More than 620,000 children worldwide have signed up to celebrate International Dot Day in their classrooms around September 15. And, I’m sure that number will grow as the day approaches. In the U.S., kids in all 50 states have signed up. It’s inspiring that so many children (and grown-up kids) will be using their imaginations to draw special dot creations during this global event. And, this is a perfect time to issue a challenge to all the KidLit bloggers to make and publish a dot on their websites Sept. 15-ish.
Peter H. Reynolds, author and illustrator, published The Dot, on Sept. 15, 2003. The book is about a girl who doesn’t think she can draw. The idea for International Dot Day grew out of this powerful story and has become an annual event, with more kids participating each year. This is a wonderful opportunity to help kids “open their eyes to the world of creativity and self-worth,” says Terry Shay, Dot Day Ambassador. Shay is a teacher who is passionate about the event and the enthusiastic educators who make this event happen in their schools.
If you are a teacher and want to participate, there is still time to sign up your students at http://fablevisionlearning.com/dotday/signup.html. If you are a student and want to participate, talk with your teacher and parent.
Visit http://fablevisionlearning.com/dotday/ to learn more about International Dot Day, activity suggestions, resources, a global map showing participants and a peek at the dots being created by celebrities. There also is a Facebook page devoted to International Dot Day with frequent updates.