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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!

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.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Gene Luen Yang



Gene Luen Yang began making comics and graphic novels over fifteen years ago. In 2006, his book American Born Chinese was published by First Second Books. It became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album – New. In 2013, First Second Books released Boxers & Saints, a two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion. Boxers & Saints was nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. He has done a number of other comics, including Dark Horse Comics’ continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender and DC Comics’ Superman!


Gene is currently creating a series on coding starting with Secret Coders Book 1!  He wrote the code for his dot! 



Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sandra Boynton


Sandra Boynton is a popular American cartoonist, children's author, songwriter, producer, and director. Since 1974, Boynton has written and illustrated over fifty children's books and seven general audience books, including five New York Times Bestsellers. More than 60 million of her books have been sold--"mostly to friends and family," she says. She has also written (with Michael Ford) and produced five albums of renegade children's music. Three of her five albums have been certified Gold [over 500,000 copies sold] and "Philadelphia Chickens," nominated for a Grammy, has been certified Platinum [over 1 million copies sold.] Boynton has also directed six music videos of her songs, including the award-winning "One Shoe Blues" starring B B King. She lives in rural New England, and her studio is in a barn with perhaps the only hippopotamus weathervane in America. (Source)



Saturday, September 19, 2015

Louise Borden 2015


Louise Borden is the author of 28 books for children. After living in the Washington, DC area for the past five years, she and her husband recently moved back to Cincinnati, OH.

Learn more about Louise on her website.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Lauren Eldridge

Lauren Eldridge's illustrative debut Claymates, written by Dev Petty is forthcoming from Little, Brown in 2017. Lauren uses the same principles for creating 3-D illustrations as she learned while obtaining her Bachelor of Environmental Design in Landscape Architecture only in teeny-tiny proportions (she also has her Masters in Early Childhood Exceptional Ed.) She's been known to use shredded tires, clay, doll eyes, cardboard, wire, mud, acrylic paint, paper, glass, cloth, wood and ink in her creations and now, sriracha. She loves boxing, the WI Badgers and puts Sriracha on everything, even Dots. 

To learn more about Lauren check out her websitehttp://laureneldridge.com

Monday, September 14, 2015

David Kalvitis 2015



David Kalvitis, a lifelong puzzle and game fan, has a Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University and operated a graphic design business in Upstate NY for 13 years. In 2000 he opened Monkeying Around Publishing , with a goal to provide fun and challenging dot-to-dot puzzles that entertain both young and old alike. So far he has self-published seventeen books and has sold over a three quarters of a million books worldwide. He also has weekly dot-to-dot puzzles published in various newspapers in the USA, Belarus, Italy, Slovakia and the United Kingdom. Recently Little Passports had included some of the puzzles in their U.S. Edition kits.
Learn more about David and Monkeying Around on their website.