International Dot Day


Peter H. Reynolds’ book “The Dot” is about to have a sixth birthday. It’s original Candlewick Press publication date was September 15, 2003. Celebrations will happen all around the world to commemorate this classic book that has inspired so many.

Here is how you can take part. On or around September 15, read the book “The Dot” to some kids or adult kids. Then have them paint dots. Huge dots, little dots, dots without painting dots, you know how it goes. Take pictures and/or video of the dot creation (or the final project) and email them to Even if you aren’t currently in a classroom, you can do this with your family or a group of friends. Paint your own happy, creative, joyful dot! Frame the final project and join in the fun!!!The author, Peter H. Reynolds, wrote this about Dot Day, “Spread the word… Dot Day.. read The Dot, wear dots, eat dots, draw dots, frame dots, connect the dots, splurge on art supplies, try a new medium – a new instrument, write a poem, rearrange your furniture, reconnect the dots with an old friend, make something, make something with a friend, share your creativity with the world. No strict rules on how to celebrate!”


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2 Responses to International Dot Day

  1. Louise Valente says:

    CELEBRATE!!!!!My own child’s teacher sent home the most interesting method of “getting to know the kids in my class this year” – and it is due on Dot Day!I encourage you teachers to try a variant of this: here are her instructions:Dear Parents, You have homework! Attached to this note is a blank piece of paper. I would like you to draw a picture of what you would like your child to be like at the end of fourth grade. The purpose of this activity is for you to take a few moments to reflect on your child and the things important to you.We in our family are going to flip it a bit – I am going to put a cereal box between us and each draw the picture so we can compare what we each would like to see. OR if my child is game, we will really break the rules and draw what we want her to be like in 20 years instead of the end of fourth grade.And we will put LOTS of DOTS on our picture!!!!

  2. Hey, I found a way we could “connect the dots.” I made a Google Map. It is public so everyone can share where they are and what they are doing on Sept. 15. Go to and click on International Dot Day. Or, if you want, the map can be moved to somewhere else.

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