Peter H. Reynolds selected for Global Read Aloud Author Study

FableVision Learning founder, Peter H. Reynolds has been chosen to be this year’s author study for Global Read Aloud (#GRA14) which is spans from Oct 6- Nov 14. This project, founded by Pernille Ripp, was created in 2010 with the goal to use one book to connect children around the world, similar to International Dot Day inspired by Peter’s book The Dot. In just four years, Global Read Aloud has made over 500,000 connections in 60 different countries.

Peter H. Reynolds

In addition to choosing a single book to dig into, Global Read Aloud also selects one author each year for participants to study. Peter received news earlier this year that he had been chosen for the GRA Author Study. “I was thrilled to have been chosen. It is quite an honor, but for me it was exciting to think that this was a way for the messages in my books to reach more children, teachers and families. Having teachers help students really do a “deep dive” into my work and explore the big ideas, reflect, think, share and create is… well, a wow. My hope is that the experience inspires students to never give up on their own creative journeys. I wish that for their teachers too.”

Peter’s books being studied include The North Star, The Dot, Ish, Sky Color, and I’m Here. It also includes a collaboration with his twin brother, Paul called Going Places.

“Educators understand the power of learning through storytelling.” shared Peter. “They also get that reading a story aloud is MUCH more than reading it verbatim. It is the questions peppered along the way, the pause to check for understanding, the invitation to chant a chorus, or to look more closely at the art for deeper appreciation of the story. It is also not just what happens DURING the read aloud, but what happens after. Great teachers know how to riff on a story with hands-on, minds-on creative extension activities.”

One of the thousands of GRA14 inspired projects is this delightful film, “Ish Drawings” ( created by classroom teacher, Rachel Hyland from Coppell, Texas.

Many of Peter’s own teachers helped him extend the learning “beyond the book.” His 7th grade math teacher, noticing Peter’s penchant for drawing and storytelling, suggested Peter try using his talents to teach math. Peter made a comic book which Mr. Matson pointed out was also called a storyboard- adding that a storyboard is a tool that filmmakers use to plan out their films. Peter took his cue and made his very first animated film at age twelve!

“That experience  inspired me to keep going – to see how I could use my energy and skills to teach, to inspire, to make the world a better place. I can trace it all back to a teacher who took the time to “connect the dots” with me in a creative way. He changed my life. Today, my company, FableVision uses media, story, and technology to inspire, inform and teach. I guess it’s not surprising that I developed animation software for “kids like me.” Amazing to think my teacher could see a glimpse into my future way back in 1973.”

He enjoys sharing that story and message to remind all educators to appreciate the impact that they are having on their own students.

“I am optimistic about a future where all children are encouraged to navigate their true potential. We have to be creative in the ways we reach all learners — to help them find their voice, be brave about expressing it, and be inspired to use their gifts to ‘make their mark.’”

GRA has made a recommended schedule for when to read Peter’s books so that schools, classrooms, libraries, and homes around the globe can be “on the same page” during the study:

GRA Peter's Books
10/7 Week 1: The North Star
10/14 Week 2: I’m Here
10/21 Week 3: Ish
10/28 Week 4: Sky Color
11/4 Week 5: Going Places
11/11 Week 6: Your Choice!

You can find Peter’s full collection, including books he has illustrated, at his very own bookstore, The Blue Bunny Books and Toy Store in Dedham, Massachusetts. Peter is busy working on several new books and some new software to allow young kids to become engineers, but he still is managing to follow Twitter and social media to keep up the exciting news, questions and photos from GRA participants worldwide.

Click here to share and be connected for GRA. We would love to hear how you are using Peter’s books in your creative classroom — connect with us on Twitter! Also, explore the FableVision Learning site to see Peter’s posters and our software designed to support your creativity and literacy mission in your school.


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Happy International Dot Day!

We are wishing you the best this Dot Day! Thank you for celebrating creativity and bravery with your students. Continue inspiring them to make their mark.

Click below to watch Peter make his mark for you this Dot Day!

Enjoy the newest resource for Dot Day! Keep your place while reading The Dot and other books with bookmarks. Click below to download your Dot Day bookmarks today!
Dot Day Bookmarks

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Around the World on Dot Day

Child with the WorldInternational Dot Day is celebrated in many different countries around the world. As of today, there are participants in 81 countries that will be making their mark on September 15th-ish!

As of today, participants will be celebrating in the following countries:

Netherlands, Romania, Ivory Coast, Belarus, Egypt, Estonia, Qatar, Trinidad and Tobago, Gambia, Turkey, Guatemala, Ecuador, Iraq, Philippines, Tanzania, Panama, Peru, Oman, Taiwan, Cyprus, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Norway, Honduras, Morocco, Kenya, Croatia, Italy, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Germany, Greece, Kuwait, Ethiopia, Uganda, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Pakistan, Bolivia, Austria, Jamaica, Vietnam, Thailand, Albania, Puerto Rico, Denmark, Portugal, Indonesia, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, Japan, Brazil, Jordan, France, Russia, Mexico, India, El Salvador, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Poland, Argentina, Spain, Ireland, Venezuela, United Kingdom, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Iran, United States of America, and Canada!

Dot Day World Map

We love that we are able to celebrate creativity and bravery with participants circling the globe that speak many different languages. Coming together on this special day inspires us to continue to spread the message of The Dot.

Click here for FREE posters created by Peter H. Reynolds in English, Spanish, French, and Italian. Enjoy this special addition of the International Dot Day Resource Guide written
in Portuguese!

International Dot Day Portuguese Guide


Also check out this video created by Beatriz Montero reading El Punto in Spanish.


Share Facebook and Twitter

Connect the dots with us on Facebook and Twitter! Continue to share the message of bravery and creativity with your educator friends.
Use #DotDay to connect with educators around the world celebrating Dot Day!

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Make Your Mark in the News for Dot Day!

News Flash BoySpread the news far and wide about your participation in Dot Day! This template makes it easy for you to spread the buzz about Dot Day across your town, city, state, province, or country. All you have to do is simply fill in the information for you and your school or organization where there is orange text in the Word Document below.

The Dot Day press release form addresses the special meaning of
The Dot and its importance in encourage students to be brave and make their mark. This Dot Day, make an impact not only in your classroom and school, but celebrate this day with the many people in your area by being featured on the news, in the paper, or on the radio.

Be brave — and make your mark in the news!

Click here to download the Microsoft Word Press Release form

Dot Day Press Release Form

We appreciate your support in helping spread the mission of creativity.
Thank you for sharing and celebrating Dot Day!

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The Bouncing Dot Music Video

There are dozens of ways to conduct your Dot Day celebration! This September 15th-ish celebrate with “The Dot Song.” Singer-songwriter Emily Dale collaborated with Peter H. Reynolds to create this beautiful melody inspired by The Dot and International Dot Day!

Listen and sing along to this uplifting tune about creativity! FableVision Studios developed this amazing animation to engage your students with this captivating song. Peter has created this free handwritten lyric sheet for you to share with your students and encourage them to Make Their Mark this Dot Day.

The Bouncing Dot Official Music Video for The Dot Song from FableVision Learning on Vimeo.

The Dot Song Lyric Sheet

Want to perform this song at your school? Visit FableVision Learning’s store for The Dot Song bundle – which includes the lyric MP3, a non-vocal MP3, chord sheets, and the free lyric sheet. Enjoy!

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