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Top Children's Book Deals in 2018

last updated 13 April 2018

This year has already seen outstanding titles published in the UK children’s publishing market by Bright artists:

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Bright prides itself on developing stand-out illustration and author and illustrated works with its diverse and talented roster of artists. We know how much work goes into the publication of a picture book, from all parties involved, to the moment a book is purchased and a child opens the front cover and falls in love with another story.

These publications are the result of a detailed and thoughtful process undergone from pitch, to completion; from concepts to artwork and narrative development, to cover design, production and print. Not to mention the rights, sales, marketing and publicity activity that sits intrinsically alongside this.

The following publications are a brilliant example of successful deals closed, and now thriving in the marketplace.


January Book covers

The Squirrel’s Busy Year illustrated by Richard Jones with Walker; Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years illustrated by David Litchfield with Henry Holt; Little Red Reading Hood illustrated by Ben Mantle with Macmillan Children’s Books.


February Book covers

Amazing Women; 101 Lives to Inspire You, illustrated by Sarah Green with Stripes Publishing; Penguins Don’t Wear Sweaters illustrated by Dan Rieley with Nancy Paulsen Books; Mummy Fairy and Me illustrated by Marta Kissi with Puffin; Supertato by Paul Linnet and Sue Hendra in new Board Book format with Simon and Schuster.


March Book covers

Cake! by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet with Macmillan (read about the Book Launch here); When Paulie Met Artie illustrated by David Litchfield with Walker; Dear Dinosaur: T-Rex on Tour! by Nicola O’Byrne with Scholastic; Bird Builds a Nest illustrated by Richard Jones with Walker Books.

Bake Me A Story Book Cover

This year celebrity chef Nadia Hussain’s children’s picture book ‘Bake Me a Story’ was a World Book Day title! Illustrated by Bright’s brilliant Claire Rossiter.


April Book Covers

Secrets of the Mountain illustrated by Richard Jones with Little Tiger press; Monty & Sylvester by Carly Gledhil with Orchard Books; Hello Hotdog! by Jarvis with Francis Lincoln Children’s Books; Grandmas From Mars by Fred Blunt with Bloomsbury; I’ve Loved You Since Forever Hardcover illustrated by Suzie Mason and written by Hoda Kotb (read about the books success state side already, here); Lightening Girl illustrated by James Lancett written by Alesha Dixon with Scholastic.

Building Lasting Partnerships

Bright’s agents understand the importance in establishing enjoyable, lasting partnerships between our publishers and artists for long term success across a broad range of illustration areas within the children’s market, as well as international opportunities. We look forward to sharing upcoming more 2018 titles by Bright Artists!

Books coming later in 2018

Grandma Bird by Benji Davies with Simon and Schuster, publishing October 2018; Tropical Terry by Jarvis with Walker Books, publishing June 2018; Quick Barney Run illustrated by Laura Hughes with Faber and Faber, publishing July 2018; Bad Bunny! illustrated by Migy Blanco with Scholastic.

Work with us

Bright’s Agents specialise in children’s illustrations for faster-paced publications from our broad collection of colour fiction, non-fiction, education and young children’s artwork. Whether working with debut talent or bestselling and prize-winning artists and author illustrators’, Bright always works closely with our publishers and artists to fully maximize the potential of their work.

To work with Bright’s authors and illustrators please get in touch.

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