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, 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


Anne Belov 2016


Anne Belov has been drawing and painting since the time she could hold a crayon. After receiving a BFA from The Philadelphia College of Art, she moved west and, since she didn’t learn everything the first time, went to art school again, receiving an MFA in painting from the University of Washington. She now makes her home on Whidbey Island. Anne is the person behind the pandas of The Panda Chronicles (blog, four books and counting) and has recently released her first picture book, Pandamorphosis, a wordless adventure with pandas. There are, to her knowledge, no pandas in her backyard.

Her dot is inspired by her coming graphic novel, A Mystery with Art and Pandas!

Michele Katz


Illustrator, Michele Katz, otherwise known as "Mit" started "making books" by stapling pieces of paper together and drawing on them for her little brother at the ripe old age of seven. By the time she was in middle school, she had decided on Syracuse University for her BFA in illustration. (Fortunately the school approved of her choice!) Since then, Michele has been making whimsical art designed to evoke smiles, because let's face it - - there is enough serious stuff in the world! In addition to the 4 children's books she has illustrated, she also designs greeting cards and is working on a silly adult coloring book. Michele is a proud member of SCBWI and resides in Connecticut with her husband and pet turtle and hamster. 


You can see more of her work on her website at www.creationsbymit.comhttp://www.creationsbymit.com or join her on social media:



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sharon Creech 2016


Sharon Creech is a Newbery Medal winning author and the inspiration behind the Celebridot project. You can see her 2011 dot here2012 dot here2013 here, 2014 here and 2015 here.  Sharon's latest book is "Moo." 

Moo is an uplifting novel about one family's momentous move to Maine and an unexpected bond that develops between twelve year old Reena and one very ornery cow named Zora. This lovely story reminds us that if you're open to new experiences, life offers surprises.



Learn more about Sharon Creech on her website

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Jennifer P. Goldfinger


Jennifer P. Goldfinger is a picture book author and illustrator as well as a fine artist. She grew up on a farm in Ohio, with cows, horses, sheep and chickens until she was 12. But now she lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her husband, two daughters and two dogs.

Her newest book, Hello, My Name is Tiger, was released in July of 2016 with HarperCollins. She also wrote and illustrated, A Fish Named Spot and My Dog Lyle and illustrated The King’s Chorus. Her fine art is shown in the Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown, MA. 

Jennifer has always had a thing for dots, she uses them frequently in her illustration and fine art work. Peter Reynold’s book The Dot, is one of her all time favorites and she refers to it often when talking to kids about the freedom and beauty of a quick confident splat.
To learn more about Jennifer, go to her websites: 




David Kalvitis 2016


David Kalvitis, a lifelong puzzle and game fan, has a Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University and operated a graphic design business in Upstate NY for 13 years. In 2000 he opened Monkeying Around Publishing , with a goal to provide fun and challenging dot-to-dot puzzles that entertain both young and old alike. So far he has self-published seventeen books and has sold over a three quarters of a million books worldwide. He also has weekly dot-to-dot puzzles published in various newspapers in the USA, Belarus, Italy, Slovakia and the United Kingdom. Recently Little Passports had included some of the puzzles in their U.S. Edition kits.
Learn more about David and Monkeying Around on their website.