Ready for a big list of dragon books for kids who love dragons? Here are my suggestions for what you should read . . . all the best picture books and favorite chapter books about dragons for ages 3 to 18.
Because dragons are so cool.
And probably real.
Don’t you think? (I know you agree . . . )
Notice the purple stars. These are the BEST of the BEST on this list.
Picture Books About Dragons
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
Guaranteed laughs when you read about these taco-loving dragons. Because when there are tacos, there is also salsa… spicy salsa. Watch out!
The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie dePaola
Once upon a time, there was a knight who had never fought a dragon; and a dragon who had never fought a night. They both do some research… What will they do when they finally meet? (Maybe open a restaurant?)
Dragon’s Extraordinary Egg by Debi Gliori
Bib’s mommy (a penguin) tells him a wonderful (true) bedtime story about a dragon who wanted an egg. One day that dragon found an egg that needed a mommy. The dragon mommy loved her new baby very much — even she was covered in feathers. And then one day, a volcano made that special penguin baby slide into the water where she discovered an egg of her own — Bib’s egg, a dragon egg. Sweet story redefining the definition of family.
There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight by Penny Parker Klostermann, illustrated by Ben Mantle
I don’t know why he swallowed a knight, “it isn’t polite” as the story goes in this silly twist on the familiar old lady and fly story. What else will this dragon swallow? You’ll love this hilarious cumulative dragon story with clever, colorful illustrations.
Ace Dragon Ltd. by Russel Hoban, illustrated by Quentin Blake
One ordinary day, John meets a dragon — apparently, a limited dragon who can do many things but not everything. They have a wonderful day — fighting and flying and turning straw into gold. When it’s dinnertime, John tells Ace that he’s not so limited, and we know this is the start of a wonderful friendship.
Me and My Dragon by David Biedrzycki
This little boy has a plan for his perfect pet dragon — he knows how to pick out the best dragon, what to feed him, and what to do if his dragon is naughty. ADORABLE.
Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library by Julie Gassman, illustrated by Andy Elkerton
The Forgetful Knight by Michelle Robinson and Fred Blunt
Kids will crack up as they try to guess what the Forgetful Knight tries to remember what he’s doing — oh, yeah, he’s seeking the dragon who swallowed his best friend. When he catches up with that mean dragon, the knight gives the dragon a good telling off for eating so many people’s pets. (That’ll teach him!)
The Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beauty and the Beast Tale by Laurence Yep, illustrated by Kam Mak (ages 4 – 8)
With similarities to the French Beauty and the Beast story, this a unique Chinese fairy tale about a brave daughter who tries to save her father from a dragon who is really a prince.
Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light
A fun-filled search for the boy’s lost dragon will keep you counting and exploring downtown and uptown. (Or is he really lost?) I love the fantastic black and white illustrations and a pop of color on each page.
Gondra’s Treasure by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhard
This dragon family shows that even with differences (one parent is from the East and one is from the West), they love each other and their greatest treasure is their child. Whimsical illustrations with plenty of clever details like the dragon’s stuffed cow. Both parents want Gondra to have their traits (magic vs. wings, scale color, fire vs. mist). Their discussions (read: mild bickering) introduces readers to the differences between eastern and western dragons.
How to Light Your Dragon by Fred Benaglia, illustrated by Didier Levy
Goofy directions explain to kids how to reignite your dragon’s missing flame. For example, maybe if you tickle your dragon, he will spark? Or maybe if you play cards, then cheat, you’ll make him angry, and he’ll explode? The narrator continues offering ideas but nothing works until you kiss your dragon on the nose. Because love is the answer. Bold, bright, crazy colors plus big typeface size make this sweet story visually appealing.
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Dragons in Books for Beginning Readers (ages 6 – 9)
Zoey and Sassasfras Dragons and Marshmallows series by Asia Citro, and illustrated by Marion Lindsay
It’s entertaining and well-written with the coolest mix of science and magic, a diverse main character, and fantastic illustrations. This series is perfect for independent reading or reading together. More info and a free download here.
Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Unicorn Training (book 2) by Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce
Even more fun than the first book, Pip must help neurotic Regent Maximus survive the unicorn competition at the Triple Trident, a magical creature fair and competition. Filled with fun facts about unusual creatures, her good friend, Tomas, and a mysterious unicorn tail chopper-offer, this is an entertaining page-turner.
Warren and Dragon: 100 Friends by Ariel Bernstein
Clearly, this kid has a big imagination because his best friend is a dragon who talks to Warren in real life. (Other people think the dragon is stuffed.) And their conversations are very funny! When Warren’s family moves, his twin sister makes friends easily which she rubs in Warren’s face. Warren struggles to make friends with anyone besides his dragon. Until he sees that he does have another friend — if only he can be open to the possibilities.
