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Dragons Love Tacos

Last updated Monday, April 25, 2022

Author: Adam Rubin
Illustrator: Daniel Salmieri
Date of Publication: 2012
ISBN: 0803736800
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: May 2022

Synopsis: Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You're in red-hot trouble.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  This book is a fun, fantasy book to read.
•  Genre-Fantasy, comedy, humor
•  It has no direct message or theme. We can pay attention to the contrast between fantasy (dragons) and reality (tacos)


•  Gigantic-very large
•  Sizzle- hissing sound of food cooking
•  Speck-very little bit

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What rule is the author telling us to follow about giving dragons tacos?
•  The author says Dragons HATE HOT SAUCE because it makes fire come out of their mouth and upsets their stomachs.
•  Who likes salsa on their tacos?

Craft ideas:
•  Using your hand, trace it, add a tail and use bright colors for you gigantic dragon
•  Using a cupcake liner, fold it over, color it orange/yellow to show corn taco shell
•  Rip up brown paper (meat), rip up green paper (lettuce), rip up orange paper (cheese) and red paper (tomatoes)
•  See photo in Pinterest--OR without supplies DRAW A TACO NEXT TO YOUR (hand) dragon
•  Check in with our students while doing the craft with the question: WHAT DID THE AUTHOR TEACH US ABOUT DRAGONS AND TACOS??
•  Also, talk about what food groups are in a taco: meat/protein; lettuce/vegetable; cheese/dairy; and tomatoes/vegetables and WHO LIKES SALSA ON TOP??
•  Check our craft ideas on Pinterest! at https://www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/may-2022fantasy-folklore-and-fairytales
•  Check this website for more suggestions: https://readingtokids.org/ReadingClubs/CraftTips.php

Special activities:
•  Watch Xiuhcoatl the Aztec Dragon of Fire & Lightning enjoy a chicken tamale at https://youtu.be/GAPumgTI1GE (5 seconds long)
You can also see and share a still photo of the above at

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!