of November 16, 2007
Boston Globe Spotlights Peter H. Reynolds
Boston Globe recently featured a stellar article about Peter and his company, FableVision. Click here
for a PDF of the print article!
of November 7, 2007
H. Reynolds' Book The Dot Receives La-Belle Prize For Empowering
and FableVision co-founder Peter H. Reynolds has been awarded the Lab-elle
Prize for his book, The Dot. Given by the Lab-elle Association in partnership
with the University of Geneva, the Lab-elle Prize honors authors and
literary works that portray women and girls in non-traditional, empowering
Dot tells of Vashti, a young student who has convinced herself that
she cannot draw. Her teacher dares her to make a mark, and Vashti's
one small dot begins a colorful journey. At the end of the story, she
shares her knowledge with classmate Ramon and encourages him to make
his letter of acceptance, Peter wrote: "The Dot is more than a
book about art. It is a book that encourages us to be brave about expressing
ourselves." This is the same courage that we need as learners -
inside the classroom and out.
of October 24, 2007
Early Words Campaign Kickoff
Early Words Campaign kicked off at Boston’s South End Settlements
with CBS Host Lisa Hughes, the Mayor of Boston ~ Tom Menino, Peter H.
Reynolds, and Chairman and CEO of Staples, Ron Sargent. Staples is a
partner and corporate sponsor of Early Words.
The Early Words
program provides training and seminars that teach parents the importance
of talking to young children and how to increase the level of talking
during everyday activities.
With the assistance
of several volunteers, Peter read The Dot to over 200 early
learners and teachers in the audience. Peter was also assisted by two
four-year-olds who did a great job representing Vashti and Ramon. As
Peter left the South End Settlements, the program director asked Peter
to “Make His Mark” and he drew a beautiful mural on the
wall outside some of the pre-school classrooms.
of October 12, 2007
Island Children’s Book Award, presented to Peter H. Reynolds
School was the site of the presentation of the Rhode Island Children’s
Book Award, presented to Peter H. Reynolds, illustrator of the 2007
winning book by Megan McDonald: Stink, the Incredible Shrinking
Kid. The staff and students worked very hard to make this special
event a huge success. The backdrop for the stage was created by students
from Mrs. Moskosky’s and Mrs. Safford’s first grade classes,
and put together by Mrs. Reiser-Jones and Mrs. Rich. Third grader Sergio
Valdivia created the picture of “Stink” for the backdrop.
guidance of fourth grade teacher Ms. Miceli, Chevy Ready, Suzanne Healy,
Hunter Clark, Samantha Johnson, Elizabeth Vazquez, Noel Russo, Katherine
Caparco, and Dakota Morehouse presented a Readers’ Theater scene
from the book. Entertainment also included book reviews by Elizabeth
Vazquez and Corey Merritt, a song by the fourth grade chorus group,
and a movement activity by Mrs. Rhodes’ first grade class. The
mistress of ceremonies for the event was Karli Nelson, and Alexandra
Huzyk presented the award to Mr. Reynolds.
"We would like to give special thanks to Rhode Island Children’s
Book Award Committee Chairperson Brooke Strachan, the Charlestown Parent-Teacher
Organization for the wonderful reception following the award ceremony,
and to Charlestown School staff members: Mrs. Reiser-Jones, library/media
specialist, Mrs. Fiske, physical education teacher, Mrs. Sherman, music
teacher, and Mrs. Rich, art teacher. This was truly a multi-disciplinary
and school-wide effort!"
of September 30, 2007
H. Reynolds Receives Literary Lights for Children Award
one of four authors honored by the Associates of the Boston
Public Library, Peter received the Literary Lights for
Children Award during its ninth annual tea party at the beautiful
Copley Fairmont Hotel in Boston. Literary Lights for Children seeks to raise awareness of children's literature, promote literacy,
honor children's authors and raise money for the Boston Public Library's
children's services and collections. Proceeds from this event will specifically
fund conservation and restoration of the library's Alice B.
the event Peter spoke about his mission to make the world a better place
through his art, his words, and involvement in his community. He also
invited its 500 participants to draw with him, and had the opportunity
to meet children from all of the Boston Public Branch Libraries as well
as The Epiphany School, Beacon Academy, Josiah Quincy Upper School,
Mother Caroline, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston.
Peter is in excellent company! Previous award recipients include Marc
Brown, Matt Tavares, William Steig, Mary Pope Osborne, Eric Carle, Lois
Lowry and David Macaulay.
of September 22, 2007
H. Reynolds Visits Florida School for Deaf & Blind
and Illustrator Peter H. Reynolds opened the 5th
Annual Florida School for the Deaf and Blind Writing Expo in St. Augustine, Florida where he was welcomed by the
incredibly talented staff and 750 amazing K-12 students.
all of Peter's trips are special, this one had particular significance.
