2020 is here, and it’s full of brilliant new books! We’ve got the latest title from award-winning author and illustrator Yasmeen Ismail, as well as the January Indie Book of the Month illustrated by Laura Hughes. There are also two cracking debut author-illustrated picture books from Viola Wang and Holly Sterling. Meanwhile, we’ve got sequels to the highly-acclaimed fiction titles BOOT and Darkwhisper, and the brilliant Fred Blunt has teamed up with Kes Gray for new picture book The Diddle That Dummed .
Bright Artist Fiona Woodcock’s The Snow Dragon has been spreading joy far and wide over Christmas and into the New Year. Written by Abi Elphinstone and published by Simon & Schuster, it tells the story of Phoebe, who lives with her sausage dog in Griselda Bone’s gloomy orphanage, where Christmas is well and truly cancelled. But just when things seem at their bleakest, magic awaits in the swirling, snow-filled air…
Bright Author Carys Bexington has had a brilliant festive season so far. Her debut picture-book The Night Before Christmas in Wonderland, published this year, has already been picked as one of the Sunday Times Best Books of the Year and has garnered a clutch of rave reviews.
2019 has been a super busy and super successful year for our Bright artists and authors. We are thrilled with the wide range of awards and accolades they’ve won, celebrating the diverse and wonderful talent of our Bright family. Take a peek at these champs below!
One of the highlights of our year is our Christmas Party, where we get the whole Bright family together. We love gathering our artists, authors, employees and friends all in one place to boogie the night away! Thank you everyone who came and raised a glass - we hope you all had a fabulous evening. We’ve collected some of our favourite snaps from the evening for you below.
Wonderbooks is the amazing new children’s books subscription service from Save the Children. They aim to make children’s world a little bigger and a little better with real-life bedtime stories inspired by children around the world. We are very proud that three Bright artists were picked to illustrate the launch titles.
This month, we’re going behind the book of The Pirate Tree illustrated by Bright artist Jennie Poh, written by Brigita Orel and published by Lantana, an award-winning children’s book publisher of BAME authors and illustrators.
One of our biggest challenges and opportunities is influencing the notion of what Educational artwork should look like. It’s true that to meet specific learning outcomes, briefs can be precise, but outside of this, there is room to experiment. This can lead to the emergence of a new style or finding a way to make an artists’ working process more efficient to convey a message or meet deadlines!
There’s a strong focus on the environment in both non-fiction and fiction, with Aaron Cushley’s Poems for a Blue Green Planet, Our Planet illustrated by Richard Jones with an introduction by Sir David Attenborough, and Zoe Persico’s Greta and the Giants.
Last week we hosted our very first Oktoberfest where we brought the spirit of Frankfurt Book Fair to London. We gathered industry friends together in the Bright Emporium to eat pretzels, drink beer and look at some of our artists’ new portfolio sheets. Take a look at the highlights below!