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.
Educators can register to participate at http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/register and download a free educator's handbook. But even if you don't formally register, you can still take advantage of the day to express your creative spirit. In the book, young Vashti feels she can't create art and her teacher tells her to make a dot on paper and sign it. Vashti then goes on to create several works of art based on dots and to inspire another child to do the same.