Welcome to Celebri-dots

International Dot Day is a celebration of creativity that was inspired by Peter H. Reynolds' book "The Dot". This site is filled with other authors, illustrators, and celebrities who share in the dream of a more creative world. Learn more about International Dot Day!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Constance Lombardo




Constance Lombardo has been drawing and studying art since she was a kid. She worked with a muralist in San Francisco, where she got to paint on walls. As a painter, she loves to use dots along with drips and globs. She is the author/illustrator of Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat to the Stars (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins) and Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat Across America. She hopes kids like cats as much as she does. But most of all, she hopes kids keep making art because it’s so fun!

Learn more about Constance on her website

Monday, April 11, 2016

Susan Hill Long



Susan Hill Long is the author of Whistle in the Dark, a middle-grade novel.

Susan has also written books for beginning readers under the name Susan Hill, including Black Beauty and the Thunderstorm and Black Beauty: Stolen!(illustrated by Bill Farnsworth) which were named Best Books by Bank Street College of Education; Peter Pan: Lost and Found, and The Wind in the Willows: A Fine Welcome (both illustrated by Michael Hague).

She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two daughters.
Susan describes her dot: "One day (among many just like it) I was stumbling, stymied, stuck. For a change I painted a couple of old words instead of trying to come up with new ones. I took a hand-lettering tutorial online at The Postman's Knock and thus I made my dot. Here it is, such as it is!"

Her next book is The Magic Mirror: Concerning a Lonely Princess, a Foundling Girl, A Scheming King and a Pickpocket Squirrel (Knopf/May 10).

Learn more about Susan on her website.




Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wendell and Florence Minor 2016


Wendell Minor is nationally known for the artwork he has created for over fifty award-winning children’s books. His many collaborators include Jean Craighead George, Robert Burleigh, Buzz Aldrin, Tony Johnston, Mary Higgins Clark, and last but not least, his wife Florence. In 2009 Wendell and Florence’s If You Were a Penguin, was chosen by Pennsylvania for their “One Book, Every Young Child” 2009 early literacy program, and they enjoyed the month they spent speaking to children in Pennsylvania’s libraries, schools, Head Start facilities, and Museums.

Wendell is also the cover artist and designer of over two thousand books for authors Pat Conroy, David McCullough, Fannie Flagg, and Nathaniel Philbrick among many others.  His portrait of “Truman” for the cover of David McCullough’s book is in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.

Following a productive and fulfilling career as a documentary film editor for ABC News in New York, Florence Minor was happy to find a second, and equally fulfilling career in publishing after she and Wendell moved to Connecticut.  Her first project was co-editing a twenty-five year retrospective of Wendell’s book cover art, Wendell Minor: Art for the Written Word while also handling the business aspects of the minorart studio. In keeping with her lifelong love of reading and writing, and her interest in editing, the timing was perfect to begin collaborating with Wendell, to creating books that entertain, teach, and inspire children.

Learn more about Wendell and Florence on their website. 

Due out January 2017

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Leslie Muir




Leslie Muir is a writer, poet and painter. She currently has four published picture books under her belt. Her latest, C.R. Mudgeon (Atheneum), was a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year selection. Leslie's stories almost always include her three life essentials: an offbeat sense of humor, festive food and good friends.

Leslie lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her tech guru husband, two mischievous sons and a pair of lazy, good-for-nothin' dogs. You can visit her at www.lesliemuir.com.




Sunday, March 20, 2016

Miranda Ireland


Miranda Ireland graduated from Mott Community College in 2010 with an Associates Degree in Art and has been studying picture book writing and illustrating ever since and will be forever and ever.  She likes to use a lot of different techniques and mediums when illustrating, but mostly watercolor, ink, and colored pencil, it just depends on what the story calls for.  Miranda is represented by Danielle Smith of the Red Fox Literary Agency and can't wait to begin making meaningful, timeless stories!  Miranda live in Michigan with her husband, son, and imaginary pet pig, Gingerbread.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Marcie Wessels / Tim Bowers



Marcie Wessels received a BA in English and Spanish from John Carroll University, an MA in Spanish from Bowling Green State University, and a PhD in Latin American Literature from Tulane University. She has taught Spanish language and literature at the University of San Diego. Pirate’s Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime (Doubleday BFYR, 2015) is her first picture book. She lives with her husband and their two children in San Diego. www.marciewessels.com

Tim Bowers studied at the Columbus College of Art & Design and started his career in an advertising art studio before being recruited by Hallmark to design greeting cards. Since then, he has illustrated over thirty-five children’s books. His book illustrations have received many state and national awards. He and his wife live in Granville, Ohio. www.timbowers.com



Monday, December 14, 2015

Hervé Tullet



Hervé Tullet was born in 1958 in Normandy. After studying Fine Arts and Decorative Arts, he worked as an Art Director for ten years. In 1990 he produced his first illustrations for the press. In 1994, his first book for children was published by Seuil Jeunesse : Comment Papa a rencontré Maman.

He did not have to wait long for recognition: he received the Prize for Non-Fiction at the Bologne International Book Fair in 1998 for Faut Pas Confondre, and his books that prefer the ‘path’ to narration, soon find much acclaim. With the series of books Jeux de…(2006 onwards), with Les Cinq Sens (2003) orL’imaginier (2006), his work not only includes reading books but also touch and feel books aiming thus at children right from early childhood. 

With Moi, C’est Blop, published in 2005, that marks the birth of the chameleon form so emblematic of his work, or Turlututu, in 2007, the strange eye that guides children through a game of question and answers, Hervé Tullet asserts his concept : soliciting the reader to actually integrating them in his work. 

Le grand livre du hasard is rewarded The Pitchou Prize for the best work in children’s literature in 2009 at the Children’s Book Fair of Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux accompanied by wide international acclaim through translations in 25 languages, exhibitions in Korea in 2009, at the Modern Tate Gallery of London in 2011 and a number of workshops in France (Montreuil, Rennes, Roubaix) and abroad (Los Angeles, Istanbul…).

He also revisits activity books through À toi de gribouiller(2007), Livre de coloriages (2009) and Le livre avec un trou(2011). 

Un livre, published in 2010, synthesizes his art to the purest forms : only three little dots, one yellow, one blue, one red and the magic begins. This work, rewarded the Sorcières Prize 2011, and praised for it’s boldness made way for a new challenge, that of a digital adaptation. Another new success that received in 2012 the Pépite Prize of digital creation at the Children’s Book Festival of Montreuil. 



Hervé calls his dot, "Game of Dots"

You can learn more about Hervé on his website.