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Publishing this Month: April

01 April 2021

We have a brilliant selection of Bright books publishing this month. Including Waterstones Children’s Book Prize nominee Beatrice Blue with Once Upon a Mermaid’s Tale, the third title in the Once Upon series; Starboard illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino, the new middle grade from Bloom author Nicola Skinner; and the latest book in the bestselling Little People, Big Dreams series with Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Maxine Lee-Mackie.

In The Studio with Fred Blunt

25 March 2021

Humour has always been top of Fred Blunt’s list when it comes to drawing and writing. Right from his early portraits of teachers, Fred knew he wanted to entertain with his work. Now writing and illustrating his own, very silly, children’s books, he couldn’t be happier. We caught up with Fred to talk about his process, how he approaches projects and take a look at his latest book Lionel the Lonely Monster (Oxford University Press), out now.

In the Studio with Paddy Donnelly

24 February 2021

Paddy Donnelly is an Irish illustrator and author whose work spans picture books and fiction titles. Paddy has a fondness for illustrating animals and the sea in his signature textured approach, injecting a touch of humour to his work wherever he can. We caught up with Paddy to discuss the creative process behind his sixth picture book, Here Be Dragons (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books) published this month, which follows the story of a young knight on a quest to slay a dragon…

Happy Chinese New Year!

11 February 2021

It’s Chinese New Year, and we are so happy to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Ox with you all! We hope 2021 brings you prosperity and opportunities, just like the zodiac sign itself.

Behind the Book | Chris Chatterton

18 December 2020

Merry Christmas, Gus (Macmillan Children’s Books) is the second book in the series by artist and author Chris Chatterton. From County Durham, Chris’s passion for illustration led him to pursue a career as a freelance artist and he now works on a wide array of projects, including the bestselling Ten Minutes to Bed series (Ladybird).

Are you on the NAUGHTY or NICE list?

08 December 2020

Are you getting everything your asked for in your stocking this year, or will you be stuck with a lump of coal?! Click on the options below to see the different artwork collections:

Behind the Book | Lucy Fleming

02 December 2020

We caught up with Lucy Fleming to ask her about her debut author-illustrated picture book Ella’s Night Lights (Walker Books). Watch below to see Lucy talk about her inspiration for Ella, her creative process and the best thing about creating a book!

Meet the Author | Susie Gutch

01 December 2020

Born and raised in Surrey, Susie Gutch read English/Drama and History of Art at the University of Bristol followed by a PGCE at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds. She then taught English for many years, first in Sheffield and then in West London.

Getting to Know: Fiction Agent Robyn

02 November 2020

Last month, we shone the spotlight on our impressive roster of fiction artists, with a special collection of bespoke cover artwork in our Faces of Fiction campaign (if you missed it you can find it here) . So this month, we caught up with Bright’s expert fiction agent, Robyn Newton to chat all things middle grade and YA.

Behind the Book | Rosie Butcher

28 September 2020

Bright Artist Rosie Butcher’s latest picture book The Joy in You showcases a colourful cast of jungle animals in Rosie’s distinctive whimsical style. Written by TV presenter Cat Deeley and published by Random House Books for Young Readers, this touching tale encourages children to express themselves and enjoy the little moments. We caught up with Rosie to talk about her illustration process and how she deals with creative block.

Behind the Book | Diane Ewen

19 August 2020

Diane Ewen’s debut picture book is a madcap adventure about creativity and the joy of reading… even if you are a T-Rex! We caught up with Diane to ask her all about Never Show a T-Rex a Book!, written by Rashmi Sirdeshpande and published by Puffin.

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