Bright Books Published this Month! – US

The U.S market has been buzzing with book publications this month and our book shelf is looking fuller & brighter than ever!


Brigette Barrager Uni the Unicorn (Random House)

#5 on Indie Best Sellers List & #10 on New York Times Best Sellers List

In this clever twist on the age-old belief that there’s no such thing as unicorns, Uni the unicorn is told there’s no such thing as little girls! No matter what the grown-up unicorns say, Uni believes that little girls are real. Somewhere there must be a smart, strong, wonderful, magical little girl waiting to be best friends. In fact, far away (but not too far), a real little girl believes there is a unicorn waiting for her. This refreshing and sweet story of friendship reminds believers and nonbelievers alike that sometimes wishes really can come true.

Brigette’s bold & colourful backgrounds work seamlessly with her beautifully animated & personable characters. Her working background at Pixar & Disney Animation Studios has undoubtedly aided her vibrant & graceful style – allowing Brigette to become a very popular Brightling with publishers!

Published 26th August 2014 – Buy Uni the Unicorn here


Rob McClurkanAw, Nuts! (Harper Collins)

Squirrel loves acorns, so when he spots the perfect one, he must have it! But it bounces away. . . . So he jumps into a taxi, but the taxi runs out of gas. Aw, nuts! He bounces on a pogo stick, but it lands in a hole. Aw, nuts! He hops on a boat, gets shipped away, hitches a ride on a little girl’s bike, and more! Will Squirrel be able to catch up to the most delicious acorn ever?
Squirrel sets off on a chase after the perfect acorn in debut author-illustrator Rob McClurkan’s picture book Aw, Nuts! With bold, graphic art, Squirrel (& Rob) will have young readers laughing out loud on every page, eager to find out what will happen next. Along with Harper Collins – Oxford University Press & Usborne have been firm publishing favourites of Rob – with projects in the pipe line and exciting ideas in abundance!

Published 26th August 2014 – Buy Aw, Nuts! here


Smiljana CohI Want to Be a Ballerina (Random House)

When Mia tries to become a ballerina just like her big sister, she discovers that getting the right outfit is just the beginning. Despite great effort, there are lots of mishaps, and Mia doesn’t quite become the prima ballerina she hoped to be. But she does finally earn her true reward: time with her sister.
Smiljana joined the Bright family early 2007 & so far has illustrated The Glitterwings Academy series for Bloomsbury, more than 100 greeting cards for The Art File and written as well as illustrated 3 picture books – with more in the works. Her combination of traditional and digital techniques really gives Smiljana’s work a unique edge that stands her out from the crowd! Published 26th August 2014 – Buy I want to be a Ballerina here


Barbara BakosCity Street Beat (Albert Whitman & Co)

In City Street Beat, a young girl travels along a city’s twisty road on her way to a friend’s house. Together, they embark on an adventure, taking in all the city’s sights and sounds. They hear the tippy, tappy clack of high heels on the sidewalk; the strumming and drumming of a three-piece band; the flipping and flapping of dancing pigeons; and more. The girls move and groove to the rock-n-roll and razz-ma-tazz of the city’s hip-hop beat using all five senses until at last it’s time to say good-bye.
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Having a working background as an art director, character and background designer for a television series and various short films, Barbara always knew she wanted to hone her illustration talents.  Her passion and incredible talent for creating worlds with her diverse characters really gives a strong foundation to any story or series – including her own array of fantastical tales soon to find a publishing home!

Published 1st September 2014 – Buy City Street Beat here


Elly MacKayFall Leaves (Harcourt Brace and Co)

“Autumn is in the air: days grow shorter and nights are long. Birds leave, flowers, too. Apples and temperatures fall–then snow “ Part poem, part silent stage, this luminous picture book puts autumn on display and captures the spirit of change that stays with us long after fall leaves. Unlock the secrets of this busy and beautiful time of year as the natural world makes way for winter.

Elly’s work is nothing short of ethereal elegance. Hand crafted and photographed with natural light, every image is truly unique and breath taking. It goes without saying then, that Elly’s portfolio includes an impressive client list – that is looking to grow outside of the US & Canada this year.

Published 2nd September 2014 – Pre order Fall Leaves here


Katy HudsonAnimal Teachers (Blue Apple Books)

In the forest, in the pond, in caves, prairies, and jungles, in all the world’s outdoor “classrooms,” baby animals are…learning! They are taking lessons on how to be an expert swimmer, alarm-sounder, racer-chaser, or hide-and-seeker. They don’t have books, or desks, or computers. But they do have teachers! With clear, graceful prose and striking illustrations, Animal Teachers showcases the teacher-student dynamic between adult and young animals as they are taught crucial skills needed to handle daily challenges.
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Elegantly illustrated by our wildly talented Katy, this story is an entertaining combination of science and storytelling. Katy works across the board with such prestigious publishers as Random House, Harper Collins & Blue Apple – to name a few! Brimming with ideas, Katy is looking for a publishing home in the UK this year.

Published 2nd September 2014 – Pre order Animal Teachers here


Connah BreconFrank! – Running Press

Try as he might (or might not), Frank is a bear who is always late. And when he starts school, the trouble really begins. Frank has very good reasons, like the time he had to save a cat stuck in a tree and the morning he found himself challenged to a charity dance-off, and even the time he had to rescue a family of bunnies from a huge, smelly ogre. Sometimes there is truth to the most unusual of circumstances, and being helpful can pay off in the most unexpected ways.

Connah is at a really special stage of his career, having been recognised by Running Press for his new book Frank! as well as Penguin/Philomel for his first title There’s This Thing. Both publishers are known for their strong high-end lists – so it goes without saying that Connah’s welcome into both publishing families is a real testament to his creativity and brilliance.

Published 30th September 2014 – Pre order Frank! here