This month, we have fairy tale fever. Between the recent release of Dragons Love Tacos 2, which we commemorated with a playroom inspired by the book, our favorite princess picture books, and next week’s storybook adventure location, we are going back to basics. Why do knights, princess, dragons, and castles inspire so much imagination? We aren’t sure, but we do know that our children are caught up in these types of fairy tales as much as we are. Dragons, in particular, seem to cross all age brackets and genders. We decided to compile the best dragon books for all ages to inspire the lords and ladies of your castle.
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0 to 2
A board book for your littlest dragon lover featuring colorful images, simple text and touchable spots on each page.
This adorable board book teaches little ones about the Chinese zodiac. Clunky manga images and a mirror at the end add fun.
3 to 7
Both the original story and the sequel feature taco eating dragons who can’t stand spicy salsa! The whimsical illustrations are childlike and the stories are just plain silly!
As humans, we sing Hush, Little Baby to our little ones. It only makes sense that a Dragon Mom would sing the same tune with a slightly different tale. Think about momma bringing knights, princesses, queens and the like.
This fantastically illustrated story tells the story of a terrible dragon, who is afraid of mice, and George, the mouse that just moved in next door.
When a dragon shows up in a young boys room, he tries to tell his family. The more they deny his story, the larger the dragon gets!
This is one of my favorite songs to sing to my kids. What I love about the book so much are the wonderful illustrations that leave the story with a positive feeling at the end.
Featured in our “not your average princess post“, this book proves that the princess can save the prince and still live happily ever after without him!
6 to 9
This is a wonderful series for the early reader. High-frequency words, great story, and bright colorful pictures fill these stories. See our previous post on this series.
This is the first book in a trilogy. It is a wonderful, magical book that is rich in plot and imagination. It says 6+ for age range, but my 3 and 5-year-olds enjoy listening to me read this tale to them at bedtime.
Another read-aloud for our bedtime repertoire, we love this entire series and have talked about it before. (Magic Treehouse Egypt). The author’s ability to weave a charming tale while teaching about history and legends, this time in the form of Camelot and King Arthur.
9 and Up
This cleverly made, complete guide to dragons includes anatomy lessons, legends, and colorful illustrations. Interactive elements like liftable flaps and pull out diagrams keep the story entertaining.
Hiccup, an unlikely hero, overcomes many obstacles in the harsh Viking landscape. These books are funny with cute illustrations that are bound to entertain even the pickiest of readers. They have been made into a popular animated movie as well.
Not much needs to be said about this book. This is my favorite book in the series and I have read it on more than one occasion. The dragon scenes are some of the best in the story.
12 and Up
An introduction to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit was the first fantasy book that I ever read. Smaug, a dragon, is the main antagonist in this story. This book opened up a whole new world and genre of book.
Eragon, a 15-year-old boy, believes that he is merely a farm boy until one day, he discovers that he is a dragon rider. This series is a world of dragons, magic, and power. Almost a “Dragon Masters” for the more mature reader, this series will take you into a world of fantasy you won’t forget.