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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!

BRIGHT'S INDUSTRY AWARDS GUIDE

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!

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.

June '19 Rights Report

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.

World Pride : Spotlight on Bright's LGBTQ+ family

29 June 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!

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