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.
We are now looking to hire an Associate Agent to join the Children’s Team. This role is for Maternity Cover and is a Fixed Term Contract. Details of the role and how to apply are below, and if you or someone you know might be right for the role, please do get in touch!
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!
Here at The Bright Agency we love to support artists of all generations. From the notably experienced to the uni-fresh, we have always been proud of the diverse age range of our illustrators. That is why we were absolutely delighted to discover that we have a mother and daughter on our books!
Launched by Bright last year in partnership with The Alligator’s Mouth bookshop, the award was created to celebrate authors and illustrators of highly illustrated children’s fiction for ages 6-8. Here at Bright we wanted to champion these talented creators and highlight the very best books out there.
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.
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.