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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!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Pascal Lemaître




Pascal Lemaître is the illustrator of several books for children, including Who's Got Game? The Ant or the Grasshopper? (Simon & Schuster, 2003), Who's Got Game? The Lion or the Mouse? (Simon & Schuster, 2003)—both New York Times bestsellers—as well as Who's Got Game? Poppy or the Snake? (Simon & Schuster, 2004), and The Book of Mean People (Hyperion, 2002), all by Toni and Slade Morrison. Pascal also created the artwork for Supercat (Workman, 2002), Supercat to the Rescue (Workman, 2002), and Baby Goose (Hyperion, 2004), all by Kate McMullan, Do Not Open This Book! by Michaela Muntean (Scholastic, 2006), and the Doctor Ted series by Andrea Beaty (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2008). Pascal's more recent books include Hush Baby Ghostling by Andrea Beaty, Always by Alison McGhee, Let's Get a Checkup by Alan Katz, Bulldog's Big Day by Kate McMullan, Goodnight Dragons by Judith L. Roth, and a retelling of Pinocchio by Kate McMullan. He also illustrated Come With Me by Holly McGhee, to be published September 5, 2017.

Pascal was born in Belgium in 1967. He began illustrating in 1989, and now also teaches visual narration in Brussels at La Cambre, a school created by H. Van de velde where he once studied. Pascal spends his year between Brussels, Brooklyn, and Trouville with his wife, Manou, and their daughter, Maelle...and their dog, Doodle.

Learn more about Pascal on his website.



 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Anna Raff 2017

Anna Raff is an award-winning illustrator of several books for children including If I Were A Kangaroo, World Rat Day, A Big Surprise For Little Card, and You Are Not A Cat. Currently, she is at work on Light Waves, her fourth science picture book collaboration with author David A. Adler, and The Day The Earth Exploded My Head, a poetry book about the solar system, written by Allan Wolf.

Before her career as an illustrator, Anna was a designer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and several children’s book publishers in New York City. She is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, a BA from Connecticut College, and lives in New York City, where there are reportedly four rats per human resident.
Learn more about Anna on her website.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Holly McGhee




Holly McGhee
started writing in 2007 under pen name Hallie Durand when the character Dessert Schneider barged into her life one morning while she was pleasantly reading on New Jersey transit. Dessert demanded that her story be told, in her own words, and so Holly obliged. She has written three chapter books about her in all (Dessert First, Just Desserts, and No Room for Dessert). Under her pen name, she has also written three picture books, two about a boy named Mitchell who likes to drive and knock things down (Mitchell’s License and Mitchell Goes Bowling) and one about her son Marshall who believes that gingerbread men can run (Catch That Cookie!).

When her first middle-grade novel was sold, she decided to integrate both sides of her publishing life, as a writer and literary agent and founder of Pippin, and from here on you can find her books under her given name Holly M. McGhee. Look for Matylda, Bright and Tender in Spring 2017 from Candlewick Press and Come with Me, a picture book for all ages, illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre, in Fall 2017 from G. P. Putnam's.
Her dot was created by her daughter, McGhee Louise Steiner, to whom Matylda Bright and Tender is dedicated. Holly writes, "She wanted it to look like a snow globe. And my book is dedicated to her, my middle child—a force in the universe. Part of the reason I kept going on with writing is because she insisted and I didn't want to disappoint her by not finishing; I didn't want to set that kind of example as a parent."


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Rowboat Watkins


Rowboat Watkins is mostly a dad who likes to tell stories and draw. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of Rude Cakes. He won a 2016 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award New Illustrator Honor.

Rowboat Watkins isn't his real name, it's what his wife has called him for the past twenty years. He writes, "Why Rowboat? Well...I'm the first to admit I'd be a lousy speedboat. And I'm way too shy to be a showboat. And way too weak to be a tugboat. And too gloomy to be a love boat. And (Sadly) not swashbuckling enough to be a dream boat. And no one wants to be called a dinghy. So that left rowboat. Nothing fancy, but great to have around when the ship starts sinking.

Learn more about Rowboat on his website.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Jessixa Bagley

Jessixa Bagley's career has been a mix of comics, fine art, and illustration. She has worked with publications such as: The Chicago Reader, The Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, Nickelodeon Magazine, and Highlights. In 2007, she was a selected artist for New American Paintings No. 73. And in 2009 she received a GAP Grant from the Washington State arts organization Artist Trust for her fine art drawing. Her love of picture books has been the constant goal of her entire life and has always been a working focus. Her debut picture book, Boats for Papa came out June 2015 followed up by Before I Leave in February 2016. Her third picture book, Laundry Day, comes out in February 2017. She is currently working on her first collaborative picture book, Vincent Comes Home, with her husband, Aaron Bagley. They are both writing and doing the illustrations together. It's due out winter 2018. All of her picture books are with Neal Porter for Roaring Brook Press.

She lives in Seattle, Washington in a castle in the sky with her wonderful husband, painfully adorable son, and a slew of houseplants that all have names.

Learn more about Jessixa on her website


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Liza Woodruff 2016

Liza Woodruff is the illustrator of over 20 picture books. This summer saw the publication of her first picture book as author illustrator: Emerson Barks, Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt, August 2016.
Liza lives in Northern Vermont with her husband, two children, two dogs, a rabbit and a guinea pig. She finds inspiration around her at home and in the rural and often snowy landscape.


To learn more about Liza and see more of her work, please visit: www.lizawoodruff.com



Laura Purdie Salas


Former teacher Laura Purdie Salas has written more than 125 books for kids, including the Can Be… series (starred reviews from PW and Kirkus, Bank Street Best Books, IRA Teachers’ Choice, and more) and BookSpeak!  (Minnesota Book Award, NCTE Notable, and more). Laura's favorite thing to do is to wonder. What do leaves do? What would it be like to be a book? How many kinds of families are there? Why does every plant I take care of die? For her forthcoming If You Were the Moon (Millbrook, 2016), Laura wondered what the moon does, besides hang in the sky like a gorgeous picture. In the book, the moon sets the record straight.

Laura does a little bit of knitting and a little bit of doodling, but her favorite way to make her mark is with words. So she borrowed some of Violeta Dabija's stunning art from A Rock Can Be... for her dot and then added her best piece of advice (for herself and for others).

Laura loves to connect with teachers and librarians online and through school visits and inservices. She shares inspiration and practical tips with educators about poetry, nonfiction, and more on her website and through her e-letter. Visit Laura at laurasalas.com