Today is Appreciate a Dragon Day!
Yes, it’s a real thing,* occurring each year on January 16. Created by author Donita K. Paul in 2004, the purpose is clear in the name: to appreciate and celebrate the awesomeness of dragons!
Dragons are, of course, near and dear to my heart. I named my blog The Bookwyrm’s Hoard… and what’s a bookwyrm but a book dragon, after all?
So how can you appreciate a dragon today?
- Read a dragon book. Check out my Dragon Books Masterlist page for suggestions for all ages.
- Draw a dragon. Or if your artistic skills aren’t quite up to that, color one. If you search Google Images for “dragon coloring pages,” you’ll find quite a few.
- Write a story, poem, or song about a dragon.
- Bake dragon cookies using one of these dragon cookie cutters from Amazon.
- Sing “Puff, the Magic Dragon.” Or read the picture book while you listen to the Peter, Paul and Mary recording (YouTube.)
- Watch a movie with dragons in it, like The Hobbit (parts 2 and 3), How to Train Your Dragon, Maleficent, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Pete’s Dragon, Dragonheart, or any of the many other movies featuring a dragon.
- Make your own dragon. Sculpt a dragon from polymer clay, or make a stuffed toy from fabric or yarn. You can find lots of patterns on Ravelry for knitted dragons or crocheted dragons. I particularly like the one designed by Kim Harrison (yes, the author).
*though not an official holiday on any national or state calendar that I’m aware of