2017's Outstanding Achievements

last updated 16 December 2017

At Bright we always comment on the importance of awards. To celebrate the range in talent recognised in these awards and accolades, we’ve rounded up some of the best highlights for Bright Artists work in 2017.

Celebrating 2017's top awards and accolades


Alan’s Big Scary Teeth by Jarvis (Walker) has had a corker of a time on the shelves since publishing just over a year ago

This year Bright author illustrator Jarvis won the V&A Award for Best Illustrated Book with his toothy friend Alan.

BookTrust also picked this title for this year’s Bookstart Treasure Pack, sent to pre-schoolers aged 3-4 across the country, with coverage on The Bookseller here.

Receiving a Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor, featured on the New York Times homepage with full review here. Not to mention shortlisted for the Dundee Picture Book Award 2017 with a Publishers Weekly Starred Review. Huge congratulations to Jarvis and his publisher Walker.

With Benji Davies shortlisted for the same V&A category for his sequel to The Storm Whale; The Storm Whale in Winter. This follows Yasmeen Ismail’s win of the award in 2014 for her picture book, Time for Bed Fred!

Alan's Big Scary Teeth and Storm Whale images


This year also saw several Bright artists on the AOI’s World Illustration Award shortlist: Mark Chambers; Carly Gledhill; Clive McFarland; Maria Karipidou. Read all about it here.

AOI Bright artists nominated artwork


This year 11 Bright artists were nominated for the CILIP Awards for Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Medal prizes:

Bright artists were nominated for the CILIP Awards
with Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Medal awards

Fiona Woodcock’s A Dot in the Snow; Jarvis’ Mrs Mole I’m home; David Litchfield Building Boy; Steph Laberis’ Can I join your club?; Benji Davies Storm Whale in Winter; Ashling Lindsay’s The Night Box; Matt Hunt’s Message in a Bottle, are all nominated for the Kate Greenaway award.

Bright Artists nominated for the Kate Greenaway award

Richard Jones’ Fish Boy; Becca Stadtlander’s Cogheart; Grace Easton’s Good Dog McTavish; Daniel Rieley’s Me and Mr P, are all nominated for the Carnegie Medal.

With the Kate Greenaway Shortlist announced in 15th March 2018, and we look forward to the the 2018 Medal Winners’ and Amnesty CILIP Honour announcements on 18th June.


The Bear and the Piano reached international audiences with even more coeditions and was shortlisted for La Sélection CP du prix des Incos 2017-2018.

It was nominated for The Picture Book category of the 2018 Grand Canyon Reader Award as voted for by 45,000 students.

It’s been an incredible year for this title and its creator, read the highlights here.

Bear and the Piano book covers


Celebrity baker Nadiya Hussain’s Bake Me a Story illustrated by Clair Rossiter was shortlisted this year and then selected for the British Book Awards 2018!

Cover artwork of Nadiya Hussain's Bake Me a Story illustrated by Clair Rossiter


Cogheart illustrated by Becca Stadlander, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017 and has been shortlisted for eight other awards since first publishing in September 2016.

With The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield winning the children’s picture book category in 2016, and Time for Bed Fred by Yasmeen Ismail shortlisted in 2014.

Cover image of Cogheart illustrated by Becca Stadlander, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 201!


Best Sellers:


Benji Davies’ The Storm Whale made Holland’s Best seller list at #1 in the children’s list and on #7 in the overall list. This is following the Dutch edition ‘De Kleine Walvis’ being chosen as the Dutch Picture Book of the Year 2017, by the CPNB. Check out Benji’s photo diary of the event here.

The Storm Whale made Holland’s Best seller list and on #7 in the overall list


Katy Hudson’s Too Many Carrots sold more than 19,000 copies sold between 20-26 March, and was the number-one bestselling children’s book in the US last week according to Nielsen BookScan, which tracks trade sell-through to consumers. It’s the no #7 book overall in the country. With its follow up title A Loud Winter’s Nap straight in at #2 on the bestseller list!

Read Katy’s Behind the Book blog on Too Many Carrots here.

Child reads a hardback copy of Too Many Carrots


Fiona Woodcock’s debut author illustrated title Hiding Heidi (Simon & Schuster) was been nominated for the Klaus Flugge prize.

Fiona Woodcock’s debut title Hiding Heidi and the Klaus Flugge logo


The Children’s Book Award (previously Red House) nominated Grandad’s Island (Simon & Schuster) by Benji Davies for their Top Ten Books for Younger Children category. On the FCBG site here.

The Children’s Book Award logo and book cover for Grandad’s Island


Dear Dinosaur by Nicky O’Byrne (Scholastic) was picture book of the month in Asda from January to March, stocked in a whopping 458 stores!

Dear Dinosaur cover and Asda logo


There’s a Pig Up My Nose by Laura Hughes and The Night Box illustrated by Ashling Lindsay and written by Louise Greig, (both Egmont publications) were picked as a Book of the Year in the Evening Standard.

Cover images of There’s a Pig Up My Nose and The Night Box with the Evening Standard logo

“Tender and domestic, luminous and star-shot, Lindsay’s illustrations perfectly complement Greig’s soaring, unrhymed poetry, creating a sense of night’s scare, rightness and enveloping magic” – The Guardian for The Night Box.


If you missed our most read blog last year, ‘Children’s Book Awards and Why they Matter’ you can read it again here.

Book covers by Bright artists

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