If you haven't heard of International Dot Day, please check it out! It is a day for everyone, especially kids, to make their mark (their dot), and it will be taking place next week. (The 15th, or, since the 15th is on a Sunday, schools will probably be participating on the 13th or 16th.)
The day was inspired by author/illustrator, Peter Reynold's book, The Dot, which, I'd venture to guess, is found in most American public libraries and many of you have already read.
Somehow, I heard about the Celebri-dots blog (if I had to guess, I'd say it was a friend's post on Facebook). On the blog "...authors, illustrators, and celebrities who share in the dream of a more creative world" share a dot that is a personal expression. I spent some time on the blog and thought to myself, "I'm not a celebrity, but I have published some picture books, and I definitely would like to spread the "more creative world" message far and wide. And, I love a challenge! So...I created my own dot and submitted it. It was accepted and appeared yesterday!
I have hundreds of photos of my cats, especially Skippy. She is more photogenic than Smudge who always manages to close her eyes when the camera snaps. I enhanced the eyes and I experimented until I found a small dot that actually looked like a laser pointer dot. And, of course, I made the whole thing round! Read the post to learn more about the haiga.
I want to leave you with this joyous video, "O Ponto/The Dot," created by school kids in Portugal. I love the end where hands and faces come out of the giant painted dot!
Also, check out an iPad digital dot gallery here.
Laura at Author Amok is the hostess with the mostess this Poetry Friday!
Go out and make your mark on the world, and spread the message!