Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Celebrate the Chinese New Year: 2024 the Year of the (Wood) Dragon


"A fisherboy dived into the water
and brought up a pearl from beneath
the chin of a black dragon."
The Dragon Princess
The Chinese Fairy Book
by Richard Wilhelm
Artist George W. Hood, 1921

"I do not care what comes after; I have seen the dragons on the wind of morning."
- Ursula K. Le Guin, The Farthest Shore

The Chinese New Year begins on Saturday, February 10, 2024, marking the start of a new lunar year and 2024 is the Year of the Wood Dragon.

The Wood Dragon is a symbol of power, nobility, and success, representing honor, courage, and tenacity. People born in the Year of the Dragon are said to be ambitious, energetic, and charismatic, inspiring others with their passion and enthusiasm. They are considered to be natural leaders, confident and unafraid to take risks, making them magnetic personalities in social and professional circles.




The Dragon - Italy

The Dragon and the Prince - Serbia

The Devil and His Grandmother – Brothers Grimm   


The Dragon of Ghent - Belgium


The Dragon of the North – Estonia


The Dragon Princess - China


The Dragon’s Tail – Germany


The Four Dragons - Asia

How the Dragon Came to Be - China

How the Dragon Was Tricked - Greece

The Four Dragons - Asia

The Lambton Worm - England

The Princess and the Dragon - Serbia



Chinese Fairy Tales by William Elliot Griffis, 1919 - The Golden Dragon ofthe Boringue on page 188 and Turk, Turban, Tulip and Dragon, page 166  To read these tales and download the  book for free go to 

The Serene Dragon
- This incredible site is sure to slay you! Over 544 dragon tales listed by country and region, with origins, and articles; you will be breathing fire in no time at all. Unfortunately, the site is no longer online but you may still access the pages via the Wayback Machine at this link: –Books, stories and more, all related to those amazing mythical creatures.
Jackie crossed over a few years ago but her incredible work lives on, accessible via the Wayback Machine here:



Bookroo – Dragon books for a variety of ages.



15 Chinese Dragon Crafts for Kids to Celebrate Chinese or Lunar New Year

Dragon Coloring Pages

Handprint Dragon Puppet




Adventures with Dragons, Gods and Giants – A grade three unit connected to the Core Curriculum Standards. – Lions, Dragons and Nian: Animals of the Chinese New Year – Curriculum grades K-5. – This is curriculum from the United Kingdom for ages 7 to 11 with downloadable activity sheets.

We Are Teachers – Curriculum to complement the 2024 Chinese Lunar New Year.




British Folklore – Ten Dragons - The history of dragons in various cultures, short legends about dragons and more.

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Karen Chace 2024 ©

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