Smaug. Drogon. Toothless! There’s a plethora of dragons in our popular culture, and many of them can be found here at the Orem Library. Keep reading for a list of books and movies for children, teens, and adults all about dragons. We’ve also got a few dragon DIY ideas that you can create in the Orem Library Makerspace.
Dragon Picture Books
By Debi Gliori
When a young dragon finds an egg, she decides to raise the hatchling as her own—even though the hatchling looks nothing like a dragon!
By Adam Rubin
There’s really not much we can add here—the title says it all!
By Carmen Agra Deedy
The library dragon protects the books in the school library from the children.
Dragons in Junior Fiction
By Tui Sutherland
Determined to end a generations-long war among the seven dragon tribes, a secret movement called the Talons of Peace draws on a prophecy that calls for a great sacrifice, compelling five appointed dragonets to fulfill a painful destiny against their will.
By Brandon Mull
In this sequel to the Fablehaven series, Celebrant the Just, the King of Dragons, wants to lead dragons out of the sanctuaries and reestablish the Age of the Dragons.
By Lisa McMann
When a dragon shows up asking for help for his enslaved family, of course it makes sense to drop everything and travel to another land to provide aid!
By Ruth Stiles Gannett
A fabulous adventure on Wild Island, where Elmer takes on the task of rescuing a young flying dragon.
Dragons in Teen Fiction
By Patricia Wrede
This first book of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles follows Princess Cimorene as she runs away from her home and the tedious princess lessons her parents insist upon to become a dragon’s princess. She begins working for the dragon Kazul, and a series of fantastic adventures ensues.
By Christopher Paolini
In the first book of The Inheritance Cycle, a teenage boy out on a hunting trip finds a mysterious stone that hatches into a dragon named Saphira. Keeping his new dragon partner safe and hidden from the Emperor hunting them requires Eragon to leave his family and his home and find new friends and allies.
By Tamora Pierce
Although the dragon Skysong isn’t a central character in this first book of The Immortals quartet, this is the book where we are first introduced to her human caretaker, Diane. Diane has an abundance of wild magic that lets her form special bonds with the animals around her. After her introduction in Wild Magic, Skysong becomes a chief player in the next three books.
Dragons in Adult Fiction
By Naomi Novik
If you’ve ever wondered how the history of the world, and in particular the Napoleonic Wars, would have been different if dragons had been involved, you’ll be pleased to hear that this series endeavors to answer just that question. The Temeraire series follows a dragon (Temeraire) and rider who are part of the British Aerial Corps.
By Anne McCaffery
In this installment of the Dragonriders of Pern series, Lessa becomes rider to the gold queen dragon Ramoth. Together with the rest of the dragon weyr, they prepare to defend their planet from a deadly threat.
By E. E. Knight
In the first book of the Age of Fire series, the young dragon Auron sets off to find others of his kind following the killing of his siblings.
Dragons in Adult Nonfiction
By Tao Tao Liu Sanders
Dragons, Gods & Spirits from Chinese Mythology retells stories from Chinese mythology, folk tales, and popular superstitions.
By J. F. Campbell
The Scottish folklorist J. F. Campbell pieced together the tale of the Celtic Dragon, an intricate oft-told story involving not just dragons but mermaids, giants, and fairies.
Dragons in Movies
Based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien, this three-movie adaptation includes one of the most famous dragons of all—Smaug, who has taken over the Dwarven kingdom of Erebor.
A teenage Viking named Hiccup wants to fit in with his tribe of dragon hunters, but dragon hunting just doesn’t seem to be working out for him. He’ll have to find another way to help his tribe deal with the dragons plaguing their village.
After dragons awaken and destroy human civilization, a group of dragon hunters seeks to end their terrifying reign.
Dragon DIY in the Makerspace
Make your own dragon companion, dragon eggs, or dragon art! Pictured above is a Toothless button, knitted dragon’s egg, and 3D-printed dragon. Come check out the Orem Library Makerspace and create your own DIY dragon.
Written by Christine C. (Makerspace Volunteer)