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BookYou Asked For It: Books about Dragons and Unicorns

Browse the list below for a selection of great books about dragons and unicorns. Click the book cover or title to go to the book in the online catalog. Click the author's name to search for more books by that author.

Picture Books


Small Knight and George Small Knight and George
Armitage, Ronda.
Small Knight goes looking for a dragon even though he is afraid to find one. Small Knight finds a dragon hiding in the bushes and takes it home to become his friend.



Over at the castle Over at the castle
Ashburn, Boni.
In this variation on the folk song "Over the Meadow," the occupants of a medieval castle spend their day spinning, cleaning, cooking, and dancing, until they receive a special surprise from their dragon neighbors.



Max's dragon Max's dragon
Banks, Kate, 1960-
Many unusual and unexpected things happen while Max plays with his invisible dragon.



Herb, the vegetarian dragon Herb, the vegetarian dragon
Bass, Jules.



Princess Peepers picks a pet Princess Peepers picks a pet
Calvert, Pam, 1966-
When Princess Peepers loses her glasses, she mistakes a dragon for a unicorn and enters it in the pet show at the Royal Academy for Perfect Princesses.



You've got dragons You've got dragons
Cave, Kathryn.
A young boy discovers that he has worries and fears that appear to him as dragons and shares what he learns about living with them.



The paper dragon The paper dragon
Davol, Marguerite W.
A humble artist agrees to confront the terrifying dragon that threatens to destroy his village.



The library dragon The library dragon
Deedy, Carmen Agra.
Miss Lotta Scales is a dragon who believes her job is to protect the school's library books from the children, but when she finally realizes that books are meant to be read, the dragon turns into Miss Lotty, librarian and storyteller.



The knight and the dragon The knight and the dragon
De Paola, Tomie.
A knight who has never fought a dragon and an equally inexperienced dragon prepare to meet each other in battle.



Room on the broom Room on the broom
Donaldson, Julia.
A witch finds room on her broom for all the animals that ask for a ride, and they repay her kindness by rescuing her from a dragon.



Baby Dragon Baby Dragon
Ehrlich, Amy, 1942-
All day, Baby Dragon turns down other animals' offers to go play or find a snack while he waits for his mother to return for him, but at nightfall, he agrees to go with Crocodile to find her.



If I had a dragon If I had a dragon
Ellery, Tom.
Tired of playing with his little brother, a boy imagines having a dragon for a playmate instead.



Polo et le dragon. English Polo et le dragon. English
Faller, Régis.
In this wordless picture book, Polo the dog becomes trapped in the ice and snow while out sailing one day, but a friendly dragon helps him escape.



The baby dragon-tamer The baby dragon-tamer
Fearnley, Jan.
"Boom! crash! bang! A dragon has arrived. He's big, he's loud--and all he wants is treasure! And he'll try anything to get it. But he didn't reckon on the baby"--P. [4] of cover.



The trouble with dragons The trouble with dragons
Gliori, Debi.
When dragons cut down too many trees, blow out too much hot air, and do other environmental damage, the future looks grim, but other animals advise them on how to mend their ways and save the planet.



Arthur's tractor Arthur's tractor
Goodhart, Pippa.
Unaware that a princess in distress and a dragon on the loose are right behind him, Arthur the farmer thinks that the strange noises he keeps hearing are being made by his tractor breaking down.



Claire and the unicorn happy ever after Claire and the unicorn happy ever after
Hennessy, B. G. (Barbara G.)
One night, Claire and her toy unicorn, Capricorn, journey to a magical land filled with characters from fairy tales to find out what makes someone live "happy ever after."



Go to sleep, dear dragon Go to sleep, dear dragon
Hillert, Margaret.
After reading a book about medieval times, a boy falls asleep and dreams that he is in a medieval setting where he finds a large egg out of which a baby dragon hatches.



Serious trouble Serious trouble
Howard, Arthur.
Despite the objections of his very serious parents, Prince Ernest longs to become a jester, and this helps him in an encounter with a three-headed dragon.



Little ones do! Little ones do!
Hunter, Jana Novotny.



Goldilicious Goldilicious
Kann, Victoria.
A little girl and her brother play with her imaginary gold-horned unicorn that can float on water, fly, and turn herself into a fairy princess.



There's no such thing as a dragon There's no such thing as a dragon
Kent, Jack, 1920-1985.
Billy Bixbee's mother won't admit that dragons exist until it is nearly too late.



Argus Argus
Knudsen, Michelle.
Sallie's class is supposed to be raising chicks as a science project, but although Argus, the large, green, scaly creature that hatches from her egg, causes all sorts of trouble she worries about him when he disappears.



Oscar and the very hungry dragon Oscar and the very hungry dragon
Krause, Ute.
No princess is around to be fed to the dragon so Little Oscar's name is pulled from the hat. Learn how the boy's cleverness comes to his rescue!



