International Dot Day 2021

International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.

Each year on International Dot Day, the inspiration continues. What started as a story in the pages of a book is transforming teaching and learning around the world as people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do. Be sure to share your news, photos, art, and videos with us!

The Dot
By Peter H. Reynolds
32 Pages | Ages 5-9 | Hardcover
ISBN 9780763619619 | Candlewick
Her teacher smiled. “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw – she’s no artist. To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. “There!” she says. That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery. That special moment is the core of Peter H. Reynolds’s delicate fable about the creative spirit in all of us.

The Dot: Make Your Mark Kit
By Peter H. Reynolds
32 Pages | Ages 5-9 | Hardcover
ISBN 9780763669782 | Candlewick
Create your own adventure! The Dot, Peter H. Reynolds’s award-winning classic, offers inspiration– while a blank book and colored pencils provide the means. An enchanting invitation to self-expression, Peter H. Reynolds’s The Dot is the much-loved story of a reticent girl who discovers that being an artist is simply a matter of making a mark and seeing where it takes you. Now everyone’s inner artist can come out to play with the help of a hardcover edition of The Dot, enticingly packaged with The Blank Book and a set of colored pencils at the ready.

Looking for more? Download posters and resources from the International Dot Day website. We hope you will join the growing global community of creativity champions using their talents, gifts, and energy to move the world to a better place.

Join Peter H. Reynolds and fellow Dot Day champions for a FREE LIVE online celebration with Flipgrid on September 15 at 10:00 am PT/1:00 pm ET. Register HERE.