The Dragon and the Stone Releases Today!

I’m delighted to announce that The Dragon and the Stone, the first book of The Dream Keeper Saga, releases today! A heartfelt THANK YOU to all who have encouraged this endeavor over the past few years!

My goal with this series is to spark kids’ imaginations and introduce them to themes that point to the greatest Story of all — our salvation in Christ. You won’t see His name explicitly mentioned, but I hope the story arcs remind you of Him, and that reading the book with your kids brings you a fraction of the joy I experienced in writing it!

The Dragon and the Stone is available on Amazon, Christianbook, Crossway, and other retailers. And if you prefer audiobooks, I’m honored to report that the gifted Shannon McManus devoted her talents to the narration!

Here’s what people are saying:

“An appealing, imaginative adventure tale with classic fantasy elements.”

Kirkus Reviews

“I could not put this book down! Butler brings creative imagination and spiritual depth together in a way that keeps children engaged and curious. The larger-than-life storyline of The Dragon and the Stone is worth daydreaming about at your desk and discussing with your family around the table. Be prepared for your kids to initiate creative projects after reading!”
Gloria Furman, author, Labor with Hope and A Tale of Two Kings

The Dragon and the Stone displays all the imagination a book about the realm of dreams should have. The stakes are high―in that realm, and this―but it’s worth braving the dangers.”
James D. Witmer, Managing Editor,; author, AYear in the Big Old GardenBeside the Pond, and The Strange New Dog

The Dragon and the Stone invites young readers to make an exciting journey into the realm of dreams with Lily McKinley and her eccentric companions. With a great deal of inventiveness and a touch of whimsy, Kathryn Butler takes the reader on a perilous ride that they won’t want to end. I was gripped from the first chapter, and I expect families will soon be clamoring for the next book in The Dream Keeper Saga!”
Betsy Childs Howard, Editor, The Gospel Coalition; author, Arlo and the Great Big Cover-Up and Polly and the Screen Time Overload

“Interesting characters and exciting action, vivid locations, and important lessons. This is just the kind of book my children loved to read―and the kind of book I loved to read to them.”
Tim Challies, blogger,

“In The Dragon and the Stone, Kathryn Butler has created a place of belonging for the uniquely creative among us―the girl who finds herself lost in daydreams or the boy who wishes his imaginary creations were real. But it’s not a realm for them alone; it’s a world that calls us all to realize the gifts of creativity we’ve been given and to employ them in serving God and others. Readers inspired by the journey of The Fellowship of the Ring, the redemption of Eustace Scrubb, and the loyalty of Ron and Hermione will find a new story to capture their imaginations and their hearts. Read it with a child, read it by yourself―just read it.”
Catherine Parks, author, Empowered and Strong

The Dragon and the Stone is a captivating story with undeniable Christian themes, making it a literary treasure that adults and children of all ages will enjoy. In it, Kathryn Butler enlivens the imagination through vivid storytelling while pointing to hope and redemption that only Christ can offer. I cannot wait to read this wonderful tale with my family!”
Hunter Beless, Founder and Host, Journeywomen podcast; author, Read It, See It, Say It, Sing It: Knowing and Loving the Bible

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