Welcome to Celebri-dots

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, July 12, 2018

Molly Idle

Molly Idle has been drawing ever since she could wield a pencil. But while she started scribbling before she could walk, her professional career as an artist began slightly later…
It was upon her graduation from Arizona State University, with a BFA in Drawing, that Molly accepted an offer to work for DreamWorks Feature Animation Studios.  After five years, a number of film credits, and an incredibly good time, she left the studio and leapt with gusto into the world of children's book illustration!
Molly now lives in Arizona with her brilliant husband, two wonderfully mischievous sons, and two snugly cats. When not making mischief with her boys or watching old Technicolor musicals, she can be found at her desk scribbling away, with a pencil in one hand and a cup of espresso in the other- creating a plethora of profoundly whimsical picture books!
Molly's dot is based on her new book, Pearl which is due out October 9, 2018. Her book, Flora and the Flamingo won a Caldecott Honor in 2014

Learn more about Molly on her website

Monday, July 9, 2018

Anna Kang

Anna Kang was born in the Bronx and grew up on Long Island where she spent most of her free time reading Teen Beat magazine and Archie comics and watching movies at the local multiplex. Thinking she would one day become a professor/diplomat/world traveler, she studied International Relations and Asian Studies at Tufts University and Nanzan University in Japan. Instead, she followed her heart and moved to L.A., where she received an M.F.A. from USC's School of Cinematic Arts and discovered what made her happy -- telling stories.

After graduating, she was selected to participate in the Sundance Institute's Screenwriter's Lab and Film Independent's Directors Lab with her first feature script, The Lost Tribe of Long Island. All these experiences - personal, professional, creative - lead her to write her debut picture book, You Are (Not) Small with her talented illustrator-husband, Christopher Weyant. You Are (Not) Small was the winner of the 2015 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award.

Anna writes about her dot, "My Korean-born parents came to the U.S. forty-one years ago, thanks to the Hart-Cellar Act of 1965, which President Johnson signed into law at the foot of the Statue of Liberty. My parents became American citizens nine years after arriving in New York City, and though my mother did not speak much English, a "kind man" helped them fill out their application. My mother eventually received her Master's degree in Bilingual Education from New York University and taught in the NYC public school system for twenty years. My father was a physician in an inner-city Brooklyn hospital in private practice and in a local clinic for over thirty years. They both worked hard, bought a house in the suburbs, raised two children, and lived the American dream. My dot is to honor them and all immigrants who make America great."

Coming soon from Anna and Christopher, Eraser.

Learn more about Anna on her website.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Cori Doerrfeld

Cori Doerrfeld is a full time author/illustrator who has helped create numerous books including seven self-authored titles. Her latest book, The Rabbit Listened, is about coping with difficult emotions and how sometimes the best way to be there for someone is simply to listen. When Cori isn’t busy making books, she loves to visit schools and teach cartooning to children. Cori currently lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, two children, and rescue dog Rufus. 

Learn more about Cori on her website.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Nina Victor Crittenden

Nina Victor Crittenden is an artist, certified veterinary technician, and tea enthusiast. She is the illustrator of CHICKEN LILY by Lori Mortensen and CEDRIC AND THE DRAGON by Elizabeth Raum. THE THREE LITTLE PUGS is her first book as author and illustrator. Nina works traditionally using ink and watercolor and lives in the land of 10,000 lakes with her husband, daughters, cat, bunny, parakeet, and two little pugs. 
Learn more about Nina on her website: www.ninacrittenden.com

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Mônica Carnesi

Mônica Carnesi an author/illustrator of two picture books, both by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. She is also a full-time librarian, so picture books are a big and important part of her life.  

You can find more about Mônica and her books on her website: www.monicacarnesi.com

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mike Petrik

Mike Petrik is an animator by day and an illustrator of books, magazines, and wonderfully scary doodles by night. He’s contributed to such publications as Highlights for Children and is also the illustrator of Johnny Works with One Hammer by Nicholas Ian. Mike has always loved Halloween and has created many spooktacular haunted houses over the years. He lives with his family near Chicago, where he waits each year for the best day ever…Halloween! Learn more at www.mikepetrik.com.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Joy Steuerwald

Joy Steuerwald is an author and illustrator who has always been inspired by creating for children. Through children's educational animated games, product design and illustration, Joy has always loved making her mark with kids in mind. Joy lives in the Bay Area with her husband and 2 muses (her son and miniature wiener dog). She teaches her son to love nature and our planet and for him to be brave enough to make his own mark. 

Joy's first authored and illustrated picture book, The Peculiar Pig, will be released in 2019 by Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin.

Learn more about Joy's work here: