What is HUTCH Magazine?
HUTCH is a kids’ literary and creativity magazine, published semi-annually under the direction of Peter H. Reynolds, with the help of The Blue Bunny Bookstore, and his non-profit foundation, The Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, and Creativity. The magazine features stories, art, poetry, book reviews, travel logs and interviews submitted by kids. The first issue of HUTCH was published in June of 2008.
Each Spring and Fall, The Blue Bunny invites children ages 5-12 to submit art, poetry, stories, book reviews, photos and other journalistic pieces for consideration. Each issue starts with a central theme, and all submissions are requested to be focused toward positive values.
The magazine is produced with help from a volunteer editing staff and The Reynolds Center, where the layout and design is enhanced with original illustrations and art direction by Peter H. Reynolds. The 40-page magazine is published in a high-gloss professionally-printed format, and is also available as a online download.
Every new issue is welcomed with a publication party at The Blue Bunny Bookstore, where all of the children who have contributed can celebrate with their families. Every child whose submission is accepted receives an invitation to the party, along with a free copy of the magazine and a certificate. Peter always addresses the group of children with a encouraging speech and a crowd-pleasing countdown as he opens the box of freshly printed magazines. After the magazines are distributed, a group photo in front of the Blue Bunny Bookstore has been a tradition.
All children in grades K-6 are invited to submit their creative work for consideration for publication. Printed copies of the magazine may be ordered online or through The Blue Bunny Bookstore by calling the store directly at 781-493-6568. Printed copies may also be purchased at store at 577 High Street in Dedham, Massachusetts.