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 It’s been a great year so far for Bright authors and illustrators. Bright prides itself on being one of the top resources for stand-out illustration and author/illustrated works. The following publications are a brilliant example of those deals successfully closed, and now thriving in the marketplace. These publications are the result of a detailed and thoughtful process undergone from pitch, to completion; from concepts to artwork and narrative development, to cover design, production and print. Not to mention the rights, sales, marketing and publicity activity that sits intrinsically alongside this.

Here’s a round up of some of the best in Bright UK publications of 2017 so far, and what we can look forward to later on this year.

January 2017

Nicky OB Dear Dino Gabe Alborozo - Thank Goodenss for Bob Laura Hughes - There's a pig up my nose Sian Wheatcroft - This Bear, That Bear

Dear DinosaurIllustrated by Nicola O’Byrne, published by Scholastic; Thank Goodness for Bob, illustrated by Gabe Alborozo, published by Egmont; There’s a Pig up my Nose, illustrated by Laura Hughes, published by Egmont; This Bear, That Bear, by Sian Wheatcroft, published by Templar.

February 2017

The Unexpected Visitor KARL JM - The Curious Case of the Missing Mammoth Ryan Wheatcroft - We are Family Clive Macf - Caterpillar dreams Daniel Rieley - Emma Jane's Aeroplane Richard Jones - Fish Boy

The Unexpected Visitor, by Jessica Courtney-Tickle, published by Egmont; The Curious Case of the Missing Mammoth, illustrated by Karl James Mountford, published by Little Tiger; We Are Family, illustrated by Ryan Wheatcroft, published by Little Tiger; Caterpillar Dreams, by Clive McFarland, published by Templar; Emma Jane’s Aeroplane, illustrated by Daniel Rieley, published by Templar; Fish Boy, illustrated by Richard Jones, published by Faber & Faber.

March 2017

 Laura Hughes - The Chocolate Monster Migy Blanco - Here Comes the Sun Tom Knight - Jimmy Finnigan's Wild Wood Band Richard Jones - Town Mouse, Country Mouse Matt Hunt - Message in a Bottle

The Chocolate Monster, illustrated by Laura Hughes, published by Faber & Faber; Here Comes the Sun, illustrated by Migy Blanco, published by Nosy Crow; Jimmy Finnegan’s Wild Wood Band, by Tom Knight, published by Templar; Town Mouse, Country Mouse, illustrated by Richard Jones, published by Little Tiger; Message in a Bottle, by Matt Hunt, published by Scholastic.

April 2017

 Jarvis - Mrs Mole, I'm Home David Litchfield - Grandad's Secret Giant school gremlins cover Happy, Sad...

Mrs Mole, I’m Home! By Jarvis, published by Walker; Grandad’s Secret Giant, by David Litchfield, published by Frances Lincoln; School Gremlins, illustrated by Chris Chatterton, published by Egmont; Happy, Sad, Feeling Glad, by Yasmeen Ismail, published by Laurence King.

May 2017

 KiKi and Bobo's Sunny Day Sue Hendra Run Veggies Run The Birthday Invitation Low Res SOUTH low res

Kiki and Bobo’s Sunny Day, by Yasmeen Ismail, published by Walker; Supertato: Run Veggies Run! By Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet, published by Simon & Schuster; The Birthday Invitation, illustrated by Laura Hughes, published by Bloomsbury; South, by Daniel Duncan, published by Abrams & Chronicle.

June 2017

Dozy bear and the food The Uncommoners - Smoking Hourglass The Moon Man (holding image) The Night Box

Dozy Bear & the Secret of Food, illustrated by Richard Smythe, published by Faber & Faber; The Smoking Hourglass, illustrated by Karl James Mountford, published by Penguin; The Moon Man, illustrated by Ada Grey, published by Little Tiger; The Night Box, illustrated by Ashling Lindsay, published by Egmont.

July 2017


This is Not a Fairytale, illustrated by Fred Blunt, published by Puffin; Fairytale Pets, illustrated by Jorge Martin, published by Little Tiger Press.

August 2017

 Poppy and the Blooms 

Poppy and the Blooms, by Fiona Woodcock, published by Simon & Schuster; Wilfred and Olbert’s Totally Wild Chase, by Stephan Lomp and published by Little Tiger Press.

September 2017


A Loud Winter’s Nap, By Katy Hudson, published by Curious Fox; Maurice the Unbeastly, illustrated by Karl James Mountford, published by Sterling; Toad has Talent, by Richard Smythe, published by Frances Lincoln;
The Grotlyn, by Benji Davies, published by HarperCollins; Follow The Track All The Way Back, illustrated by Ben Mantle, published by Walker Books; What’s Next Door? By Nicola O’Byrne, published by Nosy Crow; 
The Snow Lion, illustrated by Richard Jones, published by Simon & Schuster; Bonkers About Beetroot, illustrated by Chris Jevons, published  by Maverick Books.

October 2017


 Pick a Pine Tree 

The Nutcracker, illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle, published by Frances Lincoln; Where’s Your Creativity? Illustrated by Marika Maijala, published by Tate Publishing; Pick a Pine Tree, illustrated by Jarvis, published by Walker.
SPIDER! Illustrated by Mark Chambers (Actress Alison Steadman’s debut picture book)


Jarvis won this years coveted V&A Illustration Award. Read more here.

November/December 2017


Supertato: Evil Pea Rules by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, published by Simon and Schuster; Winter Dance, illustrated by Richard Jones, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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