Congratulations on the publication of WHEN YOU MEET A DRAGON by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, ​​illustrated by Udayana Lugo publishing today with Orca Book Publishers!

A sweet and powerful story told in second-person about facing your fears (or dragons) and how, when people work together, hope can prevail.

It’s a normal day in your normal town. You are all alone when you spot a dragon overhead. You know you can’t defeat it by yourself, so you call for help. Your friends, family and neighbors all band together. Some do the firefighting, some try to reason with the dragon and some are fierce and fearless. Just when it seems the beast has won, more people arrive and rally against it. Finally, the dragon flees! And now, if it ever comes back, you’ll be ready to face it with your community. Together.


“In this parable, a tot discovers and implements activism…Teaches a worthwhile lesson in grit and teamwork.” – Kirkus Reviews

“[Shares] insights and appreciation for the importance of teamwork…This engaging dragon story also emphasizes how approaching issues or obstacles that might feel overwhelming with persistence and with a supportive group of allies can lead to positive outcomes.” – Booklist

Tanya Lloyd Kyi is the award-winning author of more than thirty books for children and young adults. She often writes about science, history, and activism. Tanya’s recent titles include Our Green City, What Will I Discover? and Bompa’s Insect Expedition, co-written with David Suzuki. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Tanya is represented by Amy Tompkins.

Congratulations Tanya!