DEB PETTID and PETE COWDIN have operated the Reading Reptile in Kansas City for more than 25 years, achieving a national reputation as one of the most respected children’s bookstores in the country. As founders of The Rabbit Hole, they bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience, along with a well-established network of connections, both local and national, uniquely suited to the project. They will be able to build upon these assets to create an unprecedented experience in Kansas City dedicated to the book.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Principal, HOK Architecture; President, AIA Kansas City
Co-founder, Kids to the Rescue; Former Membership Manager, Seattle Art Museum
CROSBY KEMPER III
Director, The Kansas City Public Library
Board member, KC Symphony; Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, Cristo Rey
THE NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD
LISA CAMPBELL ERNST
Author and illustrator of more than two dozen picture books, including The Gingerbread Girl, Goldilocks Returns, and Stella Louella’s Runaway Book.
Creator of Chocolate Me! with Taye Diggs and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom.
The current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and two-time Newbery Medal winner for Flora and Ulysses and The Tale of Desperaux.
LINDA SUE PARK
Author of A Long Walk to Water, a New York Times bestseller, and winner of the Newbery Medal for A Single Shard.
When he's not busy pestering his rabbit family, this cunning and curious fox serves as The Rabbit Hole's resident guide and chief mischief-maker.
Aka, Lemony Snicket, creator of A Series of Unfortunate Events and All the Wrong Questions, and winner of the Gold Medal.
Author of The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins and winner of the Caldecott Medal for The Invention of Hugo Cabret, now a film by Martin Scorcese.
The country’s first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and author of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.