We're excited that the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has signed on to host a day-long #InternationalDotDay celebration on the lawn & inside the museum on Sunday, September 9th! MFA, Boston is the 20th largest museum in the world, the 5th largest in the U.S. - so to have their support is hugely appreciated. If you're near Boston, please come join us - both Peter and I will be there all day! 

International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher 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.Each year on International Dot Day – with the help of people just like you – the inspiration continues. What started as a story in the pages of a book is transforming teaching and learning around the world as people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do. 

Make a mark! There is more than one way to celebrate International Dot Day. Here are some simple ideas and great examples from past International Dot Day participants. Feel free to borrow an idea or generate an idea of your own. All it takes is a little creativity!From posters and T-shirts to books and bags, grab the Official Peter H. Reynolds Dot Day gear at The Dot Central. The Dot Central is the official online shop for all things Peter H. Reynolds. Featuring inspirational books, art prints, original art, and wearables to encourage everyone to be brave enough to make their mark!


International Dot Day is named for the classic Peter H. Reynolds storybook The Dot. Available in English and many other languages, the book shares the story of a girl who begins a journey of self-discovery after a caring teacher challenges her to “make her mark.”

Get Your Gear.

Register and download the free International Dot Day Educator’s Handbook. Here you will find suggestions and tools - including some great activities created by Peter H. Reynolds - to help you celebrate creativity in your classroom.


Dot Day is September 15th! Be sure to share your mark with the world. International Dot Day is about creativity and inspiration. Share your work on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtags #InternationalDotDay and #MakeYourMark.


The Celebri-dots Blog features The Dot-inspired dots created by a growing list of those who have used their talents to make a mark on the world. See one of a kind dots created by authors Sharon Creech, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Kristin Tubb, Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, as well as Carole Hart of Sesame Street fame and Craig Bartlett, creator of Hey Arnold! and PBS KIDS’ Dinosaur Train.