19 August 2019
At Bright, we understand that keeping up with the ongoing cycle of industry awards can feel like a daunting task at times, and so we wanted to find a way to streamline the information in a handy guide to major children’s publishing and illustration awards. Who’s eligible to apply? What are the key dates to look out for? We’ve simplified the nitty gritty details and listed them in one place for an overview that can be referred to whenever you need a refresher!
15 August 2019
Grab your backpacks and sharpen those pencils because it’s that time again…back to school! This month, we went behind the scenes of New York Times bestselling picture book, Raise Your Hand, published by Penguin Workshop and illustrated by our talented artist, Marta Kissi.
01 August 2019
The dog days of summer are upon us and with it arrives hot new titles illustrated by spectacular Bright artists! From spooky middle grade to Hispanic pride, here’s a look at the exciting new books hitting the shelves this August.
31 July 2019
Bright artists have been busy! Read about what they’ve been working on in July’s end of month Publishers Weekly Rights Report roundup, featuring new deals, upcoming titles, and more.
29 July 2019
It has been an exciting year for Bright artist Julianna Swaney, and we wanted to catch up with her to discuss the making behind her latest picture book, We Are the Gardeners, published with Thomas Nelson in March 2019. In this #1 New York Times Bestseller, Julianna teamed up with HGTV’s Fixer Upper costar, lifestyle powerhouse, and author Joanna Gaines in bringing the Gaines family’s first children’s book to life! Told from the communal voice of Joanna and Chip’s four grown children, We Are the Gardeners is an autobiographical story of the lovable family’s own adventures in cultivating their home garden. In her signature organic, nature-themed style, Julianna illustrates this family’s spirit of hard work and the restorative power of nature with her enchanting watercolors, inviting readers to enjoy the beauty a thriving garden provides.
23 July 2019
Berlin-based illustrator Maike Plenzke was fascinated by books and comics from an early age, dreaming of conveying the emotions she got while reading as a kid through her own art. Since joining Bright in 2017, Maike has taken the illustration world by storm! A shining star in the realm of middle grade book covers, Maike’s art now inspires a new generation of readers to pick up a story and fall in love with it. We caught up with Maike about what inspired her to become an illustrator and her unique creative process behind bringing a book cover to life.
01 July 2019
01 July 2019
Millions of people came together in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots as New York hosted World Pride this weekend. In many parts of the world, and even here on American soil, we are still working on cultivating greater acceptance, understanding, and equal rights. Books and storytelling are one of our greatest tools to do this. As such, we couldn’t help but place a spotlight on Bright’s own LGBTQ+ family members who continue to create artwork that embraces all the colors of the rainbow!
30 June 2019
Bright artists have been busy! Read about what they’ve been working on in June’s end of month Publishers Weekly Rights Report roundup, featuring new deals, upcoming titles, and more.
19 June 2019
Happy 50th anniversary of LGBTQ+ Pride Month! In recognition of the 1969 Stonewall riots, joyous celebrations ring around the world during the month of June to recognize the impact of the LGBTQ+ community. Inclusive children’s books are incredibly important in that they have the power to be a reflection of a child’s own identity and experiences—granting the young reader a chance to see themselves and the world they live in on the page. Illustrated by Anne Passchier, Rainbow: A First Book of Pride celebrates pride in a colorful reveal of the meaning behind each stripe of the rainbow flag. We thought it was the perfect time to catch up with Anne on the magic behind the page!
18 June 2019
Rosie Butcher is a children’s book illustrator living and working in East Yorkshire. Always an avid reader, Rosie grew up surrounded by books of all kinds and began writing, drawing, and imagining her own little worlds at an early age. Now a seasoned Bright artist, Rosie joined the agency in the summer of 2012 and has been on the rise ever since! We thought it was high time to shine a light on Rosie’s star achievements over this past year, so we were delighted to chat with her for an inside look at the inspiration and creative process behind illustrating There’s Only One You, and How Do You Care for a Very Sick Bear?
01 June 2019