If you are an avid admirer, as am I, of the books Peter H. Reynolds has written and illustrated, you are familiar with their unmatched appeal and know the commonality between all of them. They never fail to be impressionable and moving. They move the reader to think, to feel, to wonder, to imagine, to be brave—to express oneself with creative abandon.
Upon every read, I never fail to be in awe of Peter’s inborn ability to capture the most poignant themes in the simplest ways. Ask any picture book author/illustrator and they’ll tell you this is not an easy thing to accomplish. His spot-on choices of content, picking the most essential “moment,” conveyed through his fluid, loose lines and word choice, touch the heart and mind in deep and unforgettable ways. One page that always comes to mind and blows me away every time I see it is in The Dot. An insightful teacher’s hand pushes the piece of paper bearing her discouraged student’s simple dot at its center and says:
Peter—a man who lovingly calls his home “The North Star House,” said this when asked about Vashti and The Dot:
“Vashti is very much a part of me. I try to inspire those around me to be brave and to make their mark. Little Vashti packs a powerful punch of creativity and bravery. I’m hoping that children and, as I like to call them—grown-up children—will be moved as they read my work. Moved to laughter, to tears, to insight, to reflection, to bravery, to originality, to inspiration, and best of all, to action. I want them to put their dreams into action. I want them to find the time, the tools and the inspiration to let the world hear their voices.”
Peter and Paul Reynolds, Terry Shay* and anyone else involved with Int’l Dot Day will tell you it’s all about the importance of CREATIVITY in The Arts. In fact, one of my favorite things Peter has created is also what he considers his favorite book: one with blank pages. To him, it’s “all about the possibilities. Each day you wake up you have a new possibility. About being brave. Figuring out who you are. To be courageous to let the world know who you are.”
There are MANY WAYS TO CELEBRATE Int’l Dot Day. These are mine for today, September 15th-ish:
Visit my sister blog “Creativity Cookbook” for my first “Lighter Side Up” Q&A with TERRY SHAY, the originator of Dot Day!
…and MY VERY 1st DOT! I plan on being much more creative next year, but this one is fitting, I think 🙂
Here are MANY WAYS FOR YOU TO CELEBRATE as an individual or group:
- Listen to the Dot Song!
- Celebrate Dot Day on Facebook
- Celebrate Dot Day on Twitter
- Celebrate Int’l Dot Day 2014 as suggested by Fablevision
- Listen to this new, short AUDIO interview with Peter at TeachingBooks.net (3 min.)
- Watch this fantastic VIDEO of Peter and Paul Reynolds celebrating Dot Day 2012! A MUST-SEE! (35 min.)
There are MANY others, but here are a couple of inspiring ways people have celebrated this magical day:
- GSCELC Kindergarten Presents “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds (3.5 min.)
- International Dot Day posted by Lori Smith, 2012 (5.5 min.)
THANK YOU FOR VISITING and I hope you celebrate, too!
HAPPY DOT DAY!