Peter's unique abilities to connect and communicate with children were
stretched in new and meaningful ways. "These amazing children challenged
me as a storyteller to rethink how people who can't see or hear experience
a story," said Peter. The culmination of two wonderfully full days
of meeting, drawing and sharing with teachers and students was the students'
"choral reading" of The Dot. "Truthfully, they
taught me more that I taught them," Peter remarked.
second edition of The Dot, published in Braille, is now available
from our good friend, Bruce Curtis, at BrailleInk: http://www.brailleink.org/dot.php. This new edition has a sturdier
binding and is not as big or heavy as the first one.
of July 17, 2007
Peter was the featured speaker at July's Community
of Caring National K-12 Character Education Conference in Las Vegas. Peter and his company, FableVision,
support the Community of Caring's mission to strengthen five core values:
caring, respect, responsibility, trust and family. In the words of its
founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, "In Community
of Caring, we believe the quality of caring we give to our parents,
to our brothers and sisters, to our families, to our friends and neighbors,
and to the poor and the powerless endows a life, a community with respect,
hope and happiness."
of July 17, 2007
Gallery Anniversary Special - 20% off all items!
celebrate the 4-year anniversary of the Peter H. Reynolds website, we're
offering a limited Gift Gallery Special... 20%
off all items in the Peter H.
Reynolds Gift Gallery! This offer ends September 30, 2007.
you've been tempted in the past, this is the time to carpe diem!
here to start shopping!
of June 24, 2007
H. Reynolds teams up with Mayor Menino for ReadBoston
While Boston Mayor Thomas Menino read Peter's book The
Dot aloud, Peter drew and animated his story to the hundreds
of school children gathered in the Boston Common's Tadpole Pond on June 22nd for ReadBoston's Storymobile kickoff event.
Participants were sporting the new Storymobile T-shirts that Peter designed
for the event, and each child was presented with a copy of The Dot to
enjoy at home, compliments of Staples. For the past decade, ReadBoston,
founded by Mayor Menino and his wife Angela, has been working to ensure
all children in Boston are reading at grade level by the end of third
grade. For more information on ReadBoston and the Staples Literacy
Program, see www.readboston.org/.
of May 22, 2007
Delivers Commencements, Receives L.H.D.
Encourages Graduates to Be Brave Enough to Follow
H. Reynolds made a trip in the way-back machine to his alma
mater of Fitchburg State College (FSC) to deliver the
commencement address and to receive an honorary doctor of humane letters
degree (pictured here with FSC President Bob Antonucci). Peter presented
the address to graduates of Fitchburg State College's 111th commencement
ceremony on May 19th, and was awarded the title Litterarum Humanarum
Doctor (L.H.D) because of his substantial contributions to
education and the arts. Since graduating from FSC with a bachelor's
degree in communications media in 1983, Peter received a Distinguished
Alumni Award in 1999 from the college.
a vocal advocate of public schools and the state education system, Peter
spoke to over two thousand Fitchburg State graduates, family, friends
and members of the college community. He also spoke at the annual Chelmsford
High School commencement, his first alma mater. His wish for
every graduate is to "make your mark and see where it takes you."
of April 10, 2007
H. Reynolds' New Book, Someday - #1 New York Times Best
exciting news to share! Peter's new book Someday (illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, written by author Alison McGhee) is a New York Times #1 Best
Seller Children's book! Someday is 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. To get your personalized
and autographed copy of the book, hop over to The Blue Bunny at www.dedhambluebunny.com - the Reynolds family bookstore.
has created a free SOMEDAY eCard especially for Mother's Day!
and send your Mother's Day Message here...
of March 17, 2007
Megan McDonald/Peter H. Reynolds Book Released
and the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers, the third
book in the Judy Moody spin-off series about Judy's little brother Stink,
was released last month. In this book, Stink's amazing sense of smell
makes him seem like a "Nose-it-all", but then something unexpected happens...
Yep, you'll have to read
the book to find out!
illustration collaborations with author Megan McDonald on the Judy
Moody and Stink chapter books have reached millions of
children around the world. Stay tuned to find out what's coming next
in the RARE world of Judy and Stink Moody!
of February 28, 2007
Our Mark! - The Big Dot Event
Februrary 26, Peter H. Reynolds joined officials from
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's administration at the Massachusetts State House- along with friends
from Harvard University, Citizen Schools and the Dan Marr Boys & Girls Club - to talk to
middle school students about being brave & creative enough to "make
their mark" - as students helped paint the world's biggest kid-created
dot! This was part of a nationwide initiative called Entrepreneurship
Week USA sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation.
of December 13, 2006
the Literary Limelight
appeared on the Literary Limelight show on Boston
Neighborhood Network TV from 4 to 5:30 pm on December 13th..
Peter was interviewed by Augusta Alban, the host of Literary Limelight,
who focused on Peter's book So Few of Me, a perfect book for the busy
holiday season. This show was aired live and rebroadcast several times
in Boston, Cambridge, and Wellesley.
Fundraiser - DOT Art to Support Visually Impaired Children
Peter H. Reynolds in helping children “make their mark”
through this special fundraising event! Just in time for the holidays
... Purchase an original Peter H. Reynolds watercolor
painting for just $20 (plus shipping) and help a
Peter has created a limited number of original, multi- colored, water-colored
dots inspired by his book, The Dot, which are being
sold on a first-come, first- served basis. Each water-colored dot
is signed, dated, and placed in a preservation sleeve with card backing.
100% of the funds raised will go toward the cost of printing of the
unique braille edition of The Dot from BrailleInk.
