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My Favourite Dragon Books

'Tell Me A Dragon' by Jackie Morris.


This might actually be one of my favourite books of all time.

Pictures and words to savour and read time and again.

If you love dragons - you will LOVE this. 

'Sylvia and Bird' by Catherine Rayner.


Another illustrator whose work I adore. I have all her books, but I do have a particular soft spot for Sylvia, a beautiful dragon who finds a friend.

'How To Train Your Dragon' by Cressida Cowell.

This series has been such a joy to share with my family. The stories and artwork have inspired many a creative afternoon. From drawing and painting, to building, to fan fiction, to endless games and role playing.  

And if you haven't heard David Tennant reading the audio books then you are in for a real treat!


Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan

This is a wonderful story filled with magic, adventure and characters both human and dragon who fly right off the page. A real treat for ages 9+

I only discovered this book recently but am very excited that there is going to be a second book out in May 2020.

'The Reluctant Dragon' by Kenneth Grahame

Like Tomas in 'The Boy Who Grew Dragons' I love that in this story the dragon is the 'goodie'.


Who couldn't fall in love with a poetry-loving dragon?

'The Emperor of Absurdia' by Chris Riddell.

Our house is FULL of Chris Riddell books - they are such a joy to read and share.

This gorgeous story of a little boy who tumbles out of bed into a strange and wonderful land is simply  enchanting.

'Dragonology' by Dugald Steer.

The Ology series is one my son pores over and this list would not be complete without the wonderful Dragonology. 

Jam packed full of information/stories/illustrations and surprises!

'That's Not My Dragon' Fiona Watt & Rachel Wells 

This series was another family favourite when my children were little and our absolute favourite was of course this one! 

'Ace Dragon Ltd' by Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake

Need I say more?

These two creating their customary brand of magic together.

Fabulous fun!

' Dragon Machine' by Helen Ward with illustrations by Wayne Anderson. 

A wonderful story of a lonely little boy who sees dragons everywhere. 

'The Lonely Sea Dragon' by Helen Dunmore and illustrated by Rebecca Cobb.

Another beautiful pairing of story and illustrations. 

Two children find a sea dragon lost in a cave 

'weeping blue and green sea dragon tears.'


and set out to help him. But it's not that easy to help a Sea Dragon.


Darwin's Dragons by Lindsay Galvin. I love this story. It's such a brilliant premise and the historical setting and wonderful writing sweeps you along. A shipwreck and an amazing discovery, what more could you want? A truly fantastic adventure.

Dragon artwork used on this site courtesy of Sara Ogilvie (illustrator) & Nick Stearn (cover design)

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