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Dragons

The Dragon’s Scales by Sarah Albee

JE Albee — Grades 1-3

When a dragon threatens to disrupt the life of the townspeople, a little girl challenges the scaly creature to a math contest involving knowledge of weight.

The Discovery of Dragons by Graeme Base

J Fiction Base — Grades 3-8

This collection of “rare historical documents” (chiefly letters and dispatches) written by three intrepid adventurers (a Viking explorer, a Chinese female traveling merchant, and a Prussian explorer/cartographer), describes the famous dragons they discovered.

 

Matthew’s Dragon by Susan Cooper

JPB Cooper — Grades K-2

The dragon in Matthew’s picture book comes to life and takes him for an amazing nocturnal ride.

 

The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie dePaola

JPB dePaola — Grades K-3

A knight who has never fought a dragon and an equally inexperienced dragon prepare to meet each other in battle.

 

The Dragonology Handbook: A Practical Course in Dragons by Ernest Drake

J398.469 Drake — Grades 3-8

How many classic riddles do you know that could help you survive a dragon encounter? Whatdragon species attacks its victims with a "frosty blast" instead of a jet of flame? Which historical questions should you ask a dragon to determine its age? Can you write your name using only dragon runes? Learn the answers as Dr. Drake guides you through twenty-one lessons that promise to make you an undisputed expert in Dragonology!

If I Had a Dragon by Tom and Amanda Ellery

JPB Ellery — Grades K-2

Tired of playing with his little brother, a boy imagines having a dragon for a playmate instead.

 

My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
J Moving Up Gannett — Grades 1-3

First in a trilogy

A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river on Wild Island.

 

Behold – the Dragons! by Gail Gibbons

J398.469 Gibbons — Grades K-4

Explains how myths about dragons developed, different types of dragons, what dragonologists do, and how different cultures portray dragons.

The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame

J Moving Up Grahame — Grades 1-5

In the illustrated, abridged version of the original, the boy who finds the dragon in the cave knows it is a kindly, harmless one, but how can he convince the frightened villagers, and especially St. George the dragon killer, that there is no need to be concerned?

 

Serious Trouble by Arthur Howard

JPB Howard — Grades K-2

Despite the objections of his very serious parents, Prince Ernst longs to become a jester, and this helps him in an encounter with a three-headed dragon.

 

The Dragonling by Jackie French Koller

J Moving Up Koller — Grades 2-4

Dragonling series

Finding a baby dragon accidently left alive after his older brother’s dragon quest, Darek risks death and the anger of his people in trying to return it to the Valley of the Dragons.

 

Who Wants a Dragon? by James Mayhew

JPB Mayhew — Grades Preschool-1

A baby dragon looking for someone to cuddle him finally encounters his mother.

 

Dragons by Lucille Recht Penner

J398.2454 Penner — Grades 3-5

Relates myths about dragons from different countries, including where they live, what they eat, and how they look, as well as how the myths may have developed.

Lily Quench and the Dragon of Ashby by Natalie Jane Prior

Children’s Paperbacks “L” — Grades 3-6

Lily Quench series

Lily Quench, the last of a family of dragon slayers, befriends the dragon she is sent to kill and together they join forces against an evil tyrant.

 

The Reluctant Dragon retold by Robert San Souci

JPB San Souci — Grades 3-5

In this retelling of the classic tale, the boy who finds the dragon in the cave knows it is a kindly, harmless one, but how can he convince the frightened villagers and, especially, St. George the dragon killer that there is no cause for concern?

 

The Popcorn Dragon by Jane Thayer

JPB Thayer — Grades Preschool-2

Though his hot breath is the envy of all the other animals, a young dragon learns that showing off does not make friends.

 

A Practical Guide to Dragons by Lisa Trutkoff Trumbauer

J398.2454 Trumbauer — Grades 3-7

A young nephew relates to his aunt all that he has learned from his wizard instructor concerning dragons.

 

The Loathsome Dragon by David Wiesner

J398.2 Wiesner — Grades K-3

A wicked queen casts a spell over her beautiful stepdaughter, turning her into a loathsome dragon until such time as her wandering brother shall return and kiss her three times.

