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…
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.
21 November 2017
In his latest author-illustrated book, Playdates Rule! (Bloomsbury), Bright Artist Rob McClurkan taps into old childhood memories of mischief and mayo sandwiches. Read on for more about how Rob tells stories through pictures, bringing ideas from his brain to the page. It’s time to start planning your next playdate!
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.
11 October 2017
In this edition of The Insider, we interviewed Jim Hoover, Art Director at Viking Books for Young Readers. With nearly 20 years of experience in the Kid Lit world, Jim is a font of knowledge for experienced and budding illustrators alike.
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.
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.
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!
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.
25 July 2017
When Anne Moore Armstrong joined Bright as a picture book agent, Becca Stadtlander was one of the first US artists Anne approached to join her list at the agency.
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.
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.