The best pet of all The best pet of all
LaRochelle, David.
A young boy enlists the help of a dragon to persuade his mother to let him have a dog as a pet. This boy-wants-dog story with a twist is both snappy and endearing.nbsp; The little boy's mother won't let him have a dog. Dogs are too messy and too loud. But she says he can have a dragon for a pet-if he can find one.nbsp; Enter the coolest-but naughtiest-pet ever. The dragon is messier and louder than any dog. And he will not leave. How will the boy ever get a dog now? Wry, stylish illustrations with an appealing retro look perfectly complement the spare, witty text. A comical, engaging story for anyone who's ever wanted a pet!



Dragon egg Dragon egg
Loehr, Mallory.
A dragon's egg rolls out of its nest in a cave, continuing along a road, past a castle, and through a town, where it bumps against a rock and cracks.



One drowsy dragon One drowsy dragon
Long, Ethan.
As one dragon tries to take a nap, his ten little dragons, in increasing numbers, disturb his sleep by making milk shakes, screaming at scary movies, and playing loud games.



The knight who took all day The knight who took all day
Mayhew, James, 1964-



Who wants a dragon? Who wants a dragon?
Mayhew, James, 1964-
A baby dragon, looking for someone to love and cuddle him, finally encounters his mother.



Granny's dragon Granny's dragon
McCourt, Lisa.
A grandmother tells her grandchild that an invisible dragon will provide protection from the monsters that she fears at night.



Harry on the rocks Harry on the rocks
Meddaugh, Susan.
Harry and his boat become stranded on an island, where he discovers an egg which hatches into a strange lizard with wings.



The kiss that missed The kiss that missed
Melling, David.



Nobody rides the unicorn Nobody rides the unicorn
Mitchell, Adrian, 1932-
Having been used by the King to trick a unicorn into imprisonment, Zoe decides to set him free again.



The paper bag princess The paper bag princess
Munsch, Robert N., 1945-



Nicolo's unicorn Nicolo's unicorn
Nahas, Sylvaine.



The pet dragon : a story about adventure, friendship, and Chinese characters The pet dragon : a story about adventure, friendship, and Chinese characters
Niemann, Christoph.
When Lin's beloved pet dragon disappears, she searches for him far and wide until a witch helps her to reach the dragon's new home. Introduces a different Chinese character on each step of Lin's adventure.



Raising dragons Raising dragons
Nolen, Jerdine.
A farmer's young daughter shares numerous adventures with the dragon that she raises from infancy.



How Droofus the dragon lost his head, written and illustrated by Bill Peet. How Droofus the dragon lost his head, written and illustrated by Bill Peet.
Peet, Bill.
Although he comes from a fierce family, Droofus is a good dragon undeserving of the price the king puts on his head.



A friend for Dragon A friend for Dragon
Pilkey, Dav, 1966-
Dragon becomes such close friends with an apple that he deeply mourns its loss and is overjoyed when more grow to take its place.



A friend for Dragon A friend for Dragon
Pilkey, Dav, 1966-
Dragon becomes such close friends with an apple that he deeply mourns its loss and is overjoyed when more grow to take its place.



Sylvia and Bird Sylvia and Bird
Rayner, Catherine.
Sylvia, a dragon, overcomes her loneliness and finds a true friend in Bird.



The midnight unicorn The midnight unicorn
Reed, Neil.
Millie discovers just how magical the unicorn statue in the park is when the creature comes to life and sweeps her away on a midnight adventure.



The dragon and the gruesome twosome The dragon and the gruesome twosome
Robertson, M. P.
When George and his dragon embark on a magical adventure, they find themselves in a fairytale kingdom under attack from two fearsome troll twins.



The dragon snatcher The dragon snatcher
Robertson, M. P.
George and his dragon go to the "land that is neither here nor there" in order to save a dragon egg from a malevolent ice wizard.



The egg The egg
Robertson, M. P.
George hatches a dragon from a strange egg that he finds and then faces the challenge of raising him properly.



There's a dragon about : a winter's revel There's a dragon about : a winter's revel
Schotter, Richard.
King Cole, Queen Meg, Jack, Tess, Giant Blunderbore, and Sir George battle a ferocious dragon.



Elvira Elvira
Shannon, Margaret, 1966-
A young dragon who prefers making daisy chains and dressing up rather than fighting and eating princesses finds a way to be who she is.



'Twas the fright before Christmas 'Twas the fright before Christmas
Sierra, Judy.
When a little mouse accidentally tickles a dragon's snout during a winter night in a haunted house, it sets off a series of cumulative actions which throw all of the creatures into a frenzy.



Dragon stew Dragon stew
Smallman, Steve.
When five bored Vikings go looking for adventure, they decide on a fearless quest to catch a dragon for their stew.



Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie on the road Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie on the road
Stewart, Joel.
Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie, who have been thrown out of town because of their loud hooting, encounter a princess and a dragon in the deep dark forest.



The popcorn dragon The popcorn dragon
Thayer, Jane, 1904-
Though his hot breath is the envy of all the other animals, a young dragon learns that showing off does not make friends.



