Massachusetts Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, has announced that Going Places by Paul A. Reynolds and Peter H. Reynolds is this year’s winner of the 2015 Picture Book Award. The honor is part of the 2015 Massachusetts Book Awards, the largest state book awards program in the country.
The Reynolds brothers will be honored at a State House awards ceremony and luncheon on Jan. 12, 2016. The Going Places book also earned additional recognition from the Massachusetts Center for the Book as one of the “Must-Read Books 2015.”
Mass. State Rep. Paul McMurtry shares, “I’m very proud that the Reynolds brothers reside in my home district, where I’ve watched their work impact millions of children and adults around the globe with inspirational messages about learning, creativity and human potential. I’ll be there at the State House in January to help celebrate Going Places, a story about the kind of innovation and creativity that will help students thrive in the 21st century.”
The prestigious recognition is awarded to compelling literary works published in 2014 by Massachusetts authors or about a subject of particular interest to the Commonwealth, their nationwide prominence is a reflection of the Bay State’s historically strong culture of writing and publishing.
“The volume and quality of submissions this year from authors, agents, editors, and publishers was truly impressive,” said Sharon Shaloo, Executive Director of MCB. “This program is a regular reminder that our contemporary author community is an accomplished and active component of creative life in the Commonwealth.”
Identical twin brothers Peter and Paul Reynolds, founders of Boston-based educational media studio FableVision and co-owners of The Blue Bunny Bookstore in Dedham, MA, couldn’t be happier about this award for their very first picture book collaboration.
“We’re long-time champions of creativity in teaching and learning,” Paul Reynolds said. “It’s really exciting see this book drawing attention to the critical need for curricula that fosters creativity, originality, resilience, and inventiveness.”
The creative duo has been producing award-winning media for decades, and Peter H. Reynolds already enjoys global acclaim for his writing and illustration of a host of best-selling children’s books, which include The Dot, Ish, Sky Color, The North Star, The Museum, Someday, Judy Moody & Stink series.
And for those who will be attending the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting
at the Boston Convention Center this weekend - and other book lovers who want to mingle with some awesome authors in a super awesome space!
The Blue Bunny Bookstore will be hosting a wine and cheese reception and book signing on Sunday, Jan. 10, from 3 - 4:30 p.m., to celebrate the 2015 Massachusetts Book Awards.
The event will be held at FableVision Studios on the top floor of Boston Children's Museum 308 Congress Street, in Boston.
Meet MassBook Award Winners
- Katherine Howe (Conversion - YA)
- January Gill O'Neil (Misery Islands - poetry)
- Paul and Peter Reynolds (Going Places - picture book)
This party is an RSVP-required, ticketed event. All are welcome, and tickets are free, but due to the event location in the Boston Children's Museum building, an accurate guest list and valid IDs are be required. Click here to RSVP!