My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Recommended for ages eight and up with accompanying adult(s)

  • Reading led by

    former BAMPFA children’s film festival programmer

Intergenerational narration frames this Newbery Honor–winning classic, in which Elmer Elevator runs away with a savvy alley cat to rescue a flying baby dragon. The unfortunate dragon is being exploited as a ferry service by the selfish animals of Wild Island. Elmer stows away on a ship bound for the island with a knapsack full of tricks—chewing gum, rubber bands, a fine-toothed comb, and other unexpected things. With these tools and his own sharp wits, Elmer disarms the fiercest beasts on the island.

About Roundtable Reading

At Roundtable Reading, young readers read aloud to one another from the opening pages of a good book for about an hour. Children who participate at the event will receive a copy of the book to continue reading at home. No advance sign-up needed; just show up promptly at two o'clock ready to read!

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