- a non-profit organization promoting braille accessibility and education
for both visually impaired and sighted individuals.
learn more or purchase a PHR exclusive original, click here...
of November 14, 2006
H. Reynolds Podcast from Children's Book Week Celebration
Press (publisher of The Dot, Ish, and So
Few of Me) and First Book celebrated Children's
Book Week with author and illustrator podcasts - including
our very own Peter H. Reynolds! First Book is an
international nonprofit organization with a single mission: to give
children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own
their first new books. Check out the Peter H. Reynolds interview [38:05]
(Just scroll down the page a bit.)
of October 20, 2006
Celebrate Art for Only One Week?
recently celebrated Start the Art Week sponsored
by the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
in conjunction with Americans for the Arts as part
of National Arts & Humanities month.
But we asked, "Is a week-long celebration enough to ensure that
the spirit of creativity is protected and nurtured in our schools?"
I created a poster (right) that plays out the idea of a "LIFE-LONG
celebration". If we want students to express what they
know, then we need to INCREASE the bandwidth of their creative expression
- in ways that are congruent with their unique talents, gifts and
styles. To nurture a new generation of creative, problem-solvers -
who will take on the challenges our planet faces - this needs OUR
best, most creative thinking all year long.
here for the "Start the Art" Year-Long Celebration Mini-Poster...
of October 3, 2006
Peter H. Reynolds on YouTube.com!
happy to share a great video clip of Peter at the Park City
Literary Festival is now on youtube.com. This is the literary
adjunct festival to the Sundance Film Festival, where
Peter met with lots of teachers and educators and helped inspire them
to "make their mark!"
to PCTV's Producer Ori Hoffer, who just told us he
named his new daughter ISH, short for ILANA SAGE HOFFER. Congrats
watch the 3-minute clip, click here...
of September 25, 2006
Book From Peter H. Reynolds Now Available: So Few of Me
H. Reynolds is celebrating his latest book release - So
Few of Me! USA TODAY's Bob Minzesheimer gave So
Few of Me a great spotlight last week: "Leo is a busy
boy with a to-do list that stretches across two pages in the latest
modern fable from the creator of The Dot and Ish. Leo is so busy that
he wishes there were "two of me." He gets his wish; but
with even more things to do, Leo keeps multiplying until there are
10 Leos, "each one busier than the next." Reynolds' simple
watercolors complement his sweetly subversive message: "Leo wondered,
'What if I did less — but did my BEST? Then one Leo is all I
need. Just me, just one ... with time to dream." Left unanswered
for overachieving parents: How will Leo, with that attitude, ever
get into Harvard or Stanford?"
Along with being
a great gift for overscheduled families/children, So Few of
Me is also a perfect gift for educators and a great addition
to professional development programs!
you have time. . . read more about So Few of Me...
of September 18, 2006
Collaboration Celebration: Peter shares the stage with Megan McDonald
month has been rather unique for Peter. While he is used to being
on stage, this month he has shared the stage with favorite collaborators.
One example was at the Boston Globe Book Festival,
when children had the rare opportunity to see Peter with Megan
McDonald, author of the Judy Moody
series, which Peter illustrates. Megan and Peter explained to the
children who were enjoying a sunny Boston afternoon outside the Public
Library how they collaborate while living 3,000 miles away from each
of August 28, 2006
H. Reynolds Featured at Boston's Gardner Museum Neighborhood Nights
Waltham Partnership for Youth's annual breakfast
Peter H. Reynolds captivated the audience with a moving presentation
featuring his book The Dot. Peter
applauded the group's efforts to find creative ways to inspire kids
to navigate their full potential - no matter what the odds.
As Peter notes,
"It takes a brave heart to lead the life we are meant to live
- and that message can never be echoed enough. That's why organizations
like this are so important - to help keep amplifying these themes
in a distracted and noisy world we live in today."
The Waltham Partnership
for Youth purchased a copy of The Dot for each of
its 25 board members who will read the book to several elementary
classes in all seven of Waltham’s elementary schools at the
beginning of the school year.
of August 23, 2006
Giclee Print added to the Gift Gallery
just added a NEW Peter H. Reynolds Giclee
print to his Gift Gallery -
A Prince Among Monsters! The print comes
in three sizes, including a very affordable 7" x 10" for $35. A perfect
piece for any child's room, or for any Peter H. Reynolds fan, or collector
of art. Peter's Giclee prints are of museum quality - it's extremely
hard to tell them apart from the original watercolors! Prints will
arrive hand numbered and signed.
of August 16, 2006
Addition to the Peter H. Reynolds.com website - Photo Album!
a cool snapshot at Peter's journey as an author/illustrator, check
out his new Photo Album page, full of
photos contributed by friends, fans, colleagues, and other folks Peter
has met along the way. For future reference, the photo album is linked
to the "Meet Peter" page. Keep checking the
album - we hope to keep adding photos as they continue to trickle
of August 15, 2006
H. Reynolds Featured at Boston's Gardner Museum Neighborhood Nights
was recently the featured storyteller at the Isabella Stewart
Gardner Museum Feel The Vibes’ Neighborhood
Nights. The museum opened its doors to all of its neighborhood
families and friends to provide a lively evening of activity, music
and creativity. Peter read from his best-selling book, The
Dot, demonstrated art of animation, and answered questions
on how his stories make the journey from imagination to publication.
Peter then shared his most favorite book... the blank book. And as
they each recieved their own blank book, inspiration filled the museum
gardens as they happily wrote and illustrated their very own stories.
