HUTCH magazine provides an inviting platform for young learners to share their ideas while focusing on positive and constructive values. HUTCH is an accessible resource for parents and child educators wishing to encourage meaningful learning through the unique experience of being published in a print magazine.
Senior Editor Nancy Marsh takes tremendous pleasure in helping kids express their ideas, concerns, and dreams through art-making, creative writing, and journalistic reporting. A licensed clinical social worker with a background in the graphic arts field, she utilizes a unique skill set to bring out the best in kids. Nancy is the mother of three and enjoys nothing more than watching her children happily absorbed in creative activity. It is this gratifying space that she finds herself in when pulling together the elements for each issue of HUTCH.
Creative Editor Peter H. Reynolds is an accomplished writer, storyteller and illustrator, who brings his enthusiasm and energy to every project he creates. As an author, he has become well known for his best-selling books about protecting and nurturing the creative spirit, including the three books in his “Creatrilogy”—The Dot, Ish and Sky Color. Peter and his twin brother Paul, launched the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, and Creativity (TLC) to encourage creativity and innovation in teaching and learning. It is dedicated to ensuring that all learners develop the vision, confidence, knowledge and skills needed to move their own lives forward, and to use their talents, strengths and energy to move their communities and the world to a better place. Creative oversight of this magazine is part of that mission.
Managing Editor Janet Reynolds started in the publishing business a long time ago, and has been passionate about children’s literature for even longer. With a background in communications, literature and early education, HUTCH magazine is a perfect project to combine her interests. After managing the daily operations of the Blue Bunny Bookstore for eleven years, Janet is happy to share the creative mission and spirit of the store with the aspiring young writers and artists who submit their work to HUTCH magazine. She loves seeing the delight and pride on the contributors’ faces on publication party night each season.
Teen Editor/Youth Leader Maxwell Surprenant serves as the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Catching Joy, Inc., a nonprofit that promotes volunteerism beginning with kids, teens, and their families. His organization has aided more than 60 charities and mobilized more than 60,000 people to help others. His short film, "Catching Joy: The Impact of Giving Back" won Honorable Mention in the 2015 White House Student Film Festival, and he was honored to receive an award from President Barack Obama. He attended the 2016 South By South Lawn: A White House Festival of Ideas, Art, and Action. Maxwell has earned national awards for his work: 2019 President's Volunteer Service Award, John F. Kennedy "Make A Difference" Award, The Prudential Spirit of Community, The Gloria Barron Prize, Peace First Challenge Prize, Lady Gaga's Born This Way "Channel Kindness" Award, GenerationOn's Hasbro Community Action Hero and Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Jimmy Fund "Big Idea" Prize. He won the 2017 "Digital4Good" Award and presented his ideas at Twitter HQ. He recently presented his first Youth TEDxTalk titled "Catching Joy: Youth Have Passion and Power and Can Change the World."
Maxwell uses his writing to make a difference. He served as a Sports Illustrated Kid Reporter for 1 year and Scholastic for 3 years, during which he interviewed former First Lady Michelle Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and journalist Anderson Cooper. He was the youngest reporter covering the 2016 Presidential Campaign Trail and attended the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Currently, he writes for High School Insider/ Los Angeles Times covering sports, art, politics, and nonprofit news. Maxwell won 2 National Medals in the 2017-2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards: Journalism and Personal Memoir. He is currently working on publishing his first picture book.
Maxwell is a freshman at the St. Sebastian's School in Needham, MA. He's active with art, music, theater, debate, soccer, and plays catcher for his school and travel baseball teams.
Graphic Designer Andrea Calvin, brings her background in journalism and magazine design to HUTCH magazine. As the Vice President of Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning & Creativity, Andrea works to engage new and existing partners to ensure that all learners – especially children – develop the vision, confidence, knowledge and skills needed to succeed. She works closely with our pilot schools to ensure a seamless deployment. She has been on the forefront of the product launch and classroom-implementation of FabMaker Studio, the first digital fabrication software tool developed specifically for use in the classroom. It is an easy-to-use, web-based tool that invites students to experience STEM and STEAM learning in an engaging, personally meaningful way. She has worked in all areas of FableVision. At the Studio she was part of a dynamic marketing team before joining FableVision Learning as the vice president. In her previous life, Andrea worked in the Boston-area newspaper world as a reporter and editor. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and a master’s degree in Journalism from Regent University.
HUTCH Education Advisor Michelle Perron is a veteran elementary school teacher in Walpole, MA. She finds great joy in encouraging her students to find and share themselves through creative means and has advocated for them to submit to HUTCH magazine since she learned of it in its early years. She has been lucky to be invited by her students to attend and enjoy many of the publication parties. Being part of the HUTCH team allows Michelle to combine her love of teaching, literature, art, and other forms of creative expression. Advocating for creativity in schools is something very dear to Michelle and she values the opportunity HUTCH offers students to express themselves while being honored for sharing their own unique voices!
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.
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 HUTCH magazine may be purchased at The Blue Bunny Bookstore at 577 High Street in Dedham, Massachusetts or by calling the The Blue Bunny directly at 781-493-6568.