Few iconic creatures stir up thoughts of fantasy worlds as well as dragons. Its hard to pick a favorite from this list. Fans of Erin Hunter’s animal series should feel right at home with the Wings of Fire series. Reluctant readers who need a good dose of absurd humor can’t go wrong with How to Train Your Dragon. Those who like tales of wisdom will find a winner with Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. Enjoy!
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
When a city rat shows up to warn Firedrake, a silver dragon, that humans are encroaching, the elder dragon advises him to find the elusive Rim of Heaven in the Himalayan mountains where other dragons are hiding. Nettlebrand, the golden dragon, destroyer of silver dragons, soon finds out and sends his homunculus to spy. They travel a great a distance, all the while being chased by angry Nettlebrand and his entourage.
Wings of Fire by Tui Suterland
In this dragon world, there are different “races.” They are competitive and always at war. There is a prophecy that says 5 chosen dragonets (dragon children) will end the war. The prophecy dragonets have been raised in a cave by surrogates on behalf of the Talons of Peace. When they overhear a conversation about the intention to kill one of dragonets, Clay and Tsunami decide to escape. They are captured and forced to entertain the queen of the Skywings in gladiator-like matches pitting race against race.
Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull
Kendra and Seth have been asked to be co-caretakers of Wyrmroost, the Dragon Sanctuary, along with Celebrant the Dragon King. Celebrant longs for dragons to be free once again, and he is secretly hopeful that he will be able to outsmart the kids and bring down Wyrmroost. He seriously underestimates their abilities. With advice from the fair folk, the Somber Knight and the outcast dragon, they locate the missing scepter that will keep Celebrant’s power at bay.
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is heir to the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans. As a rite of passage, he and a group of boys must capture a dragon and pass the Dragon Initiation Program. Hiccup isn’t strong like his dad, and he’s prone to bullying. When a group of dragons threaten the Tribe, it’s up to Hiccup and his dragon to prove he’s worthy of being the heir.
No Such Thing as Dragons by Phillip Reeve
Brock is a dragon slayer in need of an assistant. Ansel is a mute boy with a father eager to get rid of him. Brock knows his job is a scam since there’s no such thing as dragons. However, on this quest, things are different. They come face to face with a dragon, but as always with legends, the proof escapes.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Minli lives in a village at the base of Fruitless Mountain. She and her parents work all day in the fields, but their fortune never changes. Taking the advice of a goldfish that is supposed to bring good fortune, Minli travels to the Never-Ending Mountain to seek the advice of the Old Man in the Moon. Along the way she encounters a dragon who can’t fly. Together they journey on, meeting people and creatures who pass on wisdom through stories.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Gandalf seeks the help of Bilbo Baggins and his band of dwarves to steal back the treasure hoarded by the dragon Smaug. The journey is dangerous as they are chased by goblins, spiders and wood-elves. With the aid of an invisibility ring, Bilbo sneaks into the dragon’s lair and steals a cup, unleashing the dragon’s fury. A weakness in his armor leads to his demise, but all is not settled when a war breaks out over the treasure.
The Unwanteds Quests by Lisa McMann
This is a spinoff of the Unwanteds. Alex and Aaron’s twin sisters Fifer and Thisbe have more magical talent than anyone. Since Alex won’t teach them how to use it, they are always getting into trouble with it. When Alex refuses to come to the aid of the dragons who are being abused and enslaved, Fifer and Thisbe sneak out to prove they can use magic in a helpful way.
Thrones and Bones by Lou Anders
Set in the snowy Nordic region of Scandinavia, Karn is a farmer’s son and Thianna is a Frost giant. Their paths cross for the first time at a market festival, then again throughout the story as Karn confronts a two-headed troll, undead Vikings and a dragon. Thianna shows up again and again to save him. Likewise, Karn helps Thianna as she flees a huntress after her magical horn.