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Meet Christopher A. Brown from the Free Library of Philadelphia [The Insider]

29 November 2017

At the Free Library of Philadelphia, Special Collections Curator for the Children’s Literature Research Collection Christopher A. Brown has proven an indispensable resource to picture book makers and enthusiasts alike. We chatted with Christopher about his role at the Free Library, his unparalleled passion for all things kid lit, and the direction of the children’s book industry as a whole…

National Book Awards: Behind the Cover Art

21 November 2017

In the American book publishing industry, the National Book Awards are about as good as it gets. Established in 1950 by the National Book Foundation, this award honors only the absolute best works of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and young adult literature published within a calendar year.

What is the SOI Original Art Show?

30 October 2017

The Society of Illustrators hosts an annual exhibit called the The SOI Original Art Show, which features the best children’s book illustrations published in the US during that year. Designed to showcase the most talented illustrators of the day, this special exhibition is curated by a jury of seasoned art directors, illustrators, designers, and editors who choose artwork from the most stunning children’s books published that year to adorn gallery walls.

The Insider: Sarah Hokanson, Art Director at Random House

18 September 2017

In this edition of The Insider, we interviewed Sarah Hokanson, Art Director at Random House Children’s Books. On Saturday, September 9th, Sarah appeared alongside our very own James Burns at the annual Eastern PA SCBWI Illustrator Day event at the Free Library of Philadelphia, where they gave a presentation to emerging illustrators on how to take their portfolios to the next level.

Vicki Willden-Lebrecht Profiled in UK's Sunday Times

15 September 2017

The London Times has just done a wonderful profile on Bright’s MD and Founder, Vicki Willden-Lebrecht, as part of The Sunday Times’ Business & Monday section. She reflects on running the agency and representing a tremendous roster of artists.

Princesses Wear Pants Illustrated by Eva Byrne [Behind the Book]

28 August 2017

We’ve been waiting at the edge of our seats for the publication of Princesses Wear Pants since Princess Penelope took the Javits Center by storm at BEA this June. The signing line for co-authors The Today Show host Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim snaked around the exhibition floor full of readers from across the country dying to get their early copies. Now this sassy little princess has hit the shelves as Bright Artist Eva Byrne’s debut picture book, an instant New York Times Bestseller!

The Percy Jackson Coloring Book, Illustrated by Keith Robinson [Behind the Book]

01 August 2017

The older coloring book trend continues with Disney-Hyperion‘s The Percy Jackson Coloring Book, illustrated by Bright Artist Keith Robinson. With a career that began in graphics and animation, to his current work as a children’s book illustrator, Robinson is somewhat of an Olympian himself. Here, he takes us inside the process of taking this cult fantasy series from his own imagination onto the page, telling the story of the beloved The Lightning Thief in an interactive way which Percy Jackson fans have never seen before.

Instagram for Illustrators: Here’s How to Make it Work for You

28 June 2017

Well it absolutely can be — but it’s also completely up to the individual. As an artist, you can use Instagram to your advantage — it is the perfect visual platform to showcase what you do, and there are some brilliant examples of this, some of which are shown above.

Behind the Book: Papasaurus by Stephan Lomp

13 June 2017

Just in time for Fathers Day, Bright Artist (and new father) Stephan Lomp is out with Papasaurus, the sequel to the acclaimed Chronicle picture book Mamasaurus. Drawing on personal parenting experience and inspiration from his young son Elmo, Stephan’s new story with familiar characters will strike a cord with fathers of all ages looking to connect with their children through picture books.

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