Dot Day

   September 15th, 2014 marks the fifth anniversary of “a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration,” Today, Dot Day has nearly one and a half million registered participants from over seventy-one countries. Its beginnings were humble. Dot Day began with one teacher, one class full of students and one book, The Dot by author/illustrator, Peter Reynolds. A reluctant artist, inspired by her teacher, finds a way to heed her teacher’s advice to make her mark. She begins with a single dot.

Join the celebration to inspire the children in your life. You might even find that your creativity gets a boost as well. Connect with others across the country and around the globe. Make your mark on the world. Link to the official International Dot Day’s website to get inspired and connected.

In the meantime, check out this list of books that encourage readers to be creative, get inspired and find the beauty in each day.


Rosie Revere, Engineer
By : by Andrea Beaty ; illustrated by David Roberts.

A young aspiring engineer must first conquer her fear of failure.

Beautiful Oops!
By : Barney Saltzberg.
Published : New York : Workman Pub., c2010.

Demonstrates the many ways that torn, crinkled, and smudged bits of paper can be transformed into various shapes and images.

By : Peter H. Reynolds.
Published : Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2004.

Ramon loses confidence in his ability to draw, but his sister gives him a new perspective on things.

Not a Box
By : Antoinette Portis.
Published : New York, NY : HarperCollins, c2006.

To an imaginative bunny, a box is not always just a box.

Not a Stick
By : Antoinette Portis.
Published : New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, c2008.

An imaginative young pig shows some of the many things that a stick can be.

On a Beam of Light : A Story of Albert Einstein
By : by Jennifer Berne ; illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky.
Published : San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2013.

It’s not easy to explain the work of Albert Einstein to a young audience, but this marvelous book pulls it off. It does so by providing an overview of Einstein’s life: the way he thought and how his remarkable ideas changed the way scientists think.

Plant a Kiss
By : written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal ; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.
Published : New York : Harper, c2012.

One small act of love blooms into something bigger and more dazzling than Little Miss could have ever imagined.

I’m Here
By : by Peter H. Reynolds.
Published : New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2011.

In a crowded park, a boy makes an airplane out of a piece of paper carried to him by a gentle breeze, sends it on its way, and watches a new friend bring it back to him.

Sky Color
By : Peter H. Reynolds.
Published : Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick, 2012.

“Marisol loves to paint. So when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library, she can’t wait to begin! But wait-how can Marisol ever make a sky without blue paint? After gazing out the bus window and watching from her porch as day turns into night, she closes her eyes and starts to dream”–

The Day the Crayons Quit
By : by Drew Daywalt ; pictures by Oliver Jeffers.

When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.

The Dot
By : Peter H. Reynolds.
Published : Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2003.

Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher’s encouragement leads her to change her mind.

A Little Bit of Oomph!
By : Barney Saltzberg
Published : Workman Publishing Company,, $13.95. 2013

Creativity is a focal point of this book presents its messages through a blend of mixed media artwork and pop-up book features including flaps, tabs, and rotating wheels.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
By : written by William Joyce ; illustrated by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm.
Published : New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012.

Morris Lessmore loves words, stories and books, and after a tornado carries him to another land, dreary and colorless, he finds a single book in color that leads him to an amazing library where, he learns, the books need him as much as he needs them.

By : Colin Meloy ; illustrations by Carson Ellis.
Published : New York : Balzer + Bray, c2011.

When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness–a dangerous and magical forest at the edge of Portland, Oregon–and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants.

Moon over Manifest
By : Clare Vanderpool.
Published : New York : Delacorte Press, c2010.

Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.

A Tangle of Knots
By : Lisa Graff.
Published : New York, NY : Philomel Books, c2013.

“Destiny leads 11-year-old Cady to a peanut butter factory, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever”–Provided by publisher. Includes cake recipes.

13 Treasures
By : by Michelle Harrison.
Published : New York : Little, Brown, 2011.

Bedeviled by evil fairies that only she can see, thirteen-year-old Tanya is sent to stay with her cold and distant grandmother at Elvesden Manor, where she and the caretaker’s son solve a disturbing mystery that leads them to the discovery that Tanya’s life is in danger.

Updated 09/01/14

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