David Kalvitis

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David Kalvitis
David R Kalvitis

Occupation(s)Graphic designer and puzzle inventor
David Kalvitis at the 2011 Rochester Children's Book Festival.[1]

David Kalvitis is an artist, graphic designer, puzzle inventor, and owner of Monkeying Around, publisher of his collections of dot-to-dot-puzzles.[2] Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, Kalvitis is the eldest of three children. He currently resides in Rochester, New York.[3]

Kalvitis is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he earned a Fine Arts degree in Editorial Design.[4] During his senior year, he placed second in the International Print Magazine Cover Design Contest.

After running his own graphic design business in Rochester for 13 years, Kalvitis began his publishing career with the creation of The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Books in the World in 2000.

Since 2000 Kalvitis has published 18 hand-designed puzzle books.[5]

To date, his books have sold over one million copies worldwide.[citation needed]

Published works[edit]


  • The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Books in the World Monkeying Around
    • Book 1, 2000 – ISBN 978-0-9700437-0-2
    • Book 2, 2001 – ISBN 978-0-9700437-1-9
    • Book 3, 2002 – ISBN 978-0-9700437-2-6
    • Book 4, 2003 – ISBN 978-0-9700437-3-3
  • The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Books Monkeying Around
  • The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure Books Monkeying Around
  • We Are Connected Dot-to-Dot Philadelphia Book Monkeying Around
  • The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Mini Travel Newspaper Books Monkeying Around


  • Creative Child Magazine Awards 2015 Book of the Year Award[6]
  • National Parenting Center Seal of Approval Holiday 2012 Seal of Approval[7][8]
  • National Parenting Center Seal of Approval Holiday 2010 Seal of Approval[9]
  • National Parenting Center Seal of Approval Holiday 2003 Seal of Approval[10]

Jointly authored books[edit]


  • Memmott, Jim (March 24, 2007). Puzzles offer fun on the dot. Democrat & Chronicle.
  • York, Michelle (May 15, 2006). If numbers don't add up, try connecting the dots. The New York Times.[1]
  • Ramsay, Maggie (March 19, 2006). Dots amore. Sunday Messenger.
  • Ramsay, Maggie (December 21, 2005). Connecting the dots. Brighton-Pittsford Post.
  • Memmott, Jim (December 10, 2005). Dot-to-dot puzzle guy links up with the kid in all of us. Democrat & Chronicle.
  • Arbelo, Enid (July 22, 2002). Dot-to-dot turns profit from naught. Democrat & Chronicle.
  • Di Natale, Chuck (June 29, 2000). Connecting dots links FHS grad to fun, profit. Perinton-Fairport Post.
  1. ^ York, Michelle (May 15, 2006). "The New York Times".