! Once they arrive at Troodon Town for the picnic, Tiny leads the 26 different "A to Z" dinosaurs in a fun, rousing, and historic singing of the "Dinosaurs A to Z" song!
Dinosaurs A to Z
by Andrea Posner-Sanchez
and illustrated by Terry Izumi
Meet 26 dinosaurs—one for each letter of the alphabet—in this Dinosaur Train™ alphabet book where Buddy, Mr. Conductor, and the other Dinosaur Train™ characters from the hit PBS KIDS animated series introduce dinosaurs from Apatosaurus to Zigongosaurus! Young paleontologists-in-training will love learning cool facts about 26 amazing dinosaurs.
I have always loved dinosaurs and I hope to pass on my love of dinosaurs to my 2 girls. Dinosaurs A to Z is an especially fun dinosaur book because the big board book style pages are nice and colorful and full of fun information but it also includes all our favorite Dinosaur Train characters! My favorite little factoid on each page would definitely have to be the map at the bottom that highlights the region that particular dinosaur has been thought to live. My 20 month old loves this as much as my 4 year old. A really awesome book!
You can enjoy the Dinosaurs A to Z theme song, with over 2 million views to date, here
And use the song sheet for some helpful dinosaur name pronunciation, available here
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