World Pride - Spotlight on Bright's LGBTQ+ family

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!

BEHIND THE BOOK - RAINBOW: A FIRST BOOK OF PRIDE

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!

ARTIST JOURNEY: ROSIE BUTCHER

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?

Behind the Book: GEORGIA'S TERRIFIC, COLORIFIC EXPERIMENT by Zoe Persico

03 May 2019

Written and illustrated by Bright artist Zoe Persico, Georgia’s Terrific, Colorific Experiment, published by Hachette/Running Press, is Zoe’s debut author/illustred picture book, which transforms science and art into an explosive, colorful tale of a science lover stuck in a family of artists. A master of gorgeous and unexpected color combinations, Zoe enchants the reader with rainbows, streaks, shapes, and swirls on every spread. We spoke with Zoe on the blog previously about the technique behind her unique color palettes, so we were excited to catch up for a peek behind the curtain into her inspiration, process and debut experience.

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.

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.

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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