I have a round-up of all of our favorite dragon and knight books for toddlers and preschoolers to help you find a few new books for your young child’s collection.
It’s not a secret that my toddler son loves dragons and knights. He was a knight this past Halloween. Going to Medieval Times a few months back definitely encouraged his interest as well. Ever since then, he’s been wearing his Halloween knight costume on a weekly, if not daily, basis and sword fighting and jousting every chance he gets.
So it’s not a surprise that all things dragon and all things knight are a big part of our household, including dragon and knight books for toddlers and preschoolers. Given the variety of dragon and knight books available for young kids, I know that I’m far from the only parent with a toddler who has these interests. Many other toddler and preschool parents are also searching for new dragon and knight book titles on a regular basis.
Over the past year, we’ve acquired quite a few dragon and knight books for toddlers and preschoolers. We have a number of favorites that I’m excited to share with you today, as well as a few more book selections.
Dragon and knight books for toddlers and preschoolers
Never Touch a Dragon
Never Touch a Dragon is part of the Make Believe Ideas Never Touch a… series. Another book in this series, Never Touch a Dinosaur, was one of my son’s earliest favorite books. Naturally, we had to pick up Never Touch a Dragon. My son loves the silly stories and interactive tactile components in these books so much.
Good Night Baby Dragons
Good Night Baby Dragons by Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper takes you through a whole day with dragons. You’ll explore the worlds of many different types of dragons (i.e., Chinese dragons, great-horned dragons) as they go about their daily activities (i.e., soaring around tall castle turrets, practicing their fire-breathing).
The book is one of more than 100 titles in the Good Night Our World series, which features topics ranging from states to dinosaurs to the solar system.
Dragons Are Real!
Dragons Are Real! by Holly Hatam is a cute book about all of the qualities of dragons with great illustrations to accompany them. From breathing fire to chasing lightening bolts to laying sparkly gemstone eggs, you’ll have fun exploring everything there is to know about dragons with your little ones.
Hello, Knights! by Joan Holub is a hilarious book about dragons and knights forging an unexpected friendship as they run up and down the castle wall. Hello, Knights! is part of the Hello Book series that introduces a variety of early literacy concepts, such as opposites, in engaging, entertaining ways.
Good Night, Little Dragons
Good Night Little Dragons from Little Golden Books is a sweet book about what little dragons like to do right before they go to bed and then how they get ready for bed. It’s an ideal book for toddlers and preschoolers who are just learning how to get ready for bed themselves and will help them learn to complete this process independently.
The Sword in the Stone
You can’t beat classic stories like The Sword in the Stone. The Little Golden Books’ The Sword in the Stone is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Based on the Disney movie, this version is just the right length for young children. It’s a fun adaptation that many adults will remember from their childhoods and will enjoy revisiting their own kids.
Bizzy Bear: Knights’ Castle
Bizzy Bear: Knights’ Castle by Benji Davies is a cute story about Bizzy Bear’s latest adventure, this time in a castle. Upon arrival, he receives a helmet, sword, and even his own horse to practice jousting. In no time at all, he’s ready for the real thing. A lavish medieval banquet is the ideal way to end Bizzy Bear’s very busy day at the castle.
Check out the Bizzy Bear series for lots more Bizzy Bear adventures.
The Knight and the Dragon
The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie DePaola is one of my son’s absolute favorite books, dragon or otherwise. It’s about a dragon who has never fought a knight and a knight who has never fought a dragon and what happens when they fight. I guarantee that you won’t be able to predict the ending.
One of my favorite parts about The Knight and the Dragon is that it has a number of pages without text or with very little text. You and your children are left to fill in the narrative.
Dragons Love Tacos
If there’s one book on this list that you’re already familiar with, most likely it’s Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin. Dragons Love Tacos is insanely popular and with good reason. This hilarious story is about how to throw a dragon taco party. Learning what happens when dragons eat spicy tacos is sure to entertain toddlers and preschoolers every single time.
There is a sequel, Dragons Love Tacos 2! You can also buy a set with the original Dragons Love tacos book and a toy dragon.
The Story Book Knight
The Story Book Knight by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty may be my personal favorite knight book. It’s about a knight who loves to read and doesn’t have any interest in fighting dragons and what happens when his parents send him off to fight a dragon at last. It’s such an original story, and the illustrations are perfect for it.
There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight
There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight by Penny Parker Klostermann is a retelling of the classic I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, this time with a dragon. You and your kids will both love the wacky rhymes and funny illustrations.
The Illustrated Book of Knights
The Illustrated Book of Knights by Jack Coggins isn’t the sort of book you’re going to sit down and read cover to cover with a toddler or preschooler. You’ll be lucky to read more than a page or two at a time. However, it’s the perfect book for any young child who is obsessed with knights. They can spend minutes on end looks at pictures of all things knight-related, including armor, shields, swords, jousting, sword fighting, castles, horses, and feasting.
The Illustrated Book of Knights will spark tons of great discussion about knights and knight life. It’s a great book to bring along when you have time to kill in the car or while waiting at a restaurant, for a doctor’s appointment, in the airport, etc.
Free printable dragon and knight books for toddlers and preschoolers checklist
I’ve created a free printable dragon and knight books checklist to make it easy to keep track of which books you own. It’s a great resource to save on your phone and take with you to the library and bookstore. The checklist is also perfect for sharing with family and friends before Christmas, your child’s next birthday, etc.
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