 

Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like by Jay Williams

JPB Williams — Grades K-2

Because of the road sweeper's belief in him, a dragon saves the city of Wu from the Wild Horsemen of the north.

Beware The Dragons! by Sarah Wilson

JPB Wilson — Grades Preschool-2

A little girl sets sail across the bay and discovers that the dragons there, about which her mother has warned her, only want to play.

 

Merlin and the Dragons by Jane Yolen

J Fiction Yolen — Grades 3-5

When young Arthur is troubled by dreams, Merlin tells him a story about a fatherless boy who himself dreamed about dragons and the defeat of the evil king Vortigern.

 

Fairies

Fairyopolis: A Flower Fairies Journal by Cicely Mary Barker

J133.14 Barker — Grades 3-8

Do you believe in fairies? Protected and hidden by a society of Fairy lovers for over 80 years the secret fairy journal of Cicely Mary Barker is available for the first time ever to the public. Learn what really happened during that magical summer of 1920 when Cicely Mary Barker discovered the secret world of the Flower Fairies.

 

A Child’s Book of Faeries by Tanya Robyn Batt

J398.21 Batt — Grades 2-5

A bewitching collection of stories and poems of faerie lore from Great Britain and Ireland are influenced by writers and artists from the Victorian era.

 

Fairie-ality: The Fashion Collection from the House of Ellwand by Eugenie Bird

J398.45 Fairie-ality — Grades 3-8

Experience an unforgettable adventure in fashion design as the Ellwand line combines sheer artistry with unparalleled standards of workmanship to offer you fairie garments of tasteful originality.

 

A Tiny Family by Norman Bridwell

JE Bridwell — Grades Preschool-1

A tiny girl and her tiny brother embark on a perilous journey into the house of a giant to retrieve their grandfather’s umbrella.

 

Fairies, Trolls, and Goblins Galore: Poems About Fantastic Creatures compiled by Dilys Evans

J811.00803 Fairies — Grades 1-4

A collection of poems by a variety of authors includes information about all types of fairy folk including trolls, gnomes, ogres, pixies, and many others.

 

Good Night, Fairies by Kathleen Hague

JPB Hague — Grades Preschool-2

At bedtime, a mother tells her curious child about the things that fairies do, like hang the stars in the evening sky and care for the toys that children have lost.

 

The Book of Fairy Poetry selected and illustrated by Michael Hague

J821.00803 Book — Grades K-5

Poets from Shakespeare to Walter de la Mare to Jack Prelutsky have written about fairy folk. Sometimes they can be benefactors and helpers; often times, tricksters; but always, creatures of sublime beauty and wonder.

 

Fairy Boat by Tracy Kane

JPB Kane Grades Preschool-2

Join Chelsea as she launches Fairy Boat, a loving creation by Chelsea, Gram, and Grandpa. A goose chases the boat into the big river. With the fairies help, maybe they will see the Fairy Boat again.

 

Fairy Flight by Tracy Kane

JPB Kane Grades Preschool-2

Kinsey and her cousin Sarah, spend summers creating fairy houses, fairy boats, and fairy dances.

 

Fairy Houses by Tracy Kane

JPB Kane Grades Preschool-2

Join Kristen as she vacations on a small island off the coast of Maine with her parents. Kristen builds a “fairy house” in the woods and day by day adds new things to make it special. Kristen becomes the heroine of her own story while she develops a new awareness and respect for nature.

 

Fairy Houses…Everywhere! by Barry & Tracy Kane

J398.4 Kane — Grades K-3

Discover how fairy houses can be built everywhere, as revealed throughout this magical photographic journey.

 

Lily’s Pesky Plant by Kirsten Larsen

Children’s Paperbacks “D” — Grades 2-3

Disney Fairies series

Lily, a garden-talent fairy, finds an unusual seed in the forest, plants it in her garden, and hopes that she will not be forced to uproot the plant it produces.

 

Fairy Island by Laura and Cameron Martin

J398.45 Martin — Grades K-3

Take a tour through five tiny, perfect fairy homes, cleverly camouflaged, fully furnished, and delicately decorated.

