Born in Toronto, Canada, Peter H. Reynolds shared his entry into the world with his twin brother Paul. Together, they started writing and "publishing" their own books, comic books and newspapers somewhere around the age of seven with the help of their father's Savin office photocopier. After spending his secondary school years as writer and illustrator of literary magazines, newspapers and his own work, Peter attended the Massachusetts College of Art and Fitchburg State College, where he received the Communications Student of The Year Award in 1983 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999.
Peter is an accomplished writer, storyteller and illustrator, and brings his enthusiasm and energy to every project he creates. His best-selling books about protecting and nurturing the creative spirit include The Dot, Ish and So Few of Me (Candlewick Press). The North Star (FableVision), Peter's cornerstone book, is an allegory that raises questions about how to seek out our own unique path through life. As a book, curriculum and musical, The North Star has inspired children of all ages around the world. He recently published Rose's Garden, a heartwarming fable dedicated to the late Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. The SugarLoaf book series (Simon & Schuster), My Very Big Little World, and The Best Kid in the World, are the first of Peter's many books about an irrepressible little girl who sees the world through creative-colored glasses.
The film version of The Dot (Weston Woods) went on to win the American Library Association's (ALA's) Carnegie Medal of Excellence for the Best Children's Video of 2005, while the film version of Ish was announced as one of ALA's 2006 Notable Children's Videos. His other series of original, animated film shorts, including The Blue Shoe, Living Forever and He Was Me, have won many awards and honors around the globe. Most recently, The North Star was released as an animated film, produced by FableVision Studios and Scholastic Weston Woods.
Peter's award-winning publishing work also includes illustrating New York Times #1 Best Seller children's book, Someday (Simon & Schuster), written by Alison McGhee - a "storybook for all ages" that celebrates the potential we see in our children and the yearning for them to live life to its fullest. In addition, Peter illustrated the New York Times best-selling Judy Moody series (Candlewick) written by Megan McDonald, Gerda Weissman Klein's Wings of EPOH,Â Bob Raczka's Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys, Eleanor Estes' The Alley and The Tunnel of Hugsy Goode, Judy Blume's Fudge series (Dutton), and Ellen Potter's Olivia Kidney books.
While Peter H. Reynolds is indeed an artist and author, he would rather be known for his mission: to use media to tell stories that matter and challenge us to reach our full potential. In 1996, Peter transitioned from his 13 year career as vice president and creative director of Tom Snyder Productions, a leading educational software producer and publisher, to join his brother Paul in founding their own "social change agency," FableVision, Inc. Peter is now founder and chairman of the board of FableVision, Inc., a turn-key educational media developer and publisher committed to creating positive programming and products that help all learners navigate their full potential. FableVision, Inc. now encompasses two educational organizations: FableVision Studios and FableVision Learning.
Through his Emmy award-winning, Boston-based animation studio, Peter produces award-winning children's broadcast programming, educational videos and multimedia applications. Meanwhile, Peter leads FableVision Learning (located in Dedham, MA) in publishing and providing innovative educational software, curriculum, books, and DVDs. FableVision Learning's most popular products include Big Screen Books, Stationery Studio, SmartMoves, and Words And Their Stories, as well as BrainCogs and Essay Express (produced in collaboration with Research Institute for Learning and Development). Both FableVision Studios and FableVision Learning enjoy an international reputation for their unique brand of innovative, technology-delivered storytelling and learning.
In 2007, Peter received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from his undergraduate alma mater, Fitchburg State College, in recognition of his "substantial contributions to education and the arts."
Much of Peter's spare time is spent giving back to the community ~ revitalizing the businesses in his beloved town, Dedham Square, supporting schools, and serving on the board of several non-profit organizations, such as Horizons for Homeless Children, Everybody Winds Metro Boston and the Dedham Historical Society.
Learn more about Peter, his books and his art by visiting his personal website at http://www.peterhreynolds.com.
Peter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org