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Cool Dragon Picture Books for Beginning Readers

In honor of my award-winning picture book, Dragons are Real, I\’m sharing a few of my favorite dragon-y reads from our favorite dragon-themed library shelf.

You may not know this but Dragons love to read and are actually book hoarders. So if you’re missing a book, there’s a good chance a dragon took it!


I should know because I’ve had my very own dragon friend since I was 7. Look for a sneak peek at the end of this post. It’s a surprise and you won’t be disappointed. I promise!

Dragon Books for Beginning Readers

Dragons Are Real by Valarie Budayr, illustrated by Michael Welpley

Are you ready to meet a REAL Dragon?

What if I told you that all of the fairy tales, myths, and legends that have been told about dragons over the years are WRONG? What if I told you that Dragons are indeed REAL and that they are different than you’ve ever imagined? Did you know that Dragons are the master of disguises?

Dragons Are Real\

Did you know that they love sugar and sweets (at unacceptable levels) and will do anything for treats? As readers turn the pages of this amusing read, they will learn the REAL truth about a dragon. They will discover that the fiercest of beasts in known history can actually make the best of friends. It’s a lesson in finding companionship in the most unusual of places.

Dragonbreath #1 by Ursula Vernon

Danny Dragonbreath can’t breathe fire, but he has no fear. And that comes in handy when a bad grade at school inspires him to enlist his sea-serpent cousin\’s help with a research project. Using a hybrid of comic-book panels and text, Ursula Vernon introduces an irresistible set of characters that will have readers laughing until smoke comes out of their noses!

The Rain Dragon Rescue (The Imaginary Veterinary) by Suzanne Selfors; illustrated by Dan Santat

Someone or something is stealing from the peaceful residents of Buttonville. But is the thief from the real world…or the imaginary one? Ben and Pearl are about to find out. When they report for duty at Dr. Woo’s, Mr. Tabby hands them a bucket and a shovel — for the collection and proper disposal of dragon droppings — and directs the apprentices to the hospital’s roof. Soon, they come face-to-snout with the dragon that lives there and finds a pile of proof that he is the thief.

Before Ben and Pearl can persuade the dragon to stop stealing, an emergency call comes in from the Imaginary World. The rain dragon has been injured! But with Dr. Woo out of town and Mr. Tabby busy with percolating pixies, time is running out.

Will Ben and Pearl finally get a chance to travel to the Imaginary World? Even if it means breaking Dr. Woo’s rules? Even if it means they might never come back?

Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy #4: The Dragon Prophecy by Geronimo Stilton

The last existing dragon egg had been stolen from Sterling. If that egg was destroyed, dragons would become extinct forever! I couldn’t let that happen. So he set out across enchanted lands to find the egg and restore peace to the Kingdom of Fantasy.

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville

Sixth-grader Jeremy Thatcher discovers a strange magic shop he has never seen before. He enters, and his life is changed forever. Buying what he thinks is a marble, he discovers he has really purchased a dragon’s egg.

Great Dragon Series for Beginning Readers

These great reads are CLASSICS by Ruth Stiles Gannett Kahn.


This next series are easily read and are very cute but they lack a bit of action for my taste. I put them here simply because they are well done and kids really seem to love them and that’s the important thing.


The Dragon Slayer’s Academy by Kate McMullan is an extremely fun journey into the world of Dragon Slayers. It’s sure to amuse and delight the earliest of readers.


Dragon Masters Series by Tracey West

The DRAGON MASTERS series is “How to Train Your Dragon” meets the DRAGON SLAYERS’ ACADEMY!

DRAGON MASTERS has it all! Dragons, a Dragon Stone, a king, a wizard, and magic! In the first book in this fully-illustrated series, 8-year old Drake is snatched up by King Roland’s soldier and taken to the castle. He is to be trained as a Dragon Master. At the castle, he is joined by three other young Dragon Masters-in-training: Ana, Rori, and Bo. The Dragon Masters must learn how to connect with and train their dragons–and they must also uncover their dragons’ special powers. Does Drake have what it takes to be a Dragon Master? What is his dragon’s special power?



Let\’s snuggle in and READ!


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