Happy 1st Birthday to Bright USA
Illustration by Ebony Glenn
At Bright USA we’re celebrating our birthday by having our cake and eating it too! Since our launch in April 2015, things could not have been sweeter, and we want to thank you for helping us achieve such success in our first year.
“I can’t believe it’s been a full year since Bright USA launched!” says Alli Brydon, Managing Agent. “One of the best parts of this year for all of us, I think, has been to get to know more of the amazing, talented, and deeply thoughtful people who work in the US children’s book publishing industry. And, of course, discovering, developing, and championing our roster of wildly talented artists is why we walk through our office doors every morning. Our incredible US-based team—Anne, James, Alex, and myself—has seen such wonderful success so far, and we’re excited about the future of Bright USA! Watch this space for more stellar news from us.”
We Recruited Top Talent
We Shared Some Great News…
- Bright USA flew to London to celebrate the launch of The Bright Emporium
- Educational Agent Lucie Luddington took a six state tour of the US (Read Part 1 and Part 2 of her travels)
- We celebrated the season at the first Bright USA Holiday Party
- US Creative Agent Anne Armstrong was in London the UK book launch of David Litchfield’s The Bear and The Piano
- Artist Maddie Frost shared how she creates all the beautiful scanned textures she works with (also covered on the SAA website)
- We attended Toy Fair and the SCBWI Winter Conference
- Yasmeen Ismail received lots of praise in the US for her diverse illustrations in One Word From Sophia
And We Celebrated the Publication of These Amazing Books…
…and These Top Deals Made!
Tom Knight to illustrate Bone Soup with S&S/Paula Wiseman Books
Ellen Shi to illustrate World Pizza with Sterling
Lorena Alvarez to illustrate A Little Princess with Golden Books
Ebony Glenn to illustrate a Nikki Grimes poetry collection with Bloomsbury
David Litchfield to illustrate Butterflies and Mountains withHodder
Rob McClurkan to author/illustrate Playdates Rule with Bloomsbury
Tom Knight to illustrate Ugly Cat and Pablo, a two book deal, with Scholastic
Richard Jones to illustrate Winter Dance with HMH
Next, we’re heading to BEA!
The Bright USA Team illustrated by Zoe Persico
If you’ll be at BEA 2016 and would like to schedule a meeting to view the latest portfolio of Bright talent, please contact an agent below. We can’t wait to see you in Chicago!