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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, 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. 




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

ABOUT the novel, WHEELS OF CHANGE:



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