Our Favorite 42 Books to Read With Your Kids About Dragons

Updated Apr. 22, 2019

Dragons are magical creatures! These books are so fun to read and imagine all the the amazing things dragons might do. Enjoy the fun adventure that awaits as you soar through these great books!

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
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This book is AMAZING and turns the classic knight/dragon rivalry on its head for a refreshing fractured fairy tale. Cute illustrations, great rhyme scheme and an awesome message about challenging the status quo when it challenges what you believe to be right combine to make this truly excellent.

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!

A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans book
#2
A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans
Written by Joanne Ryder, Laurence Yep and illustrated by Mary Grandpre
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

"Crusty dragon Miss Drake has a new pet human, precocious Winnie. Oddly enough, Winnie seems to think Miss Drake is her pet-a ridiculous notion! Unknown to most of its inhabitants, the City by the Bay is home to many mysterious and fantastic creatures, hidden beneath the parks, among the clouds, and even in plain sight. And Winnie wants to draw every new creature she encounters- the good, the bad, and the ugly. But Winnie's sketchbook is not what it seems. Somehow, her sketchlings have been set loose on the city streets! It will take Winnie and Miss Drake's combined efforts to put an end to the mayhemabefore it's too late. This refreshing debut collaboration by Laurence Yep, a two-time Newbery Honor winner and a Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winner, and Joanne Ryder features illustrations by Mary GrandPrU. Praise for A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans *oWarm humor, magical mishaps, and the main characters' budding mutual respect and affection combine to give this opener for a planned series a special shine.o uBooklist, Starred oAternately comical, suspenseful and sometimes sweetly emotional.o uKirkus ReviewsoWith a black-and-wh

Duncan the Story Dragon book
#3
Duncan the Story Dragon
Written and illustrated by Amanda Driscoll
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from The Goodfather

Duncan the Story Dragon is such a clever story with fun illustrations. I love to see the illustrations that bring Duncan's imagination to life and help us join in his reading adventures. The concept of the book is so well thought out, and the ending ties it all together so perfectly!

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!

The Storybook Knight book
#4
The Storybook Knight
Written by Helen Docherty and illustrated by Thomas Docherty
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

Told in perfect rhyme and gorgeously illustrated, this is a fantastic book about a young knight who draws on street smarts, common courtesy, books and a little kindness to brave the monsters he encounters, rather than fighting. I really like that he goes about what his parents ask him to do (even though it's not to his taste!) with his own unique style and that his parents, in turn, are able to embrace his preferences as he demonstrates their true value. Books and reading can indeed be a powerful weapon and tool!

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
Thoughts from Grammy

This book is a fun twist on the classic princess tale. Princess Sue is feisty and spunky, so much more personality than your average princess. It turns out that being rescued and transported to a new castle doesn't quite fit Princess Sue's vision. She wants more, and figures out how to get it! Told in mostly consistent rhyme and meter with fun, colorful illustrations, this book will fast become a favorite.

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!

Dragons Love Tacos 2 book
#6
Dragons Love Tacos 2
Written by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

This is a cute story about dragons and their tacos. Pretty clever story that made my little one laugh.

When dragons run out of tacos, they travel back in time to get a fresh supply

The Complete Book of Dragons book
#7
The Complete Book of Dragons
Written by Cressida Cowell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I love how funny and entertaining this guide is. As it's not set up as an actual story, but more information about different dragons, this is a perfect, fun read to read a few a day or all at once! It's also super great quality. This book is a companion to the How To Train Your Dragon series, but it doesn't necessarily need to be read with them. If you have a hesitant reader, this book could be great, as it's full of illustrations and fun facts about dragons instead of being a normal chapter book with a text-filled story. If it's interesting to a hesitant reader, they might end up wanting to read the entire series!

This guide is a must-have for fans of the New York Times bestselling How to Train Your Dragon series that inspired the hit move and TV show. This gift book features all of the dragon species from the series plus brand-new ones created just for this book, with color illustrations of each and every one!

Puff, the Magic Dragon book
#8
Puff, the Magic Dragon
Written by Lenny Lipton, Peter Yarrow and illustrated by Eric Puybaret
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

My favorite part about this book are the illustrations! They do such a wonderful job of adding to the beautiful lyrics in this book. This is a sweet tale of friendship and imagination, and the illustrations really highlight that.

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

King Jack and the Dragon Board Book book
#9
King Jack and the Dragon Board Book
Written by Peter Bently and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Jack, Zack and Caspar build a castle fort, then spend a day fighting dragons and beasts, but at day's end giants carry away first Sir Zack, then Caspar, and only King Jack is left to face the night creatures alone.

Franklin's Flying Bookshop book
#10
Franklin's Flying Bookshop
Written by Jen Campbell and illustrated by Katie Harnett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A magical story about a little girl and a dragon who dream up a plan to share their love of books and stories

Dragon Was Terrible book
#11
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.

Dragons Get Colds Too book
#12
Dragons Get Colds Too
Written by Rebecca Roan and illustrated by Charles Santoso
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

I like that this story shows the young girl taking care of the dragon. It is fun to see how children interpret being sick and what is needed to get better. This story illustrates that well.

For fans of Dragons Love Tacos comes a fresh, funny story that deals with everyone's least favorite thing: a cold. Is your dragon sleepy? Does he have a runny nose? Does he keep sneezing fire? Unfortunately, it sounds like your dragon has a cold. But luckily, this guide will help anxious dragon owners through the challenges of caring for their sick dragon! Balancing tongue-in-cheek humor through Charles Santoso's illustrations with gentle reassurance, this story proves that laughter really is the best medicine and will appeal to anyone who has felt under the weather.

Dragons from Mars book
#13
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. . . .

Dragons Love Tacos book
#14
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.

Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library book
#15
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
#16
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!

Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner book
#17
Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner
Written by Julie Gassman and illustrated by Andy Elkerton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A child discovers that when dining out, you really should not bring your fire-breathing dragon--far better to practice his dining etiquette at home.

A Campfire Tale book
#18
A Campfire Tale
Written by Sarah Glenn Marsh and illustrated by Ana Gomez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"Ever been stuck with a friend who’s totally uncool—and worried that it will rub off on you? Welcome to Camp Wildwood! It’s Dragon’s first day, and his buddy would LIKE to show him a good time. But Dragon doesn’t seem to fit in with the boys and girls. He overturns the boat, ruins the puppet show, and even sets the tent on fire. Then, just as his buddy is about to give up, Dragon comes through in a pinch. This sweet, funny picture book teaches an important lesson about the true meaning of friendship—and in accepting the strengths and weaknesses of others."

The Dragon Riders book
#19
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
#20
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.

The Book of Dragons book
#21
The Book of Dragons
Written and illustrated by Stella Caldwell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

From the glittering peaks of frozen mountains to dripping caverns hidden deep underground, The Book of Dragons brings mighty and ancient dragons to life. Read exciting tales of legendary dragons, pore over detailed maps of mythical lands, explore a dragon's treasure hoard and marvel at lavish collections of dragon teeth, talons, scales and eggs. This richly illustrated book is a sumptuous treasury of a magical lost world and fulfils the desires of every young dragon enthusiast.

Dealing with Dragons book
#22
Dealing with Dragons
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-12

Princess Cimorene, the daughter of a very proper king, runs away to live with a very powerful dragon, Kazul. This new edition includes an introduction by the author and fantastic new packaging.

The Book Dragon book
#23
The Book Dragon
Written by Kell Andrews and illustrated by Éva Chatelain
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

The town of Lesser Scrump has a rule: no books allowed! And it's all because of a fearsome dragon, who comes in the night to steal every book and add it to her huge pile. Only Rosehilda says, "I'm not afraid!" and vows to challenge the creature who terrorizes her village. Will she be able to convince the dragon that books are for reading, not hoarding?

Good Night Baby Dragons book
#24
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.

Dragons Are Real! book
#25
Dragons Are Real!
Written and illustrated by Holly Hatam
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This Mythical Creatures board book offers babies and toddlers a glimpse into the colorful, whimsical world of dragons. Discover what makes them so magical! Moonlight and courage and sparks, oh my! That's what dragons are made of. Did you know that dragons don't just breathe fire...they sneeze it? Or that they love to barbecue--even their vegetables? Fantasy lovers will be tickled to learn all sorts of "facts" about these Mythical Creatures in Holly Hatam's (#1 New York Times bestselling illustrator) unique new series. Look for Unicorns are Real, too!

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