Best Children's Books About Dragons

81 Children's Books About Dragons

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Dough Knights and Dragons book
#1
Dough Knights and Dragons
Written by Dee Leone and illustrated by George Ermos
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

In a mythical kingdom, a knight and a dragon cook up a delicious plan to save their friendship! In Dough Knights and Dragons, a curious knight and an amiable dragon meet serendipitously, and instantly bond over their shared love of baking. But the friends are filled with sadness when, according to the law, the two must duel one another. Can the unlikely pair find a way to evade the law, save their friendship, and spread good throughout the land? Kids will devour this scrumptiously clever tale!

Duncan the Story Dragon book
#2
Duncan the Story Dragon
Written and illustrated by Amanda Driscoll
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Duncan the Dragon loves to read. When he reads a story, his imagination catches fire! Unfortunately . . . so does his book. Fire breath is great for roasting marshmallows, but it’s not so great for reading. Duncan just wants to get to those two wonderful words, like the last sip of a chocolate milk shake: The End. Will he ever find out how the story ends? This bright, warm tale champions determination, friendship, and a love for books. And milk shakes!

Dragons Love Tacos book
#3
Dragons Love Tacos
Written by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You’re in red-hot trouble.

The Storybook Knight book
#4
The Storybook Knight
Written by Helen Docherty and illustrated by Thomas Docherty
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Even dragons love a good story... Leo was a gentle knight in thought and word and deed. While other knights liked fighting, Leo liked to sit and read... When Leo's mom and dad pack him off to fight a dragon, he takes a shield, a sword―and a pile of his favorite books. But can a story be as mighty as a sword?

The Worst Princess book
#5
The Worst Princess
Written by Anna Kemp and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie, Anna Kemp
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Bored of your run-of-the-mill princesses? Tired of traditional princess-finds-her-prince tale? Looking for a princess with a bit more bite? Then this is the book for you. Forget about pretty dresses, fairytale wedding and grand balls, Princess Sue is all about adventure, mischief and making unusual friends. She really is the worst princess!

Puff, the Magic Dragon book
#6
Puff, the Magic Dragon
Written by Lenny Lipton, Peter Yarrow and illustrated by Eric Puybaret
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-3

The adventures of a boy and his dragon friend are recounted in this classic song from the 1960s.

Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library book
#7
Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library
Written by Julie Gassman and illustrated by Andy Elkerton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A child brings a dragon to the library and learns a valuable lesson--libraries and dragons do not mix.

The Dragon Hunters book
#8
The Dragon Hunters
Written by James Russell and illustrated by Link Choi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Away across the oceans, where few have dared to roam, upon a wondrous island, a family made its home. Living on an island means life is full of adventure for brothers Flynn and Paddy. So when a dragon swoops out of the sky and nabs their beloved dog, Coco, Flynn and Paddy know it's up to them to bring her home. That night, they pack their bags, make some terrible sandwiches, and set off on an epic adventure... See the map in this book come alive!

Dragons from Mars book
#9
Dragons from Mars
Written by Deborah Aronson and illustrated by Collin Jack
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

For fans of Dragons Love Tacos comes a fun, silly picture book about some unexpected guests from space. There’s a boy named Nathaniel who loves dragons—a ton! So he sends them an email and says, just for fun,“Dear dragons from Mars, I think you’re the best! Would you like to see Earth and stay here as my guest?” Will the dragons receive it? Do you think they’ll reply? And what if the dragons decide to stop by. . . .

Dragon Was Terrible book
#10
Dragon Was Terrible
Written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

When a dragon has a temper tantrum, no one can tame him, except for a little boy with a good book.

The Dragon Riders book
#11
The Dragon Riders
Written by James Russell and illustrated by Link Choi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Don't miss Flynn and Paddy's latest adventures with their new pet dragon, and get in on the action with augmented reality! The boys were unaware(at least until quite recently),that dragons roamed across their landin startling quantities.Thanks to their last adventure,they'd got one for a pet.the trouble was they didn't knowquite what to feed him yet.Thanks to an unexpected adventure, brothers Flynn and Paddy have recently acquired a pet dragon. One day, their dragon, Elton John, takes them on an impromptu ride through the sky, right into the heart of a dragon gathering...

