30 Picture Books Featuring Dragons For Children

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If you have a dragon-loving child like ours, here is a list of some of our favorite picture books featuring dragons!

20 Dragon Fiction Books

1. Kitty and Dragon by Meika Hashimoto

This adorable book features three stories involving a cat and its friend, a dragon! - two of our child's favorite animals! 

It's recommended for ages 4 to 8.

2. Once Upon a Dragon Fire by Beatrice Blue

This is a lovely story about two children who are raised being told dragons are horrible, but when they meet one, they learn that none of the stories are true! A great book to teach kids not to judge a book by its cover, or in this case, maybe not trust everything you hear.

It's recommended for ages 4 to 8. 

3. Good Dream Dragon by Jacky Davis

This book is wonderful for kids who may be afraid to sleep alone at night. I love that it takes what is thought to be a scary creature, a dragon, and turns them into a good, kind creature that helps kids have good dreams.

It's recommended for ages 3 to 7.

3. The Truth About Dragons by Julie Leung

Being half-Chinese and half-White, I really enjoyed this book as it's also about a biracial child who finds a way to embrace both worlds and their stories about dragons.

4. Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon by Kat Zhang

This is a cute story about a girl who has a class project to make a dragon, but she makes a Chinese dragon while all her classmates make European dragons. They tell her that hers isn't a dragon, which sends her on a path of self-discovery to discover her dragon and teach her friends about her culture.

This one is recommended for ages 4 to 8.

5. Little Red Riding Hood and the Dragon by Ying Chang

This is a fun twist on the classic story and it's told by the wolf to the three little pigs. Instead of a big bad wolf,  it's a dragon!

Another one is recommended for ages 4 to 8.

6. My Big Dumb Invisible Dragon by Angie Lucas 

When our child picked this up from the library, we had no idea that it was a story about grief. Our child loves it for the dragon, but it does have a wonderful message about how we never truly know what might be going on with someone else. The perfect book for teaching empathy.

It's recommended for ages 4 to 8.

7. Duncan The Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll

In this cute tale, Duncan loves to read, but when it gets excited, he can't help but set the pages aflame, so he goes in search of someone to read to him. But who would want to read to a fire-breathing dragon? The answer may surprise you!  

This one is recommended for ages 3 to 7.

8. Dragon Noodle Party by Ying Chang 

A fun twist to the classic Chinese Zodiac tale! All the zodiac animals are gathering together to have a delicious feast. There's even a Dragon Beard Noodle recipe included in the book, which we tried and it was tasty. 

It's recommended for ages 4 to 7.

9. Nian, The Chinese New Year Dragon by Virginia Loh-Hagan & Timothy Banks

I shared this book already in my list of Lunar New Year books, which you can find here, but since it features a dragon and is one of our child's favorite tales, I have included it here too. Nian is a fun retelling of why the Lunar New Year is celebrated.

This one is recommended for older children, ages 7 to 8.

10. How to Catch a Dragon by Adam Wallace

This is another book that was featured in my Lunar New Year books, but sharing it here again as it features a dragon. The story is not directly about the Lunar New Year but features many scenes of the celebration. However, its primary story is about a group of kids trying to catch a dragon. Will they succeed? 

It's recommended for ages 4 to 8.

11. Eric Carle's Dragons Dragons & Other Creatures That Never Were by Eric Carle

This is a fun collection of poems for kids and features other beasts besides dragons. While it was not that appealing to us, our child loved it. Eric Carle always has beautiful illustrations that captivate kids even if the writing isn't that great. However, it's still a fun book and a great way to introduce poetry to kids. 

It's recommended for ages 6 to 9.

12. The Water Dragon: A Chinese Legend by Jian Li 

A wonderful retelling of a Chinese folktale about a boy who goes on a mission to make it rain to save his village. He wants to find the water dragon, but what he discovers is not at all what one expects!

It's recommended for ages 4 to 8. 

