Alderton, David.  Exotic Pets.  London:  Lorenz, 2004.

I selected this book because of the tie in with exotic pets and dragons.  I felt that this book would be more along the lines of pet care to a dragon than a regular pet book.  It also fit nicely into the pet care section.


Auerbach, Loren.  Sagas of the Norsemen: Viking and German Myth.  Amsterdam:Time-Life Books, 1997.

I selected this book because it gives a nice review of the history and myths about the Vikings.  This book helps readers understand the stories referred to in some of the stories Hiccup hears. 


Berger, Melvin.  The Real Vikings: Craftsmen, Traders and Fearsome Raiders.  Washington, D.C.:  National Geographic, 2003.

This book gives a detailed account of what it was like to live during Viking times and how they lived. It ties into the theme of the history of the Vikings and their lifestyles.


Blume, Lesley.  Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters.  New York:  Scholastic, 2008.

This book touches on themes such as friendship, storytelling and self-confidence.  I selected it because it fit nicely into the section I created on friendship.

Chmielewski, Gary.  The Medical Zone: Jokes, Riddles, Tongue Twisters & "Daffynitions”.  Chicago:  Norwood House Press, 2009.

I selected this book because of the jokes and riddles theme.  It fits well with this reading level and interest level.


Connor, Leslie.  Crunch.  NewYork:  Katherine Tegen Books, 2010.

I selected this book because the family had relationship problems.  I found that the family relationships were similar to those that Hiccup had with his father.


D’Aulaire, Ingri.  D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths.  New York:  New York Review of Books, 2005.

I selected this book because of its beautiful illustrations and that it tells the Norse Myths in condensed versions that younger readers can understand.  This can help give more background information into Hiccups’ world and why they do some of the things they do. 


Desetta, Al (ed.).  The Courage to be Yourself: True Stories by Teens About Cliques,Conflicts, and Overcoming Peer Pressure.  Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishers, 2005.

I selected this book because it deals with how to be yourself around your friends.  The best part about this book is that the stories come directly from other teenagers so it makes it less of a speech and more like talking with a friend.


Ford, Jenna.  Falconry: Art and Practice.  New York:  Sterling Publishers, 1999.

I selected this book because it was a good non-fiction look at the art of falconry.  I felt that it tied in well with the hunting animal themes and gave people more background about falconry.


Gellman, Marc.  Someday You’ll Thank Me for This!: and Other Annoying (but True)Life Lessons.  New York:  Little,Brown, 2007.

This book was great for parent/child relationships because it is written for children to understand why parents tell them the things they do.  It is light hearted and informative information so maybe parents and kids can finally see eye-to-eye.


Gownley, Jimmy.  The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular.  New York: Atheneum Books for Young Reader, 2010.

This is a funny book about how to go about being popular.  It fits in great with the section on peers and gives the reader a good laugh as well as teaching a few things about peer relationships.


Grambs, Alison.  Totally Silly Jokes.  New York:  Sterling Publishing Co., 2003.

I selected this book because it fit nicely into the jokes theme.  I also believe that it is a good selection for this reading level and interest level.


Hewitt, Sally.  The Vikings.   North Mankato:  Smart Apple Media, 2007.

This book is great for teachers looking for ideas to get their students involved in Viking activities.  It gives a little history and many activities that are not to difficult which engage students actively in the learning process.


Hicks, Betty.  Doubles Trouble.  New York:  Roaring Brook Press, 2010.

This book discusses what it is like to work as a team in sports and how to deal with disappointment and friendship.  I selected this for the sports section because it is about tennis and working together which I thought fit nicely.


Kane, Kim.  Pip, the Story of Olive.  New York:  David Fickling Books, 2009.

I selected this book for the parent/child relationships section because it shows a not so normal family life and what Pip does to try to find balance in that life.  The parent/child relationship in How to Train Your Dragon is also strained and often times abnormal therefore Pip’s story is another good book for those interested in this aspect of the book.


Keller, Charles.  Goofy Jokes & Giggles.  New York:  Sterling Publishing, 2001.

Jokes were a theme in How to Train Your Dragon because Toothless loved jokes.  I selected this book because it was a joke and riddle book that fit into the jokes theme nicely.


Kinney, Jeff.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. 

I selected this series because of the similarities in writing style and the illustrations.  They all appear to be written by a kid and is in a diary type form which also appears in the How to Train Your Dragon series.


Lasky, Kathryn.  Hawksmaid: The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian.  New York: Harper, 2010.

I selected this book because the dragons are used similar to hunting hawks and this fictious work illustrates the connection between hawk and trainer.  I felt that it tied into the hunting animals section nicely.


Lynch, Chris.  Slot Machine.  New York:  HarperCollins Publishers, 1995.

