Santiago is a dinosaurio fanatic about to start first grade, but he’s not happy at all. Being the new boy, in a new school, in a new country can be scary. When you add the fact that Santiago is Mexican AND he doesn’t speak English, a dinosaur-sized problem emerges.

It will take perseverance, creativity, and sharing his love for dinosaurios for Santiago to discover a way to belong and make new amigos.

About the Book

  • Title: Santiago’s Dinosaurios
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co.
  • Genre: Picture Book
  • ISBN-10: 0807572306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807572306
  • Reading Age: 4-8 years
  • Grade Level – Preschool -3

A Glimpse of the Book


With compassion and insight, Ríos Ramírez chronicles the anxieties that many children feel upon attending school in a new country.

- Kirkus Reviews

The strong narrative perfectly conveys Santiago´s anxiety, with his confidence building as he participates at school, surrounded by supportive teachers and kind classmates

- Booklist

2023 Best Books for Kids & Teens starred selection, The Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Published by Albert Whitman & Co. in October 2022.