Dragons have always fascinated me and I think I probably encouraged my children to love the topic. There is just something so magical about the beasts and whether they were real, are real or just from stories. And boy are there are many stories about them from different cultures and times in histories that you can't but wonder! Within the first few months of the year I haev read books about dragons from Chinese Culture as we learn about the Chinese New Year, and then as we move into Spring and St George's day comes around I liked to read more books about knights and dragons so I've put together my favourite Dragon Books to read together with your Toddlers and Preschoolers.
Dragon Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers
I've tried to split this list up into different sections so that you can pick general dragon books as well as more specifically focused on different dragons that relate to celebrations and festivals in the year.
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Chinese Dragons Books for Chinese New Year
Dragons feature in Chinese Mythology and form part of the Chinese New Year celebrations and is one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac.
Using the Chinese Dragon as inspiration in Red is a Dragon is a great way to explore colours through dragons and the Chinese New Year and Chinese Culture.
Discover more Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers on the Chinese New Year.
St George and the Dragon
As I am English and our patron saint is St George I grew up listening to stories about St George and the Dragon every April. How he fought the dragon and won. With my children I wanted them to learn a little about the story as well before they started school so we picked up a couple of books to read together from the library to learn a little more of the story of St George and the Dragon.
Dragon and Knight Books for Reading Aloud
Dragons have a pretty bad reputation - they were generally the bad guys stealing the princess, terrorising the kingdom and burning their way through the lands. So they became quickly associated with knights of old that wearing their armor like St George above would fight the dragons and free the princess, rid the land of them and live happily ever after. Not all stories though are about the fierce dragons and this mix of tales and stories contains some shy, friendly and less than fierce dragons.
Fun Dragon Books to Read together
As well as the more traditional dragon books featured above for Chinese New Year, St George's Day and with those Knights there are lots of books that just have dragons because they are such a fun theme for toddlers and preschoolers. Check out our favourites below.
Dragons are fierce and dragons are angry, RIGHT! But in The Angry Dragon: Childrens book about a Dragon Who Learns How To be Patient the little friend of the dragon a boy teaches him that being angry isn't the way to go. This book is great to read together either for the theme of dragons or when talking about emotions and feelings with toddlers and preschoolers.