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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!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Holly McGhee

Holly McGhee
started writing in 2007 under pen name Hallie Durand when the character Dessert Schneider barged into her life one morning while she was pleasantly reading on New Jersey transit. Dessert demanded that her story be told, in her own words, and so Holly obliged. She has written three chapter books about her in all (Dessert First, Just Desserts, and No Room for Dessert). Under her pen name, she has also written three picture books, two about a boy named Mitchell who likes to drive and knock things down (Mitchell’s License and Mitchell Goes Bowling) and one about her son Marshall who believes that gingerbread men can run (Catch That Cookie!).

When her first middle-grade novel was sold, she decided to integrate both sides of her publishing life, as a writer and literary agent and founder of Pippin, and from here on you can find her books under her given name Holly M. McGhee. Look for Matylda, Bright and Tender in Spring 2017 from Candlewick Press and Come with Me, a picture book for all ages, illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre, in Fall 2017 from G. P. Putnam's.
Her dot was created by her daughter, McGhee Louise Steiner, to whom Matylda Bright and Tender is dedicated. Holly writes, "She wanted it to look like a snow globe. And my book is dedicated to her, my middle child—a force in the universe. Part of the reason I kept going on with writing is because she insisted and I didn't want to disappoint her by not finishing; I didn't want to set that kind of example as a parent."

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Rowboat Watkins

Rowboat Watkins is mostly a dad who likes to tell stories and draw. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of Rude Cakes. He won a 2016 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award New Illustrator Honor.

Rowboat Watkins isn't his real name, it's what his wife has called him for the past twenty years. He writes, "Why Rowboat? Well...I'm the first to admit I'd be a lousy speedboat. And I'm way too shy to be a showboat. And way too weak to be a tugboat. And too gloomy to be a love boat. And (Sadly) not swashbuckling enough to be a dream boat. And no one wants to be called a dinghy. So that left rowboat. Nothing fancy, but great to have around when the ship starts sinking.

Learn more about Rowboat on his website.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Jessixa Bagley

Jessixa Bagley's career has been a mix of comics, fine art, and illustration. She has worked with publications such as: The Chicago Reader, The Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, Nickelodeon Magazine, and Highlights. In 2007, she was a selected artist for New American Paintings No. 73. And in 2009 she received a GAP Grant from the Washington State arts organization Artist Trust for her fine art drawing. Her love of picture books has been the constant goal of her entire life and has always been a working focus. Her debut picture book, Boats for Papa came out June 2015 followed up by Before I Leave in February 2016. Her third picture book, Laundry Day, comes out in February 2017. She is currently working on her first collaborative picture book, Vincent Comes Home, with her husband, Aaron Bagley. They are both writing and doing the illustrations together. It's due out winter 2018. All of her picture books are with Neal Porter for Roaring Brook Press.

She lives in Seattle, Washington in a castle in the sky with her wonderful husband, painfully adorable son, and a slew of houseplants that all have names.

Learn more about Jessixa on her website

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: