We Met Dragons: A Celebration of Children’s Literature

Last week, in our newsletter, we asked our readers what books they thought of when they saw this poem by Jack Prelutsky.

Photo from Division 92 Little Free Library’s website

Here are some of their answers, combined with some of our own:


The Hobbit by J.R. R. Tolkien

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis

The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame

Outer Space

Freddy and the Space Ship by Walter R. Brooks

Pirate’s Den

The Voyages of Doctor Doolittle by Hugh Lofting

Treasure Island by Robert Lois Stevenson

Wicked Troll

D’Aulaires’ Trolls by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone

The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien (as one of our reader’s pointed out, “Sam’s poem about trolls specifically”)

Great White Shark

Sharks by Seymour Simon

Rabbit Hole

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

. . . Hunted for a Snark

Children’s Classic Poetry Collection by Cathie Shuttleworth and Nicola Baxter


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Magic Doors

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster


Time Machines & Dinosaurs

Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson


Giants! A Colossal Collection of Tales and Tunes by Jim Weiss (cheating a little, but this is what I was enjoying at 10 that involved Giants!)

Pots of Gold

The House Gobbaleen by Lloyd Alexander

The Golden Key by George MacDonald

What books did you think of when you saw this poem? Comment and share some of your favorites! And thank you to our newsletter readers for sharing some of their favorites.

*Thank you, also, to Jonathan for the dragon illustration

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Born in a library and raised by books, or rather, raised by a book-loving family, Hayley loves talking and writing about books. She lives in the middle of Wisconsin and works with children as well as with coffee.

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