The Dragon’s Hoard Stories from the Viking Sagas by Lari Don, illustrated by Cate James
Although it looks like a picture book, this is more of a nonfiction book of stories and occasional pictures. They’re good stories and quite unique since most of us aren’t familiar with Norse legends. Each story is about four or five pages in length.
Dragons Beware! (The Chronicles of Claudette) by Jorge Aguirre, illustrated by Rafael Rosado (ages 7 – 10)
Claudette is one of my favorite graphic novel heroines (Rapunzel in Rapunzel’s Revenge still holds my #1 spot). Claudette is brave, smart, and kind — all the qualities you need in a hero! This is a must-read adventure with everything you need in a good narrative: an evil wizard, gargoyles, a dragon, a sword, a quest, and good friends!
Dragon Slayer’s Academy by Kate McMullan
Ferno the Fire Dragon (Beast Quest #1) by Adam Blade
This is a short, early chapter book about a young boy, Tom, who gets to go on a quest just like his father before him. Tom quest is to free the dragon from the enchanted collar which is making him destroy the kingdom. It’s a decent story –short, adventurous, and features a kid-hero. What could be better than that!?
The Dragonsitter by Josh Lacey illustrated by Garry Parsons (ages 6 – 8)
Written in increasingly funny (and alarming) letters we learn that Uncle Morton left his pet dragon for Edward and his mom and sister to watch — with no directions!! The dragon poops in their shoes, eats their pet bunny, and causes all kinds of destruction which all are the subjects of Edward’s letters to his nowhere-to-be-found uncle. Finally, Edward hears from his uncle who suggests feeding the dragon chocolate. Will Edward’s mom lose her mind? Will the chocolate work?
Dragonbreath #1 by Ursula Vernon
I love these books about Danny Dragonbreath who is a dragon without any fire or fear. It’s almost hard to remember he’s a dragon because he’s just a kid with school problems (like a research project) and many, many misadventures. It’s hilarious!
Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
This is a classic adventure/fantasy book of stories for beginning readers. The first story is about a boy (now a father retelling the stories to his son) who rescues a dragon held hostage on a wild island.
Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy #4: The Dragon Prophecy by Geronimo Stilton
It’s the last dragon egg EVER and Geronimo and his friends must protect it.
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville
This is a simple but charming story of a boy who is guided to a secret (disappearing) store to buy and care for a dragon egg. Jeremy and his friend care for the baby until it grows so big that it must cross to his homeworld.
Dragons in Books for Middle-Grade Readers (ages 8 – 12)
How To Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell
You’ve seen the movie but have you read these hilarious books? Hiccup picks out a scrawny baby dragon from the dragon nursery but not only is dragon not hero material, neither is Hiccup. Everything goes wrong — except when it doesn’t. Hiccup discovers that he might be braver than he thought.
Dragon Slippers trilogy by Jessica Day George
We LOVE this series — it’s a great choice for readers around grade four. Young and brave Creel wants nothing more than to own her own seamstress shop. In her pursuit of this dream, she encounters and befriends dragons which will change the course of her life. Especially because she’s given a pair of magical dragon slippers that can help her speak to and control her most esteemed dragon friend. While Creel uses the slippers responsibly, they’re stolen by someone who intends to force the dragons into war…Can Creel help her dragon friends from being controlled?
Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland series
My daughter LOVES this series. (I only liked it but I’ll admit to not being a huge fan of animal-only stories.) So the gist is that a group of dragonets leave their protectors’ safety and are captured by a vengeful faction of dragons. The dragonets might just be the long-awaited dragonets of the prophecy that will end the dragon wars for good. Or they might not. One thing’s for sure: when the dragonets are captured, things don’t look good for their survival.
The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
The Princess Who Flew with Dragons by Stephanie Burgis
Although this book is set in the world of The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart and its sequel, you can read this story independently. (And then you’ll want to read those two books if you haven’t, they’re really good!) Sofia is an impulsive, quick-tempered younger sister and princess, who hates being a princess; she would rather study philosophy. When her sister the crown princess makes Sofia take a diplomatic trip, it forces Sofia to see her own privilege, opening her eyes to new experiences and new friends. Then when her older sister and other royals are kidnapped by the ice giants, Sofia embarks on a quest to save her sister along with her dragon friend and a kobold not-really-friend. Not only is this a marvelous fantasy adventure story that I couldn’t put down but I really loved Sofia’s character and how much she grew up throughout the story.
