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Top 10: Best Dragon Children’s Books (ages 2-16)

Best Books for Kids with Dragons

The Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors blog has a great post on dragons that preempted this post but I actually had been working on this for several weeks. There is something magical about dragons and I’m glad that some kids can keep the magic alive. I’ve gathered my favorite dragon books that range in age from picture books, early chapter books, chapter books, and young adult. What is your favorite dragon book? Please share!

p.s. A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone for their recommendations. I’ve added them to the list under Honorable Mentions plus added back any others from the two great lists. Please click on those lists too to read the excellent reviews. I think we’ve done it! A fairly complete list of great dragon books for all ages! Yay!

Honorable Mentions

The Spotty Banana has a great list of Dragon books here with  reviews. I’m adding the books on her list not already on mine. They are:

Backyard Dragon by Betsy Sterman

The Dragon of Og  by Rumer Godden

The Dragons are Singing Tonight - Dragon poems by Jack Prelutsky

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by  J.K. Rowling

Dragonology by Earnest Drake

These are the books on The Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors, Here There Be Dragons that aren’t on the list. Please click on that link to read the excellent reviews. (My favorite group blog in the world, too!).

Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine

Dealing With Dragons series by  Patricia C. Wrede

Dragon’s  Milk series by Susan Fletcher

GypsyHick asked for dragon books for a newly turned two-year-old, so I am adding two more.

That’s Not My Dragon – A Touchy Feely Usborne Book

My kids loved this board book series and I found a dragon one!

Funny Faces Dizzy Dragon by Rodger Priddy

This author is new to me. This is the blurb I found: In 2000, he created Priddy Books with John Sargent at St Martin’s Press to create innovative and imaginative titles for children, from first books for babies through early reference titles for older children. Since then, over 30 million copies of Roger’s 200 plus books have sold worldwide, with five of his books—My Big AnimalMy Big TruckHappy Baby WordsHappy Baby Colors and Puppy and Friends—each selling over one million copies. He is also the author of Big Board First 100 WordsBig Board Books ColorsABCNumbers; and Bright Baby Noisy Monsters. His creativity has been recognized with numerous industry awards. Priddy lives in London with his wife Zena and their four children.

Thank you to Dad friend Dan with The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien suggestion for older kids in the upper Middle Grade range.

Thank you to my fav librarian blogger, The Fourth Musketeer, for these two suggestions:

The Dragon series by Dav Pilkey

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville

Thank you to Choxbox for her great recommendations:

George and the Dragon series by Chris Wormell

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

Thank you to Annettek for the author Chris d’Lacey with several dragon series.  The Dragons of Wayward Crescent is an easy chapter book series.  I read one and I thought it was cute. I haven’t read the other series but it looks like Middle  Grade (grades 5-8).

Year of the Golden Dragon by B. L. Sauder

I found this on a great blog that I follow called PaperTigers. This is the review by Sara Hudson:

“The drums have stopped. What does it mean? Master Chen knows. The Black Dragon is angry.

Thousands of years ago a jealous wife of the Emperor of China broke a gift of jade from the powerful Black Dragon. In turn, the angry Black Dragon demanded that all descendents of the Emperor join together at capital’s river to return that gift of jade to him the next time the Year of the Golden Dragon met the millennium – two thousand years later. In this beautiful blend of ancient legend and modern-day metropolis, B.L. Sauder fashions a tale of fantasy, mystery, and family as Chen Hong Mei from China and brothers Ryan and Alexander Wong from Canada, all descendants of the emperor, face, and must fix, the consequences of this ancient legend.

Mysteries have long shaped Ryan, Alex and Hong Mei’s lives – mysteries that converge during the year the millennium meets the Year of the Golden Dragon. Where did Hong Mei’s father go, and why does her mother never speak of him? What really happened during the fire that killed Ryan and Alex’s parents? Why did all their parents so treasure the jade pieces each of them carries and why do so many people now seem determined to steal them? Fans of Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson” series and Blue Balliett’s mysteries will particularly enjoy the mixture of present and past, everyday existence and otherworldly life, and myth and adventure spiced by danger and family secrets.

Ancient magic blends into twenty-first century life as Ryan and Alex travel with their aunt and uncle from Canada to China to celebrate the New Year. But their trip takes an unexpected turn when they discover they must unite with fellow descendant Hong Mei to beat the clock – and ever-present enemies – to unravel and execute the ancient task given to them by the Black Dragon. Together the three find themselves caught up in a fantastical and fantastic series of events centered around three pendants of precious jade, a deadly enemy and a two-thousand-year-old mystery that will change all of their lives forever. Advance readers and reluctant readers alike will enjoy the quick pacing and blend of fantasy and reality in this tale of destiny and adventure.” [Young Adult, Ages 12-15]

 

Top 10: Best Dragon Children’s Books

10. Eragon series by Christopher Paolini

My husband is a big fan of this series which he enjoyed as an adult. It’s the Harry Potter of Dragon stories.

“Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire.” [young adult, ages 12 and up]

“An authentic work of great talent.”—The New York Times Book Review

9. Harry on the Rocks by Susan Meddaugh

An afternoon boating excursion goes terribly awry when Harry drops his oars and the tide takes him and his little yellow boat out to sea. A storm washes him ashore on an island with nothing but sand and rocks and one windblown tree. Hungry, Harry hopes to eat an egg he finds amid the rocks, but after warming in the sun, the egg doesn’t cook—it hatches!

