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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 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. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Darlene Beck Jacobson

Darlene Beck Jacobson has loved writing since she was a girl. She wrote letters to everyone she knew and made up stories in her head. Although she never wrote to a president, she sent many letters to pop stars of the day asking for photos and autographs. She loves bringing the past to life in stories such as WHEELS OF CHANGE, her debut novel.

Darlene’s stories have appeared in CICADA, CRICKET, and other magazines. When not writing, Darlene enjoys baking, sewing and tea parties. She also likes hanging around forges watching the blacksmith work magic. She’s never ridden in a carriage like the one in the story, but hopes to one day.
Her blog features recipes, activities, crafts and interviews with children’s book author and illustrators. She still loves writing and getting letters. Check out her website at: www.darlenebeckjacobson.com


Racial intolerance, social change, sweeping progress. It is a turbulent time growing up in 1908. For twelve year old EMILY SOPER, life in Papa’s carriage barn is magic. Emily is more at home hearing the symphony of the blacksmith’s hammer, than trying to conform to the proper expectations of females. Many prominent people own Papa’s carriages. He receives an order to make one for President Theodore Roosevelt. Papa’s livelihood becomes threatened by racist neighbors, and horsepower of a different sort. Emily is determined to save Papa’s business even if she has to go all the way to the President. You can find more interesting information on WHEELS OF CHANGE, including the historical events which inspired the story, at http://www.darlenebeckjacobson.com/books.htm

Saturday, October 4, 2014

J&P Voelkel

Did you know that the Maya invented one of the most sophisticated writing systems of the ancient world? They wrote in hieroglyphs that were sometimes whole words and sometimes just syllables. The glyph shown in this dot means both artist and scribe. To the Maya, they were the same thing. Every scribe was an artist too. They painted hundreds, some say thousands, of folding bark-paper books - most of which, tragically, were destroyed in the Spanish Conquest.

To research their Maya-themed Jaguar Stones books, Jon and Pamela (J&P) Voelkel have learned to read and write Maya glyphs; explored over forty Maya sites in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico; canoed down underground rivers; and tracked howler monkeys in the rainforest. Jon’s most frightening experience was being lost in a pitch-black labyrinth under a Maya pyramid. Pamela’s most frightening experience was being interviewed by Al Roker on Today.

Find out more at www.jaguarstones.com

Marissa Moss

Marissa Moss has been telling stories and drawing pictures to go with them for as long as she can remember. She sent her first book to publishers when she was nine, but it wasn't very good and it never got published. She didn't try again until she was a grown-up, but since then she hasn't stopped.
The idea for the first Amelia's Notebook came from the notebook Moss kept when she was a kid. Amelia is a lot like her and the things that happen to Amelia really happened to Marissa (mostly).
Along with Amelia, Moss has created many characters and is especially drawn to history. Historical books allows her to imagine what it's like to be alive in a different place at a completely different time. And then there are the Max Disaster books which allow her to play with scientific experiments, inventions, and comic strips.

Learn more about Marissa on her website

Monday, September 22, 2014

Joseph Cowman

Joseph Cowman is the illustrator of the upcoming title Noah Chases the Wind by Michelle Worthington, a fun children’s book that celebrates neuro diversity.  He is working on several other projects, too top secret to mention.  Joseph shares his Boise Idaho home with his wife, who writes children’s stories, a daughter Savannah who finds the world fascinating and beautiful at every turn, a daughter Alina who can be found building a garden all through the year, a son Phoenix who makes magic because he believes in it, Olive; a lazy gentle Bassett hound, and Gibbs the fish who was recently renamed Nubs because he lost a fin.

Learn more about Joseph on his website.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Laurie B. Arnold

Laurie B. Arnold is the author of the middle grade novel, “Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting for You.” She’s also written and designed countless interactive computer games for kids. (Okay, maybe not countless, but at least 50.) They’ve featured original characters such as Putt-Putt and Fatty Bear for Humongous Entertainment, and Huggly for Scholastic; plus many characters sprung from the pages of iconic books such as Madeline, Little Bear, Harry Potter, The Little Mermaid, Clifford, and The Magic School Bus. Laurie also wrote for the animated television shows, Dragon Tales (PBS) and What-a-Mess (ABC).She loves working with kids in schools and classrooms, inspiring them to write and to embrace their creativity.
Laurie writes about her dot, "When I visited Australia, I was captivated by the bright, elemental Aboriginal dot paintings. I’ve long wanted to try my hand at it. I couldn't imagine a better occasion to give it a try than on Dot Day!"

Drew Sheneman

Drew Sheneman has been drawing professionally since 1998 and amateurishly since he could hold a crayon. He graduated from Central Michigan U with a BFA in illustration and worked as an editorial cartoonist for The Star-Ledger, NJ’s largest and awesomest newspaper until 2010. He continues to draw for them on a weekly basis and is syndicated nationally through Tribune Content Agency. He’s even received some awards, including The John Locher Award from the Assoc of American Editorial Cartoonists and The Charles Schulz Award from The Scripps Howard Fdn. Drew has done commercial illustration for Hasbro and Dungeons & Dragons, among others. He lives in a house in NJ with his wife, his daughter and Fat Panda, his cat. On a good day, you might catch him sporting his favorite cape.

Drew is represented by Paul Rodeen at Rodeen Literary Management. For more on Drew Sheneman, please visit his website:www.www.shenemanillustration.com.