Appreciate a Dragon Day

January 16, Every Year!

Appreciate a Dragon Day was started in 2004 by Mrs. Paul to celebrate the release of DragonSpell.
We encourage you to join us as we celebrate literacy and have some fun!

Choose a favorite dragon from literature and then share that dragon in some art form. Here are a bunch of ways YOU can celebrate on January 16:

  • BE CREATIVE: Make drawings, sketches, paintings, sculptures, poems, an additional story that might also have happened to this dragon, a song, a play, or a comic strip.
  • FOR LIBRARIES: Display featured dragon books or children's artwork. How about a competition for the most creative dragon bookmark? Or a poster advertising the dragon book of the child’s choice?
  • PUPPET SHOWS: Make dragon puppets and put on a show for friends and family.
  • TREASURE HUNT: Look for "missing" dragon eggs!
  • TAKE PICTURES: See how many pictures you can take of your favorite stuffed dragon in funny places. Maybe eating a hamburger at McDonald’s? Reading dinosaur books in the library? Shaking hands with the mayor of your town? Waiting at a bus stop? Riding on a fire engine?
  • FOR CLASSROOMS: Ask children to do individual projects or group artwork. Bring in boxes of all sizes and tie and tape them together to make a giant box sculpture of a dragon. Volunteers can visit classrooms and read a favorite dragon book.
  • CREATE A MOSAIC: Get all those free address labels that come as advertisements. Cut off the address and keep the picture. Sort by color. Draw an outline of a dragon on a big sheet of paper and use the colored bits from the address labels to fill in the dragon, mosaic-style.

Find more bright ideas from around the web.

Do YOU have some bright ideas?

If you would like to contribute art ideas, activities, or books, please contact us!  

For children, please include your name, age and state. Note: We do not post children’s last names on the web.

For adults, please include your name, state, and position (mother, third grade teacher, librarian, etc.)

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