It’s starting to get really cold outside, so it’s time to talk about a subject to warm you up—dragons! Get your cocoa ready for these heart-warming stories.
Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el
Everybody knows your typical dragon breathes fire. But when Crispin tries to breathe fire on his seventh birthday, fire doesn’t come out – only whipped cream! Each time Crispin tries to breathe fire, he ends up with band-aids, marshmallows, teddy bears? When a family emergency breaks out, it takes a little dragon with not-so-typical abilities to save the day. With wry humor and whimsical illustrations, Not Your Typical Dragon is the perfect story for any child who can’t help feeling a little bit different.
The Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy
In The Library Dragon, Miss Lotta Scales is the thick-skinned library dragon with a burning love of books that jealously guards the library at Sunrise Elementary School. But when an unsuspecting child wanders into the library and begins to read aloud joyfully from a storybook, Miss Lotta Scales is transformed into Miss Lotty, a gentle school librarian.
There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon by Jack Kent
When Billy Bixbee finds a tiny dragon in his bedroom, his mom tells him, “There’s no such thing as a dragon!” This only makes the dragon get bigger. He grows, and grows, and grows, until he’s bigger than Billy’s house–and that’s just the beginning! Charming text and playful illustrations show that a little attention can make a big difference, no matter what size the problem.
The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle
This boy-wants-dog story with a twist is both snappy and endearing. The little boy’s mother won’t let him have a dog. Dogs are too messy and too loud. But she says he can have a dragon for a pet if he can find one. Enter the coolest but naughtiest pet ever. The dragon is messier and louder than any dog. And he will not leave. How will the boy ever get a dog now?
When a Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore
On a beautiful day at the beach, a young boy brings his bucket, shovel, and imagination, and builds a perfect sand castle. Right away, a dragon moves in. The boy decides to befriend his dragon and they spend time roaming the shore, flying a kite, braving the waves, defying bullies, and roasting marshmallows–all while Dad is busy sunbathing and Mom is engrossed in her book. Unfortunately, no one believes the boy when he tries to share the news of this magnificent creature. That’s when the mischief begins, and the dragon becomes a force to be reckoned with. While adults will recognize the naughty antics as a ploy for attention, children will dissolve into giggles as the dragon devours every last sandwich, blows bubbles in the lemonade, and leaves claw prints in the brownies.
The Dragonsitter by Josh Lacey
It had sounded so easy: Eddie was to look after Uncle Morton’s unusual pet for a week while he went on vacation. But soon the fridge is empty, the curtains are on fire, and the mailman is fleeing down the front path…The Dragonsitter is the first title in a new chapter book series, written completely in e-mails, that will have readers laughing out loud and begging for more!
Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon
Danny Dragonbreath is not the best student in school. He can’t breathe fire on command. But if you ever find yourself caught in the tentacles of a giant squid at the bottom of the ocean . .He is just the dragon to have in your corner.
Life-Size Dragons by John Grant
Written by Hugo Award-winner John Grant — Life-Size Dragons delves into mythology to reveal the natural history, evolution, anatomy, behavior, and every other aspect of a variety of dragon species. How clever are they, really? Do any still live in the modern world? Dragon-obsessed youngsters (and which one isn’t?) will want to look and learn.