 

Ruby the Red Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Children’s Paperbacks “R” — Grades 1-3

Rainbow Magic series

Rainbow fairies Rachel and Kirsty must find the other Rainbow fairies in order to prevent Fairyland from losing its colors and turning gray forever.

 

The Charm Bracelet by Emily Rodda

J Fiction Rodda — Grades 1-5

Fairy Realm series

When Jessie searches for her ill grandmother's missing charm bracelet, she is led to a magical world and finds she has a reason and right to be there.

 

Alice the Fairy by David Shannon

JPB Shannon — Grades K-1

Alice, who claims to be a Temporary Fairy, still has a lot to learn, such as how to make her clothes put themselves away in the closet.

 

The Enchanted Tapestry: a Chinese Folktale by Robert San Souci

J398.21 San Souci — Grades 1-3

With the aid of a sorceress, young Li Ju seeks his mother’s precious handmade tapestry held by the fairies of Sun Mountain.

 

Fritz and the Mess Fairy by Rosemary Wells

JPB Wells — Grades K-1

Fritz, a master at creating terrible messes, meets his match when his science project goes wrong and the Mess Fairy emerges.

 

Witches & Wizards

The Dragon of Doom by Bruce Coville

J Moving Up Coville Grades 1-3

Moongobble and Me series

Life in the village of Pigbone is boring until an aspiring magician and his talking toad come to town and ask Edward to help them slay the Dragon of Doom.

 

Tilly Witch by Don Freeman

JPB Freeman Grades K-2

Tilly Witch forgot how to be mean and had to return to finishing school for witches to re-learn the trickery of the trade.

 

The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches by Alice Low

JE Low Grades 1-3

A little witch finds a way to out-witch her two bossy sisters.

 

A Very Brave Witch by Alison McGhee

JPB McGhee Grades K-3

A young witch describes what she does on Halloween, her favorite holiday.

 

Winnie the Witch by Korky Paul and Valerie Thomas

JPB Paul Grades K-2

Because Winnie the Witch lives in a house where everything is black, she cannot see her black cat -- until she comes up with a brilliant and colorful idea.

 

Wizard and Wart by Janice Lee Smith

JE Smith Grades K-2

When Wizard and his dog Wart advertise their magic business, they have some problems with several lovesick customers.

 

Mythical Creatures

 

The Dragon and the Unicorn by Lynn Cherry

J Moving Up Cherry Grades 2-4

Valerio the dragon and Allegra the unicorn are driven into hiding when humans begin to destroy the natural beauty of their land, but they receive hope when they befriend the daughter of the man responsible.

 

The Rainbow Goblins by Ul De Rico

JPB De Rico — Grades Preschool-2

After seven goblins try to steal it, the Rainbow is careful never again to touch the earth.

 

Sarah’s Unicorn by Bruce and Katherine Coville

JE Coville Grades K-3

Although she tries to keep her friendship with Oakhorn a secret, Sarah's wicked aunt finds out and is determined to rob the unicorn of his magic.

 

Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black

J Fiction DiTerlizzi Grades 3-6

This field guide purports to be a copy of Arthur Spiderwick’s sketches and investigations into the beings and beasties of the Invisible World – the brownies, boggarts, kelpies, and other creatures that populate the stories.

 

The Unicorn and the Lake by Marianna Mayer

JPB MayerGrades 2-4

When a serpent poisons the lake where all the animals drink, only the unicorn has the power to save them.

 

Unicorns by Lucille Recht Penner

J398.2454 — Grades 2-4

This small book introduces legends, myths, and stories about unicorns.

 

The Book of Beasts by Edith Nesbit

JPB Nesbit Grades K-4

As young King Lionel turns the pages of his magical book, a hungry red dragon and other creatures in the illustrations come to life.

 

Castles, Princesses & Knights

 

Castle Under Attack by Nicole Baxter

JE Baxter Grades K-2

As King Leo is hosting a huge feast at the Lego castle, the outlaw Cedric launches an attack and takes Princess Storm hostage.