Somewhere, Isabella Stewart Gardner was smiling.
of June 4, 2006
H. Reynolds' Artwork on WGBH-TV Tonight
a quick note to let you know to watch out for Peter’s art donation
for The WGBH Fine Arts Auction. The live auction kicked off today
at 3:30pm on local (Boston) PBS station WGBH 2 – and Peter’s
piece is number 187, which will be shown sometime this evening.
The original watercolor
called "My Gallery” depicts a child proudly displaying
a piece of art – standing in front of a gallery of original
dot paintings. Peter will customize the scene, a nod to his award-winning
book THE DOT, (which has been adapted as a film and is in over 20
languages!) with the winning bidder’s name(s)! And if that’s
not fun enough, Peter also donated an accompanying blank sketch book
(hand-decorated by Peter) titled "A Blank Book Is All About Possibilities."
The blank book and picture are signed and dated.
Tune in –
and help bid this item up! The proceeds of the WGBH Fine Arts Auction
go to support children’s programming on GBH, which makes us
of May 29, 2006
Named "Video of the Week" by School Library Journal
were thrilled to get the news that School Library Journal selected
the ISH animated film as "Video of the Week". Along with
a lovely review, SLJ notes, "Libraries will want to purchase
this delightful offering to support the artcurriculum." Click
here to read the full review (.PDF).
co-production between FableVision
and Scholastic Weston Woods, this short animated film is based on
the book by Peter H. Reynolds.
of May 29, 2006
Megan McDonald/Peter H. Reynolds Collaboration Launched
and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker
by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H.
Moody's little brother Stink has his second book out, and it's as
fun as the first. We had a super-galactic blast this past Saturday,
May 13th, at the Blue Bunny Bookstore Book Bash in Dedham, MA, were
we celebrated the unveiling of Stink's second book. If you missed
the event, don't worry - you can always stop by the Blue
Bunny for signed copies of Peter's books. Oh, and FYI - the first
Stink book is now available in paperback too!
of May 1, 2006
Thinking - now archived!
to announce that past issues of Peter’s very own eNewsletter,
Ishful Thinking, are now archived here on his site for easy
access, in case you miss or misplace an issue – or simply don’t
want old issues clogging up your IN box. You can now find a link to
the archived issues on the Contact page,
on the image to the right to view archived copies of past issues.
H. Reynolds tapped on the shoulder by the Children's Book Council
Peter H. Reynolds has been invited to create one of three official
streamers for the 2007 Children’s Book Week
sponsored by the Children’s Book Council, Inc. (CBC)!
The event has been celebrated by educators, librarians, booksellers,
and families since 1919. The theme for 2007 is “Rise Up Reading!”
Click here to learn more about
the Children's Book Council,
or Children's Book Week.
April 1, 2006
H. Reynolds Goes to Childhood Hometown for Author Visit
was excited to return to his town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, to
help celebrate its 19th Annual Community Read In
this year during the week of March 6 - 10. The event showcased local
and greater area volunteers who came to the Chelmsford elementary
and middle schools to share their love of reading.
Chelmsford resident, proved that "you CAN go home again"
- as he joined the fun sharing his books, his art and his animated
films with students at the Center School. While most visitors read
books written by other authors, Peter read his own books, The DOT,
Ish, and The North Star to the second and third grade children.
out! Braille edition! The
Dot Printed in Dots!
BrailleInk.org for more information...
It's been very inspiring for me to see my books and
their messages reaching so many children across the country, and around
the world, regardless of age, border, or barrier. Besides the many
world languages The Dot and Ish have now been published
in, I'm excited to announce that The Dot is now available
in Braille as well!
of March 21, 2006
Hope and Inspiration to Katrina and Rita Victims
and the FableVision Team recently journeyed to the Gulf Coast where
Peter was asked to keynote the Louisiana Computer Using Educators
Conference. We were honored they chose Peter - who brought his messages
of hope, creativity and following one's dreams in the face of adversity.
During FableVision's trip to Louisiana, we also visited Renaissance
Village, a FEMA site for hurricane evacuees.
here to read a first-hand account on some ways the educators at
Renaissance Village are handling the education and inspiration for
their kids under duress, and how a visit from Peter H. Reynolds
brought a spark of hope.
A lot of people
ask Peter what he does when he's not writing and illustrating books,
animating, meeting with businesses and organziations, or speaking
at conferences and schools. Well, much of Peter's spare time is spent
giving back to the community... supporting schools, homeless children,
literacy and learning, and inspiring all of us to use our gifts to
make the journey a meaningful one. In the last few months he has donated
his time, talent, and art to the following organizations: Dedham Country
Day School, WGBH/PBS Fine Arts Auction, St. Peter’s School in
Lincoln Nebraska, MESPA – Massachusetts Elementary Principals’
Association, Fall River (MA) Film and Literary Festival, and the MSPCC
– Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
to name a few. Peter is a big believer in community service, and encourages
people of all ages to reach out and volunteer a little time to help
make the world a better place. He
says it's a great way to share your talents too!
of March 15, 2006
Sessions, and Conferences... Oh My!
road tour continues! We just wrapped up a great trip to California
Computer Using Educators (CUE) in chilly Palm Springs (really!).
