Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 15, 2014

On the dot

In case you hadn’t heard, today is International Dot Day – an annual celebration of creativity created by Peter H. Reynolds, author of The Dot (J PICBK REYNOLDS), a picture book about a girl named Vashti who believes she can’t draw, until her art teacher’s encouragement changes her mind.

Here’s a baker’s dozen of children’s books about all things spotty and dotty:

Books about Dots - a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Press Here by Hervé Tullet (J PICBK TULLET) – Instructs the reader on how to interact with the dots in the illustrations.

Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire (J READER LOPSHIRE) – About an animal who can do amazing things with his spots.

Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews (J PICBK CREWS) – A counting book, a book of simple rhymes, and a book of everyday objects. Also available in Spanish.

A Million Dots by Andrew Clements (J 513.211 CLEMENTS) – Learn facts about numbers, and see one million dots!

Dot by Patricia Intriago (J PICBK INTRIAGO) – Pairs of circular shapes convey opposite relationships in the arc of a day.

Dots, Spots, Speckles, and Stripes by Tana Hoban (J PICBK HOBAN) – Photographs show dots, spots, speckles, and stripes as found on clothing, flowers, faces, animals and other places. (not at Montclair)

One Red Dot: A Pop-Up Book for Children of All Ages by David A. Carter (J 513.211 CARTER) – Each page contains an original piece of artwork that challenges the reader to find the one red dot. (not at Montclair)

Aquiles el Puntito by Guia Risari (J SPA PICBK RISARI) – A formation story about a small dot, who is born on a white sheet and begins to grow and explore the world. (in Spanish – not at Montclair)

Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier – Circular shapes are spotted in familiar objects and everyday situations. (not at Montclair)

Spots and Dots! by Beth Harwood and Emma Dodd – This book for babies features visually-stimulating patterns like spots, dots, stars and hearts. (not in OPL)

Dots! Dots! Dots! At The Museum by Francie Alexander – Beginning reader identifying dots on various types of art. (not in OPL)

Seurat and La Grande Jatte: Connecting the Dots by Robert Burleigh – Introduces children to “the post-impressionist art technique Seurat invented, pointillism, in which a picture is constructed from dots of pure color that blend at a distance into recognizable shapes and various color tones.” (not in OPL)

And a bonus Dot activity: Fall Pointillism Painting. Draw a tree and create leaves with dots of fall colors.


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