Susan Verde believes every child's experience is unique and should be celebrated! Her books tell tales of magical museum visits, share the keys to lasting friendships and help you find a moment of calm in a sea of busy. She regularly visits schools nationwide to share how she became a children's book author, share some insights to the writing process and pair a book reading with craft or learning activity.
When I see a work of art, something happens in my heart! As a little girl tours and twirls through the halls of the art museum, she finds herself on an exciting adventure. Each piece of art evokes something new inside of her: silliness, curiosity, joy, and ultimately inspiration. When confronted with an empty white canvas, she is energized to create and express herself—which is the greatest feeling of all. With exuberant illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds, The Museum playfully captures the many emotions experienced through the power of art, and each child’s unique creative process.
Praise for The Museum
"Verde and Reynolds deliver a simple premise with a charming payoff… this “twirly-whirly” homage to a museum is, on balance, a sweet-natured and handsome celebration."
You and Me
You and Me is a loving tribute to how fate brought two best friends together. An adorable cat muses about the what-ifs in life: What if he had slept late that one special morning? What if he’d missed his train on that fateful day? Then he might never have met his favorite person in the world, and his entire life would be different. Two friends delight in the incredible power of serendipity in this charming tale. Illustrated by the bestselling Peter H. Reynolds, You and Me is the ultimate gift for the closest of friends on Valentine’s Day or any day of the year.
Praise for You and Me
“A chance meeting that leads to a lasting friendship is lauded in rhyming text and jaunty illustrations. Perfect as a gift book exchanged between kindred spirits, this could also spark interesting conversations about the role of chance in our lives.”
I Am Yoga
An eagle soaring among the clouds or a star twinkling in the night sky . . . a camel in the desert or a boat sailing across the sea yoga has the power of transformation. Not only does it strengthen bodies and calm minds, but with a little imagination, it can show us that anything is possible. “New York Times” bestselling illustrator Peter H. Reynolds and author and certified yoga instructor Susan Verde team up again in this book about creativity and the power of self-expression. “I Am Yoga “encourages children to explore the world of yoga and make room in their hearts for the world beyond it. A kid-friendly guide to 16 yoga poses is included.
Praise for I Am Yoga
“Empowering affirmations and playful illustrations will inspire both children and adults to slow down and strike a pose.”
The Water Princess
With its wide sky and warm earth, Princess Gie Gie’s kingdom is a beautiful land. But clean drinking water is scarce in her small African village. And try as she might, Gie Gie cannot bring the water closer; she cannot make it run clearer. Every morning, she rises before the sun to make the long journey to the well. Instead of a crown, she wears a heavy pot on her head to collect the water. After the voyage home, after boiling the water to drink and clean with, Gie Gie thinks of the trip that tomorrow will bring. And she dreams. She dreams of a day when her village will have cool, crystal-clear water of its own. Inspired by the childhood of African–born model Georgie Badiel, acclaimed author Susan Verde and award-winning author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds have come together to tell this moving story. As a child in Burkina Faso, Georgie and the other girls in her village had to walk for miles each day to collect water. This vibrant, engaging picture book sheds light on this struggle that continues all over the world today, instilling hope for a future when all children will have access to clean drinking water.
My Kicks: A Sneaker Story!
Boys love sneakers. But when a child finds that his toes have outgrown his favorite shoes, and they’ve gotten too dirty and smelly, his mom says it’s time for a new pair. Resistant to let go, the boy reminisces about all the good times he’s had with his favorite kicks on the city streets. There’s the paint splatter from his masterpiece and the drip from a Popsicle. There’s the scuff from when he fell off his skateboard. And there are those frayed laces that he learned to tie in bows and doubles. A new pair just won’t be the same. But, with bigger shoes to fill, the boy realizes new adventures await him. Maybe he could paint a little better? Or skate a little faster? This new picture book from the bestselling author of I Am Yoga explores the love and pride that kids have for their sneakers and the joy that can be found in growing up, growing out, and moving on.
The Blue Bunny, Books and Toys, located in the renovated historic Dedham Square in Dedham, Massachusetts. Founded in 2003 by children’s book author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, our shop offers books, toys, and art supplies, as well as signed copies of Peter’s books, prints, posters and cards. Click here to browse our shop -- a small sample from the Peter Reynolds collection. To see Peter's complete collection, and all of our wonderful books and toys, you’ll have to come see us in person.
We are “the little shop with a big mission” -- to inspire creativity and self-expression in kids and grown-up kids. A cozy refuge with a retro feel, our store’s original tin ceilings, hardwood floors and wainscoted walls make our customers feel good. We try hard to know our customers by name, give friendly advice and book suggestions, we always gift wrap for free, and we happily support and collaborate with schools, community organizations and non-profits in the area.
Thank you for your support of our little store. As an indie shop in the ocean of online competition and big box stores, we rely on you to keep us here. Just a hop, skip and jump from Boston, please visit us if you are in the area.