Last weekend Amanda Craig reviewed new dragon books in the Times, of London. She looked at Carole Wilkinsons's Dragon Keeper ("the most captivating children’s book I’ve seen so far this year") and Angie Sage's Flyte ("jolly, freewheeling stuff"), and mentioned other dragon stories, too, singling out Dick King-Smith's 1994 Dragon Boy.
Some favorite dragon lit at our house includes the picture books Ignis, by P.J. Lynch, about a dragon who cannot breathe fire; The Library Dragon, by Carmen Agra Deedy, about an overzealous librarian/dragon transformed by the attention of a child (á la the Grinch); and a beloved 1970 item picked up at a book sale, Gumbel: The Fire-Breathing Dragon, by Seymour Fleishman. In that one, a lonely homeless dragon finds companionship (and employment) with a Boy Scout type of group; he heats their lodge.
We also own the appealing beginning reader Good Night, Good Knight, by Shelley Moore Thomas, in which a knight needs to tuck three chirpy little dragons into bed, as well as Ruth Stiles Gannett's classic chapter book My Father's Dragon (but haven't yet read it) and a hand-me-down Disney video of The Reluctant Dragon, in which the beast is a super-fey poetry-lover. Although I'm ambivalent about the video (is Disney sympathetic with the dragon or making fun of him?), I'm interested in reading Kenneth Grahame's original book.
In case anyone is just now returning from the Land of No TV, I'll also point you to the popular (and then some) PBS series "Dragon Tales," which has spun off into videos, books, and DVD's. Along with "Arthur," "Dragon Tales" is one of our first-grader's favorite shows (and he doesn't even know the program has an "educational philosophy").
Misunderstanding dragons seems to be a common theme. What other dragon books do you and the children you know like? I haven't even come close to a full dragon round-up! You can mention them in the comments section, below. Because of spam problems, the comments are now moderated and won't show up immediately, but I promise to check often.