A Literary Appreciation of Dragons Series

Welcome to the Bugs and Bunnies Literary Appreciation of Dragons Series!

The illustration above was created by Chez Wheedleton's own Lovely Girl, especially for this Series, and I am eternally grateful for her generosity.

This event officially came into being here on January 11, 2013. Beginning in 2014, the Series will continue annually each Friday in January - or until there are no more fabulous kids books with dragons in them. (I certainly hope not. That would be a sad day, indeed.)

If you're curious as to how this thing got started, click on the link at the top of this post, and it will take you to the very first post of the Series. If that doesn't answer all of your questions, please email me at the address on my Contact Me page, and let me know what else you'd like to know.

And if you know of a book with dragons that you think is just perfect for inclusion in the Bugs and Bunnies Literary Appreciation of Dragons Series, email and let me know that, too.

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Now that all of the explanatory stuff is out of the way, you probably want to get reading. Just click on any link below, and you'll be taken directly to the post for that list of books.

2015 Series

Part 4 of 4: January 30, 2015  Theme: Drawing Dragons
Books Presented:
1-2-3 Draw: Knights, Castles, and Dragons: A step by step guide, by Freddie Levin
How to Draw Dragons (Drawing Fantasy Art), by Jim Hansen and John Burns
Draw! Medieval Fantasies: A Step by Step Guide, by Damon J. Reinagle
Ralph Masiello's Dragon Drawing Book: Become an artist step-by-step, by Ralph Masiello 

Part 3 of 4: January 23, 2015  Theme: Other Dragon Tales 
Books Presented:
The Dragon and the Thief, written by Gillian Bradshaw 
Dragon Stew, written by Steve Smallman, illustrations by Lee Wildish
The Reluctant Dragon, written by Kenneth Grahame, illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard
The Best Pet of All, written by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama 

Part 2 of 4: January 16, 2015  Theme: Chinese Dragon Tales 
Books Presented:
The Paper Dragon, by Marguerite W. Davol, illustrated by Robert Sabuda
The Boy Who Painted Dragons, written and illustrated by Demi
Chopsticks, written and illustrated by Jon Berkeley
Dragon Dancing, written by Carole Lexa Schaefer, illustrated by Pierr Morgan 

Part 1 of 4: January 9, 2015  Theme: Dragon Fact, Dragon Fable 
Books Presented:
Dragons (Monsters and Mythical Creatures), by Carla Mooney
Dragons (Mythologies), by John Malam
A Time of Golden Dragons, written by Song Nan Zhang and Hao Yu Zhang, illustrated by Song Nan Zhang
The Complete Book of Dragons: A Guide to Dragon Species (How to Train Your Dragon), written and illustrated by Cressida Cowell

2014 Series 

Part 5 of 5: January 31, 2014 Books Presented: 
Serious Trouble, written and illustrated by Arthur Howard
Dragonbreath, written and illustrated by Ursula Vernon
Dragons: The Myths, Legends, and Lore, written by Doug Niles, foreword by Margaret Weis.

Part 4 of 5: January 24, 2014 Books Presented: 
The Egg,written and illustrated by M. P. Robertson
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, written by Bruce Coville, illustrated by Gary A. Lippincott
Dealing With Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One, written by Patricia C. Wrede.

Part 3 of 5: January 17, 2014 Books Presented:
Dragon Run, written by Patrick Matthews
The Coming of Dragons: The Darkest Age, Book One, written by A.J. Lake
Waking Dragons, written by Jane Yolen, paintings by Derek Anderson.

Part 2 of 5: January 10, 2014 Books Presented: 
Not Your Typical Dragon, written by Dan Bar-el, illustrated by Tim Bowers
The Last Dragon, written by Sylvana De Mari, translated from the Italian by Shaun Whiteside
Dragon Keeper, written by Carole Wilkinson.

Part 1 of 5: January 3, 2014 Books Presented: 
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, written by Catherynne M. Valente, illustrated by Ana Juan
My Father's Dragon, written by Ruth Stiles Gannett, illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett
The Last Dragonslayer, written by Jasper Fforde.

2013 Series

Part 3 of 3: January 15, 2013 Books presented:
Seraphina, written by Rachel Hartman
Eragon, written by Christopher Paolini
The Discovery of Dragons, written and illustrated by Graeme Base (a.k.a. Rowland W. Greasebeam, B.Sc.)
Dr. Ernest Drake's Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons, Edited by Dugald A. Steer, B.A. (Brist), S.A.S.D., illustrated by Wayne Anderson, Douglas Carrel and Helen Ward.
Part 2 of 3: January 14, 2013 Books presented:
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, written and illustrated by Grace Lin
The Dragon of Cripple Creek, written by Troy Howell
Dragon Rider, written by Cornelia Funke
The Kingdom of Fantasy (Geronimo Stilton), written by Geronimo Stilton.

Part 1 of 3: January 11, 2013 Books presented:
How to Train Your Dragon, written and illustrated by Cressida Cowell
Kenny & the Dragon, written and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
The Shamer's Daughter, written by Lene Kaaberbol
Dragon's Keep, written by Janet Lee Carey. 

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New book lists will be added as they are posted (every Friday in January).