BOSTON, MA–April 24, 2007–Nationally acclaimed author/illustrator/educator Peter H. Reynolds has once again been appointed Grand Marshal of the 24th Annual James Joyce Ramble´s children´s race. Named in honor of Reynolds´ award-winning storybook The North Star, The North Star Children´s Ramble will take place on Sunday April 29th at the historic Dedham Endicott Estate, MA at 9 a.m. for children up to twelve. The 10K James Joyce Ramble, which integrates art, literature and athletics, draws nearly four thousand runners and fifty thousand spectators. Proceeds from the race go to the Dana-Farber Cancer Research Institute, which has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding from the racing event over the years.
Tom Clinton, Director of the Dedham Youth Commission shares, "Collaborating with Peter Reynolds and his teams at FableVision and The Blue Bunny has significantly expanded this youth offering into one of the area´s most unique and rewarding events for children–mixing the arts and fitness into one extraordinary holistic event."
The North Star Children´s Ramble is a free children´s race offering events of varying distances in four age groups–six and under, seven and eight, nine and ten, and eleven and twelve. More information about the children and adult races is available at www.ramble.org. To volunteer for The North Star Children´s Ramble, contact FableVision´s Dawn Haley Morton at 617.956-5701 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now in its ninth year as part of the James Joyce race, The North Star Children´s Ramble is a critical adjunct to the adult race. "Peter Reynolds´ work is all about stepping off the path and believing in your dreams–and Peter´s books The Dot and Ish are all about making your mark and being brave enough to express yourself", James Joyce Ramble Director Martin Hanley explains. Hanley adds, "The James Joyce Ramble is dedicated to that kind of freedom to express who you are as an individual at any cost–and that´s a message our kids really need to hear especially in the face of peer pressure and mainstream media messages."
The North Star Children´s Ramble offers prizes, raffles, and contests, including certificates for all those who run. Children´s publishers Simon & Schuster, Charlesbridge, Candlewick Press and Penguin Putnam have donated hundreds of books as part of the prize offerings for each child who runs in the race. Other sponsoring organizations include Allegra Printing & Imaging of Waltham, Rule Broadcast Systems, and Eastern Bank.
The North Star book, now in its sixth edition from FableVision Press, is an illustrated allegory about a young child´s journey on the path of life which, as Reynolds points out, "encourages life-long learners to navigate their true potential." The book has been adapted as an elementary school curriculum and an original musical, which has been performed around the globe. A free version of the book is available at www.fablevision.com/northstar.
Peter H. Reynolds´ career has been accelerating in recent years with over two dozen books either already published or in production. Along with illustrating Judy Blume´s Fudge series and the NY Times #1 Childrens Bestseller Someday, Peter´s award- winning books The Dot and Ish (Candlewick Press) have already been published in multiple languages. Reynolds is currently writing and illustrating several books, including illustrating another Judy Moody title (Candlewick Press), continuing to illustrate the Judy Moody spin-off series Stink, and a 10th anniversary edition of The North Star (Candlewick Press). For more details on Peter Reynolds´ publishing career, browse his author site at www.peterhreynolds.com.
Reynolds shares his publishing and media ventures with his identical twin brother Paul. Peter and Paul Reynolds founded and run the award-winning children´s media company FableVision based in Boston, MA. FableVision´s mission is to use media, storytelling, and technology to reach, support, and inspire ALL learners. Peter makes Dedham his home where he helped found the award-winning Blue Bunny Book & Toy Shop with his brother Paul. The store recently expanded into a larger space at 577 High Street in historic Dedham Square. The Blue Bunny´s mission is to honor, inspire, and nurture active creative expression in children and adults.
FableVision has created a page dedicated to the North Star Children´s Ramble, which lists details on the event (rain or shine) at www.fablevision.com/northstar/ramble