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Friday, September 20, 2013

Bookstore Tour: Blue Bunny, Dedham, Massachusetts

A Photowalk through The Blue Bunny

Location: Dedham, Massachusetts
Written and photographed by Jenn Buliszak

Earlier this blog featured information about International Dot Day— a day celebrated each September 15th.   The day is a nod to the creativity inspired by Peter H. Reynolds through his book The Dot.  Peter H. Reynolds is an author/illustrator of children's books.  Reynolds, a native of Canada, is a resident of Dedham, Massachusetts where he and his family live, as well as his identical twin brother Paul.  Both are very active in civic matters in Dedham.  Peter is also a founder of the educational media company FableVision, and his brother Paul serves as CEO of that endeavor.   An independent bookstore in Dedham is owned by the Reynolds family and actively promotes a community wide literacy environment.

Blue Bunny

The Blue Bunny, 577 High Street in Dedham, Massachusetts, has been selling fantastic picture books, middle grade and young adult books for over six years. It features the work of one of its owners, Peter H. Reynolds.  Reynolds’s illustrations are displayed prominently in the front windows as one approaches the small shop with the green awning. 
Upon entering, the visitor is immediately impressed with the tall wooden shelves overflowing with books.  The Blue Bunny provides a great selection of picture books, middle grade books, young adult books, nonfiction titles and more. Their autographed book section is not to be missed!

Toward the back of the store, they have a walled-off section devoted to board books, activity books and toys for infants and toddlers. They also have a section with games and toys for young children though teens.

Also located toward the back is one of my favorite attractions—Lizzy the Bunny!
The Blue Bunny works in collaboration with the Dedham Animal Rescue League to locate great homes for bunnies! The shop has found homes for the four previous rabbits that have resided at the famous children’s bookshop.

The Blue Bunny has a section in the front of the shop devoted to children’s art supplies.  Blue Bunny offers fun creativity workshops throughout the year for all ages. 

The Blue Bunny is home to Peter H. Reynolds Gallery and Studio. His prints and autographed books are located at the front of the shop.

He illustrated and wrote many notable picture book titles, including The Dot, Ish, and The North Star. He is also the illustrator of the Judy Moody and Stink series. Reynolds’s has two books to be released in the upcoming months: The Smallest Gift of Christmas and Going Places.

Peter H. Reynolds prints and his autographed books can be ordered through Blue Bunny online

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Hop on over to The Blue Bunny to find some great new children’s books!

Post script:  As the author of this photowalk was leaving the Blue Bunny she and her daughter spotted this artwork on the trees outside of the storefront.  What was the inspiration for the knitting?  Could the inspiration possibly be one of the 2013 Caldecott Honor books...?
Extra Yarn, winner of a Caldecott Honor and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, as well as a New York Times bestseller, is the story of how a young girl and her box of magical yarn transform a community.

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