25 September 2019
Meet Grandude—a super-cool grandfather who is an intrepid explorer with some amazing tricks up his sleeve. Grandude is a one-of-a-kind adventurer! Now, meet Kathryn Durst—the fabulous Bright Artist behind the gloriously colorful illustrations of Hey Grandude!, Sir Paul McCartney’s debut picture book. After a long-awaited release, Hey Grandude! hit the shelves this month on September 5th with Puffin Books in the UK and Random House Books for Young Readers in the US. Since making its way into the world, Hey Grandude! has been embraced by children, adults, and Beatles fans alike and quickly earned a spot on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Between the excitement of the release and a trip to London to join Paul himself at Waterstones for an unforgettable launch event, it’s safe to say it has been quite the month for Kathryn! It was such a delight to catch up with her for an inside look at all of the hard work that went into the making of this magical book.
19 September 2019
The Bright Agency makes its China venture official! Realising the enormous potential of the market and capitalising on the palpable love that Chinese children have for reading and how greatly reading is supported, this decision has not only been pivotal, but enormously exciting in Bright’s next phase of growth. Bright MD and Founder, Vicki Willden-Lebrecht, and Lucie Luddington, Senior Education Agent and Head of the new China Division, attended the Shanghai International Book Fair in November 2018, and in under a year, a strong client base has built daily momentum.
30 August 2019
Talented illustrator and graphic designer Lucia Catellani works on artistic projects from her home in Reggio Emilia, in the middle of the Italian food valley.
21 August 2019
16 July 2019
This month we are going behind the scenes of New York Times bestselling picture book Raise Your Hand (Penguin Workshop) illustrated by our talented artist Marta Kissi and written by 11-year-old Alice Tapper.
15 July 2019
Allie Runnion’s gorgeous, vintage-inspired patterns and prints caught the eye of innovative beachwear brand, RipSkirt Hawaii, leading to the launch of a new RipWrap towel product featuring one of the artist’s aptly tropical-themed designs.
12 July 2019
There are some brand new instalments of popular series such as Benji Davies’ Bizzy Bear, and James Lancett’s Lightning Girl books, dazzling new titles from bestsellers David Litchfield and Jarvis, plus debut author illustrated picture books from Alex G Griffiths and Chris Chatterton.
11 July 2019
We are delighted and incredibly proud that Bright author illustrator Fiona Woodcock has won the World Illustration Awards 2019 Children’s Book Category for her children’s book LOOK, published by HarperCollins US imprint Greenwillow Books.
08 July 2019
At Bright, we know that trying to keep up with the calendar of industry awards can feel an impossible task at times. With so many longlist and shortlist announcements, announced seemingly out of the blue, and the application process varying from award to award, we wanted to find a way to simplify the who’s, what’s and when’s of all the major children’s publishing and illustration awards.
24 June 2019
Internationally renowned and beloved Bright artist Seb Braun kindly allowed us to take behind-the-scenes peek into the world of his creative work - from the bright studio filled with his creations, to the inspiration that has guided him since childhood, it is a delightful insight into the life and imagination that has brought so many treasured children’s books to life.
14 June 2019
Amy joined teammates Nicky and Robyn at Bright’s London office in 2018. She works with clients across Europe, Asia, Latin America and Australasia, helping publishers commission artwork for board books, novelty, activity, picture books, non-fiction and fiction for all ages.
11 June 2019
Last Thursday The Bright Emporium opened its doors to host the very first Alligator’s Mouth Award ceremony. After months of anticipation, it was a special moment to celebrate the five fantastic shortlisted titles, and the authors, illustrators and publishers behind the books.