Artist Journey: Julia Iredale

15 October 2020

Ever since she was a child, British Columbia based illustrator Julia Iredale has been intrigued with creating magical, mythical worlds, be it in her own imagination or through the words of one of her fictional stories. Julia continued to pursue her love of creativity as an adult, going on to earn her bachelor’s degree in illustration from Emily Carr University before joining Bright in 2018. In the spirit of legends and lore that October brings, and with Halloween just around the corner, we thought it was the perfect time to catch up with Julia to chat about all things mysterious, as well as the hauntingly beautiful artwork behind her latest project, Myths and Legends of the World, which published on October 15th with Lonely Planet Kids.

September '19 Rights Report

30 September 2019

Bright artists have been busy! Read about what they’ve been working on in September’s end of month Publishers Weekly rights report roundup, featuring new deals, upcoming titles, and more.

Behind the Book: Hey Grandude!

25 September 2019

Meet Grandude—a super-cool grandfather who is an intrepid explorer with some amazing tricks up his sleeve. Grandude is a one-of-a-kind adventurer! Now, meet Kathryn Durst—the fabulous Bright Artist behind the gloriously colorful illustrations of Hey Grandude!, Sir Paul McCartney’s debut picture book. After a long-awaited release, Hey Grandude! hit the shelves this month on September 5th with Puffin Books in the UK and Random House Books for Young Readers in the US. Since making its way into the world, Hey Grandude! has been embraced by children, adults, and Beatles fans alike and quickly earned a spot on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Between the excitement of the release and a trip to London to join Paul himself at Waterstones for an unforgettable launch event, it’s safe to say it has been quite the month for Kathryn! It was such a delight to catch up with her for an inside look at all of the hard work that went into the making of this magical book.

Books Publishing this Month at Bright: September

01 September 2019

Crisp air, back to school, apple cider…September is hard not to love, especially with so many wonderful books publishing! It’s a busy month for Bright artists, and we’re gearing up for fall with big new titles that we’re thrilled to share. From author-illustrated to YA and everything in-between, here’s a look at what’s hitting the shelves this September.

August '19 Rights Report

31 August 2019

Bright artists have been busy! Read about what they’ve been working on in August’s end of month Publishers Weekly Rights Report roundup, featuring new deals, upcoming titles, and more.

Artist Journey: Rachael McLean

23 August 2019

Rachael McLean lives and works on the East coast of Austrailia with one of the world’s most beautiful beaches as her backyard—it’s no surprise then that she is inspired by all things bright, colorful, and whimsical! Using clean shapes, bold colors, and subtle textures, Rachael is a master at creating characters and illustrations that are fresh, fun, and oh-so-adorable. We were delighted to catch up with Rachael on the blog to discuss her nontraditional path to becoming an artist and the magical debut of her first author/illustrated board book, My Best Friend Is a Unicorn!

Book Publishing this Month at Bright: August

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.

July '19 Rights Report

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.

Behind the Book: We Are the Gardeners

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.

Artist Journey: Maike Plenzke

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.

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