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 Peter received Communications Student of The Year Award in 1983, and Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999.
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 create a brand new kind of animation studio. As CEO/Founder of FableVision Studios, Peter produces award-winning children’s broadcast programming, educational videos and multimedia applications.
Peter is also an accomplished writer, storyteller and illustrator, and brings his enthusiasm and energy to every project he creates.
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.
Peter’s best-selling books about protecting and nurturing the creative spirit include The Dot, Ish, and So Few of Me (Candlewick Press). His cornerstone work, The North Star (FableVision), an allegory that raises questions about how to seek out our own unique path through life, has inspired children of all ages around the world as a book, curriculum and musical. 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’ (ALA’s) Carnegie Medal of Excellence for the Best Children’s Video of 2005 and 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.
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, Eleanor Estes’ The Alley and The Tunnel of Hugsy Goode, Judy Blume’s Fudge series (Dutton), and Ellen Potter’s Olivia Kidney books.
Peter has made his mark in many ways, including founding the Emmy award-winning children’s multimedia company, FableVision, with his twin brother, Paul. FableVision is a turn-key educational media developer and publisher committed to creating positive programming/ products that help all learners navigate their full potential. With offices in Boston, MA, Dedham, MA, Portland, OR, and London, the FableVision team enjoys an international reputation for its unique brand of innovative, technology-delivered storytelling and learning. FableVision’s most popular products include Stationery Studio and Get A Clue, as well as BrainCogs and Essay Express, which were produced in collaboration with Research Institute for Learning and Development.
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 Web site at www.peterhreynolds.com.