Kevin Dunn is the founder of Puzzles For Us, the cultural “edutainment” enterprise specializing in the creation of puzzle books, workshops and products that spotlight the rich historical legacy and ongoing contributions of people of color to the global community. In 2005, Kevin published his first full-length puzzle book The Crossword Connection to wide acclaim. Since then, Kevin has published countless work books, many of which have become the favorites of educators and parents.
Recognizing the challenges faced by African American and Hispanic youth, in 2007 Kevin launched his Puzzles For Us literacy workshops series which uses puzzle games and activities to help youngsters develop stronger reading, vocabulary, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. Kevin also conducts multigenerational workshops, parent training workshops, and workshops for adults and senior citizens. A frequently invited speaker at school career days, Kevin (under the umbrella of Puzzles For Us) has exhibited at the United Federation of Teachers Annual Parent Conferences, as well as at the New York City Elementary and Middle School Principals’ Conventions. Kevin has also produced custom puzzles for The National Council of Negro Women and the American Civil Liberties Union.
In 2007, Kevin was awarded the Charles B. Benenson Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Project Enterprise, a business incubator organization that provides support services and micro loans to small businesses. The award was given in recognition of Kevin’s ongoing commitment to growing his business and in using it as a vehicle for implementing positive social change.
Currently, Kevin is working on several new puzzle books including a Spanish version of the extremely popular Puzzles For Us Jr. and a coloring book. Ultimately Kevin’s goal is to establish Puzzles For Us as a global enterprise that connects people all over the world to information and resources that empower and inspire them to live full, productive lives.
To learn more about Puzzles for Us, take a Black History trivia quiz, and see an interview with Kevin, check out his website.