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Awards and Accolades of 2018

last updated 07 December 2018

title Artwork: Maya Shleifer

What a bumper year for awards 2018 has been! Bright artists have received an array of fantastic accolades and to celebrate the range of talent these awards recognise, we’ve rounded up some of the best highlights from our artists work this year.


There’s a Pig up my Nose illustrated by Laura Hughes had a hugely succcessful year.

The endearing tale won the highly esteemed Oscar’s Book Prize 2018 which celebrates the best books for under-fives.


Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet picked up a prestigious award for Norman’s New Shell at the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards, winning the Baby and Toddler prize.

title Read all about it here.

Benji Davies’ captivating book The Grotelyn has been a huge success including being shortlisted for the V&A Illustration Awards 2018.


It has been a big year for The Night Box illustrated by Ashling Lindsay.

The poetic tale was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in the Illustrated Books category.


The Night Box was also shortlisted for the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize.

Judges described The Night Box as very accomplished technically, beautifully evocative and they were struck by the skilful composition.


The Colour of the Sun, cover illustration by David Litchfield, was shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Children Book Awards. We look forward to the winners being announced in January 2019.


This year also saw several talented artists nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2019.

It is a huge honour for artists to be recognised by such a prestigious prize; it is one of the oldest children’s book awards in the UK, and also notably one that is dedicated to celebrating illustration in children’s publishing.

title Jarvis - Pick a Pine Tree, Richard Jones - The Snow Lion, David Litchfield - Space Tortoise, Laura Hughes - Quick, Barney, Run!, Benji Davies - The Grotlyn, Jenny Løvlie - The Girls.

We were delighted to see four artists nominated for the AOI World Illustration Awards 2018: Ashling Lindsay, Benji Davies, Flavia Sorrentino, and Paddy Donnelly.


Read more about these artists’ work here.

David Litchfield’s Grandad’s Secret Giant and Benji Davies’ The Grotlyn were shortlisted for the Independent Bookshop Week Award 2018.


Game of Stones illustrated by Richard Watson won the Sheffield Children’s Book Award.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the award is voted by children from 222 school groups in the Sheffield area and several hundred children attend the ceremony.


Nicola O’Byrne’s Dear Dinosaur was awarded Best Picture Book at Shrewsbury Bookfest.

Over 600 children from 17 primary schools across the county took part in the Picture Book Award, delivered by the team from Shrewsbury Bookfest, during the summer term.


Read more about the award here.


It was a great year for bestsellers with several artists making it onto the top 10 list of bestselling children’s books in 2018.

We were delighted to see all of the following titles achieve such popularity and success:

title Ten Minutes to Bed Little Unicorn - Chris Chatterton, Supertato Veggies in the Valley of Doom - Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet, Norman’s New Shell - Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet, We’re going on an Elf Chase - Laura Hughes, Boy Under Water - Benji Davies, Lightning Girl - James Lancett


The Guardian Best Books of the Year list included two fantastic books by Bright artists: The Story Orchestra: The Sleeping Beauty by Jessica Courtney-Tickle and Last Stop on the Reindeer Express by Karl James Mountford.


Read the full article here.

In June this year, Boy Underwater illustrated by Benji Davies was named one of Waterstone’s Books of the Month followed by A Darkness of Dragons illustrated by George Ermos which was a book of the month in November.


Knights and Bikes illustrated by Luke Newell was listed as a standout book of the year by The Irish Times.


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