Year of the Dragon: Flames, Fire, and Fantasy in Dragon Books

On Monday people living in the Eastern hemisphere crowded the streets to celebrate the Chinese New Year with fireworks, family reunions, dinners, prayers, and dances. This year marks the Year of the Dragon, regarded by Asian culture to be the most important of the twelve signs in the zodiac.

If you take a moment to think about why the Year of the Dragon is so popular, you might realize that out of the 12 years, it is the only fantasy creature in the Chinese zodiac, which furthers the mystical nature of the dragon.

Dragon lore enamors people. As a kid and teenager I remember feeling similar sentiments. I watched shows with them on TV, I drew pictures of them, but more importantly I can remember that literature inspired my love for dragons.

It started when I fell in love with Eric Carle’s Dragons, Dragons. Later I read many books about dragons such as Eragon by Christopher Paolini.

Before Harry Potter tried his hand in taming a dragon or two, author Bruce Coville let his character Jeremy Thatcher raise a dragon. As one of my favorite childhood books, Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher can be a enjoyable read for anyone wanting to enter a fun world of fantasy.

Cornelia Funke, fantasy writer said, “I always wanted to ride a dragon myself, so I decided to do this for a year in my imagination.” 

Over in the BYU Bookstore we have joined in the dragon festivities. We have shared our favorite dragon books and talked about great reads for this year. Anita in Children’s Books said that she is a fan of the recent How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

As a symbol of good luck, strength, and power in the Chinese zodiac, perhaps reading a dragon book this year might be a good idea. 

What is your favorite dragon book?



  1. I've recently bought a book called The Dragon Keeper's Handbook, by Shawn MacKenzie. That's a fun book. I wrote a review of it.

  2. I read your review. I really enjoyed it, it was nice to hear a review about a not-so-stereotypical dragon book.

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