Appreciate a Dragon Day

January 16, 2019 Uncategorized 7

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?

Green dragon shelf-sitter atop a pile of leatherbound books

Dragon shelf-sitter, and the inspiration for The Bookwyrm’s Hoard bookwyrm. (photo © K. Pekar 2014)


So how can you appreciate a dragon today?

  1. Read a dragon book. Check out my Dragon Books Masterlist page for suggestions for all ages.
  2. 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.
  3. Write a story, poem, or song about a dragon.
  4. Bake dragon cookies using one of these dragon cookie cutters from Amazon.
  5. Sing “Puff, the Magic Dragon.” Or read the picture book while you listen to the Peter, Paul and Mary recording (YouTube.)
  6. Watch a movie with dragons in it, like The Hobbit (parts 2 and 3), How to Train Your DragonMaleficent, 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.
  7. 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).


knitted dragon in burgundy and dark green, sitting on miniature woven-seat wooden chair

Rupert the Dragon, knit by unknown exhibitor, Montpelier Fiber Festival 2018. Pattern by Kim Harrison. (photo © K. Pekar 2018)




*though not an official holiday on any national or state calendar that I’m aware of


7 Responses to “Appreciate a Dragon Day”

  1. Lark

    This should be an official holiday! Love your dragons…and all dragons in general! Now I’m going to go bake some dragon cookies. 😀

  2. sjhigbee

    I LOVE dragons and yours are splendid – particularly that gorgeous fellow guarding the book! Thank you for telling us all about this crucial day.