This book discusses trying out different sports and finding which one works for you.  This is similar to Hiccup trying to find just what worked for him in his own life.  The storylines parallel in many ways and I thought it fit nicely in the sports section.


Nigg, Joe.  The Book of Dragons & Other Mythical Beasts.  Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s, 2002.

I selected this book because it discussed the history and legend behind dragons as well as other mythical creatures.  This book can help spark interest in other mythical creatures and will give kids something else to explore in the realm of fantasy.


Oxlade, Chris.  Olympics.  New York:  Dorling Kindersley Publications, 2000.

I selected this book because I felt it was necessary to fit and non-fiction book into the sport section.  Because the Olympics are more individual sporting events, I thought they fit well here.


Packer, Alex. J.  The How Rude! Handbook of Friendship& Dating Manners for Teens.  Minneapolis:  Free Spirit Publishing, 2004.

I selected this book because it deals with how to behave around other peers.  It is great book geared toward teenagers and fun yet educational on etiquette and proper behavior.


Paulsen, Gary.  Masters of Disaster.  New York:  Wendy Lamb Books, 2010.

I selected this book because it is a fun adventure story for readers in the age level.  I have always been impressed by Gary Paulsen’s writing and how it seems to “speak” to readers of this age and I found that this was a great selection for the adventure section.


Paver, Michelle.  Oath Breaker.  New York: Katherine Tegen Books, 2008.

I selected this book because it fits in nicely with this age range of reader and is also a fantasy story.  It also has a theme of father and son as well  as having an adventure theme.


Paolini, Christopher.  Eragon.  New York:  Alfred A. Knopf, 2003.

I selected this book because it also shares the relationship between dragon and owner.  It is a higher level book but a great leap from How to Train Your Dragon to deeper literature.


Peretti, Frank E.  The Deadly Curse of Toco-Rey.  Dallas: Word Publisers, 1996.

I selected this book for the adventure section because it is about a young boy going up against nature and the other wilds of Central America.  There are similarities between Hiccup’s story and it also helps readers branch out into something other than fantasy because this book is more real-life based.


Pilkey, Dav.  Captain Underpants series.

I selected this series because it has the same feel that the How to Train Your Dragon series does since they both appear to be written by children.  It has similar drawings and the flow of the story is also very similar.


Rawls, Wilson.  Where the Red Fern Grows; the Story of Two Dogs and a Boy. Garden City, N.Y.:  Doubleday, 1961.

I selected this book because it deals with hunting animals and their interaction with humans.  I thought it fit well because the dragons in How to Train Your Dragon are used as hunting animals and it also deals with the relationship between the animal and human.


Reeve, Philip.  No Such Thing as Dragons.  New York:  Scholastic Press, 2010.

I selected this book because the storyline in about a boy who does not believe that dragons exist and what happens when he finds out that they just might.  This fit well for this age group and reading level for the dragon section.


Sapia, Joseph A.  The Complete Guide to Lost Pet Prevention & Recovery.  AtlanticHighlands, NJ:  El Jebel Press, 2002.

I selected this book because it is a nice non-fiction that explains what to do when you lose a pet or how to prevent that from happening.  This ties in well for when the dragon pets ran away in the book How to Train Your Dragon.  It also fits nicely into the pet care theme from the book.


Sonnenblick, Jordan.  Dodger and Me.  New York:  Square Fish, 2009.

I selected this book because it is a fantasy and there is a friendship between a boy and a Ginn.  This I found fit nicely with the friendship theme as well as a fantasy type friendship.


Stroud, Jonathan.  Heroes of the Valley.  New York:  Disney/Hyperion Books, 2010.

I selected this book because it is very similar to Hiccup’s situation but is handled in a more serious way.  This is also about Vikings and coming of age but is a longer book and not a comedy.  It fit in well with the Viking and many other themes.


Sutherland, Tui.  Loudest Beaagle on the Block.  New York: Scholastic, 2009.

I selected this book because it is about how to train your dog and is a nice fiction story.  This fiction book also fit well into the pet care section.


Tebbetts, Christopher.  The Viking Saga One:  Viking Pride.  New York:  Puffin Books, 2003.

I selected this book because it had a Viking theme that was set to modern day.  It is fun and humorous yet still finds a way to pull in a Viking theme and I thought it would be a good example to spark more interest in Vikings.


Vernon, Ursula.  Dragonbreath series.

I selected this series because of the art work.  It was similar to that in the other books because it appears to be more cartoonish and looks like something that kids would draw.  The textual content is also more unrefined than a more polished fiction book.


Webber, Diane.  Your Space: Dealing with Friends and Peers.  New York:  Franklin Watts, 2008.

I selected this book because it covers dealing with peers and pressure to fit in.  Hiccup and other characters in the book are dealing with how to fit in with other kids and learning how to deal with the everyday pressures of that setting.  This would be a nice guide for them as well as readers because they are all in the age range and dealing with the same things.