Ten years after its release, Peter H. Reynolds discussesThe Dot, his iconic book that inspires kids to make their mark.
While I don't
believe it when adults say, "I can't draw," it is, sadly, something I
have come to expect. Hearing "I can't draw" from a first grader? That
drives me crazy. Art is one of the last bastions of play, expression,
experimentation, reflection, and exploration... I could let this drive me
over the edge, or I could do something about it.
It was the summer of 2001 when I fell asleep in
bed with a marker on a page of my journal. I awoke to find a giant dot. At 3:00 a.m. it seemed to be a mistake, but in the daylight I looked at it again and was
wowed. I took the marker and above it I wrote: "THE DOT," and below
it: "by PETER H. REYNOLDS."
It was that dot that sparked me to write a story
to encourage kids not to give up--to see their potential--to keep going! The
published on September 15, 2003. I had no idea where this dot would roll, but
here I am, 10 years later, watching people from around the world connect with
the book and its mission: to inspire readers to make their mark. It has spun
into a club and a global celebration, International Dot Day, held on
September 15. It is also now an animated film, a collaboration between my studio FableVision (where I work with my twin brother, Paul, and 30 other creative
makers of positive media) and Scholastic/Weston
I hope folks will share my books, The
Creatrilogy and the Make Your Mark Kit,
to help kids embrace their creativity. My list of books to inspire creativity
is long, but here are a few to keep your dot rolling!