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Dragon Appreciation Day is fast approaching!

 Jan 16th is Dragon Appreciation Day.  Dragon Appreciation day was made in 2004 to honor the release of the book DragonSpell by Donita K. Paul which was the first book in the Dragon Keeper saga.   For lovers of dragons and young adult/fantasy novels DragonSpell is a book very much worth checking out..

Here is the description of Dragon Appreciation Day!
The dragon is a powerful symbol in mythology all over the world, from Europe to Asia and beyond. Appreciate A Dragon Day encourages you to explore the cultural significance of the dragon in your society and history!

Join us in sharing art and stories beneath the Hasttag: #AppreciateADragonDay

Toylab's Dragons!
Every Appreciate A Dragon Day we choose a few Dragons to honor.  This year we are going to focus on the Dragons from the Companios of the Silver Apple D&D group.
 We are going to pay homage by releasing some stats and lore on SlumberRuin a Dracolich from the Path of Nightmares Quest.  The Wizard of the Companions also has a dragon related item that he may........or may not do something with on Dragon Day.   Check out the Toylab posts below for all of our Appreciate A Dragon Day Coverage!

Toylab's Appreciatie A Dragon Day Posts

Naming Anorak's dragon

SlumberRuin the DracoLich! Lore and Stats

Appreciate a Dragon Day Coloring Sheets

If you want to get your Dragon Day off right on you could always check out DragonSpell from your local library or buy it here.  Its a fun book and a delightful overall series.

Once a slave, Kale is given the unexpected opportunity to become a servant to Paladin. Yet this young girl has much to learn about the difference between slavery and service.
A small band of Paladin's servants rescue Kale from danger but turn her from her destination: The Hall, where she was to be trained. Feeling afraid and unprepared, Kale embarks on a perilous quest to find the meech dragon egg stolen by the foul wizard Risto. First, she and her comrades must find Wizard Fenworth. But their journey is threatened when a key member of the party is captured, leaving the remaining companions to find Fenworth, attempt an impossible rescue, and recover the egg whose true value they have not begun to suspect... 
Weaving together memorable characters, daring adventure, and a core of eternal truth, Dragonspell is a finely crafted and welcome addition to the corpus of fantasy fiction.
What to do on Dragon Day!
Here are a several ideas to celebrate Dragon Day.
  • Wear a Dragon T-Shirt
  • Play a D&D adventure involving a Dragon (Which is not easy!)
  • Print out and color some Dragons
  • Watch a Fantasy Movie
  • Bake a Dragon themed desert
  • Make your own Dragon
Read Dragonology to your Children OR JUST FOR FUN
The Ology books are always fun and my children never complain when I get one out.  There is one Ology book in particular that seems crafted for this day!  I love the Ology books and this one may be my favorite of all of them.
Do you believe in dragons? Now, for the first time, the long-lost research of renowned nineteenth century dragonologist Dr. Ernest Drake is presented in all its eccentric glory, happily bridging the gap between dragon legend and fact. The meticulous Dr. Drake assigns Latin names to various dragon species, ruminates on why dragons are able to speak, speculates on how they could fly, and explains the true purpose of their notorious hoarding habits. Here are just a few of DRAGONOLOGY'S fascinating features:
— Novelty item on every spread, including tactile samples of dragon wings, dragon scales, and dragon skin
— Booklet of dragon riddles (indispensable to the burgeoning dragonologist)
— Sealed envelope containing a powerful dragon-calling spell
— Embossed faux leather cover with silver foil, encrusted with three dragon gems
In his afterword, Dr. Drake reveals that one of the crucial goals of dragonologists is to preserve the magnificent creatures of their study wherever possible - a goal this tongue-in-cheek volume most affectionately achieves. An incomparable gift for secret dragonologists everywhere!

