Celebrate the Year of the Dragon by reading some of my favorite stories which feature unlikely dragons—the best kind of dragons in “my book” and other stories that take you inside the Chinese Culture. The recommendations are terrific read aloud to children of various ages. As Walter Dean Myers, our current national ambassador for young people’s literature said: “You can make a difference in your child’s life, just by reading to him for 30 minutes a day.” What he might have forgotten to say: Reading to your children is one of the best parts of being a parent!
Elvira, Margaret Shannon (Pre-school +)
Ignis, Gina Wilson (Pre-school +)
My Father’s Dragon, Ruth Stiles Gannett (K+)
The Dragons are Singing Tonight, Jack Prelutsky (Poetry ALL ages)
The Dragonling, Jackie French Koller (2nd grade+)
Stories that allow you to experience Chinese culture.
The Lost Horse, Ed Young (Pre-school +)
The Year of the Dog, Grace Lin (4th grade+)
The Magic Paintbrush, Lawrence Yep (3rd grade+)