A Rawr-Some Valentine’s Day

by Megan Ciskowski, Associate Publicist

The winter holidays have come to a close, but that doesn’t mean more aren’t on the way. Lerner has come prepared to give young readers a dino-mite Valentine’s Day with the newest title of the Dino-Holidays series. Read on to find out what our favorite dinosaurs are up to now and discover the wide variety of dino books available in new formats!

With just a little over a month left before Valentine’s Day, cards, boxes, and candy will be on every young reader’s mind. The dinos return in Dino-Valentine’s Day to deliver everything expected as well as a special surprise.

Cheery rhyming text from Lisa Wheeler and delightfully goofy illustrations from Barry Gott invite readers to celebrate Valentine’s Day in true dino style! Raptor and Leso decorate card boxes at school, the Ptero twins shop for the perfect box of chocolates, and Maia has crushes on . . . everyone! There’s something for everyone to enjoy in this humorous and heartwarming look at the sweetest holiday of the year.

Praise for Dino-Valentine’s Day

“A sprightly Valentine romp to fill out holiday collections.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A roarsome addition to your Valentine and ‘Dino-Holiday’ collection.”—School Library Journal

The Creators

Lisa Wheeler and Barry Gott have been an unstoppable pair since the first Dino book released in 2007. Learn more about both author and illustrator below.

Lisa Wheeler

Lisa Wheeler began writing for children professionally in 1995 when she sold her first story to Humpty Dumpty magazine. Over fourteen years and over twenty-five books later, Lisa is living her dream. “I love the world of children’s books,” she says. “I love everything about it, even the smell!” Lisa has won several awards in the course of her career, including the Texas Bluebonnet award, the Michigan Mitten Award, the Missouri Building Blocks award, and the 2008 Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor. Lisa currently lives in Michigan.

Barry Gott

Barry Gott wrote and illustrated humorous greeting cards at American Greetings for several years, before leaving in 2002 to illustrate children’s books full-time from his attic studio in Cleveland, Ohio. His books include the Dino-Sports series by Lisa Wheeler and Holler Loudly by Cynthia Leitich Smith. He has begun venturing back into the outside world to visit schools and libraries. Barry has 1 wife, 2 kids, and 3 pets. His hobbies are eating potatoes and wasting time on the internet

More Books with Your Favorite Dinosaurs


Dinosaurs face off in prehistoric sports competitions—from baseball to wrestling and every sport in between! Will the plant-eaters become the champions? Or will the meat-eaters be victorious? Fast-paced, rhyming commentary and exuberant illustrations put readers right in the action. Sure to thrill dinosaur lovers and sports fans alike!

Books included in the series:

  • Dino-Baseball
  • Dino-Basketball
  • Dino-Boarding
  • Dino-Dancing
  • Dino-Football
  • Dino-Hockey
  • Dino-Racing
  • Dino-Soccer
  • Dino-Swimming
  • Dino-Wrestling


Dinosaurs big and small gather to decorate, eat, and even compete in party festivities like only prehistoric carnivores and herbivores would. Lisa Wheeler and Barry Gott—creators of the enormously popular Dino-Sports picture books—team up to create celebrations of epic proportions!

Books included in the series:

  • Dino-Christmas
  • Dino-Easter
  • Dino-Halloween
  • Dino-Thanksgiving
  • Dino-Valentine’s Day

Dino Board Books

There’s tons of dino-fun for everyone in this high-energy board book series. Dinosaurs face off on the field, battle on the court, and rally in the rink, then gather together to celebrate their favorite holidays!

Books included in the series:

  • My First Dino-Baseball
  • My First Dino-Basketball
  • My First Dino-Football
  • My First Dino-Hockey
  • My First Dino-Racing
  • My First Dino-Soccer
  • My First Dino-Wrestling

Read more spotlights on the Lerner blog here!

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