From earliest childhood, I have loved dragons, dragon stories, dragon songs, and dragon movies.
I'm not the only one! When I did a keyword search for "dragon" in the KCLS catalog, I got 4,032 results: a wild mixture of children's cartoons, blood-thirsty sword-and-sorcery fantasies, and myths from all over the world. Some are fabulous stories I would happily read over and over, and some are... not.
Here are some of my favorites.
I first encountered this children's picture book when a friendly salesperson at my local book shop dragged me over and read it aloud to me in the middle of the store. We laughed, we giggled, we loved the illustrations... and then we went out for lunch together, at the taco truck just down the road. Some books are like that.
First published in 1898, the gentle story of a peaceful draconic meetup with St. George the dragonslayer. Best read aloud, share it with someone you love.
Princess Cimerone is bored with life in the castle, so she runs away to take a job as a cook and housekeeper for dragons. Quick dialog and fun situations, and a sensible solution to the pesky wizard problem.
A young wizard in training makes a terrible mistake. This 50th-anniversary edition collects all the Earthsea stories into a single volume, lavishly illustrated by artist Charles Vess.
Lady Trent is a proper old woman now, but when she was young she had many exciting adventures seeking the science behind dragons. This series puts a fantastic spin on "STEM education."
I didn't expect to love this Disney movie. After all, the 1977 Disney movie of the same title featured a "dragon" who acted more like Dumbo the Elephant than a proper dragon. But this movie is glorious, adventurous, and delightful. And the dragon? He's awesome.
Want more draconic suggestions? I made a list of dragon books and movies.
Click "View Full List" (above) to see all 36 of my favorite dragon titles. Do you have some favorite dragon tales that I missed? Please add them in the comment box (below)!