The Forgetful Knight book
#12
The Forgetful Knight
Written by Michelle Robinson and illustrated by Fred Blunt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This hilarious, Monty Python–style sendup of the classic knight-and-dragon story comes with jaunty rhymes and a fabulous twist ending Mischief! Mishaps! Dragons! Here’s the story of an intrepid knight, only our narrator can’t quite remember the details. Did that knight carry a sandwich, or a sword? Was he supposed to fight a cat, or a dragon? A hilarious and unpredictable adventure ensues, building through laugh-out-loud rhymes until, at last, the narrator remembers his own role at the center of all the marvelous madness. Fans of Jon Scieszka’s The Stinky Cheese Man, David Ezra Stein’s Interrupting Chicken, all of Patrick McDonnell’s and Mac Barnett’s picture books will love this zany read-aloud adventure.

Dragon's Green book
#13
Dragon's Green
Written and illustrated by Scarlett Thomas
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

"The first book in a middle grade series about three young heroes who go on a quest to save a collection of magical books from an evil villain who plans to dominate the world"--

Ella and Owen 9: Grumpy Goblins book
#14
Ella and Owen 9: Grumpy Goblins
Written by Jaden Kent and illustrated by Iryna Bodnaruk
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

In the ninth book in the Ella and Owen series, the dragon twins are captured by grumpy goblins! When Squeaky the gremlin runs off with Owen's favorite book, the dragon twins follow him right into a goblin village. All Owen wants is his book back, but the goblin leader Grom the Terrible wants something else: to battle Owen. Can Owen beat Grom the Terrible in a battle to win back his book and save Ella and Squeaky from the grumpy goblins?

Dragon Bonded book
#15
Dragon Bonded
Written by Kath Boyd Marsh
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

In this quirky adventure through various fantasy realms, dragon Hazel and her (former) best friend Gaelyn struggle to foil a villainous unicorn. Ever since her brother Cl'rnce and his wizard partner were crowned the Dr'gon Primus, Hazel has had her paws full dealing with all the work. Cl'rnce might wear the crown, but Hazel is the one cleaning up the messes her prankster brother leaves behind. To manage everything, Hazel relies on her own Wizard Partner, the unflappable Galeyn. When Cl'rnce is poisoned, it's Gaelyn that Hazel turns to for help. However, Gaelyn has been keeping secrets of her own--secrets she never intended to share, not even with a friend like Hazel. Gaelyn struggles to hide her true self, but is unable to lie when her secret is revealed. Now caught between their former friendship and their new distrust for one another, the two must work together if they are going to save Cl'rnce's life from a foe neither of them had expected.

The Dragonsitter Detective book
#16
The Dragonsitter Detective
Written by Josh Lacey and illustrated by Garry Parsons
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

In the eighth book of this hilarious epistolary chapter book series, Eddie turns private eye to solve a dragon dilemma. Eddie's mom is getting remarried, to Uncle Morton's neighbour Gordon. But then Uncole Morton's dragon Ziggy is stolen, and it's not long before baby Arthur is taken, too! Eddie must track the thief down, rescue the dragons... and try not to ruin the wedding! Another hilarious story in the high-flying Dragonsitter series

Dragon Healer book
#17
Dragon Healer
Written by Lucy Coats and illustrated by Brett Bean
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

When the god of war leaves his smelly, unhappy battle dragon with Demon, he must figure out a way to cure the beast without his magic medicine box.

Liza Jane & the Dragon book
#18
Liza Jane & the Dragon
Written by Laura Lippman and illustrated by Kate Samworth
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-8

Liza Jane believed she could find better parents. So she fired her mom and dad and hired the first applicant who came to the door—what could possibly go wrong? And at first everything was fun. The dragon did whatever Liza Jane wanted him to do. But it turned out the dragon had only one response to all problems—opening his mouth and belching fire. Suddenly, people were scared of Liza Jane. The pizza deliveryman didn’t want to come to her house. No one wanted to play with her. And all that fire was very bad for the furniture. Could Liza Jane have been wrong about what kind of qualities she wanted in a parent?

