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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!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tina Kugler

Tina Kugler lives in Los Angeles with her artist husband, three boys and an enormous hairy dog named Harryhausen.

Tina's illustration debut is the May 2014 picture book The Change Your Name Store, written by Leanne Shirtliffe, published by Sky Pony Press. Tina writes about her dot, "Here is a dot of Wilma Lee Wu from The Change Your Name Store...a picture book about self-acceptance, with an Asian-American main character. Wilma Lee Wu decides she doesn't like her name, so she visits the Change Your Name Store. With each new name she tries, she travels to its country of origin to try it out."                                                              
Her picture book written and illustrated with her husband Carson Kugler, In Mary's Garden, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. Their book connects the life and work of Wisconsin artist Mary Nohl with the ability to perceive the world in a creative way.
The release date is Spring 2015. (Source)
Learn more about Tina on her website.

Teacher's guide, printables, and projects for The Change Your Name Store available here.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Donna Gephart

Donna Gephart's first novel, As If Being 12-3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running For President! won the prestigious Sid Fleischman Humor Award. Her second novel, How To Survive Middle School, received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal and landed on these state reading lists: Texas, New York, Louisiana and Illinois. Donna's next book was, Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen, about a girl determined to get on the TV quiz show Jeopardy!, received a starred review from Kirkus! Her next book, Death By Toilet Paper!, is due out in August.

In addition to writing books for children, Donna has written for the following publications: Family Circle Magazine, The Los Angeles Times Newspaper, Parenting, Highlights for Children, Scholastic's Storyworks Magazine and many others.

Donna writes about her dot, "My dot is filled with the things that matter to me:  Books, creativity, love, indie bookstores, characters from my books created by a friend's daughter, etc.  If only I could fit my family and friends and some Florida sunshine on that dot, it would be perfect.  The plate on which the items rest was given to me by one of my wonderful creative writing students."

Originally from Philadelphia, Donna now lives in South Florida with her husband and two sons.
Learn more about Donna on her website.