Born to Be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World

by Lita Judge

Every dinosaur was once a baby, but each species had a slightly different path to adulthood. Maiasaura dinosaurs stayed in mud nests as hatchlings. Argentinosaurus dinosaurs were on their own when they were newly hatched, because they were so small that their herd would have trampled them. It's hard to believe that the tiny Argentinosaurus babies grew up to be some of the biggest creatures that ever lived. Further information about the dinosaurs featured in the book. Glossary. Bibliography. Author's note. Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781596434431

JLG Release: June 2010

JLG Member Price

Out of Stock

Science Nonfiction Elementary

Grades 2-6


14 books / $17.05 a book

  • Book Details




    Print Book




    Roaring Brook

    Page Count


    Trim Size

    9" x 9"

    Dewey Classification


    Accelerated Reader

    Level: 5.6, Points: 0.5

    Scholastic Reading Counts

    Level: 5.6, Points: 2


    Level: AD970L



    Author/Illustrator Biographies

    Lita Judge explains, "As a child, I was fortunate to have grandparents who were ornithologists (scientists who study birds), and I spent every summer helping them raise hawks, eagles, and owls. Because I knew birds evolved from dinosaurs, watching birds of prey made me imagine how baby dinosaurs might have behaved. I was interested in these birds, but fascinated with dinosaurs. When I turned fifteen, I wrote the Tyrell Museum of Paleontology in Alberta, Canada, and asked to volunteer on a dinosaur dig. Dr. Philip Currie, the curator of the museum, was kind enough to allow a teenager on his summer crew. I spent the next three summers digging up dinosaur bones, studying fossils, and expanding my imagination.

    "I graduated college with a degree in geology but eventually realized that what I loved most was drawing and writing about dinosaurs. This book fills a lifelong dream to investigate paleontologists ' understanding of baby dinosaurs and their parents. "

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