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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!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sarah Frances Hardy

Sarah Frances Hardy lives with her husband and three daughters in Oxford, Mississippi, where she is surrounded by a wonderful community of writers and readers. After retiring from the practice of law, Sarah Frances dusted off her paintbrushes and writing notebooks, and pursued her dream of writing and illustrating children's books.

Sarah is the author illustrator of Paint Me from Sky Pony Press, Puzzled In Pink from Viking Children's Books and the forthcoming Dress Me! from Sky Pony Press.

Learn more about Sarah on her website.http://www.sfhardy.com

Thursday, February 12, 2015

R. W. Alley

R. W. Alley has illustrated more than one hundred children's books, including the popular Paddington Bear books by Michael Bond. The most recent book is the novel Love From Paddington (Harper, 2014).

His newest picture book, Enzo Races in the Rain! (Harper, 2014) follows the adventures of the pup narrator of the New York Times best-selling novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Mr. Alley and his wife, children’s author Zoë B. Alley, have collaborated with Mr. Stein on the text. There are more picture books about Enzo in the works.

In 2010, R. W. received a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award for the illustrations for Pearl and Wagner One Funny Day by Kate McMullan (Dial, 2009).

R. W. and Zoë live in Barrington, Rhode Island. 

Learn more about R. W. Alley on his website.  

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Erin Soderberg

Erin Soderberg is the author of "The Quirks" series and the forthcoming "Puppy Pirates" series. She loves telling stories about lovable and silly families (like the Quirks!) and she tries to find humor and story ideas in everyday things (like her dog's Halloween costume!). There are currently three Quirks books (illustrated by another Celebridot creator, Kelly Light): The Quirks: Welcome To Normal, The Quirks in Circus Quirkus, and The Quirks and the Quirkalicious Birthday. The next book in the series, The Quirks and the Freaky Field Trip, will be released on September 29, 2015. The first two books in the Puppy Pirates series will sail into stores on July 7, 2015, with four more books to follow in 2016 (illustrated by another Celebridot creator, Russ Cox).

Erin has lived a lot of different places, including New York City, England, and Sweden. She now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and three children.

Learn more about Erin on her website.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Zoe Alley

Zoe B. Alley is the author of There’s a Wolf at the Door (Roaring Brook Press, 2008), There’s a Princess in the Palace (Roaring Brook Press, 2010), and Enzo Races in the Rain! which she co-wrote with her husband, R. W. Alley in collaboration with Garth Stein.

Zoe is the proud wife of illustrator R. W. Alley and the mother of two wonderful young-adult children. She received a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire, and a Ed.M. from Boston University. She lives in Barrington, Rhode Island.

Learn more about Zoe on her website. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Barb Rosenstock

Barb Rosenstock loves true stories best. She likes to combine her love of research and fun language into books that bring the inspiring stories of history to life. Barb always told stories in school (not all of them were true!) but thought writing was too hard until she was grown up. It wasn’t until she read picture books to her sons that she found the perfect way to tell short stories about the past and her work as a children’s author began. Barb lives near Chicago with her husband, sons, two big poodles and hundreds of interesting books.

Her books include The Noisy Paint Box (2015 Caldecott Honor), illustrated by Mary Grandpré, as well as Ben Franklin’s Big Splash, The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America’s Hero, Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library, The Camping Trip that Changed America, The Littlest Mountain and Fearless: the story of racing legend Louise Smith.

Learn more about Barb on her website

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Christina Wilsdon

Christina Wilsdon is an author who writes books about animals, nature, and science. She started to write her first animal book in kindergarten--it was going to be about every single species in the world--but only got as far as the first sentence: "There are such things as lionesses." She did a better job finishing a comic book drawn in an old accounting ledger, called "Enjoy Your Life With Cartoons."

Today Christina finishes all the books she starts writing, such as For Horse-Crazy Girls Only (Macmillan, 2010), which is packed with facts about her favorite animal, Appaloosa to Zebra (CreateSpace, 2014), a book of poems about horses, and Bodypedia (National Geographic Kids, 2014), which is all about the human body. When she's not writing, Christina enjoys reading, birding, gardening, baking, and crafting. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, daughter, a dog, and two cats.

 Learn more about Christina: www.piccalillipie.com

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Heidi Stemple

Heidi E.Y. Stemple didn’t want to be a writer when she grew up. In fact, after she graduated from college, she became a probation officer in Florida. It wasn’t until she was 28 years old that she gave in and joined the family business, publishing her first short story in a book called Famous Writers and Their Kids Write Spooky Stories. The famous writer was her mom, author Jane Yolen. Since then, she has published 20 books and numerous short stories and poems, mostly for children. Recently, her brothers, Adam and Jason Stemple, her mom, and Heidi all collaborated on a non-fiction  book called Animal Stories published by National Geographic. 

Every December, Heidi leads an owling team for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count--a national census that is run locally by bird clubs. They get up at midnight and venture out into the woods to call owls. In 2012, the OMG (the Owl Moon Gang, as they call themselves) counted 67 owls in one night. If this story sounds familiar, it's because the book Owl Moon is about Heidi and her Dad. 

Her newest book, You Nest Here With Me, co-authored by her mom and illustrated by the fabulous Melissa Sweet will be available in the spring. It took 12 years to get You Nest Here With Me published. Everyone involved thinks it was worth the wait.  
Heidi is not an artist. But, she does sew. When choosing her Dot materials, she decided to use felt, buttons, ric rac, and thread only.