PHR_presspict_2009_01.jpgPeter H. Reynolds is an author and illustrator of children's books and is the co-Founder and CEO of educational media company FableVision. Reynolds was born in 1961 in Canada with his twin brother, Paul, who is now a selectman in Dedham. He attended the Massachusetts College of Art and Fitchburg State College where he received Communications Student of The Year Award in 1983, Alumni Recognition Award in 1999 and was awarded the title Litterarum Humanarum Doctor (L.H.D) in 2007 for his “substantial contributions to education and the arts”.

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. The Dot, published by Candlewick Press, has been published in over twenty languages, as well as in Braille, and has won a number of awards, including the Oppenheim Platinum Toy Award, Borders Books’ Original Voices 2003 Award, and the Christopher Medal, as well as the American Library Association's 2005 Carnegie Medal of Excellence 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 and The Best Kid in the World. Reynolds’ award-winning publishing work also includes thePHR_Books.gif 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. His collaboration with Alison McGhee called Someday spent 2 months on the New York Times Best Seller list for Children's Books.
In addition to his children’s books, Reynolds also created the award-winning animated short films, The Blue Shoe and Living Forever, as well as the film adaptations of his books The Dot and Ish.

Reynolds lives in Dedham, Massachusetts and is the co-owner of his family's book store, The Blue Bunny, and is the founder of Dedham Square Circle.



My Mission

external image smPRbkground.jpgWhen I was in 7th grade, something remarkable happened that changed my life in a wonderful way. An amazing teacher, Jim Matson, pulled me aside for drawing in class, instead of paying attention. Rather than scolding me, Mr. Matson asked me to try a project, tapping into art and storytelling to help other students understand a math concept.
Dizzy with excitement, I ran off to make a comic book. I cracked open the dense math text book and saw, for the first time, that these numbers were only ways of quantifying things and actions. Things and actions I could see and put to paper. When I brought in the completed project, Mr. Matson didn't just see a comic book, but also a storyboard. "You've got the beginnings of an animated film if you're interested." A few months later, I had finished my first animated film designed to teach. And now I do the same professionally through my stories, films and the company I founded, FableVision.
My journey has been dedicated to helping kids, especially the "off the path" kids. I was one of them myself. Not every student is lucky enough to have a teacher, or adult, see his or her potential.
When I visit students in schools they ask me what my hobbies are. I say thinking, dreaming. If my art and stories can help inspire others to do the same, I'll feel my life had meaning.
Peter
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