Dragon Crafts:
One cool thing to do on Dragon Appreciation Day is paint a Dragon Miniature.  Here are some cool Dragons for that purpose on Amazon.  After putting together your Dragon Miniature and painting them you could give them a name and story.  You could even create stats for them in use on D&D or Pathfinder games.  If you make one please let us know so we can share it!

Choose your Dragon!
Choose a dragon to honor on this day by coloring or writing about them.  Here are a few options:

Toylab's Dragon of Choice from last year was  FIN FANG FOOM!!!!

Fin Fang Foom!!!!!!!!

Tolkien's Dragons:
  • Smaug - From Hobbit
  • Ancalagon the Black - Biggest Dragon
  • Glaurung - Oldest Dragon
  • Scatha 
Forgotten Realm Dragons
Companions of the Silver Apple/ Forgotten Realms:
  • SlumberRuin
R.A. Salvatore / Forgetten Realms:
  • Ingeloakastimizilian / Icing Death
  • Shimmergloom
  • Hephaestus
More Forgotten Realm Dragons!
  • Venom Fang - the Dragon in the Lost Mine of Phandelver
  • Tiamat - Evil Dragon god
  • Bahamut - Good Dragon god
The Dragonlance series featured tons of dragons in the world of Krynn.  The dragons of Krynn also feature heavily in the political and power struggles of the world in good and evil.

  • Aurican
  • Darlantan
  • Ansalon
  • Crematia

There are many books in the series that feature Dragons however one that I would recommend is The Dragons Lost Histories.  I think this is the 6th book of Lost Histories but don't let that intimidate you as its very much stand alone.  Each of the Lost Histories Books focuses on a different race in the Dragonlance world that has been overlooked such as the Irda and Kargonesti elves.  Each book in the series is standalone.  The Dragons Lost Histories book is often overlooked in the Dragonlance Lore.  I know a few people who adored the Dragonlance novels like me but few know of this particular book.   To me it is best book on mapping out how Dragons work and think.   This is often the book I return to in determining personalities, powers and desires of Dragons when I act as a dungeon master.  The reason for this is simply that it a chronicle of stories of Dragons from their perspective which is unique.

The Dragons: Dragonlance: Lost Histories, Book 6
This book is often overlooked but is very cool for Dragon lovers in that it really focuses on the world from the Dragon perspective not from a human or elven view.
War Among the Dragons....
"When dragons make war, Krynn can only tremble in the shadow of angry wings." (Astinus Lorekeeper)
Aurican and Darlantan, mighty serpents of gold and silver, have been nurtured in a world of wisdom, meditation, and sublime faith. On the other side of Ansalon, Crematia, a dragon of red, inherits the Dark Queen's legacy of betrayal, violence, conquest, and plunder.
The advent of a worldwide war sweeps these powerful beings and many more into desperate strife. Battles rage over Krynn with a fury that threatens to annihilate nations and whole races - even dragonkind. As campaigns ebb and flow, generations of lesser mortals come and go, and the great serpents are left to determine the fate of the world. Their triumphs may create a destiny of all-encompassing light or cast the world beneath the shadow of ultimate darkness.
The Dragons: The Lost Histories Series probes the historical roots and epic struggles of little-known inhabitants of Krynn.

Game Of Thrones:
  •  Drogon
  • Viserion
  • Rhaegal

  • Dragon Man - Marvel Comics
  • Fin Fang Foom - Marvel Comics
  • Dulcy - Sonic the Hedge Hog
  • Nid Hogg from Angel Sanctuary
  • Lock Heed - X-Men / Marvel Comics
  • Shenron - Dragon Ball
  • Wormy - From Wormy
  • Spyro - From Video Game series
  • Charizard - Pokemon
  • Dragonite - Pokemon
  • Puff the Magic Dragon

  • Beauwulf's Dragon
  • The Leviathan - Book of Job / Bible
  • Jabber Wocky - Lewis Carol
Dragon Art:
Here is some awesome Dragon art of both good Dragons and rampaging evil Dragons.

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