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BEHIND THE BOOK: WAKEY BIRDS by Maddie Frost

17 April 2019

Bright artist Maddie Frost is the author-illustrator of three books; her most recent creation, Wakey Birds, published earlier this month with Templar Publishing. We’ve spoken to Maddie on the blog previously about her unique style of digital collaging from found textures, which she scans and then assembles into colorful, geometric scenes and characters with a ton of personality. With the publication of Wakey Birds, we took the opportunity to catch up with Maddie about the process of writing AND illustrating, the evolution of her style, and the challenges she encountered with this project. As always, Maddie kept it refreshingly real, honest, and funny and gave us a sneak peek at the book’s earliest stages.

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Bright US Is Hiring!

12 April 2019

Please email your resume to James@thebrightagency.com along with a brief cover letter highlighting why you feel you are the strongest fit for the role. Links to writing samples are helpful. Feel free to mention additional relevant interests and personal pursuits not listed here.

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Road Trip to the U.S.A. with Lucie Luddington!

29 March 2019

Agent Lucie Luddington has led the growth of Bright’s Education department over the last six years and is well-known and well-loved within the industry. She works from her lovely countryside cottage in England round the clock for a global roster of artists and clients, and acts as a deeply knowledgeable and extremely dedicated advocate for Bright illustrators, uniting them with exciting new projects.

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Artist Journey: Mechal Roe

13 March 2019

Illustrator Mechal Roe joined Bright in the summer of 2018, which is almost hard to believe considering all that she has accomplished in her short time with the agency. She teamed up with Senator (and Presidential candidate!) Kamala Harris for Superheroes Are Everywhere, a big-hearted picture book about the importance of community and kindness (Philomel Books, January 2019). She is also publishing two author-illustrated books with Doubleday Books for Young Readers: Happy Hair and Cool Cuts, both focused on self-esteem, particularly for children of color.

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Becca Stadtlander Wins The SCBWI Golden Kite Award

12 February 2019

Instituted in 1973, the Golden Kite Awards are the only children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers. More than 1,000 books are entered each year. The Golden Kite Awards recognize excellence in children’s literatures in five categories: Young Reader and Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Book Text, and Picture Book Illustration.

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Artist Journey: Ebony Glenn

08 February 2019

Ebony Glenn joined Bright in 2016, and since then, her star has risen to incredible heights. Most notably, her illustrations appeared in Mommy’s Khimar, which published in April 2018 with Simon & Schuster, and in nonfiction picture book Brave Ballerina, which just published last month in January 2019 with Henry Holt. She recently completed an artist’s residency at AIR Serenbe, which gave her the time and space to focus on artwork for another upcoming book. We talked to Ebony about the exciting year that she has had and what she has coming up next.

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