Today is International Dot Day, based on Peter H. Reynolds book, The Dot. It will be celebrated all week-long. This year 1,260,227 (increasing daily) children from 82 countries have signed up to participate in this week’s many activities. They will be using their imaginations and creativity to make their marks at home and in classrooms globally.
Like last year, teachers and students will take International Dot Day to an entirely new level, using SKYPE and other means to connect and partner with teachers and students in all 50 states and in 82 other countries — virtually connecting the dots with each other globally and breaking down barriers. Check out the site and Facebook page to see what kids are doing. It is also important to remember the week will overlap with International Day of Peace on September 21. This is a beautiful way for children to celebrate their global village. Learn more about how The Dot traveled into space on the Soyuz rocket last December 2012 with Commander Chris Hadfield, making this a galactic event.
Today, Peter H. Reynolds will spend Dot Dat at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst Massachusetts from noon to 5 p.m. The day’s activities will offer an opportunity to connect and collaborate with Peter. Visitors can help create an original drawing on the main wall at the Museum or join a story session during which Peter will read The Dot. Peter will sign books today.
Not only will children be making their dots, but celebrities have posted their dots on the International Dot Day website. And, many KidLit bloggers are posting their dots. My dot is a picture I took of my daughter looking through a tire.
Copyright 2013 Patricia Tilton