Fall Update from Bright's Founder, Vicki Willden-Lebrecht

18 October 2018

12 years ago, I started coming to the US to visit my sister. To justify the frequent trips, I would fly into New York and meet with publishers to show them my portfolio of artists before taking the train up to Providence, Rhode Island.

Suzie Mason's First Year at Bright!

11 October 2018

In a word, amazing. I know how tough the industry is and how many wonderful artists are already out there doing beautiful work, so I deliberately ensured that I kept my expectations realistic and hoped for maybe one or two projects in my first year so that I could start building my professional body of work. I was pretty blown away when I was offered a run of six educational books in the first month, and I was really excited to get my teeth into multiple projects. But nothing could compare to getting to work with HarperCollins, specificially art director Chelsea Donaldson who was responsible for the project coming together! It was a dream come true, and one that also allowed me to take the plunge and quit my job to work as an artist full time, which was always something that I wanted but assumed I would have to wait years to do. Now I’ve worked on over ten books and I have to keep pinching myself to make myself believe that this is really my career, now. I’ve been incredibly lucky and am so grateful to Bright.

James Lancett's First Year at Bright!

01 October 2018

Since he joined Bright just a year ago, life has been a whirlwind for illustrator James Lancett. His illustrations have graced the covers of James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein’s Max Einstein series, as well as Alesha Dixon’s Lightning Girl. And things won’t be slowing down for him anytime soon! We asked James to reflect on how his life has changed since he became part of the agency and give us a peek behind the scenes at his process and studio.

BE KIND, Illustrated by Jen Hill, Climbs the NY Times Bestseller List

31 August 2018

With four weeks and counting on the New York Times Best Sellers list, Be Kind’s success is showing that empathy is an unstoppable force. Author Pat Zietlow Miller’s timeless (and timely) message and Jen Hill’s beautiful illustrations come together to create a “lovely exploration of empathy and thoughtfulness” (Publishers Weekly Starred Review).

Aura Lewis Reads GLORIA'S VOICE at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn

16 August 2018

On a hot and sleepy Saturday morning at the end of July, Aura Lewis walked into Books Are Magic, the new, yet already beloved, independent bookstore in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Aura is the author and illustrator of picture book biography Gloria’s Voice, praised by Kirkus as “a subtle ode to an iconic figure of quiet strength and enormous influence,’” and she was at Books Are Magic to read Gloria’s story aloud to a packed house of young readers (and perhaps, future activists themselves!). She was joined by fellow author Anna Raff, as part of Back 2 Back, a series presented by The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrated that pairs newcomers to the industry with veterans.

Behind the Book: SUMMER COLOR, Illustrated by Zoe Persico

10 August 2018

Summer Color, written by Diana Murray and illustrated by Bright artist Zoe Persico, is a joyful romp through the varied color pallette of summer. Zoe is a master of creating gorgeous and unexpected color combinations, so we were excited to talk to her about how she used those skills, as well as her love of nature, to create the outdoor scenes that make the book such a joy to read again and again.

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