Apr 6, 2017 | No-Niche Posts

Nestled among the books, there rests a slow burn of dragons. A quick Google search will tell you that it’s either a “flight of dragons,” a “weyr of dragons,” or a “wing of dragons.” But these are library dragons. They breathe fiery rhetoric, have burning questions, and hotly debate the finer points of grammar. They singe the pages now and then; not because they would ever burn a book, but because they get a little too excited about the plot twists and turns.

They are little characters, each with its own distinctive personality, and yet…

Not one of them has a name.

Not a single one.


Well, they can’t all be Herman and Oscar, now, can they?

But lest they talk amongst themselves and start nicknaming me – and they are already skeptical of my claim to be a Bronze Dragon, so I suspect the nicknames would burn – I could use help. I’m normally better at naming creatures than this, and they certainly deserve to have names. I don’t think we can impose names on them – they’ll either fit, or not fit – but nothing’s popping into my head, not even a bad suggestion.

Look at the photo – do any of them whisper their names to you? (I’m beginning to understand the whole “Rumplestiltskin” story – perhaps they are all teasing me, refusing to tell me their names, expecting me to guess! What payment will they exact, if I fail?) While the middle dragon on the second-from-the-top shelf doesn’t exactly have a name, he has plenty of epithets, such as “Grammar Dragon” and “the Dragon of Invincibility and Plausible Excuses.” 

He’s just waiting for me to come up with a plausible excuse for not giving him or his kin names.


Please, if you have any idea what their names might be, leave a comment below. My friend Tracy suggested I give a little more “background” on these guys – it might help in naming them. So here you go:

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Holly Jahangiri

Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle, illustrated by Jordan Vinyard; A Puppy, Not a Guppy, illustrated by Ryan Shaw; and the newest release: A New Leaf for Lyle, illustrated by Carrie Salazar. She draws inspiration from her family, from her own childhood adventures (some of which only happened in her overactive imagination), and from readers both young and young-at-heart. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, J.J., whose love and encouragement make writing books twice the fun.


  1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    Anne McCaffrey dragons I understood. More just confuse me.

    Maybe you could find enough names for all your dragons in the books of your favorite author of dragon tales?

  2. Mitch Mitchell

    I can’t name any of these dragons but of course there are dragons with names. There’s Toothless, Norbert & Eragon just to get started. 🙂 I can’t remember the name of the dragon in Dragonheart, but the fact that he was a talking dragon was good enough for me. 🙂

    • HollyJahangiri

      I don’t really want to name them after famous dragons, but Toothless and Norbert are kind of “names headed in the right direction,” if you know what I mean. Whatever their names, they have to fit their personalities. It’s the #1 Rule of the Naming of Things, isn’t it?

      • Mitch Mitchell

        Then what about Smokey? Most people think of that name belonging to the bear, but it was also the name of the 2-headed dragon Touche Turtle fought lol

        • HollyJahangiri

          I like that. Let me run it by them and see if any of them agree.


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