International Dot Day!

Tuesday, September 15th 2020

All day

We are honoring International Dot Day today!  What is International Dot Day, you ask?

International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.

And each year on International Dot Day – with the help of people just like you –the inspiration continues. What started as a story in the pages of a book is transforming teaching and learning around the world as people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do.

How can I celebrate International Dot Day at home?

STREAM “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds on Tumble Books using your library card.

COLLABORATE on this shared virtual puzzle!  Each participant can place up to 100 stickers per day, so keep coming back to add more to the project until it’s done!

SING AND SIGN this wonderful musical extension of International Dot Day performed by Emily Arrow on You Tube.


Peter H. Reynolds has many ideas for how you can honor this day… “Spread the word… On International 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, or make something with a friend. Share your creativity with the world.”   If you MAKE YOUR MARK, please consider sharing it with us by email at, or on our Facebook page.