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, September 14, 2022

Monday, July 11, 2022

Victoria J Coe


Victoria J Coe's bio:  "I grew up in Duxbury, Massachusetts, a small town on Boston’s South Shore. In our house, there were two parents, two girls, one boy, and one very protective German Shepherd. I was a huge fan of books, dogs, and the Boston Red Sox, but I also loved hockey, ballet, and playing the flute.

My family lived on a cul-de-sac with lots of kids and dogs. In the winter, the whole neighborhood gathered to skate on the cranberry bog. And when school got out, we’d be at the beach all summer long.

Even though I devoured books, I never thought I’d become a writer. I went to college in New York City where I majored in math and went on to business school. After graduation, I moved to San Francisco and spent many years helping non-profit organizations make the world a better place.

When I became a mom, I read to my kids the same books I’d loved when I was young. I realized those books were more than just stories – they were part of my life.

Our family read hundreds of books together, old and new. Whether they made us laugh or kept us guessing, those books gave us the power to wonder or understand or look at the world in new ways.

Some time after we moved back to Massachusetts, I caught the writing bug and learned all I could about the craft. When I noticed our dog’s frantic behavior during a recent move, an idea was born. Now I write stories in the voice of a dog named Fenway, connecting my past and my present every day.

I live with my husband and family in both Boston and my hometown of Duxbury. While we will miss our dog Kipper forever, we are grateful that he kept us safe from delivery trucks. And squirrels."

Learn more about Victoria on her website: https://www.victoriajcoe.com/

Monday, June 6, 2022

Marc Colagiovanni

Marc Colagiovanni was born and raised and currently resides in Cranston, Rhode Island with his wife and three daughters. Marc has been a practicing attorney in the state of Rhode Island for the last 20 years. Marc writes, "While I am honored to be part of the legal profession and enjoy the practice of law, my true passion has always been writing. Through the serendipitous connecting of dots, I met Peter H. Reynolds in 2017. I'm excited to share that my first two picture books will be published through Scholastic and illustrated by Peter! When Things Aren't Going Right, Go Left will be released on March 7, 2023 with The Reflection in Me to be released in the Spring of 2024."

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Michael Arndt 2022


A new Celebridot for 2022 from Michael Arndt. Michael writes about his dot, "My celebridot, updated for 2022. RAINBOW DOT. My 2022 dot was inspired by two of my books, MY HEART GROWS and ONE YELLOW SUN, as well as recent events. The circle represents singularity, but also community. Continuity, but also completion. Specificity, but also universality. Concentric circles add the idea of both focusing inwards as well as expanding outwards. The rainbow signifies inclusion and diversity working in beautiful harmony, ever more important today than ever. Colors are light waves, sound waves on a xylophone, and vibrations. As chakras, they are: red, grounding—orange, emotions—yellow, intellect—green, compassion—blue, expression— purple, wisdom—and white, consciousness. All of these are qualities of a whole and healthy education and what art can accomplish as part of that. Children need all of these and to be encouraged to explore all the colors in their paintbox."

You can find Michael on Instagram at @MichaelArndtBooks 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Donna Marie

Donna Marie sent this message, "Seeing as we are still in the midst of a pandemic in which we all need to do our best to stay safe, I'm hoping you're all being Hero Helpers and wearing your masks, just like the Pippin Pals do! They each appear in pandemic-themed picture books Pippin Pals are Hero Helpers! written to help children understand, cope and comply with the "new normal" of the pandemic.

The story's message is that Hero Helper Superheroes use their “stay safe” super powers — wearing masks, washing hands, distancing when necessary; they understand that by doing these things, they help themselves, those they love, their community and heroes (all depicted in my books). Also in the books are ideas for activities at home and useful charts on hand washing and how to wear and handle masks and more. There is also a wealth of information, resources and free downloads on the accompanying website.

The story is offered in 8 diverse and inclusive versions so YOU can pick the main character and family that suits you best. You can find them here: PippinHeroHelpers.com

I hope you enjoy this special day, celebrating creatively, and that you all stay safe and hold that 'rainbow of hope' in your heart."

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sharon Creech 2021

Sharon Creech is the author of the Newbery Medal winner Walk Two Moons and the Newbery Honor Book The Wanderer. Her other work includes the novels Hate That Cat, The Castle Corona, Replay, Heartbeat, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, Ruby Holler, Love That Dog, Bloomability, Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird, and Pleasing the Ghost, as well as three picture books: A Fine, Fine School; Fishing in the Air; and Who's That Baby Sharon has created a dot every year since she inspired the Celebridots in 2011. 

Her latest book is One Time. 

Learn more about Sharon on her website.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Nancy Tupper Ling 2021


Nancy Tupper Ling has created this Celebridot in celebration of her new book For Every Little Thing: Poems and Prayers to Celebrate the Date with June Cotner with illustrations by Helen Cann.

Nancy Tupper Ling is the winner of the prestigious Writer’s Digest Grand Prize and the Pat Parnell Poetry Award. She draws her inspiration from the multicultural background of her family and the interwoven fabric of familial culture which is, on the surface, seemingly everyday. She is the author of My Sister, Alicia May (Pleasant Street Press), Double Happiness (Chronicle Books), The Story I’ll Tell (Lee & Low Books) and the founder of Fine Line Poets (www.finelinepoets.com). Currently she resides in Walpole, Massachusetts with her husband, Vincent, and their two girls.

Learn more about Nancy on her website.