The Reading Reptile
The Rabbit Hole is the brainchild of Pete Cowdin and Debbie Pettid, artists and owners of the Reading Reptile, a celebrated children’s bookstore and cultural center of 27 years. Through its innovative programming, partnerships, and relentless advocacy, the Reptile has become a literary institution for families and educators throughout the region and one of the most frequently honored children’s bookstores in America.
It is from this vantage that Pete and Debbie developed this breathtaking vision of what is needed to support a vibrant culture of children’s literacy-- along with the recognition that their business model as independent booksellers was ill-equipped to seize it. This venerable team possesses the knowledge, the publishing world’s trust, and most importantly, the clarity of vision to create this center and its ever-changing wonderlands that young and old will want to visit again and again.
The Southwest Blvd workshop
The Rabbit Hole began its journey in 2015 at 110 Southwest Boulevard, in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City. For two years, this transitional site functioned as a headquarters, workshop, and concept space. In this space The Rabbit hOle hosted events, built models and prototypes, tested programming, built relationships in the community and raised money for our larger vision.