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!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Alison McGhee

Alison McGhee writes for all ages in all forms, especially poems and novels - the tiny and the huge. She's the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller "Someday" and the Pulitzer-nominated novel "Shadow Baby." Alison is a nomad who lives in Minneapolis, Vermont and southern California, but not all at the same time. She most loves travel, books, sewing, gardening, cooking, running, and her family and friends and animals.

Learn more about Alison on her website.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Robin Newman

Raised in New York and Paris, Robin Newman’s been a practicing attorney and legal editor, but she prefers to write about witches, mice, pigs, and peacocks. She lives in New York with her husband, son, goldfish, and English cocker spaniel, who happens to have been born on the Fourth of July. 

The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, illustrated by Deborah Zemke (Creston Books 2015), is an early chapter book about two hardboiled mouse detectives named Wilcox and Griswold. They are MFIs, Missing Food Investigators, and in their seminal case they’re on the hunt for Miss Rabbit’s missing carrot cake. (Please note the names of the animals have been changed to protect the good guys.) 

The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake book trailer:  

Learn more about Robin and her other publications at: 

Twitter: @robinnewmanbook

Friday, July 10, 2015

Vincent X. Kirsch

Vincent X. Kirsch is an author, illustrator and designer living in Los Angeles. He has lived in Florence (Italy), New York City and Boston. His illustrations are created in a two-dimensional adaptation of this paper cut toy theaters that he has been building for most of his life. His work is very influenced by theater, puppetry, poster art, classical painting techniques and Hollywood films. His whimsical character designs and storylines range from the fantastically out-of-this-world to inspiringly down-to-earth.

The black and white, as well as color work, appeared regularly on the pages of The New York Times Book Review & Op-Ed pages, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and a wide array of magazines.

Coincidentally, the work on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times landed Mr. Kirsch a three-year job designing and directing the windows of Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue. His work with mannequins and small window spaces lead to the creation of three-dimensional characters and revived a fascination with puppetry and Victorian toy theaters.

An editor at BloomsburyUSA discovered one of Mr. Kirsch’s illustration style in The New York Times Book Review and thought it a perfect match for children’s books. A small doodle she noticed in his sketchbook of two zany sisters inspired him to create “the greatest department store in the world” for his first book.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson, like many of her characters, comes from a superstitious lot and was tutored from a young age in the art of the four-leaf clover hunt; She knocks wood, throws salt and carries charms in all her pocket. Her critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling second novel, I'll Give You the Sun, received the 2015 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, Bank Street's Josette Frank Award, and a Stonewall Honor Book Award. Both Sun and her debut, The Sky Is Everywhere, have been YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults picks and on multiple best of the year lists including the New York Times, Time Magazine, NPR, have earned many starred reviews, and continue to enjoy great international success, collectively published in over 47 countries. I'll Give You the Sun has been sold to Warner Brothers and screenwriter Natalie Krinsky is currently writing the adaptation. Jandy, a literary agent for many years, received a BA from Cornell University and MFAs in Poetry and Children's Writing from Brown University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. Currently a full-time writer, she lives and writes in San Francisco, California--not far from the settings of her novels. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Keila Dawson

Keila Dawson was born and raised in New Orleans. Early in her career, she lived and worked in the
Philippines and Japan. Then she married into a life in the military which took her to the US southwest, both coasts of the United States, and an eight year tour in Egypt. Within a year of her family’s repatriation, Hurricane Katrina devastated her beloved city.  Her dot was inspired by the persistence, resilience, and determination of her family and the people of New Orleans to rebuild.  And by those who helped, supported, and encouraged their efforts. Keila said, “New Orleans is more than a city; it’s a lifestyle with a rich history, a unique culture, and traditions.”

While making a king cake to celebrate the start of the Mardi Gras season she was moved to write a children’s story about Louisiana French Creole culture. Her debut picture book, THE KING CAKE BABY (Pelican Publishing Co., January 2015) is the New Orleans version of the Gingerbread Man tale. It is dedicated to all who appreciate, and strive to preserve Louisiana culture.

The King Cake Baby Book Trailer

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Stephanie Ruble

Author/illustrator Stephanie Ruble has been making art ever since she could hold a crayon, and making up stories since she learned to talk. She's currently working on new picture books, images for her portfolio, and drawing art for unusual holidays.

Her new picture book is: EWE AND AYE written by Candace Ryan, illustrated by Stephanie Ruble (http://sruble.com/books.html)

About the book: EWE was a sheep with a feel for wheels. AYE was a lemur with a thing for wings. BUT it wasn’t until Ewe and Aye found one another that things really got off the ground. Whimsical word play and heartfelt humor work hand-in-hand in this irresistibly vibrant celebration of the unlimited possibilities of togetherness.
About the dot: On the back cover of the book, Ewe and Aye are drawing a picture of a possible future adventure. For the dot, I imagined them drawing pictures about their current adventure and retelling their story. 

Learn more about Stephanie on her website. (http://www.sruble.com)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Matt Tavares

Matt Tavares was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1975. Matt wrote and illustrated his first picture book, Sebastian's Ball, as his senior thesis at Bates College. Three years later, after much revision, Sebastian's Ball became Zachary's Ball, his first published picture book. Zachary's Ball went on to win an Oppenheim Gold Seal Award, a Massachusetts Book Award Honor, and was named one of Yankee Magazine's 40 Classic New England Children's Books.

Since then, Matt has published fifteen more books: he is the author-illustrator of Growing Up Pedro, Becoming Babe Ruth, There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived, Henry Aaron's Dream, Mudball and Oliver's Game, and the illustrator of Jubilee! by Alicia Potter, Over the River and Through the Wood by L. Maria Child, Helen's Big World, by Doreen Rappaport, Jack's Path of Courage: The Life of John F. Kennedy, written by Doreen Rappaport, The Gingerbread Pirates, by Kristin Kladstrup, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, attributed to Anonymous, Jack and the Beanstalk, by E. Nesbit, Iron Hans: A Grimms' Fairy Tale, retold by Stephen Mitchell, and Lady Liberty: A Biography, by Doreen Rappaport.

Matt lives in Maine with his wife, Sarah, and their two daughters.

Matt describes his dot "My celebridot is a painting of the baseball that inspired my first book, Zachary's Ball. In the summer of 1995, I was walking near Fenway Park before a game, and saw a ball land in the net above the green monster as I was passing underneath it. I decided to stop and see if any more home run balls came over the wall. I had only been there for about a minute when another ball came flying right over the net. It bounced a few times and settled into a ditch next to the sidewalk, where I picked it up. A year later I started working on my senior thesis, a picture book about a boy who gets a magic baseball at Fenway. Since this ball sparked the idea that started my career (and since it happens to be dot-shaped), I thought it would be a good subject for my celebridot."

Learn more about Matt on his website.