Best Kids Books About Dragons

Our Favorite 24 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!

Duncan the Story Dragon book
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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
#5
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

Franklin's Flying Bookshop book
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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
#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. . . .

Dragons Love Tacos book
#10
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
#11
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
#12
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!

The Dragon Riders book
#13
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
#14
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.

A Campfire Tale book
#15
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's Toothache book
#16
The Dragon's Toothache
Written by Annie Besant and illustrated by Rayika Sen, Annie Besant
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

What could be stranger than a dragon’s toothache? A motley crew comes to the rescue of a dragon in pain, but does it manage to help him? Annie Besant’s quirky text and Rayika Sen’s imaginative illustrations make this book a joy to read over and over again.

The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight book
#17
The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight
Written by Elli Woollard and illustrated by Benji Davies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A case of mistaken identity allows two sworn enemies—a young dragon and knight—to become friends. But what will they do when they discover the truth? A funny, rhyming read-aloud picture book illustrated by Benji Davies, of The Storm Whale. - GODWIN BOOKS -

Dragons: Father and Son book
#18
Dragons: Father and Son
Written by Alexandre Lacroix and illustrated by Ronan Badel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

To prove to his father that he is a real dragon, young Drake is sent to the local village to cause some mischief and start a fire. But Drake has only ever breathed fire to roast a tasty caterpillar. How will be burn down a whole house? Or a school? Or even an old wooden shack? Has Drake got what it takes to make his father proud? Dragons: Father and Son is a funny and moving story about the bonds between fathers and children, with a positive, peaceful message – and all the magic and mayhem you’d hope for in a tale about dragons.

Do Not Bring Your Dragon to Recess book
#19
Do Not Bring Your Dragon to Recess
Written by Julie Gassman and illustrated by Andy Elkerton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Told in rhyme, a child is cautioned about the problems his dragon is likely to cause at school recess, even if it does not mean to.

The Dragon's Hoard book
#20
The Dragon's Hoard
Written by Lari Don and illustrated by Cate James
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

Eleven amazing stories from the Viking Sagas, packed with warriors and battles, heroes and heroines, Berserkers, monsters and zombies. AND LOTS OF MAGIC. Stories include: The Dragon's Hoard * The Swan Warrior * The Berserker's Baby * Tusker versus the Earl * The Bear in Chains * The Raven Banner * The Boy in the Bones * Sailing to America * The Zombie on the Roof * Hunting Magnus * Odin's Riddles

The Night Dragon book
#21
The Night Dragon
Written and illustrated by Naomi Howarth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

“I wish I could fly, and breathe fire, and fill the sky with great grey, sooty clouds,” Maud said to her friend, Mouse. Maud is picked on by the other dragons, so stays cooped up in her cave, sad and lonely. But when the chance comes, will her friend Mouse help her pluck up the courage to fly? A beautiful picture book about individuality and friendship from Naomi Howarth, whose first book The Crow's Tale was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.

The Book Dragon book
#22
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?

This Book Is Not about Dragons book
#23
This Book Is Not about Dragons
Written by Shelley Moore Thomas and illustrated by Fred Koehler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Meet a mouse narrator who stubbornly insists that this book contains absolutely no dragons—not even a claw nor a flame nor any large, pointy scales. Readers will know better—and enjoy being in on the joke—as a flock of dragons chase the mouse to the very end of the book within the book. Suspense builds humorously as the energetic text insists there are no dragons in this book, leading to a clever, unexpected ending. Clever artwork by Fred Koehler provides fun scenes to linger on and details to discover over multiple readings.

The Book of Dragons book
#24
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.

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