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!

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.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Judy Schachner

Judy Schachner was born into an Irish Catholic working class family from New England. Money was as tight as their apartment was tiny and though she may not have had the easiest of childhoods, she credits her imagination with helping her survive it.

She can’t ever remember a time when she was not drawing and like most budding artists she doodled on everything, including her father’s bald head. She drew herself into stories where she was the smartest in her class and into a family where mothers lived to be a ripe old age. In many ways, Judy feels that her own life has resembled the fairy tales she loved reading as a child, complete with a happy ending. And the best part of this author/illustrator’s story? She married a prince of a guy and they had two beautiful daughters and just like the mothers in her earliest tales, she plans on living to a ripe old age.

Described by the New York Times as “…something like the James Joyce for the elementary school – set…”, Judy Schachner is the #1 NY Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator of over 23 books for children including Bits & Pieces, the Skippyjon Jones series, Yo Vikings, The Grannyman and Willy and May. She has won many awards including the first E. B. White Read Aloud Award.

Learn more about Judy on her website and learn more about SkippyJon Jones here. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Happy Earth Day - Wendell Minor

Wendell Minor created this stellar image for Earth Day. Learn more about Wendell on his website.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sarah Frances Hardy

Sarah Frances Hardy lives with her husband and three daughters in Oxford, Mississippi, where she is surrounded by a wonderful community of writers and readers. After retiring from the practice of law, Sarah Frances dusted off her paintbrushes and writing notebooks, and pursued her dream of writing and illustrating children's books.

Sarah is the author illustrator of Paint Me from Sky Pony Press, Puzzled In Pink from Viking Children's Books and the forthcoming Dress Me! from Sky Pony Press.

Learn more about Sarah on her website.http://www.sfhardy.com

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.