All About Adolescent Literacy

All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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Dragon Tales

Christopher Paolini, author of the mega-popular fantasy books Eragon and Eldest, has announced that he will write two more books in the series. While fans are excited about that news, they also need more like this to read now. Try some of these books about the exciting mythical creatures.

Here, There be Dragons

Here, There be Dragons

Age Level: 9-12

Yolen wrote all of these varied entries about the delightful dragon, and relates the poems, and short stories from a variety of genres, complete with a background as to their inspiration.

Enchanted Forest Chronicles

Enchanted Forest Chronicles

Age Level: 9-12

A four-book series featuring reluctant princess Cimorene, warring factions of dragons and wizards, and tons of humor.

Dragonriders of Pern trilogy

Dragonriders of Pern trilogy

Age Level: 14-16

The Pern series is arguably the most famous collection of dragon tales. This version collects the initial trilogy of humans and their flying companions set in a beautifully realized magical world.

Dragon Slippers

Dragon Slippers

Age Level: 12-14

This unique dragon tale features strong heroine Creel, who is allowed to choose a pair of slippers from a dragon’s hoard. The slippers she chooses have an unusual power, and Creel must be careful to not let them fall into the wrong hands (or feet!)

Dragon Rider

Dragon Rider

Age Level: 12-14

German author Funke is best known in the U.S. for The Thief Lord and Inkheart. Here, a heroic dragon and his boy sidekick fight Nettlebrand, a man-made dragon, and his spy, Twigleg.

Dragonology

Dragonology

Age Level: 9-12

This was the first in the popular "ology" series, now featuring Wizardology, Pirateology and Egyptology. A study guide to dragon knowledge, the book is attractive to reluctant readers, with its many foldouts and 3D illustrations.

Hatching Magic

Hatching Magic

Age Level: 9-12

When Wycca, a dragon living in the 13th century, stumbles through a gateway to the future, she lands in present day Boston, followed shortly thereafter by the wizards looking for her. What can 11-year old Theodora do and how did she get mixed up in this anyway?

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher

Age Level: 9-12

Younger readers will enjoy this dragon fantasy set in the present day. While running away from his unwanted crush Mary Lou, Jeremy discovers a magic shop where he purchases an egg. When dragon Tiamat hatches, the adventure begins, and so do Jeremy's responsibilities toward the growing dragon. A perfect introduction to fantasy.

Ralph Masiello's Dragon Drawing Book

Ralph Masiello's Dragon Drawing Book

Age Level: 9-12

Dragons are beautiful, powerful creatures that have immense appeal to the budding artist. This book not only gives drawing advice but also background information on a wide variety of dragons.