The Adventurer's Guide to Dragons (and Why They Keep Biting Me) book
#19
The Adventurer's Guide to Dragons (and Why They Keep Biting Me)
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Get ready for dragons, robots, and an even more dangerous quest in the sequel to The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes! Anne, Penelope, and Hiro have returned to Saint Lupin's Quest Academy for Consistently Dangerous and Absolutely Terrifying Adventures, where there's only one way to leave: pass or fail. At the annual Quest Academy awards, they're recognized for their success in their first outing-Best Illegal Quest That Nearly Destroyed the Entire World--but a strange boy steals Anne's gauntlet and activates a new quest that pits them against all of dragonkind. Their charge: kill the dragon queen. The problem is, Anne doesn't want to kill any dragons! But ignoring a quest can have horrible consequences, just as killing the dragon queen would start an all-out war between people and dragons. To avert disaster, Anne and her friends will have to dodge robot attacks, defeat new foes, and survive the dangerous dragon trials just for a chance to explain. With charming, funny text and lots of heart, The Adventurer's Guide to Dragons is the perfect read for anyone who likes fantasy with lots of laughter.

Dragon Quest book
#20
Dragon Quest
Written by Jackie French Koller and illustrated by Judith Mitchell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Darek and Zantor work together to stop the kidnapping of another baby dragon in this third book in the fantastical Dragonling chapter book series! Now that the villagers have finally accepted Darek’s dragonling, Zantor, they’ve all fallen in love with him. Especially Rowena, the spoiled daughter of the Chief Elder—so much so that she wants the dragonling for her very own. But Darek can’t give him up! He and Zantor are so close that he can almost get inside the little dragon’s mind. So the Chief Elder orders Darek’s father to find another dragonling. Even though a dragon mother will have to die—along with some villagers, too. Darek can’t let that happen. But how can he stop them…unless he joins the dragon quest?

Sam the Man & the Dragon Van Plan book
#21
Sam the Man & the Dragon Van Plan
Written by Frances O’Roark Dowell and illustrated by Amy June Bates
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

"When the family minivan needs replacing, Sam has the perfect plan to turn the new car into a monster minivan, complete with a dragon painted on it. But first, Sam has to convince his family why a monster minivan is the best choice--not to mention learn how to paint a dragon!"--

Good Night Baby Dragons book
#22
Good Night Baby Dragons
Written and illustrated by Mark Jasper, Adam Gamble
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Good Night Baby Dragons features mountain dragons, coastal dragons, underwater dragons, cave dragons, Chinese dragons, fire-breathing dragons, giant dragons, tiny dragons, chameleon dragons, hatchlings, family dragons, sleepy dragons, and more. Young readers will be dazzled by this fantasy board book as they explore the land of these mythical beasts and go an adventure of lifetime.

Ella and Owen 7: Twin Trouble book
#23
Ella and Owen 7: Twin Trouble
Written by Jaden Kent and illustrated by Iryna Bodnaruk
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

In the seventh book in the Ella and Owen series, the dragon twins meet unicorn twins who just cannot seem to get along. On their journey home, Ella and Owen come across unicorn twins who each believe they are better than their twin. The dragons are swept up in the unicorns' quibble, participating in crazy competitions to prove which twin is the best. Will Ella win and prove to her brother that she is the better twin? Can Owen show Ella that he is the best? And if they are so busy arguing with each other, will they ever be able to find their way home?

Sloppy Wants a Hug book
#24
Sloppy Wants a Hug
Written and illustrated by Sean Julian
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"Sloppy the tree dragon wants a hug, but Dewdrop the sprite isn't going to give him one, for a very good reason."--Provided by publisher.

Zeus and the Dreadful Dragon book
#25
Zeus and the Dreadful Dragon
Written by Tracey West and illustrated by Craig Phillips
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Zeus and his friends try to free Briar, Kottos, and Gyes from Tartarus so they can finally beat Cronus once and for all in this Heroes in Training adventure. The fourteen Olympians and Ron are headed toward Olympus. Ron is telling them the rumors that the Titans have all escaped Tartarus and are gearing up with Cronus for a final battle with the Olympians. When they reach the sea, Oceanus attacks them by surprise. They are almost washed away by a tidal wave when mysterious woman appears and saves them. It is Gaia, the wife of Uranus—and grandmother to Zeus and most of the Olympians. Gaia is on the side of the Olympians, partly because she believes that they will be better for the planet than Cronus, but also because she is angry with her son. He has imprisoned his three brothers: Briar, Kottos, and Gyes. She says if the Olympians free them from Tartarus, they will help the Olympians defeat Cronus. But can the three brothers be trusted? And can the Olympians defeat Cronus once and for all?

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