Highlights included some fantastic sessions by Peter, and also a webcast
on Ed Tech Trends (courtesy of www.kidzonline.org
and CUE) featuring top industry leaders Hall Davidson
(Discovery Kids), David Thornburg (Thornburg Institute)
and Peter H. Reynolds (FableVision).
of March 5, 2006
Expo Brings School & Community Together
H. Reynolds was invited to Currey Ingram Academy
in Brentwood, Tennessee to meet with students and help open
its inaugural Inspiration Expo: A Celebration of Creativity
and Imagination. Currey Ingram Academy is a K-12 independent
day school for children with learning differences, providing an environment
rich in opportunities for students who have unique learning styles
- which reflects the Peter's mission to reach ALL learners in creative
read one student's reflections about Peter's visits, click here..
of February 23, 2006
Professional Development Session Announced
Register for the
May 10, 2006 "Make
Your Mark!" Workshop and join author/illustrator Peter
H. Reynolds (The Dot, Ish, The North
Star, My Very Big Little World) for an inspirational day-long
retreat. Peter uses storytelling, videos, technology, and his many
tried-and-true reflective activities that recharge the spirit. Spend
a day with us, get recharged - and bring back practical, ready-to-roll
ideas to your classroom.
We are also taking
registrations for the October 4, 2006 "Make
Your Mark!" Workshop in Boston, Massachusetts. Group rates available
for early registrants. These are the only local MYM workshops that
Peter will be giving this year, so sign now while spots are still
here for registration information.
of February 15, 2006
by Peter H. Reynolds...Now a Virtual Reality
the past year, hundreds of organizations have contacted Peter H. Reynolds
regarding a personal author/illustrator visit. We only wish there
were enough hours and days for Peter to accept each and every invitation.
But here's the good news...
After the resounding
success of using web-based Elluminate Live to visit
2000 students in Pennsylvania, Peter's company, FableVision, has officially
launched our FableVision Virtual Visit Program! Peter
can now deliver his message, his stories and his incredible art to
your school site or any place with an Internet connection.
If you'd like
to learn more about signing up for one of Peter's
Virtual Classroom Visits, click
of February 1, 2006
Your Mark"... in Mexico
Peter is off to
Mexico to say "gracias" to the Ministry of Education's
adoption of his books The Dot and Ish.
80,000 copies of each Spanish
edition title were purchased for elementary school children there.
of Janurary 23, 2006
North Star Musical Shines at Mill Mountain Theater
and I just flew back from Roanoke, VA. - aka "The Star City" (really!)
- where a new musical stage adaptation of Peter's book THE NORTH STAR
is premiering. Based on the musical performance version by Tim Beckman,
the new production was brought to stage by Director Mary Best Bova
as part of Mill Mountain Theatre's 2006 Norfolk Southern Festival
of New Works. (Tim, Mary & Peter pictured in photo to right, on stage
at Mill Mountain.)
of January 15, 2006
DOT Animated Film "Makes Its Mark!"
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC),
a division of the American Library Association (ALA),
recently acknowledged our company, FableVision, as
a co-recipient of the 2005 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in
Children's Video for THE DOT. The animated
film is based on the book THE DOT by Peter H. Reynolds.
happily shares the Carnegie honors with co-producer Scholastic
Weston Woods. Medals will be given to all individuals involved
in the project, including Peter H. Reynolds, Karen
Bresnahan, Gary Goldberger, and Jonathan Meath , along with Paul Gagne
and Melissa Reilly of Weston Woods.
of December 31, 2005
Launches "Ishful Thinking" eNewsletter
Thinking is Peter's new, semi-regular-ish eNewsletter that
he'll be sending out to share thoughts about creativity and postive
thinking. He'll also keep you up to date on what he's up to - events,
new books, contests, new ideas, etc. Click
on the image to the right to view archived copies of past issues.
the "Ishful Thinking" Mailing List
NOTE: In order to
follow federal online safety rules (COPPA), children under the age of
13 will not be added to the mailing list.
of November 11, 2005
Message from Peter: A great cause - Robert's Snow
message to let you know that I am incredibly honored to have
been tapped on the shoulder for a terrrrrrrrrrrrrific cause.
I am urging you to get involved!
This is a wonderful
chance to own an original piece of art – a hand-painted,
wooden snowflake -- from a collection of work from over 200 children’s
book illustrators -- including one by yours truly -- (actually I have
two snowflakes – one on display in Boston
and one in LA). Not only are these snowflakes exclusive
(each one comes with its own certificate of authenticity) and beautiful
– but 100% of snowflakes sales will go to the
Cancer Institute/The Jimmy Fund!
Here’s one of
(There is another
image on the reverse side which you can see on the robertssnow.com
The 200 snowflakes
are divided into 5 seven day auctions. The schedule is as follows:
Auction 1: Nov.
Auction 2: Nov. 13- Nov. 20
Auction 3: Nov. 20-Nov. 27
Auction 4: Nov. 27- Dec.4
Auction 5: Dec.4- Dec. 11 --- This is the auction my ornaments will
be auctioned, so mark your calendars for Dec 4th!
has a link to the live ebay auctions on its homepage (look for the
red snowflake icon).
Also, when you view each snowflake individually, the date of their
auction is posted. Furthermore, you can sort the snowflakes by auction
number with the pull-down menu under "view snowflakes."
If you win --
your original snowflake will shipped on or about Dec. 12 -- after
the snowflake exhibits on the east and west coasts.
Want to see the
exhibits? 125 of the snowflakes can be seen at the Loccoro Rittoro
Gallery in Boston, MA until Dec. 11. The other 75 are Storyopolis
in Studio City, CA. See here for more details:
Don't miss out!
