International Dot Day – September 15th


Millions of people around the world are celebrating creativity today. It all started with a teacher, naturally!

From the “Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009. The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.”

I’ve made my mark above, but I like stories! So I asked, who is crying and why? I added lines to complete my thoughts – let’s call it a rough draft!


For more information on how you can participate, click on the image below

Check out what’s going on over at KidLitFrenzy

and be inspired on celebridot’s pinterest board – HERE


Na nu! I love that German phrase. It’s sort of like ‘well, now’, but it’s so full of expectancy and spirit. That about sums it up for me after 6 months of blogging, something that I never imagined myself doing 7 months ago. Thanks Susanna Leonard Hill, and all my giving friends in the 12x12in’12 Challenge – I like it!

So many are celebrating this week too: Bethany’s Birthday, Dot Day, Carter’s Blogiversary, Jo-anne’s Third+ Competition, Susanna’s Summer Send-Off, and Elizabeth is celebrating all  month long!

To mark the occasion I am posting the images for my new business card, front and back. Should you care to leave a comment, it would certainly be considered a positive addition to my day.

Thanks for taking a peek!

WIX: That smarts!

I dedicate this post to Beth Stilborn, writer of picture books, middle-grade and adult fiction, and ‘engine’ for the online Children’s Book Hub. She recently posted a photo that made me say “ouch” out loud (hope it feels a little better now). Searching for an equivalent I found the exclamation uttered with sudden pain (or the thought of it) is almost universal, and no matter where, or with whom you may find yourself there is probably no mistaking what is felt!

Hungarian: aú

French: aïe

German: aua

Catalan, Estonian, Finnish, Galician, Portuguese: ai

Spanish: !ay, or uy!

Albanien: uf

Japanese: あっ! (A), or あう (Au)

Arabic:  أخ (aakh)

Swedish: Aj

Croatian: jao, avaj

Dutch, Norwegian, Romanian: au

Philipino: aray (ah-wry)

Maltese: aħħ, or ajma (ay-ma)

Iranian: ai, ooi, au, akh, oof

Thai:  โอ้ย “oy”

Polish: auć (sounds like ouch’! ) or ała

Indonesian: aduh

Italian: ahi

Chinese: 哎哟 aiyo, or 哎呀 aiya

Hebrew: !איי(aay)

I wouldn’t know how to pronounce this, or even if it is quite correct, but this is what I found for Tamil, spoken in southern India and north-eastern Sri Lanka:

திடீர் என உண்டாகும் வலியை உணர்த்தும் சொல்

I wonder if this sounds as long as it looks!

Beth is also promoting International Dot Day: Every year on September 15, innovative educators around the world celebrate International Dot Day by making time to encourage their students’ creativity. – click for more info