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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!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

C. C. Payne



C. C. Payne is the hopeful, humorous, Southern middle grade author of The Thing About Leftovers; Lulu Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom & the Challenges of Bad Hair, and Something to Sing About.  She says that all of her books are the result of inviting Jesus into the darkest, scariest, most damaged places of her heart. "Problems and fears can grow to monstrous proportions when left alone in the dark--I know from experience. So I pray and I write. Writing is my attempt to bring problems and fears out into the light, cutting them down to size--and sometimes, even laying them to rest. So far, I've written about fear, faith, friendship, bullying, death, divorce and blended families."


To learn more about C. C. Payne, visit her website. 






Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Monika Schröder


Monika Schröder grew up in Germany and has worked as an elementary school teacher and librarian in American international schools in Egypt, Chile, Oman and India. After living in India for eight years she and her husband returned to the US in the summer of 2011. They now live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Monika says about her dot, "trying to express the miracle of writing a book. To me, the string of thoughts and words is a mystery and I am trying to follow it until we find the end.

Monika is the author of The Dog in the Wood, Saraswati's Way, My Brother's Shadow, and the forthcoming Be Light Like A Bird. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Hazel Mitchell 2016

Hazel Mitchell is an award winning illustrator. From an early age she drew on every thing she could get her hands on and still can't be left safely alone with a pencil. Her most recent books include Imani's Moon, One Word Pearl, 1,2,3 by the Sea, How to Talk to an Autistic Kid (Foreword Reviews Gold Medal winner and Finalist in 'Books for a Better Life'), Hidden New Jersey and the All-Star Cheerleaders series by Anastasia Suen. 

Her next book is "Toby" and is the first book she has written and illustrated. It will be released September 13 and is being published by Candlewick Press. Learn more about Toby here

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Sherri Duskey Rinker




Sherri Duskey Rinker lives in the Chicago area with her photographer husband and two sons. She's constantly inspired -- and often exhausted! Her books are love stories for her children, written to wrangle some smiles and with the hopes of happier bedtimes and sweet dreams for all. (Source)
Sherri is the author of "Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site" and her latest book is "Silly Wonderful You."

Learn more about Sherri on her website.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Constance Lombardo




Constance Lombardo has been drawing and studying art since she was a kid. She worked with a muralist in San Francisco, where she got to paint on walls. As a painter, she loves to use dots along with drips and globs. She is the author/illustrator of Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat to the Stars (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins) and Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat Across America. She hopes kids like cats as much as she does. But most of all, she hopes kids keep making art because it’s so fun!

Learn more about Constance on her website

Monday, April 11, 2016

Susan Hill Long



Susan Hill Long is the author of Whistle in the Dark, a middle-grade novel.

Susan has also written books for beginning readers under the name Susan Hill, including Black Beauty and the Thunderstorm and Black Beauty: Stolen!(illustrated by Bill Farnsworth) which were named Best Books by Bank Street College of Education; Peter Pan: Lost and Found, and The Wind in the Willows: A Fine Welcome (both illustrated by Michael Hague).

She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two daughters.
Susan describes her dot: "One day (among many just like it) I was stumbling, stymied, stuck. For a change I painted a couple of old words instead of trying to come up with new ones. I took a hand-lettering tutorial online at The Postman's Knock and thus I made my dot. Here it is, such as it is!"

Her next book is The Magic Mirror: Concerning a Lonely Princess, a Foundling Girl, A Scheming King and a Pickpocket Squirrel (Knopf/May 10).

Learn more about Susan on her website.




Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wendell and Florence Minor 2016


Wendell Minor is nationally known for the artwork he has created for over fifty award-winning children’s books. His many collaborators include Jean Craighead George, Robert Burleigh, Buzz Aldrin, Tony Johnston, Mary Higgins Clark, and last but not least, his wife Florence. In 2009 Wendell and Florence’s If You Were a Penguin, was chosen by Pennsylvania for their “One Book, Every Young Child” 2009 early literacy program, and they enjoyed the month they spent speaking to children in Pennsylvania’s libraries, schools, Head Start facilities, and Museums.

Wendell is also the cover artist and designer of over two thousand books for authors Pat Conroy, David McCullough, Fannie Flagg, and Nathaniel Philbrick among many others.  His portrait of “Truman” for the cover of David McCullough’s book is in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.

Following a productive and fulfilling career as a documentary film editor for ABC News in New York, Florence Minor was happy to find a second, and equally fulfilling career in publishing after she and Wendell moved to Connecticut.  Her first project was co-editing a twenty-five year retrospective of Wendell’s book cover art, Wendell Minor: Art for the Written Word while also handling the business aspects of the minorart studio. In keeping with her lifelong love of reading and writing, and her interest in editing, the timing was perfect to begin collaborating with Wendell, to creating books that entertain, teach, and inspire children.

Learn more about Wendell and Florence on their website. 

Due out January 2017