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Category Archive: Bright Agency (Childrens illustration blog)

  1. Behind the Book: Playdates Rule! by Rob McClurkan

    Author/illustrator: Rob McClurkan In his latest author-illustrated book, Playdates Rule! (Bloomsbury), Bright Artist Rob McClurkan taps into old childhood memories of mischief and mayo sandwiches. Read on for more about how Rob tells stories through pictures, bringing ideas from his brain to the page. It’s time to start planning your next playdate! Playdates Rule! is on sale now! […]

  2. 2017 V&A Winner: Profiling Jarvis

    Earlier this year, Jarvis won the coveted V&A award for his picture book, Alan, and his Big Scary Teeth, published by Walker. This November, he’s been nominated for a Kate Greenaway Medal for the brilliant Mrs Mole, I’m Home, also with Walker Books. In case you’re unfamiliar with Jarvis, here’s a little more to get your teeth […]

  3. National Book Awards: Behind the Cover Art

    In the American book publishing industry, the National Book Awards are about as good as it gets. Established in 1950 by the National Book Foundation, this award honors only the absolute best works of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and young adult literature published within a calendar year. This year, Laurel Snyder’s novel Orphan Island (Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins) was long-listed in […]

  4. Artist Profile: Craig Shuttlewood

    Craig Shuttlewood’s ability to design a layout, and his fantastic eye for colour make his picture books eye-catching — his busy pages, filled with all sorts of activity keep children amused for hours. A picture book doesn’t always have to tell a story, and Craig’s most recent book is very much in this genre — […]

  5. Box of Delights: Profiling Ashling Lindsay

    The Night Box, by Louise Greig, with illustrations by Ashling Lindsay and published by Egmont has been nominated for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. Ashling Lindsay has an immediately recognisable style. She understands how to use colour, and how to compose her subjects within the space on a page to create unforgettable scenes. The Night Box […]

  6. Bright USA Does the SOI Original Art Show 2017 [Photo Recap]

    The Society of Illustrators Original Art Show is undoubtably one of the biggest kid lit events of the year, as illustrators, editors, art directors, and agents from all over the world gather to celebrate the best children’s book illustrations from books published that year. 2017 didn’t disappoint. Enjoy some of the highlights from this year’s show… Bright quite […]

  7. Bright Artists Celebrate Picture Book Month

    Illustration by Ramona Kaulitzki November is a time for crunchy leaves, pumpkin spice flavored everything, and our favorite — Picture Book Month! To celebrate, we asked Bright picture book makers to pay tribute to their all-time favorites, with stylistic renditions of the books that influenced them the most as children and as illustrators. Enjoy! This is probably the first […]

  8. Bright USA Rights Report: October

      The deals made in October highlight the versatility of talent at Bright, and the passion that drives their art. We can’t wait for these books to hit the shelves! Julie Matysik at Running Press has bought Yoga Frog, illustrated by Mark Chambers Jeffrey Salane at Little Simon has bought the Wee Beasties board book series, illustrated […]

  9. Regarding Diversity: Profiling Artist Alleanna Harris

    Every October in the UK, for the past 30 years, we’ve remembered Black History and commemorated achievements made by people of colour. Not so long ago, America saw its first black President. From that incredible shift in history came quite a blow, as in the US, Trump came to power, whilst over in the UK we […]

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