Get well, Good Knight Get well, Good Knight
Thomas, Shelley Moore.
A Good Knight helps three little dragons who are in bed with a cold.



Good night, Good Knight Good night, Good Knight
Thomas, Shelley Moore.
A Good Knight helps three little dragons who are having trouble getting to sleep.



Happy birthday, Good Knight Happy birthday, Good Knight
Thomas, Shelley Moore.
The Good Knight tries to help three little dragons make a birthday present for a very special friend.



The seven Chinese sisters The seven Chinese sisters
Tucker, Kathy.
When a dragon snatches the youngest of seven talented Chinese sisters, the other six come to her rescue.



The dragon machine The dragon machine
Ward, Helen, 1962-
George sees dragons everywhere, but since he is the only one that sees them trouble begins. He must lead the dragons back to the great wilderness where they belong and then find his way home again.



Everyone knows what a dragon looks like. Illustrated by Mercer Mayer. Everyone knows what a dragon looks like. Illustrated by Mercer Mayer.
Williams, Jay, 1914-1978.
Because of the road sweeper's belief in him, a dragon saves the city of Wu from the Wild Horsemen of the north.



George and the dragon George and the dragon
Wormell, Christopher.
George the mouse unintentionally rids the kingdom of a ferocious dragon.



George, the dragon and the princess George, the dragon and the princess
Wormell, Christopher.
A timid little mouse named George lives high in the mountains in an old castle wall. He's very small and a little clumsy. But when a huge dragon attacks the castle, George gets his chance to shine.



Puff, the magic dragon Puff, the magic dragon
Yarrow, Peter, 1938-
The adventures of a boy and his dragon friend are recounted in this classic song from the 1960s.



Where have the unicorns gone? Where have the unicorns gone?
Yolen, Jane.
The unicorns flee from the noise, violence, and destruction of civilization and find refuge in the sea.



Nonfiction


Drake's comprehensive compendium of dragonology Drake's comprehensive compendium of dragonology
Drake, Ernest.
Dragonologists, look no further! Here, in a single handsome, indispensable volume, is gathered a lifetime's worth of knowledge about these magnificent creatures.



Behold-- the dragons! Behold-- the dragons!
Gibbons, Gail.
Explains how myths about dragons developed, different types of dragons, what draconologists do, and how different cultures portray dragons.



Behold-- the unicorns! Behold-- the unicorns!
Gibbons, Gail.



The truth about unicorns The truth about unicorns
Giblin, James.
Describes the origins of the unicorn, including the real-life animals that inspired it, and the various myths told about unicorns throughout the world.



Life-size dragons Life-size dragons
Grant, John, 1949-
Explores the origins, varieties, and history of dragons, presenting them as if they are real creatures.



Saint George and the dragon : a golden legend Saint George and the dragon : a golden legend
Hodges, Margaret, 1911-2005.
Retells the segment from Spenser's The Faerie Queene, in which George, the Red Cross Knight, slays the dreadful dragon that has been terrorizing the countryside for years and brings peace and joy to the land.



Dragons Dragons
Krensky, Stephen.



Dragons Dragons
Malam, John, 1957-
From Fafnir the wingless dragon to Rinjin the dragon king of Japan, learn about the many legends and mysteries surrounding these fascinating creatures.



A practical guide to dragon magic : inscribed by Sindri Suncatcher, the greatest kender wizard who ever lived (and honorary dragon!) A practical guide to dragon magic : inscribed by Sindri Suncatcher, the greatest kender wizard who ever lived (and honorary dragon!)
Morris, Susan J.
Presents a guide to dragons, with an inside look at the Darastrix Academy, where young wizards and dragon hatchlings live together mastering the magic that makes dragons so special.



The tale of Custard the Dragon The tale of Custard the Dragon
Nash, Ogden, 1902-1971.
In this humorous poem, Custard the cowardly dragon saves the day when a pirate threatens Belinda and her pet animals.



Dragons Dragons
Penner, Lucille Recht.
Relates myths about dragons from different countries, including where they live, what they eat, and how they look, as well as how the myths may have developed.



Dragons Dragons
Petrini, Catherine M.



The dragons are singing tonight The dragons are singing tonight
Prelutsky, Jack.
A collection of poems about dragons, including "I'm an Amiable Dragon," "If You Don't Believe in Dragons," and "A Dragon Is in My Computer."



The truth about dragons The truth about dragons
Troupe, Thomas Kingsley.
Dragons have roared their way through popular fairy tales for many years. Have you ever wondered why dragons look the way they do, where they might hide, or how they scare their enemies? Journey through this book to find out the truth about dragons.



A practical guide to dragon riding A practical guide to dragon riding
Trumbauer, Lisa, 1963-



The unicorn treasury : stories, poems, and unicorn lore The unicorn treasury : stories, poems, and unicorn lore

A collections of stories, poems and folklore from a variety of sources about the origins and unique characteristics of the unicorn.



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