A Comprehensive List of Children's Books Featuring Dragons:
I have been attending a lot of birthdays for 1-4 year olds lately. As a present, I try to give out books that have dragon in them to instill a love of dragons in a young age. This has led to the realization that I have been limited as to what I can find in bookstores. And whenever I ask employees for a recommendation, they only give me 1-2 books I already know. That is why I started to list: To help you, me, and the world to find children's books featuring dragons. Here is a list of some of the most popular dragon-focused children's books I found (in no particular order), along with videos of them so you can preview the story to determine whether to get it:
Puff the Magic Dragon: A classic that’s become as much a part of the childhood experience as Mother Goose and fairy tales. This is definitely the starting point for kids. The song is very catchy and it rhymes! Sing-Along video here.
Dragons Love Tacos: Kids absolutely love this book. And I can see why. Great illustrations and a hilarious story with simple wording = ideal for children. There is even a sequel, though it's basically the same story... with time travel. Get the original, and you will instantly become that child's favorite aunt/uncle. Video here.
The Paper Bag Princess: Not my favorite, but good for daughters. A dragon kidnaps a Prince and the Princess has to go save him, but things don't go quite as planned... The dragon illustrations are great and the story is decent. Hated the ending though. Bonus points for giving the prince a tennis racket to hold. Makes him look even preppier.
The Reluctant Dragon: Another beloved classic story, where a young boy befriends a poetry-loving dragon living in the Downs above his home. When the town-folk send for St. George to slay the dragon, the boy needs to come up with a clever plan to save his friend and convince the townsfolk to accept him. Coming soon to Drankgon Tales.
The Knight & the Dragon: I haven't read this one, but it sounds hilarious. A dragon learns about how to fight a knight from his ancestors, and a knight learns how to fight a dragon by going to the library. Definitely going to check it out. Here's a video of it. Looks like lots of illustrations and minimal story. Good for younger children. WAIT A MINUTE, there's a letter from the dragon to the knight signed DRAGON, ESQ. That's "Esquire," as in the dragon is an attorney. This book rocks. Get it now.
The Best Pet of All: Woah, this book sounds amazing. And there's even a video of Reese Witherspoon reading this book to kids! Never mind, ending was lame. Spoiler alert: Dogs over dragons? I don't think so, Tim. Great book for learning facts about dragons though.
There's No Such Thing as a Dragon: Some kid's mother won't admit that dragons are real until it's too late. Here is a video of the book being read. Not bad, and I liked the ending. But the story is a bit redundant. We get it: Dragons are hungry and can grow big. Tell us some more dragon facts please.
Hush, Little Dragon: Got this one for my friend's daughter and he said it was her favorite book. Adorable dragons search for a bedtime snack, in this heartfelt and funny debut picture book set to the tune of the beloved lullaby Hush, Little Baby. Here is a video of it being read.
Have You Seen My Dragon? In the heart of the city, among the taxis and towers, a small boy travels uptown and down, searching for his friend. Readers will certainly spot the glorious beast, plus an array of big-city icons they can count. Video here by the book's author, Steve Light. Bonus, it's also a counting book with lots of color.
Thanks for reading. Please let me know if I have left any books off the list that need to be included. I am always open to new dragon books!