It's a wonderful cause--happy bidding!
of October 21, 2005
Wins Gala Fundraiser - Nov. 17th
has been supporting Everybody Wins Metro Boston
for many years - and this year their annual fundraiser gala will again
include Peter's orignal artwork as a featured auction item, along
with fine art from Senator Ted Kennedy! The event
is at the Boston Children's Museum on Thursday evening,
November 17th. We hope you can join us if you'll
be in the Boston area!
is dedicated to increasing children's prospects for success in school
and in life through one-to-one reading experiences with caring adults.
They work to generate enthusiasm for reading and improve children's
literacy through the Power Lunch program.
more info about the EWMB Gala...
of October 15, 2005
Shares Writing Tips On FOX-TV - 15 Tips for Getting Kids (and Grown
Up Kids) to Write!
action! Boston's FOX-TV recently invited FableVision's
Peter H. Reynolds to share some of his tips for sparking
and nurturing creativity in the home. Implement some of the ideas
in your classroom with a showing of THE DOT film
or inspirational writing with STATIONERY STUDIO!
a Recap of Peter's TV Tips, tune in here...
of September 5, 2005
City Literary Festival Spotlights Peter H. Reynolds
was invited along with several other well-known authors (including
Michael Blake – Dances With Wolves) to kick
off the first annual Park City Literary Festival
in stunningly beautiful Park City, Utah, where THE DOT film was shown
at the famous Egyptian Theater. Linda Lee from Scholastic/Weston
Woods helped host Peter and FableVisionary Bill Norris
who also attended the four-day event.
seasonal adjunct to the Sundance Film Festival, the venue also gave
Peter a chance to visit several area schools where he shared his messages
about art, creativity and self-expression, which are featured in his
award-winning book series THE DOT and ISH (Candlewick Press).
Press Coverage of Peter's Ish Message...
of September 5, 2005
The Dot to Your Class - Book and DVD now Available!
popular demand, the 2005 Carnegie Medal Winning film THE DOT
is available on DVD (School Edition) in the FableVision Shoppe, along
with the book that the film was based on. Also included are downloadable
educator guides to spark creativity. The film is based on the book
by Peter H. Reynolds, and produced in partnership
with Scholastic/Weston Woods and FableVision.
This just in: THE DOT film has been selected for the Children's Program
at FilmColumbia! The Festival runs October
20th-23rd and the Children's Program will be on Saturday,
October 22nd. See www.filmcolumbia.com for more info. For
Info & the FREE DOT Guide
of August 20, 2005
H. Reynolds Makes Yet Another Virtual Author Visit - This Time to Over
the heels of the first hugely successful virtual classroom visit,
Pennsylvania Department of Education Technology Director Michael
Golden and former lead staffer Lance Rougeux organized
a second author classroom visit with Peter H. Reynolds.
However, this session was a bit bigger than the first session. From
his bookstore in Dedham, Massachusetts, The Blue Bunny,
Peter interacted with 82 classrooms and well over 2100 students once
again allowing him to share his books, his art, his story telling
and passion for creativity and learning.
Elluminate Live elearning platform enabled Peter to talk over
the Internet, listen to the whole class, interact in an IM chat, use
a whiteboard to share his art, and offer an interactive drawing session.
read the whole story...
of August 1, 2005
FableVision's "Make Your Mark" Professional Development Workshop Series
The Creative Journey is just one of the several courses being offered
as part of FableVision's Make Your Mark With Professional
Development Series. The 'Make Your Mark' Professional Development
Workshops offer a blend of the best current teaching practices and
theories taught by highly skilled educators. They are about making
learning more rewarding and effective by acknowledging different learning
styles, multiple intelligences and emotional intelligences.
Current Workshop Offerings include:
• The Creative Journey with Peter H. Reynolds
• The North Star: A Blend of New Thinking about Learning and
• Inspiring Writing with Young Children
• Writing Beyond Paper, Pencil, and Essay Tests
• Academic Achievement: Does One Size Fit All?
• The Power of Expression
Find more details
of June 15, 2005
for Using THE DOT & ISH in Classrooms Now Available
by our friends at Candlewick Press, this great little booket is packed
with inspiring messages from Peter's, practical ideas,
activities and reproducibles that expand on the themes of self- expression
and creativity in THE DOT and ISH. To get a free copy
of the guide, email firstname.lastname@example.org
H. Reynolds Off to ALA for 2005 Carnegie Medal for THE
DOT Film - a Scholastic/Weston Woods-FableVision Co-Production
Peter heads to Chicago this weekend for American Library Association's
Caldecott, Newbery and Carnegie Medal gala! He'll join co-producers
Paul Gagne and Melissa Reilly of
Scholastic/Weston Woods for the celebrations as the
animated film adaptation of THE DOT book is bestowed the 2005
Andrew Carnegie Medal of Excellence. Narrated by Thora Birch,
with music by Jerry Dale McFadden, FableVision's Gary Goldberger
& John Lechner led the animation production
team. For more information on bringing some animated DOT inspiration
into your classroom, check
out The Dot Film
of May 25, 2005
Peter on the Road!: Appearing at NECC/Philly - June 28-30th!
hope you're all planning to attend the National Educational Computing
Conference (NECC) in Philadelphia June 28-30th. This is the biggest
educational technology conference in the US, and Peter's company FableVision
will be there in a big way. Come meet the ol' gang, some of the newest
FableVisionaries, including the head of our FableVision Ambassador
Program Aziza Mercher, as well as Jane Reynolds and Peter Wright who
are setting up our FableVision UK Office and spearheading partnerships
and new product development.
