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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, January 28, 2018

Mônica Carnesi

Mônica Carnesi an author/illustrator of two picture books, both by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. She is also a full-time librarian, so picture books are a big and important part of her life.  

You can find more about Mônica and her books on her website: www.monicacarnesi.com

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mike Petrik

Mike Petrik is an animator by day and an illustrator of books, magazines, and wonderfully scary doodles by night. He’s contributed to such publications as Highlights for Children and is also the illustrator of Johnny Works with One Hammer by Nicholas Ian. Mike has always loved Halloween and has created many spooktacular haunted houses over the years. He lives with his family near Chicago, where he waits each year for the best day ever…Halloween! Learn more at www.mikepetrik.com.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Joy Steuerwald

Joy Steuerwald is an author and illustrator who has always been inspired by creating for children. Through children's educational animated games, product design and illustration, Joy has always loved making her mark with kids in mind. Joy lives in the Bay Area with her husband and 2 muses (her son and miniature wiener dog). She teaches her son to love nature and our planet and for him to be brave enough to make his own mark. 

Joy's first authored and illustrated picture book, The Peculiar Pig, will be released in 2019 by Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin.

Learn more about Joy's work here:

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Benson Shum

Benson Shum is an author/illustrator that enjoys creating and telling stories through animation and illustration. Benson is also an Animator at the Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios, where he was a part of such films as Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia and Moana. His inspiration comes from his love of children’s book illustrations, and observation of the little things in life. Originally from Vancouver, BC, Benson now resides in Burbank, California.

Benson's first children's book Holly's Day at the Pool was published April 2017 with Disney-Hyperion. 

You can learn more about Benson here:

Friday, September 15, 2017

Florence and Wendell Minor 2017

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. 

Alex Willan

Alex Willan earned his BFA in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design. He also attended Illustration Academy, where he studied with award-winning illustrators, including C.F. Payne, Gary Kelley and Anita Kunz. His work has been exhibited in art galleries, and he has painted murals, theater sets, and squirmy children’s faces, but his true love has always been picture books. He is an active member of SCBWI, through which he was awarded a mentorship with author/illustrator Matt FaulknerTo see more of Alex's work, you can visit his website: www.alexwillan.com, follow him on Instagram: www.instagram.com/alexwillan, and find him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AlexWillan.

Learn more about Alex on his website.

Jess Keating

Jess Keating is a fiction and nonfiction writer who loves telling fun stories in any way she can. She also has a Masters of Science in Zoology, so she throws around goofy animal facts a lot.

She has always loved writing and making up stories. She even started a library in her room when she was a kid, so she could charge her brother late fees. She is a self-proclaimed "giant science nerd," and loves to incorporate weird science into her books.

You can learn more about Jess on her website.