13. Being Friends With Dragons by Katherine Locke

I love the inclusiveness in this book and my dragon-loving child loved the dragons. It's a great story about how being friends with dragons can be difficult at times, but also worth it. A great story for kids who may be sharing similar struggles with friends at school. 

The book is recommended for ages 4 to 8.

14. There's a Dragon In Your Book by Tom Fletcher

This is a fun interactive read for little ones! A great book to get your kids laughing and using their imagination. 

It's recommended for ages 0 to 8.

15. Ten Minutes To Bed Little Dragon by Rhiannon Fielding

A fun book for younger children about a little dragon getting ready for bed. It's a great bedtime read! 

This adorable book is recommended for ages 3 to 6. 

16. Dare To Care: Pet Dragon by Sally Symes

A fun fiction pet guide to taking care of a dragon. Perfect for any dragon-loving child who dreams of having a pet dragon. 

Pet Dragon is recommended for ages  6 to 9.

17. Our Dragon by Mem Fox

This is a fun story about two parents taking care of a newborn, except their baby is a dragon! 

This one is suggested for younger kids ages 3 to 5.

18. Tale of Two Dragons by Geraldine McCaughrean

In this tale, two kingdoms are fighting and they decide to settle matters by having dragons battle, but in the end, the dragons end up teaching them an important lesson.

A Tale of Two Dragons is recommended for ages 8 to 9. 

19. Dragon Night by J. R. Krause

A little boy is scared of the night, but a dragon comes to the rescue and shows him it's not so scary. This is a great book for any little one struggling with bedtime fears. 

It's suggested for ages 3 to 7. 

20. Dragon To The Rescue - By Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious and her friends go camping and want to make smores, but they need a fire, who better to help them than a dragon. 

This I Can Read! book is recommended for ages 4 to 8.

10 Nonfiction Dragon Books

1. Dragons of Norse Mythology by Amy C. Rea

This is a great book for older kids interested in the myths behind dragons. 

It's recommended for kids in grades 2 to 5.

2. Dragons of Chinese Mythology by Samantha Bell

Another great book for older kids interested in the myths surrounding dragons. 

It's recommended for grades 2 to 5.

3. A First Look at Dragons by Emma Carlson-Berne

A great nonfiction book that explores dragons for younger kids. 

It's recommended for ages 4 to 7 but leans more toward the 4 as it was a bit short for our 7-year-old.

4. Dragons by Grace Hanson

My daughter got this from our library and loved it. It's a great introduction to dragons for little kids, but it appears to be hard to find online, so I recommended checking your local library. 

I would say this one is better for little kids as it's quite short.

5. Dragons: Magic, Myth, and Mystery by Virginia Loh-Hagan Edd 

This book is geared toward older kids and tells myths and legends of various dragons. 

It's suggested for ages 9 to 13.

6. Dragons: Fearsome Monsters From Myth and Fiction by Gerrie McCall

We found this book at a thrift sale and apparently, it is very hard to find now, but it's so detailed! It has various dragons from different cultures and describes them all in great detail. 

It's suggested for ages 2 to 6, but personally, some of the descriptions are a bit terrifying, so I would actually recommend it for older kids as it frightened our 6-year-old dragon-loving child, or perhaps don't read this one before bed.

7. Dragons (Behind The Legend) by Erin Peabody

This is a great book for kids interested in dragons and their origins. It features different dragons worldwide and discusses how the creature became popular in various cultures.

It's recommended for older kids ages 8 to 10.

8. Beastly Monsters From Dragons to Griffins by Katie Marsico 

Another great nonfiction book that features facts about dragons, as well as griffins. 

It's best suited for ages 7 to 11. 

9. Dragon World by Tamara Macfarlane

Dragon World features dragons from around the world and at the back of the book, kids even have the opportunity to create their own dragon. 

It's a great book for older children and recommended for ages 8 to 12.

10. Beasts of the Ancient World by Marchella Ward

This beautifully illustrated book contains myths of beasts around the world, including dragons! It's perfect for older kids. 

Beasts of the Ancient World is recommended for ages 7 to 11.