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.
25 March 2021
Ten books have been longlisted for The Alligator’s Mouth Award 2021, which champions both authors and illustrators of highly-illustrated children’s fiction. Now in its third year, the children’s book prize created by The Bright Agency and The Alligator’s Mouth children’s bookshop, celebrates the best books for 6-8-year-olds.
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.
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…
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).
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!
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.
02 November 2020
This month, we’re going behind the book of A Superhero Like You, illustrated by Bright artist Liam Darcy, written by Dr Ranj Singh and published by Hodder Children’s Books.
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.
01 October 2020
Award-winning artist David Litchfield illustrates Smriti Prasadam-Halls’ uplifting tale about finding optimism, Rain before Rainbows, while George Ermos showcases another action-packed cover for Abi Elphinstone’s second-in-series, Jungledrop. Diane Ewen illustrates Baroness Floella Benjamin’s inspiring true story Coming to England and it seems that some early festive celebrations are in order as Chris Chatterton brings us his second author-illustrated picture book, Merry Christmas, Gus.
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.
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.