The DotVashti is a little girl who is convinced that she can't draw. One day in art class, she angrily stabs the paper with her pencil and says she's done. Her teacher quietly asks her to sign her work, her dot. The next day, Vashti is surprised to see her work, her dot framed and hanging in a special place next to the teacher's desk. This support encourages Vashti to try other dots - just simple dots - and to see what she can do. By the end of the story, Vashti shows her artwork at an art show, and then turns to encourage another little kid. It's a beautiful book that honors a child's efforts and celebrates creativity.
by Peter H. Reynolds
MA: Candlewick Press, 2003.
ages 3 - 100
This is a beautiful book to read with your child. It encourages me to try new things, to know that even though I'm not comfortable drawing, I love experimenting with it. It reminds me to honor my own children's art work and to let them see me trying new things.
Help celebrate International Dot Day with your family - try something new, draw together, frame some of their artwork, eat dotty foods. Here is how you can take part. On or around September 15, read the book “The Dot” to some kids or adult kids. Then have them paint dots. Huge dots, little dots, dots without painting dots, you know how it goes. Take pictures and/or video of the dot creation (or the final project) and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Best of all, have fun!