Over One Million Educators & Students to Make Their Mark on September 15th



Started by a Teacher in Iowa - Inspired by Children's Book, THE DOT
by NY Times Best-Selling Peter H. Reynolds - Dot Day Has Grown into an International Movement to Celebrate Creativity & Courage

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On September 15th, over a million children and adults around the globe will celebrate International Dot Day - a grassroots "creativity & courage" movement, which has generated support around the globe, from participants in all 50 U.S. states, on all seven continents, in 75 countries, and even on the International Space Station.  Inspired by Boston-area author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds' classic "storybook for all ages" The Dot, International Dot Day inspires young and old to embrace the power of personal creativity to change the world.

"It's so exciting to see The Dot trigger this kind of worldwide movement - especially in schools where creativity is too often squeezed out of the schedule," said Peter H. Reynolds, creative education champion and New York Times #1 best-selling author/illustrator of books about creativity and learning, including The North Star, The Museum, and his Creatrilogy series (The Dot, Ish and Sky Color). "Teachers know that it's a great way to start off the school year and invite students to experience the incredible power of creativity - to discover, to express themselves, to problem-solve, to invent, to change the world in positive ways."

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Peter H. Reynolds' The Dot
THE DOT by Peter H. Reynolds is the winner of the Irma S. and James H. Black Honor for Excellence in Children's Literature, as well as The Christopher Award.

Published by Candlewick Press, The Dot is the story of a perceptive and caring teacher who reaches a reluctant student who thinks she can't draw by encouraging her to trust in her own abilities and to be brave enough to "just make a mark and see where it takes you." Exploring the themes of creativity, bravery and self-expression, The Dot has been translated into many languages, including Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Hebrew, Spanish and even Braille. The animated film version, produced by Reynolds' digital storytelling and educational media development firm FableVision and co-producer Scholastic, earned the Carnegie Medal of Excellence.

Dot Day began four years ago when Iowa teacher Terry Shay celebrated The Dot's "birthday" with his class on September 15th, because the original publishing date of The Dot is September 15, 2003.  Shay, a public school teacher for over two decades, notes: "In The Dot, the teacher's invitation to be creative becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage for the student, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing. Every great teacher works for those transformational moments."

About Peter H. Reynolds

Peter H. Reynolds
Peter H. Reynolds. Photo credit: Gretje Ferguson

Peter H. Reynolds is a NY Times best-selling author and illustrator, creativity advocate, and founder of FableVision Studios, an award-winning educational multimedia development company producing for leading children's media organizations such as PBS KIDS, Scholastic and Jim Henson Company, as well as FableVision Learning, a K12 educational media and technology publisher based in Dedham, MA. Peter regularly presents and keynotes around the globe, championing "off the path" learning and everyday creativity, and inspiring children and "grown up" children to lead successful and meaningful lives. Peter also founded The Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning and Creativity, a non-profit that encourages creativity and innovation in teaching and learning through the development of new tools and media, as well as professional development for educators and school administrators.

About The Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, and Creativity

Founded by internationally acclaimed authors/educators/creativity champions Peter and Paul Reynolds, The Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning and Creativity works with like-minded partners to develop and evaluate new media, tools, and initiatives that foster and scale authentic, engaged learning. The Reynolds Center also offers workshops, retreats and professional development programs to nurture innovation and creativity in educators, school leaders, and their students.

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