Check it out: Books about dragons, knights and castles

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In Grace Lin's original tale "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon," Minli lives with her mother and father in the Valley of Fruitless Mountain. During the day, they work in the fields, but at night her father tells her wondrous tales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon. Determined to change their fortune, Minli travels to ask the Old Man in the Moon for advice. On her way, she encounters many magical creatures, including a dragon who assists her through the rest of her journey. Chinese folk tales sprinkled throughout flow seamlessly with the rest of the story. The brilliant illustrations highlight the vivid imagery of the text, and the choices Minli makes illustrate discussable moral dilemmas. This Newberry Honor book is perfect for those not quite reading on a 4th grade level and for children who love to be read to. A courageous female lead, dragons and adventure combine in a story that is hard to put down.

Chapter Books

"Dragon Rider" by Cornelia Funke

Dragons have lived apart from humans peacefully for years, but they find out that humans want to destroy their homeland. Ben, Firedrake, and Sorrel seek a mythical place where the dragons could live in peace, but the dangers they encounter may prevent them from finding it. Allies are discovered and formed, courage is fostered, and a hidden destiny is revealed. Dragon Rider is an adventure novel that will have you on the edge of your seat. Ages 7-10.

"Bella at Midnight" by Diane Stanley

"Dragon Run" by Patrick Matthews

"Dragon Slippers" by Jessica Day George

"Dragon's Egg" by Sarah Thomson

"Ella Enchanted" by Gail Carson Levine

"Ghost Knight" by Cornelia Funke

"Ingraine the Brave" by Cornelia Funke

"Iron Hearted Violet" by Kelly Barnhill

"Ivy and the Meanstalk" by Dawn Lairamore

"Ivy's Every After" by Dawn Lairamore

"No Such Things as Dragons" by Philip Reeve

"Pillage" by Obert Skye

"Saving Thanehaven" by Catherine Jinks

"A Tale of Two Castles" by Gail Carson Levine

"Tuesdays at the Castle" by Jessica Day George

"Wednesdays in the Tower" by Jessica Day George

"Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" by Grace Lin

Chapter Books

"Dragon Slayers' Academy" by Kate McMullan

Wiglaf, the hero-in-training in this witty adventure series, is a new student at the Dragon Slaying Academy, but there is a slight problem- he can't stand the sight of blood. Wiglaf's gift of humor and bad jokes turn out to be just as effective as the sword for slaying scaly beasts. A great choice for beginning chapter book readers and those who want a laugh.

"Knights of the Lunch Table" by Frank Cammuso

Artie King and his best friends Percy and Wayne star in this action-packed comic series for ages 8 and up. They're just trying to survive middle school but strange happenings are always intervening. Hilarity ensues while they attempt to outsmart bullies and avoid the principal.

"Choose Your Own Adventure" by Anson Montgomery

"Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis

"Chronicles of the Red King" by Jenny Nimmo

"Dragonblood" by Michael Dahl

"Dragonbreath" by Ursula Vernon

"Grail Quest" by Laura Anne Gilman

"Harry Potter" by J.K. Rowling

"Inheritance" by Christopher Paolini

"How to Train Your Dragon" by Cressida Cowell

"Last Dragon Chronicles" by Chris d'Lacey

"Merlin's Dragon" by T.A. Barron

"Shadow of the Dragon" by Kate O'Hearn

"Time Soldiers" by Robert Gould

"Wings of Fire" by Tui Sutherland


"A Practical Guide to Dragons" by Lisa Trumbauer

Everything you want to know about dragons in a single book! This guide includes diagrams of anatomy and explanations of developmental stages. Several pages are devoted to each type of dragon, including specific habitats, what they eat, nesting grounds, and distinguishing features. A great read for ages 8 and up.

"Castle" by Christopher Gravett

"Castle" by David Macaulay

"Castle" by Richard Platt

"Castles and Forts" by Simon Adams

"Days of the Knights" by Christopher Maynard

"How to Raise and Keep a Dragon" by John Topsell

"Knight" by Christopher Gravett

"Knights and Castles" by Philip Dixon

"Knights and Castles" by Will Osborne

"Knights in Shining Armor" by Gail Gibbons

"Life-Size Dragons" by John Grant

"Real Knights" by Christopher Gravett

"Stephen Biesty's Castles" by Meredith Hooper

"You Wouldn't Want to be a Medieval Knight!" by Fiona Macdonald

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