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Dragons: one of the most popular mythical creatures. Dragons have existed throughout mythology and folklore for thousands of years. When most people think of dragons, they think of giant, scaly creatures that breathe fire and fly with wings. However, not all cultures describe dragons this way. In Eastern Cultures, the dragon is serpentlike and does not have wings. In addition, dragons can either be kind or malicious. In some cultures, dragons represent luck, power, and strength. 

Appreciate a Dragon day began when Donita K. Paul wanted to celebrate the publishing of her first novel Dragonspell in the year 2004. With dragons being as popular as they are, it stuck! We celebrate this day every January 16th!      

Fun Activities

In order to honor this very special day here are some special activities you can do! 

  1. Go to the library and check out one of the books listed below! You could also look for a movie or TV show with dragons like The HobbitHow to Train Your DragonEragonPete’s Dragon, Harry Potter, or even Game of Thrones 
  2. Celebrate this day by taking a selfie with a dragon and post it on social media! You could use your favorite stuffed dragon (I have a stuffed Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon) or perhaps you have your own bearded dragon at home!   
  3. Get creative! Draw or paint a picture of dragons with your family! You can even check out one of the drawing books listed below. 
  4. If you have a PlayStation or Nintendo Switch at home celebrate by playing Spyro! If you don’t own this game, we have copies available to check out at the library!  PlayStation or Nintendo Switch 
  5. Talk! Talk to a fellow dragon lover about his/her favorite dragons! My favorite dragons are Spyro and Toothless!  

Check out books about dragons. 

These books can be found at our library branches and/or on Overdrive and HooplaHappy Reading!  

Picture Books: 

  • There’s a Dragon in your Book by Thomas Fletcher 
    Available in Print  
  • Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin 
    Available in Print, as an Audiobook on Overdrive, and as an eBook on Overdrive  
  • How to Catch a Dragon by Adam Wallace
    Available in Print and as an Audiobook on Hoopla
  • Waking Dragons by Jane Yolen 
    Available in Print
  • The Truth About Dragons by Jaime Zollars 
    Available in Print 


  • How to Draw Dragons by Mark Bergin 
    Available in Print
  • The Complete Book of Dragons by Cressida Cowell
    Available in Print 
  • The Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup the Viking Series by Cressida Cowell
    Available in Print
  • Dragon Slayers by Lisa McMann 
    Available in Print
  • Wings of Fire Series by Tui Sutherland
    Available in Print and as eBooks on Overdrive 


For more information about Appreciate a Dragon Day check out these websites!  

Days of the Year, Dragon Day 

Day Finders, Dragon Day 



Hello everyone! I'm Brianna and I am a Youth Services Library Assistant at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Working at the library is a dream come true! There is nothing better than being surrounded by books all day long. It is perfect! When I'm not at the library, I spend most of my time playing with my son, Dean, and my three dogs! I have two huskies, Strider and Oakley, and one boxer named Izzy. They keep me pretty busy, but whenever I have a spare moment there is a YA novel in my hands. I am always looking for my next great read!