FableVision "Make Your Mark!" Booth is #53. Watch
for next month's FableFlash for a detailed FableVision- NECC Guide
listing where we'll be speaking and what we'll be up to. Hope we see
of April 23, 2005
- the Peter H. Reynolds Gift Gallery!
you're looking for the perfect gifts for friends, for your library,
your school, or yourself... Peter is making this limited edition collection
available for the first time. Visit the Peter
H. Reynolds Gift Gallery, and keep checking back for new
of March 6, 2005
Up for Peter's Creative Journey Retreat - March 31st
time and space to recharge and refocus on your mission? Whether you're
stuck in a place you don't like, tired of the "same old" grind, or
simply ready to look at the challenges ahead in a creative new way,
this retreat is for you. Especially designed for educators, artist
& writers, but open to anyone searching for inspiration to make
life a more meaningful journey, join Peter H. Reynolds
for a day-long creative retreat on Thursday, March 31, 2005
at the Dedham Community House, Dedham, MA.
more information, check out - www.fablevision.com/creativejourney
of March 3, 2005
Moody Spin-Off STINK Series Released - Release Party This
celebrating the new book series STINK, written
by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Peter, which is launching in
March as a spin-off from their award- winning, best-selling JUDY MOODY
book series collaboration. Recently hitting the New York Times Best
Seller series list, The JUDY MOODY series has sold nearly four million
copies worldwide and has won dozens of awards and honors including
the Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book o f the Year. (Check out
the JUDY MOODY site FableVision designed & produced - www.judymoody.com
- for more info.) But as Peter points out, "The real honor is
writing another book that celebrates a child who is taking on real
life challenges with creativity and resilience - that's always central
to my mission."
of January 21, 2005
here - something special I'd like to share...
all - it's me, Peter! Today I had a very special day visiting children
at Miller's Children's Hospital through the Starlight
Starbright Foundation - reading, drawing and visiting with
all the kids there. During my visit, I spent some time with a great
teen named Kat, who I showed how to animate on my
here to see what she created!
of January 17, 2005
Adaptation of The Dot Wins 2005 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence
in Children's Video
were VERY excited to be awakend in the wee hours of the morning with
the news that the animated film adaptation of Peter's book The
Dot has won the prestigious 2005 Andrew Carnegie
Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video as part of
the American Library Association’s (ALA) youth
media awards, which includes the Newbery and Caldecott
Medals. The short animated film, produced by Peter's children’s
media company, FableVision,
in association with Paul R. Gagne and Melissa
Reilly of Scholastic/Weston Woods Studios,
is narrated by Thora Birch, with music by Jerry
Dale McFadden. FableVision’s Gary Goldberger
& John Lechner led the team who directed and
animated the short film. This is an incredible honor for Peter and
all involved in the film's production.
here to read the full press release.
of January 14, 2005
H. Reynolds to Appear in L.A. at Storyopolis 10th Anniversary Event
- Jan 21/22
will appear in L.A. on January 21-22
at the Storyopolis 10th Anniversary 2-day celebration
of artists and authors! Events include an artists studio reception,
as well as a book-signing and demo day. Admission is FREE -- RSVP
here for more information.
of December 5, 2004
HERE! He Was Me is Now Available on DVD!
waiting is over! Peter's He Was Me short
film is now on DVD for purchase,
as part of FableVision's "Stories that Matter" Collection,
which also includes The Blue Shoe (in three
languages!) and Living Forever. Order
now or learn more by going to FableVision's online
of October 31, 2004
Dot Film Wins at Chicago Int'l Children's Film Fest!
was thrilled to attend the Chicago International Children's
Film Festival on behalf of FableVision and
Weston Woods to pick up an exciting award for the
new film version of his award-winning book The Dot.
The film took 2nd place and is now automatically
eligible for an Oscar nomination! Whether or not
the film makes it to Hollywood, we're just happy to see this important
message reach more and more people.
here for information about purchasing The Dot film...
of October 11, 2004
H. Reynolds to Appear at StorybookArt Annual Show
H. Reynolds will appear at the StorybookArt
4th Annual Show on October 20th from 4-5ish
at the Oilily store in Chestnut Hill, MA.
Come meet Peter and check out StorybookArt’s collection of original
storybook art (including Peter’s!), all available for purchase
at 10% off! The show runs from 10/20-10/22/04.
of September 13, 2004
A Gift From Peter H. Reynolds. New Animated film He Was Me
- FREE Download!
it is – the film that has been receiving standing ovations across
the country at Peter’s keynotes – He Was Me.
