Preschool Storytime: If I Had a Dragon

Welcome to preschool storytime with Miss Rhonda and Boomer Bear! Today we are going to read If I Had a Dragon by Tom and Amanda Ellery.

Kindergarten Readiness Tip

Helping children make connections between stories they read and their own personal experiences creates a strong bond. After reading a book like If I had a Dragon ask your child what animal or character they would like to have as a friend? What sort of things would they like to do with that friend?

Using the book as a framework, you and your child can rewrite the story using your child and their “new friend” as the characters. Your child can draw pictures to illustrate the story. They are now the author and illustrator of their own book they can read it to family and friends.

More Fun

Let’s listen a fun song called Going on a Dragon Hunt that will get us moving and stretching!


After all that running, let’s slow down and relax while listing to a song from my childhood called Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter, Paul and Mary. Leonard Lipton originally wrote the poem in 1959. His friend Peter Yarrow found it a few years later and wrote the melody. Yarrow’s group Peter, Paul and Mary released it as a record in 1963.  For reference – I was born in 1959, so yes, this song is REALLY old! Ha!


Here’s a fun dragon art project made from shapes.
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If you’re getting hungry, here is a fun and yummy dragon snack.
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If you love reading about dragons, here are more books you can find at the library!

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I am an Outreach Preschool Storyteller at the library. I'm usually out and about, visiting preschools and daycares in our community. It's the perfect job for a retired kindergarten teacher! I know what preschoolers need to be ready for school and I love sharing picture books, rhymes and fun music. It's a win for us both!