 

Princess: The Essential Guide by Naia Bray-Moffatt

J745.1 Bray-Moffatt Grades Preschool-3

A guide to Disney's princesses, including each one's hobbies, personality, friends, enemies, and special moments from her story.

 

Princess for a Day by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

JE Cocca-Leffler Grades K-2

Jessie becomes a princess complete with a ball gown, a crown, royal jewels, and loyal subjects to come to the royal ball.

 

The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke

JPB Funke Grades Preschool-2

Violetta is a small and spirited young princess who wants to be a knight so she dresses as a boy and practices for the big day to prove herself.

 

The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King Arthur by Margaret Hodges

J398.22 Hodges Grades 3-8

In this retelling of an Arthurian legend, Sir Gareth becomes a knight and rescues the lady imprisoned by the fearsome Red Knight of the Red Plain.

Horace the Horrible: A Knight Meets His Match by Jackie French Koller

JPB Koller — Grades Preschool-3

The fearsome knight Horace tries to prove to his niece that he is as good as his brother, the King, while all she really wants is someone to help her stop missing her father.

 

The Knight Who Took All Day by James Mayhew

JPB Mayhew — Grades K-2

A pompous knight who sets out to impress a princess by fighting a dragon is foiled by the fact that he can't find one.

 

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

JPB Munsch — Grades Preschool-3

Princess Elizabeth, robbed of her beautiful clothes and her fiancé by a fierce dragon, dons a paper bag and marches off to rescue her prince, only to realize he is not worthy of her efforts.

 

Sir Small and the Dragonfly by Jane O’Connor

JE O’Connor — Grades K-2

When a dragonfly swoops over the town of Pee Wee and carries Lady Teena away, brave Sir Small rides off on his trusty ant, vowing to rescue her.

 

Christmas in Camelot by Mary Pope Osborne

J Moving Up Osborne — Grades 1-3

Magic Tree House series

On Christmas Eve, Jack and Annie's tree house transports them to King Arthur's castle at Camelot, where they undertake a quest to the castle of the Otherworld.

 

Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve by Mary Pope Osborne

J Moving Up Osborne — Grades 1-3

Magic Tree House series

In their magic tree house, Jack and Annie are again transported to King Arthur’s realm, where invisible beings, giant ravens, and mistaken magic spells have a duke’s castle in an uproar on Halloween night.

 

The Knight at Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne

J Moving Up Osborne — Grades 1-3

Magic Tree House series

Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie use the magic tree house to travel back to the Middle Ages, where they explore a castle and are helped by a mysterious knight.

 

Knights and Castles by Will Osborne and Mary Pope Osborne

J940.1 Osborne — Grades 1-3

Magic Tree House Research Guide series

This book explores what life was really like in medieval times.

 

King Arthur’s Courage by Stephanie Spinner

J Moving Up Spinner Grades 2-4

King Arthur tells the Knights of the Round Table a tale of his capture and his betrayal by his half-sister, Morgan Le Fay.

 

Get Well, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas

JE Thomas Grades K-3 — Audiobook available

Second in a series

 

The knight finds his three little dragon friends suffering with terrible colds and the noble fellow sets off to seek a healing potion.

 

Good Night, Good Knight by Shelly Moore Thomas

JE Thomas Grades K-3

First in a series

A Good Knight helps three little dragons who are having trouble getting to sleep.

 

Do Knights Take Naps? by Kathy Tucker

JPB Tucker Grades K-2

Rhyming text explores what it means to be a knight, what he wears, and what he does for fun.

 

Sleeping Ugly by Jane Yolen

JE Yolen Grades K-2

When beautiful Princess Miserella, Plain Jane, and a fairy fall under a sleeping spell, a prince undoes the spell in a surprising way.

 

Paperback Series

Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne — Grades 1-3

Disney Fairies by various authors — Grades — 2-4

Dragon Slayers’ Academy by Kate McMullan Grades 2-4

Lily Quench by Natalie Jane Prior — Grades 3-6

Rainbow Magic by Daisy Meadows — Grades 1-3

Secrets of Droon by Tony Abbott — Grades 1-3

Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka — Grades 3-5

The Unicorn’s Secret by Kathleen Duey — Grades 2-4