Author: Susan Lendroth
Illustrator: Bob Kolar
Here We Go Digging for Dinosaur Bones by Susan Lendroth and illustrated by Bob Kolar is a book that can be sung or read with interactive motions. The pattern of the words can be sung to ‘Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush’. Additionally, there are hidden pictures for children to find throughout the book focused on Montana’s Hell Creek Formation, which is a well-known site for fossil digs.
While the words in the story describe what the children paleontologists are doing to find dinosaur bones, that is not the whole book. The authors also added facts on each page for educators and children to engage in discussions around discovering dinosaur bones. Scanning and diving into the pictures also shows that the illustrator focused on diversity and representation, specifically race and gender in the field of science. Finally, on the last few pages of the book factual information about dinosaurs is included. Overall, this is a book that can be for a variety of ages in early childhood, from the singing and motions, to facts that are added, and finally to the intentional representation of the characters in the book.
Reviewed By: Anni Reinking