Peter H. Reynolds

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Peter Hamilton Reynolds is an author and illustrator of children's books[1] and is the Founder of the educational media company FableVision.[2]

Reynolds was born in 1961 in Canada with his identical twin brother, Paul who serves as FableVision's CEO, as well as a former selectman in the town of Dedham, Massachusetts.[1] He attended the Massachusetts College of Art and Fitchburg State College[2] where he received Communications Student of The Year Award in 1983,[3] Alumni Recognition Award in 1999[4] and was awarded the title Litterarum Humanarum Doctor (L.H.D)[5] in 2007 for his “substantial contributions to education and the arts”.[6]

Reynolds is best known for his children’s books about “authentic learning, creativity and self-expression”, including The North Star, Ish, The Dot, and So Few of Me.[1] The Dot, published by Candlewick Press, has been published in over twenty languages, as well as in Braille,[2] and has won a number of awards, including the Oppenheim Platinum Toy Award, Borders Books’ Original Voices 2003 Award,[7][8] and the Christopher Medal,[9] as well as the American Library Association's 2005 Carnegie Medal of Excellence[10] for the book’s animated adaptation. Reynolds has also published a book series for young children, based on the character "SugarLoaf". Published by Simon and Schuster, the first two books in this series are titled My Very Big Little World[11] and The Best Kid in the World.[12] Reynolds’ award-winning publishing work also includes the best-selling Judy Moody series written by Megan McDonald, Eleanor EstesThe Alley and The Tunnel of Hugsy Goode, Judy Blume’s Fudge series, and Ellen Potter’s Olivia Kidney books.[13] His collaboration with Alison McGhee called Someday spent 2 months on the New York Times Best Seller list for Children's Books.[14][15]

In addition to his children’s books, Reynolds also created the award-winning animated short films, The Blue Shoe[16] and Living Forever,[17] as well as the film adaptations of his books The Dot[10] and Ish.[18]

Reynolds lives in Dedham, Massachusetts and is the co-owner of his family's book store, The Blue Bunny Bookstore, and is the founder of the civic-powered revitalization group Dedham Square Circle.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Brody, Samantha (December 2007). "Inspire the Artist Within: Author, illustrator, and educator Peter H. Reynolds talks about motivating kids to do great things". Parent & Child/Scholastic. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  2. ^ a b c d English, Bella (November 12, 2007). "Make way for Rose". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  3. ^ Peter H. Reynolds
  4. ^ "Alumni Association: Awards". Fitchburg State College. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  5. ^ Graham, Jonathan. Hard Work Rewarded at FSC. Sentinel and Enterprise; Fitchburg, MA. May 20, 2007.
  6. ^ News About Peter H. Reynolds
  7. ^ - 2003 Borders Original Voices Award Finalists
  8. ^ Pub & Artists - Borders - Books, Music and Movies
  9. ^ "The 2004 Christopher Award Winners". The Christophers, Inc. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  10. ^ a b "Past Recipients of the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video". American Library Association. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  11. ^ Simon & Schuster: My Very Big Little World: A SugarLoaf Book (Hardcover)
  12. ^ Simon & Schuster: The Best Kid in the World: A SugarLoaf Book (Hardcover)
  13. ^ Peter H. Reynolds
  14. ^ "Best Sellers: Children's Books". New York Times. April 15, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  15. ^ "Best Sellers: Children's Books". New York Times. May 13, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  16. ^ "Once Upon a Napkin...The Blue Shoe". Animation World Magazine. April 1, 1998. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  17. ^ "Animation World News: Awards". Animation World Magazine. May 1999. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  18. ^ "2006 Notable Children's Videos". American Library Association. Archived from the original on 2007-12-09. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 

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