The Dot by Peter Reynolds - A book on encouraging childrens creativity and artistic self confidence
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The Dot :: A Book About Creativity and Confidence


The Dot by Peter Reynolds - A book on encouraging childrens creativity and artistic self confidence I bought The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds recently and thought it was wonderful.

It’s about a young girl who doesn’t think she can draw, but who has an amazing art teacher who encourages her creativity and artistic self-confidence.

Maia enjoys The Dot and wants to read it several times in a sitting, but the book is really aimed at older kids and even adults. Maia, of course, hasn’t gotten to the stage where she might question her drawing ability and I hope that she never does.

I worried a little (as I worry about everything!) that by reading her a book about a child who doesn’t think she can draw that I might be introducing the concept to her. But in the end I decided that the book is really about a girl who grows tremendously in creativity and confidence and who goes on to draw and paint enough for a whole art show.

And really, I shouldn’t worry so much!

The Dot is a book about creativity

And is written to encourag artistic self confidence.

Update: We now have and love all of Peter Reynolds’ books!

(We bought ours separately, as they became available, but now you can also buy them as a  special Creatrilogy box set.)

More picture books about art 


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    February 11, 2008 at 4:33 am

    Ah! We went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art yesterday, and the children’s storytime and activity was centered around “The Dot”! I thought it was a great little book, and that it would be very useful to have in art classrooms for all ages. My 2-year old was a little young to pay close attention while there were so many new kids to look at, but I think that one-on-one he would enjoy it.

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    February 11, 2008 at 5:43 am

    This is one of my favorite children’s books. I love the illustrations and the story is wonderful. I am not crazy about his other books, but probably because this one spoke so strongly to me. This os the book I pick up when I am lacking inspiration and need a little motivation. Thanks for blogging it.

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    Jennifer Lo Prete
    February 11, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Hi, I just found your site, via Soule Mama. “The Dot” is on my favorite list. My children love reading it also. I read it as much for myself and I do for them. For me, it is very inspirational to overcoming self-doubt. I too worried, if by reading it I would introduce the “can’t” concept in my children. My daughter (four years old) seems to relate best to the end of the story when Vashti encourages the boy to draw a line. My daughter loves to reenact the scene with me playing the part of the boy. Thanks for blogging about this wonderful little book.

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    August 11, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Hello! I LOVE this book! I just did a review of it on my art instruction blog. I think everyone should read the Dot. Reynolds wrote another one called “Ish” which I haven’t read yet, but also looks very good!

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