Celebri-dots! - A Guest Post by Terry Shay

(Terry Shay wrote this post.)

International Dot Day is a celebration of creativity around the globe which was inspired by Peter H. Reynolds' book, The Dot. The Dot is a sweet story about a girl who thinks she can't draw and the teacher encourages her to "make a dot and see where it takes you." I personally believe it belongs in every library in the world.

Last year, over 17,000 students and 1,000 adults on six continents "made their mark" by creating a dot on or around International Dot Day, September 15. Next year we want to have an even bigger and better celebration.

Inspired by a very special dot created by Newbery Award-winning (and all around amazing human being) Sharon Creech last year, I am creating a very special blog for Celebri-dots. I would love for authors, illustrators, and any kind of celebrity to create a dot to be shown in this special online gallery. You may create this using any medium and email it to me. Be sure to "sign it" like Vashti does in The Dot.

I think it will be really cool for kids to see a bunch of different awesome people contributing to this. Please help spread the word. Within the post about your signed dot, I would like to include books you have written, shows you have been on, anything you are willing to share. This is a love-fest!

You can email your submissions any time, but I would love to have them soon so I can start building. BE BRAVE, you don't have to have the world's best-looking dot, just "make your mark and see where it takes you!"

You can email me at tjshay (at) gmail (dot) com.

Peter H. Reynolds has given his blessing for this project.

Thank you!

-Terry Shay

Mr. Colosi's first-grade class created dots for International Dot Day.

The Dot is available as a Big Screen Book.

FableVision Learning Place is a website your students will LOVE to visit. There is a library, post office, school, cafe, Fable TV, Fable Museum, Fable Radio, and more.

The LiveWire Blog is a great place to read about all the wonderful happenings, thoughts, new books and resources from FableVision Learning.
Borrow The Dot from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.


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