Dragon Picture Books for Elementary Teachers in 2024

Are you looking for dragon picture books? This post shares popular dragon books for kids that elementary teachers often use as read alouds. All of the picture books on this list lend themselves to this topic really well. Take a peek below to learn more about these dragon picture books!

3 Dragon Picture Books

Below is a list of some of our favorite dragon picture books. Check them out below!

1. Zog by Julia Donaldson

Zog by Julia Donaldson is about Madam Dragon who led a dragon school. ZOG was a dragon who wanted to win a Golden Star. Each year there were different focuses, and each time, ZOG had an accident. Each time he failed, somehow there was a young woman who was there to patch him up. When he fell while flying, she plastered his nose. When his voice was hoarse, she gave him a soothing peppermint.

One year, the dragons were learning to capture a princess. ZOG was not able to, until the young woman reveals herself as a princess herself! She helped all the dragons in the class. That is, until a knight came to rescue her.

The young woman shared that she wanted to be a doctor, not a princess. The knight agreed to assist her, and the dragons offered to fly them as needed. They all lived happily ever after!

Check out these Zog lessons and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging interactive read aloud lessons!

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Zog book and activities

2. Dear Dragon by Josh Funk

Dear Dragon by Josh Funk is about two students from different worlds who pick each other as pen pals. One is a human, and one is a dragon- but they do not know that. They both do not like writing, but quickly enjoy it as they talk to each other. Sharing about favorite activities, hobbies, and families, the two create a bond. They are excited to learn more about each other and learn about their similarities and differences.

At the end of the story, the dragon and human finally get to meet at a picnic. They learn that they are completely different species! The two agree to keep writing to one another beyond the school year.

Check out these Dear Dragon lessons and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging interactive read aloud lessons!

Dear Dragon book cover
Dear Dragon book and activity

3. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch is about a princess named Elizabeth. She lives in a castle, wears expensive princess clothes, and is going to marry Prince Ronald. That is, until a dragon comes and smashes the castle, burns her clothes, and carries Prince Ronald to a cave. Having only a paper bag to wear, Elizabeth chases after the dragon to save her prince.

When she gets to the cave, Elizabeth tricks the dragon into using all of his fire, and becoming so exhausted that he falls asleep. When Elizabeth enters the cave and saves Prince Ronald, his reaction is not what she expected. Instead of saying thank you, he tells her that she looks like a mess. Elizabeth tells him that even though he is a prince he is behaving like a toad, and decides that she doesn’t need him anyways.

Check out these The Paper Bag Princess lessons and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging interactive read aloud lessons!

The Paper Bag Princess book cover
The Paper Bag Princess activities

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In closing, we hope you found this list of dragon picture books helpful! They are part of our Starts With a Story collection. If you want to get more book ideas to read aloud to your elementary students, then grab this reading freebie. It includes read aloud books lists, reading logs, and reading challenges for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom teachers. It will have you covered for the entire school year, as well as the summer months! Grab this free elementary reading packet now!

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