So instead of dinner, Harry finds a friend. But just what is the little, quickly growing, colorful, winged, and lizardlike creature? Harry’s in for more than one surprise as he discovers the true nature of the bizzard’s identity and the friendship they share. [picture book, ages 4-9]

8. Dragon Slayers Academy series by Kate McMullan

This series is Harry Potter Lite, perfect for ages 7 and up. [beginning chapter book, ages 7-10]

7. BeastQuest series with these books with dragons by Adam Blade

Another easy chapter book fantasy series, but with more of a dark edge to it that require destroying a fearsome beast. These three books feature dragons, but there are monsters of every kind in the series. [easy chapter book, ages 7-10]

6. The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen

A gorgeously illustrated graphic novel about the Last Dragon on earth. Unfortunately, it’s a fearsome man eating beast that must be destroyed and it will take a real hero and a clever scheme to pull it off. It also has a great, strong female character. [graphic novel, ages 7-10]

5. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

I love this picture book about a feminist young princess who outwits the dragon and rescues the prince who turns out to be a jerk. It should be required reading for all little princesses!  [picture book, ages 4-10]

4. The Three Pigs by David Weisner

David Weisner is one of the most talented and imaginative picture book storyteller/illustrator ever! This is a twist on the story of the three pigs and won a Caldecott award. The dragon turns up as an ancillary character that falls out of another fairy tale, but I like this book so much, I included it. [picture book, ages 4-9]

3. Dragonbreath series by Ursula Vernon

My son bought this book at the school fair. It’s like Junie B. Jones meets Harry Potter but via an easy chapter book/graphic novel format. Pure magic and fun to boot! [chapter book/graphic novel hybrid, ages 7-10]

2. How to Tame Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell

To me, this is Dairy of a Wimpy Kid crossed with dragons. [easy chapter book, ages 7-10]

1. My Father’s Dragon series by Ruth Stiles Gannett

This is the grand daddy of all gentle, classic dragon books in which man and beast are misunderstood and ultimately get along. It’s the perfect book for 2nd graders! [easy chapter book, ages 7-10]

 To view any book more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

29 Comments

  1. Good list! My boy loves Dragon books and there are a couple here we haven’t seen. You should check out this series by Chris d’Lacey, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Dragon_Chronicles They are for this same age group and they’re really well done.

  2. Great list and just in time for gift giving season, thanks!

  3. choxbox

    Great list!

    DragonRider by Cornelia Funke is a hit in these parts.

  4. choxbox

    Oh and a delightful picture book – George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell.

  5. Great list. I also created a top to dragon book list, hand picked by my 8 year-old as his favorites. I’ll have him check out some of the books on this list since most of them are not on his! http://spottybanana.net/2011/09/12/young-dragon-lovers-reading-list/

  6. Gypsyhick

    Ages 2-16? None of these are for under age 4. I’m still looking for recommendations for a newly turned 2 year old!

    • Anyone have suggestions for dragon books for ages 2 or even younger? I’ll try to research as well!

      • To Gypsyhick,
        That’s Not My Dragon – an Usborne touchy feely board book would be my number one recommendation for 2 year olds. My kids loved this series and it’s very sweet. I found another board book, but I can’t say that I’ve ever read it. I’ll add both to the list.

  7. Dragon book for preschoolers (I don’t know about two, but a 2-year old might like it)–the Dragon series by Dav Pilkey. They’re really beginning readers, but they work well as read-alouds. Very gentle humor (not potty humor like Capn. Underpants).

    For middle grade I also love Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, by Bruce Coville.

  8. Dan

    For the upper range of that age group, you shouldn’t forget The Hobbit. Good for middle school and up.

  9. I agree–I love The Dragon series by Dav Pilkey!

    • To AsianMommy,
      Thank you so much! I don’t know what exactly it is about dragons, but I have a soft spot for them. By the way, I love your blog and I love that we find the same topics interesting on the Asian front! You are a kindred spirit!

  10. Vi

    Ms. Wrede’s Dealing with Dragons books are some of my favorite from childhood! They were one of the rare random-library-picks when I was running out of things to read and just grabbing anything off the shelf that looked interesting that really sucked me in. Also, I e-mailed her once about e-books for that series and she personally sent me a very quick and humorous reply. I like that in an author- accessibility!

  11. You should include “A Dragon Moves In” by Lisa Falkenstern. A great story!!!

  12. So many dragon books that I have never seen. Guess it has been a while since I investigated this topic. Some of these look really good!

  13. Can I add King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bentley to your great list? It was on the shortlist for the 2013 Kate Greenaway prize.
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  14. My 7 year old just finished How to speak Dragonese and really enjoyed it. The paper bag princess is always a hit with me.

  15. This is an update from an earlier comment I made–I\’ve updated it with a link that works ;)Great list. I also created a top to dragon book list, hand picked by my 8 year-old as his favorites. I’ll have him check out some of the books on this list since most of them are not on his! spottybanana.com/2011/09/12/young-dragon-lovers-reading-list/

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