Ember and the Ice Dragons by Heather Fawcett
Legends of the Sky by Liz Flanagan
If you like dragons and inspiring orphans who fight against evil — you’ll love this story about a girl who, after witnessing a murder, saves a sack of dragon eggs from a strange visitor to the island of Arcosi where dragons have been extinct for centuries. Unfortunately, she becomes embroiled in the political ambitions of a maniacal ruler who wants the hatchling dragons for himself. But it’s Milla and her friends who each bond a dragon, not the Duke. It becomes clear that the teenagers and their dragons are not safe — and if they want to see justice for all the people in Arcosi, they must fight back. A wonderful, dramatic story perfect for fantasy-loving readers.
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
We read this dragon book twice for a bedtime story in addition to the subsequent books in the series including the newly published FOURTH book, Talking To Dragons! This is about a strong female princess named Cimorene who doesn’t want to be a princess rescued and married off. So she leaves her home and apprentices herself to a dragon. For fun. No rescuing involved, thank you very much. Then she must help save her dragon from the evil wizards. We LOVE and highly recommend this dragon series.
The Hero and the Crown by Robin Mckinley (Newbery Winner)
Mckinley creates an epic, butt-kicking heroine that you can’t help but adore. The king’s daughter, Aerin, has never been accepted because of her foreign mother. Aerin sets out to not only help the kingdom but prove herself. With her knowledge of a salve that protects her skin and her horse’s skin, she fights and defeats her first dragons. But before she can achieve her true destiny, a handsome magician will help her learn enough to save the kingdom from invaders.
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
The other dragons won’t listen to Firedrake who knows that with the humans encroaching on their home, it’s time to find the oft-spoken of, some say the mythical home of the dragons. Firedrake embarks to find this land with a brownie named Sorrell and a human boy named Ben. The pacing of this book is a bit slow, and sometimes I wanted to skip ahead. But, I think most kids will enjoy the many challenges of the journey and the satisfactory ending.
The Language of Spells by Garret Weyr, illustrated by Katie Harnett
Dragon on Trial (The Menagerie #2) by Tui T. Sutherland and Kari Sutherland
This is a fantastic series and it is helpful to read the first book in the series before this book. The family who runs the menagerie knows that someone is out to frame their dragon, Scratch. But, how will they prove that Scratch didn’t eat the Goose That Laid the Golden Egg before the trial and possible death sentence?
Dragon of Avalon Book 6 (Merlin) by T.A. Barron
I loved all the young Merlin books and this continues the series with the only dragon on Avalon, Basil, who must find and help save Merlin’s life. This isn’t as compelling to me as the Merlin books perhaps because it lacks many characters and seems a bit predictable.
Dragon’s Milk (The Dragon Chronicles) by Susan Fletcherm
When her foster sister is deathly ill, Kaeldra discovers that she can talk to dragons. Soon she’s charged with protecting three orphaned baby dragons and delivering them to a safe haven for dragons. This is an enjoyable dragon story for middle-grade readers.
Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons by Dr. Ernest Drake, edited by Dugald A. Steer
Finally, a go-to guide about dragons! This tome shares the history of dragons and their many fascinating behaviors. My daughter has stocked up on dragon books to inform her fiction writing — it’s always a good thing to know about what you write.
Dragon Books for Teens & YA Readers
Dragon’s Keep by Janet Lee Carey
I read this forever ago and don’t remember all the details. However, I enjoyed it immensely. It’s about a princess who has a dragon claw instead of a finger which her mother says she’s supposed to hide. But when a dragon kidnaps her, she discovers she has dragon blood and is meant to fulfill a prophecy to bring peace to the humans and dragons.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
I loved, loved, loved this book and darn it if I didn’t find the second book a bit disappointing. 🙁 But, I still recommend reading this first story, if not the entire series. It’s about a girl named Seraphina who lives at court as a music teacher assistant and performer. She must hide that she’s part-dragon (scales and all) in a world that is mistrustful of dragons. Neither human nor dragon can be categorized into good or bad, both races do horrible things as well as show kindness to others. Beautifully written with evocative imagery, this is a wonderful story filled with mystery, danger, secrets, and friendship.
Aranya Shapeshifter Dragons Book 1 by Marc Secchia
Dragonsdawn Dragons of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
This book is next on my list of dragon epics. It’s science-fiction and fantasy since it takes place on another planet who need dragons to help them live.
Chased by Fire (Cloud Warrior Saga) by DK Holmberg
The first book, which I really loved, didn’t have a dragon in it but the cover has an image of a dragon on all the books so I think it’s one of the fire creatures that appear in this first book and more in the subsequent books. It’s about a world of magic, elemental magic in particular, where the border protecting the country from the evil isn’t working. It’s a great adventure and very interesting. (Free on Kindle Unlimited)