Creativity Corner: Links to Celebrate Dot Day

by Terry Shay |

With International Dot Day just around the corner, I wanted to share some links with information about the day and activities to inspire your most creative celebration.

Discovery Education in the Home of Dot Day

Last year, Peter H. Reynolds visited the school where Dot Day began and Discovery Education was there to capture it all! You can see a video archive of the event here.


Here are some videos of Peter H. Reynolds, author of “The Dot” featured on KidLitTV.

Peter H. Reynolds appeared on KidLitTV’s Ready Set Draw

Ready Set Draw-ish! Peter H. Reynoldsu0027 THE DOT

Peter H. Reynolds appeared on Storymakers with Rocco Staino of KidLitTV

StoryMakers | Peter H. Reynolds

Official Page

The official Dot Day page and signup are available at Please consider signing up annually and if you are participating, please share the day with friends and colleagues and help creativity grow!.


The Celebridot site ( was inspired by Sharon Creech who sent me a dot on Dot Day 2011. I was so inspired by seeing what one of my favorite authors made , I asked others and now this gallery is available to inspire kids to be creative. If you know an author/illustrator/actor/sports personality who is not on the list, please invite them to participate. Directions for submitting are on the site.


I have curated Dot Day celebrations through Pinterest. You can find that board here.

Follow the Twitter hashtag #DotDay for the latest ideas and be sure to tag your contributions!!

Do you think creativity can change the world?

Top Books from the Morning Book Club

The Morning Book Club has read around two hundred books. I asked them to choose their favorite books and here are Clowey and Noah sharing their favorites.


Clowey’s picks:


Noah’s picks:

The latest Celebridots:

Jamie Michalak
Ruth Spiro
Pascal Lemaître
Anna Raff
Holly McGhee



Clowey’s picks:

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima @JessieSima
Published by Simon and Schuster for Young Readers @simonkids

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddeley @debbielevybooks @BizBeth Published by Simon and Schuster for Young Readers @simonkids

The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan @opifan64 @igo2cairo Published by Simon and Schuster for Young Readers @simonkids

The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield @dc_litchfield Published by Clarion @HMHCo ‏

My Blue is Happy by Jessica Young and illustrated by Catia Chien  @happybluejess @catiachien Published by Candlewick @candlewick

This House, Once by Deborah Freedman @DeborahFreedman Published by Atheneum @simonkids

Noah’s picks:

Hotel Bruce by Ryan T. HIggins @RyanT_Higgins Published by Disney Hyperion @DisneyHyperion

The Storyteller by Evan Turk @evanturkart Published by Atheneum @simonkids

101 Reasons I’m Not Taking a Bath by Stacy McAnulty and illustrated by Joy Ang @stacymcanulty @joy_ang  Published by Random House Books for Young Children @penguinrandom ‏

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk and illustrated by Brendan Kearney @joshfunkbooks @brendandraws Published by Sterling Childrens Books @SterlingKids


Jamie Michalak @Jamie_Michalak, Ruth Spiro @ruthspiro, Anna Raff @annaraff, Pascal Lemaitre @PascLemaitre, Holly McGhee @hollymmcghee

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One Comment

Kid Lit TV Commenter Janice M Halupnick

Thanks Clowey and Noah! Adding to my list: “This House, Once” and “101 Reasons Why I’m NOT Taking a Bath”! Thanks for your expert opinions!


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