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!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

J. R. Krause

J.R. Krause grew up in the woodsy town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. He is an award-winning animator and designer. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has worked on many television shows, including The Simpsons and Futurama. He is the author-illustrator of DRAGON NIGHT (G. P. Putnam's Sons). He is also the co-creator of the bilingual picture book series Poco Loco (Two Lions) with his wife Maria Chua. To learn more, visit jrkrause.com.

The beautifully animated DRAGON NIGHT book trailer can be viewed here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8_rrcdD3lw

Find him on Twitter at: @jrkrausebooks

Find him on Instagram at: J. R. Krause

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Sharon Creech 2018

Sharon Creech is the author of the Newbery Medal winner Walk Two Moons and the Newbery Honor Book The Wanderer. Her other work includes the novels Hate That Cat, The Castle Corona, Replay, Heartbeat, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, Ruby Holler, Love That Dog, Bloomability, Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird, and Pleasing the Ghost, as well as three picture books: A Fine, Fine School; Fishing in the Air; and Who's That Baby 

Her latest book is Saving Winslow. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Robin Newman 2018

Raised in New York and Paris, Robin Newman was a practicing attorney and legal editor, but she now prefers to write about witches, mice, pigs, and peacocks. She lives in New York with her husband, son, goldfish, and two spoiled English cocker spaniels.  

No Peacocks! illustrated by Chris Ewald (Sky Pony Press 2018), is a fictional feathered tale about Phil, Jim, and Harry, the real-life peacocks residing on the grounds of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Every day, Phil, Jim, and Harry are fed sunflower seeds by the staff who care for them. But one day, they decide they're sick of seeds. They make a break for the New York City street in search of pizza, Chinese take out, and pastries. But everywhere they go, they're told "No peacocks!" So they try to get an ooey, gooey, delicious meal closer to home. But how are they going to sneak into The Cathedral School's dining hall and get their wings on the school's world-famous mac 'n cheese? A little plotting, help from the students, and mission mac 'n cheese is a go! No Peacocks! is a story of friendship and teamwork, with a mild sprinkling of fowl play. Perfect for readers and foodies of all ages! 

To learn more about Robin and her other publications at: 

Twitter: @robinnewmanbook

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Nancy Tupper Ling

Nancy Tupper Ling is the winner of the prestigious Writer’s Digest Grand Prize and the Pat Parnell Poetry Award.  She draws her inspiration from the multicultural background of her family and the interwoven fabric of familial culture which is, on the surface, seemingly everyday.  She is the author of My Sister, Alicia May (Pleasant Street Press), Double Happiness (Chronicle Books), The Story I’ll Tell (Lee & Low Books) and the founder of Fine Line Poets (www.finelinepoets.com). Currently she resides in Walpole, Massachusetts with her husband, Vincent, and their two girls.

More sides to her dot

Learn more about Nancy on her website. 

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Wendell Minor 2018

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.

The 2018 Celebridot is detail from one of the paintings for his forthcoming book Tiny Bird with Robert Burleigh (Spring 2020, Christy Ottaviano Books).

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Molly Idle

Molly Idle has been drawing ever since she could wield a pencil. But while she started scribbling before she could walk, her professional career as an artist began slightly later…
It was upon her graduation from Arizona State University, with a BFA in Drawing, that Molly accepted an offer to work for DreamWorks Feature Animation Studios.  After five years, a number of film credits, and an incredibly good time, she left the studio and leapt with gusto into the world of children's book illustration!
Molly now lives in Arizona with her brilliant husband, two wonderfully mischievous sons, and two snugly cats. When not making mischief with her boys or watching old Technicolor musicals, she can be found at her desk scribbling away, with a pencil in one hand and a cup of espresso in the other- creating a plethora of profoundly whimsical picture books!
Molly's dot is based on her new book, Pearl which is due out October 9, 2018. Her book, Flora and the Flamingo won a Caldecott Honor in 2014

Learn more about Molly on her website

Monday, July 9, 2018

Anna Kang

Anna Kang was born in the Bronx and grew up on Long Island where she spent most of her free time reading Teen Beat magazine and Archie comics and watching movies at the local multiplex. Thinking she would one day become a professor/diplomat/world traveler, she studied International Relations and Asian Studies at Tufts University and Nanzan University in Japan. Instead, she followed her heart and moved to L.A., where she received an M.F.A. from USC's School of Cinematic Arts and discovered what made her happy -- telling stories.

After graduating, she was selected to participate in the Sundance Institute's Screenwriter's Lab and Film Independent's Directors Lab with her first feature script, The Lost Tribe of Long Island. All these experiences - personal, professional, creative - lead her to write her debut picture book, You Are (Not) Small with her talented illustrator-husband, Christopher Weyant. You Are (Not) Small was the winner of the 2015 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award.

Anna writes about her dot, "My Korean-born parents came to the U.S. forty-one years ago, thanks to the Hart-Cellar Act of 1965, which President Johnson signed into law at the foot of the Statue of Liberty. My parents became American citizens nine years after arriving in New York City, and though my mother did not speak much English, a "kind man" helped them fill out their application. My mother eventually received her Master's degree in Bilingual Education from New York University and taught in the NYC public school system for twenty years. My father was a physician in an inner-city Brooklyn hospital in private practice and in a local clinic for over thirty years. They both worked hard, bought a house in the suburbs, raised two children, and lived the American dream. My dot is to honor them and all immigrants who make America great."

Coming soon from Anna and Christopher, Eraser.

Learn more about Anna on her website.