International Dot Day

Every year on September 15th-ish, there is a wonderful celebration of creativity known as International Dot Day, based on the equally wonderful picture book by Peter H. Reynolds, The Dot. This year, over 500,000 — yes, over HALF A MILLION — people, mainly children in classrooms, are participating in Dot Day. Some are Skyping with each other to Connect The Dots. Many well-known authors and illustrators have contributed Dots to the Celebri-dots website — do browse around the site and see the fabulous Dots they have made.

FableVision and International Dot Day “Ambassador” Terry Shay, along with Pat Tilton of the truly excellent blog, Children’s Books Heal, have challenged people in the blog world, writers, illustrators, book reviewers, anyone involved in the kidlit blogosphere, to participate in International Dot Day by creating a Dot and posting it on our blogs. We’re not to be intimidated, thinking we’re not artists — this is a way for all people to release their inhibitions and get creative, drawing, painting, creating a Dot of some sort.

Click the magic words to see my CREATIVITY DOT!


by Beth Stilborn


  1. Beth, I love you Dot. I’m looking forward to what others post. Thanks for the mention. Will link to your blog tomorrow when I post. Your dot was very creative!

    1. Thanks, Pat! I thought of this one night just before going to sleep!

  2. That is a wonderful dot indeed, Beth. Excellent job 🙂

  3. Spot on! Love it Beth, very creative!

    1. Thanks, Joanna! It was fun to figure out how to make it work.

  4. That is an awesome dot! Way to go, Beth.

    Some of us make dots, and some of us are just dotty.

    1. I’m rather dotty a lot of the time, Rob-bear! Thanks!

  5. Love your exercising dot! I hadn’t heard about International Dot Day–what a cool idea. I was one of those people who thought I couldn’t draw and it was exciting to discover that I could!

    1. Thanks, Margaret. You are so very artistic that it’s hard for me to imagine that there was a time when you thought you couldn’t draw! You’ll notice that only part of my human shows in my dot — there’s a good reason for that! 😉

  6. This is FABULOUS Beth! I love it!

    1. Thanks, Susanna! It was fun to make. I pondered doing a matched set, the second one being “Unleash your creativity” but thought it might be a bit beyond my skills to draw the creativity-dog frolicking about unleashed. 😉

  7. I love your creativity dog and his lit up tail! Thanks for sharing your beautiful dot, Beth.

    1. Thanks, Heather! It was fun to do (once I figured out how to leave the person out of the picture for the most part! lol)

      1. Lol! Creative editing for your creativity dot!

  8. AWESOME DOT! 🙂 I’m going to post mine later today or on Saturday 😀

    1. Thanks, Erik! I’m looking forward to seeing your dot!

  9. Woof! Dot dog in action. Love it Beth!

  10. What a neat idea! Yours is very cute 🙂
    I had to go to the Connect the Dots link before I really understood the point of the dot thing. We’re good now!

    (if you can do something pirate-related for next Wednesday [Talk Like A Pirate Day], that would be cool!) Any good pirate picture books out there?

    1. Glad you got Dot Day figured out!

      There are some really cool pirate picture books out there, but unfortunately, my Wednesdays are booked solid until December. Will I have to walk the plank? ;(

  11. […] Below is the dot I created on my iPad with ArtRage.  Check out the dot made by my colleague  Beth Stilborn , who also encouraged bloggers to post their […]

  12. […] friends Beth, Pat, and Susanna have also put up a dot. Below are the dots from me and my girls. I told them the […]

  13. This is a dotsterpiece akin to Van Gogh-get-it-boy! Love this, Beth! There’s nothing better than a dog, whose “Y” shaped tail sprouts orange flowers!! Great job, lady!

    1. “Van Gogh-get-it-boy!” LOVE that, Pam! Thanks!

  14. Ha!!!! Your dot ROCKS!!!!!!!! Brilliant!!!!!
    And what a wonderful idea DOT DAY is!

    1. Thanks Robbbbbbbin! It was such fun to do this dot (although I kind of wish I could have done a creative cat… maybe next year.) Dot Day is a fabulous thing!

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