The Dot

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The Dot
Author Peter H. Reynolds
Illustrator Peter H. Reynolds
Country United States of America
Language English
Genre Picture book
Published 2003 (Candlewick Press)
Media type Print (hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-7636-1961-9
OCLC 51093445
[E] 21
LC Class PZ7.R337645 Do 2003

The Dot (ISBN 978-0-7636-1961-9) is a picture book written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds about a girl named Vashti who thinks she can't draw. It is published by Candlewick Press.


Vashti is a girl who says she cannot draw. When she tells her teacher, she says to "make a mark and see where it takes you." Vashti draws a dot on her paper, and her teacher then says "now sign it." The next week she is surprised to see her dot framed on display in the teacher's office. Seeing her dot, she says "I can make a better dot than that." She then starts drawing elaborate, colorful dots and realizes she is indeed an artist.

Later in life she sees a boy who can't draw a straight line, and this results in a whole new adventure.

The Dot has been adapted into a film produced by Weston Woods Studios and FableVision. It was awarded the 2005 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video.[1]

A million educators and students celebrate around the world on September 15 (ish) - International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity in the classroom based on Peter H. Reynolds' award-winning book