Fossil by Fossil

What dinosaur would you be if you had a bony ridge rising from the back of your skull and three horns poking up from the front?

Answer: a triceratops!

This picture book will keep you guessing as you find out how human skeletons are like—and unlike—those of dinosaurs!


There's a Book for That, "Cover Reveal: Fossil by Fossil: Comparing Dinosaur Bones."
Carrie Gelson shares the new cover art prior to the book's release and interviews author Sara Levine and illustrator T.S. Spookytooth.

What Others Are Saying…

"In this companion to Bone by Bone (2013) and Tooth by Tooth (2016), young children from diverse cultures walk through a museum and notice how dinosaurs had some of the same bones (now fossils) as humans do today. The real fun, however, comes from the dinosaurs' extra bones. With some of these extra bones attached to them, the children imagine, for instance, 'What if you had a bony ridge that rose up from the back of your skull and three horns poking up from the front?' Turning the page reveals they'd be a triceratops. Digitally enhanced acrylic artwork shows the full skeleton, while a brief description provides basic facts about the dinosaur. The long-necked, long-tailed diplodocus adds a dash of drama, requiring dual gatefolds to contain its length. In addition to the land-dwelling dinosaurs, flying and dolphin-like dinos are included. The book concludes with birds and a short discussion of this type of living dinosaur. A plethora of back matter, including dinosaur groups and a pronunciation guide, completes this engaging dino collection."

- Booklist

"Another 'humerus' study in comparative anatomy."

- Kirkus Reviews


  • Cook Prize finalist

  • Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List

  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year

Note: Sara’s acceptance speech starts around the one-hour mark and lasts for approximately 10 minutes.