The Secret Dragon by Ed Clarke (Puffin) Eleven - year - old Mari Jones is a fossil - hunter, inspired by her hero Mary Anning, and she longs to be a real scientist. S he thinks she’s found an amazing fossil on the beach one day and is shocked to realise it’s alive and is, in fact, a real Welsh dragon. I loved Mari, and her friendship with Dylan, the new boy at school. This story is so beautifully written, with deeper the mes of loss and finding your courage and self - belief. The soft, sweet interior illustrations are by Simone Krüger. The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie (Piccadilly Press) At the heart of this book is a beautiful relationship between the main character Tomas and his grandad. Helping Grandad in the garden, Tomas discovers an incredible plant that actually grows dragons. Tomas bonds with a little dragon called Flicker, but soo n learns that young dragons cause chaos – and that he is likely to be blamed for their destructive habits and incendiary poos. There's so much humour and fun, as well as real warmth and tenderness, in this book, and the illustrations by Sara Ogilvie are fu ll of life and energy. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (Hodder Children’s Books) One of the most popular dragons of all! I’ve loved the film adaptations of this series too , although I findthe books have more mud and snot and humour. I reall y love the relationship between Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third and his undersized dragon Toothless . The pair save all the Vikings on their island with their quick thinking and skill at speaking Dragonese. Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons by Dugald A. Steer , illustrated by Wayne Anderson, Douglas Carrel and Helen Ward (Templar) This book is like an encyclopedia of dragons! It covers many different species, habitat s, and life - cycles . It also includes magical elements, offering some useful s pells and charms. Stunningly illustrated , it blend s real history and science with mythology in a truly bewitching way. For those who like their dragons grounded in lots of gorgeously presented ‘ information ’. The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis (Bloomsbury) Adventurine the young dragon is so impatient to start exploring that she ignores her family’s warnings about the danger of the outside world and those alarming creatures out there. A food - mage wizard turns Adventurine int o a girl and she must learn to survive in the human world. The book features friendship and chocolate, two of life’s most delightful thing s, and I couldn’t help falling in love with this charming story.