Originally called "Once Upon a Time I Was Him", this short
animated film features a man standing in the rain at a bus stop –
and an unusual “inner dialogue” that can provoke some
powerful reflection’s about our own journeys. Peter wants to
give the animated film away to educators and caregivers who are making
a difference in the journeys of millions of children. And not just
a streaming version, but a complete DOWNLOADABLE version – just
click on the following link to learn more: http://www.fablevision.com/hewasme
of the high-quality audio, He Was Me is a big file and will
play as a small window.
of September 9, 2004
Dot Film Scheduled to Premiere at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Peter H. Reynolds and friends for the Boston premiere
of The Dot film on October 16th
at 10:30a.m. at Boston’s Museum of
Fine Arts. Peter will be reading his new book Ish
as well as showing FableVision’s other award-winning animated
films (Blue Shoe, Living Forever) and other FableVision/Weston
Woods animated collaborations - Pete’s A Pizza and
For more information
on the program and ticket prices check out: http://www.fablevision.com/openhouse
of September 4, 2004
PeterHReynolds.com New "Art" Section Unveiled!
many requests from visitors asking to see more of Peter's art, we
were excited to be able to launch the brand new "Art"
section of his site today. Here you will be able to view
samples of Peter's artwork - from book illustration studies, to watercolors,
to doodles. Just click the "Peter's
Art" navigation button on the bottom of most pages. We'll
be adding many more images of Peter's art to the "Peter's Art"
section of his site, so keep checking back.
the way, if you're wondering where the "Peter's Mission"
page went, you can find it on the "Meet
of August 25, 2004
Special News - Directly from Peter: Ish is here!
latest book, Ish (published by Candlewick
Press), was released this past week! This is the sequel to my last
book, The Dot. Ish continues my trilogy
on creativity – I call it my “crea-trilogy” (Sky
Color, the third and final book in the creatrilogy, will
be out next year.)
shares my approach to relaxing about art. So many people say “I
can’t draw!” - but when I hear “I can’t...”
it inspires me to say.... “Oh, yes, you can...” And with
the right attitude adjustment, you’ll see you can.
of July 1, 2004
Announcing The Dot Animated Film!
H. Reynolds' company, FableVision,
Inc., recently collaborated with Scholastic/Weston Woods’
Paul Gagne and Melissa Reilly to bring Peter’
book, The Dot, to life as an animated
film (June 2004). Narrated by American Beauty’s
Thora Birch, the short animated film is now available
exclusively from Scholastic/Weston Woods. Also available from Weston
Woods are audio cassette and audio CD versions
of The Dot.
here for more information.
of May 8, 2004
Original Art Helps Important Cause
life mission has been dedicated to helping children, so he couldn't
pass up an opportunity to support a local organization that helps
homeless children. Peter has been honored to donate a piece of his
original art each year to the Horizon's for Homeless Children
auction. This year, his piece, "Artist in Bloom", raised
over $2,000. Founded in 1988 as an independent, non-profit organization,
Horizons for Homeless Children is the only organization in Massachusetts
dedicated exclusively to serving homeless children and their families.
For more information about this wonderful organization, visit http://www.horizonsinitiative.org.
of March 24, 2004
Puts Dots on Fox
woke to a sea of inspired dots as Fox TV 25 welcomed
Peter and a crew of creative children to their morning news show.
During the show, Peter read his latest book, The Dot,
to the kids, and then led them in a big, dot-painting fiesta! The
show was capped off with an interview with Gene Lavanche,
as Peter shared some behind-the-scenes scoop on The Dot.
What an inspiring way to start the day!
of March 20, 2004
CUE Technology in Learning Leadership Award
spring, Peter was awarded the Technology In Learning Leadership
Award from the CUE (Computer Using Educators) organization,
one of the nation's leading groups dedicated to the effective use
of technology in teaching and learning. Peter was given the award
at a special celebration in Palm Springs, California where his twenty-year
career in educational technology was highlighted in a gala awards
celebration. CUE's Technology in Learning Leadership Awards recognize
local, state and national leaders in educational technology. For more
info on CA CUE, visit http://www.cue.org
of March 14, 2004
Travels to SPACE to Share The Dot!
no... not OUTER space, but the SPACE "Alternative
Arts Venue" in Portland, Maine, where Peter
appeared as one of four children's book authors in the SPACE Lunch
Box Author Series! During his Lunchbox Series event at SPACE,
Peter dazzled a full-house of children and parents as he read The
Dot, while spontaneously
directing children as they acted out the story. After the reading,
Peter joined the children as they dove into an array of "dot"
painting activities and games. Thanks to the gang at SPACE for being
such stellar hosts!
of March 10, 2004
Recipient of Borders' Original Voices Award
Peter barely had time to catch his breath after receiving the prestigious
Christopher Award (read below) when he learned that he has also been
granted Borders’ 2004 Original Voices Award (OVA)
for The Dot! Borders’ OVA is an award
series that “shines a deserving light on emerging and innovative
authors.” Along with a $5000 dollar award, Peter’s book
will be featured nationwide during the month of March on in-store
displays, in Borders’ This Month Magazine and
online. As Border’s announcement put it, “The simply illustrated
story speaks to both children and adults about creativity and self-confidence.”
That is a message worth spreading across ALL borders!
of February 28, 2004
Honored with Inspirational Award in NYC
by his twin brother Paul, Peter was honored at the 55th Annual
Christopher Awards in NYC on February 26th for his storybook
The Dot. This prestigious awards program
honors individuals in publishing, film, broadcast TV and cable industries
whose work "expresses the highest values of the human spirit".
The Dot shows how a little girl is helped to overcome her
insistence that she can't draw by a teacher who urges her to "make
your mark and see where it takes you." Peter joined the company
of past honorees that include Elie Wiesel, Bob Hope, publisher Margaret
K. McElderry, Charles M. Schulz, Fred Rogers, and Steven Spielberg.