Benji takes the Oscars by Storm

As soon as I saw this book I fell in love with the cover and hoped that the rest of it would live up to my expectations. It far exceeded them. The sort of book I would be proud and excited to buy as a present for every young child I know.’  Viveka Alvestrand, Oscar’s Mother.

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Bright Author-Illustrator Benji Davies recently won Oscar’s First Book Prize 2014 for his hauntingly moving ‘The Storm Whale’. The £5000 award is held by The Evening Standard in memory of Oscar Ashton, a lover of stories who sadly passed away unexpectedly aged 3 1/2 years. The Bright Agency were ecstatic and overwhelmed to represent 3 of the 5 Illustrators who made it to the final five and secured the book deal for a 4th:

Benji Davies - ‘The Storm Whale’ (Simon & Schuster)

Nicola O’Byrne - ‘Open very carefully’ (Nosy Crow)

Lee Wildish (& Charlotte & Adam Guillain) - ‘Spaghetti with the Yeti’ (Egmont)

Philippa Leathers – ‘The Black Rabbit’ was also a Bright publishing deal with Walker.

As a business celebrating it’s 10th year in the publishing world, Bright are incredibly proud to represent over half the nominees on this list. Nurturing new found talent as well as supporting established names is a key factor in the company’s working ethos. The Bright nominees have grown with the agency and are just small examples of what can happen when agent and creative really collaborate to achieve amazing artwork and stories that then turn into industry-shaping book deals.

The final 5 were narrowed down from an original 57 entries by a panel of esteemed judges and some very critical young readers. All involved were searching for books that could easily be read by children under 5 as well as being appreciated by their adult counterparts. Judge Charlotte Ross said that the books on the shortlist were “both timeless and original, and we picked tales with images and words that fired the imagination”.

But overall, the winning book was picked because the judges believed Oscar and his vivid imagination would have loved it to – because of this, Benji and Bright are honored and truly humbled to be a part of such an amazing award.

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Pirate Gran

Rose Forshall's illustrations for the Pirate Gran series of children's books, are coming to life at a theatre near you soon!

Pirate Gran has been dramatised by Scamp theatre from the books written by Geraldine Durrant, illustrated by Rose and published by the National Maritime Museum. We love this poster and can't wait to see what Rose's characters look like in 3D!

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Pietari Posti wins best book cover illustration category in the V&A Illustration Awards 2013.

We are very proud to announce Pietari Posti is the winner of the prestigious award for his beautiful work on the Arthur Ransome series, published by Vintage, 2012. The Judges loved the strong use of colour and shape in Posti’s work and the way this created a dynamic visual theme throughout the series of books.

Pietari Posti is represented by Debut Art

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Washington National Children’s Museum

We are proud to announce that Bernice Lum has just finished a huge commission for the Washington National Children's Museum in the USA. Commissioned as part of the museum's refurbishment, and in collaboration with Amaze Design, Bernice's bold and colourful illustrations are emblazoned across the whole of the exterior, on giant wall and window panels. With various themes such as travel, food, culture and history, her eye catching designs are sure to inspire the next generation, so get down to Washington DC and marvel at this fabulous, brand spanking new facade! Bernice Lum is represented by the Organisation.

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Kristyna Litten: Mr McCool Published

It's not often that you get a brief which asks you to design a bear equivalent of Ray Winstone with the swagger of a chain-smoking cockney for 7 to 9 year olds! Kristyna Litten rose to the challenge and came up with this brilliant wrap-a-round cover for Mr McCool, published by Egmont this month.

Kristyna Litten is represented by Arena

River map for Viking

Our man Fred van Deelen has recently produced a wonderful map for the huge global river cruise company, Viking. They were so impressed with his artwork for their advert in the Telegraph that they have taken it on as part of their worldwide advertising campaign and will be published in print, brochures, and web for all to see. Well done Fred!

Fred Van Deelen is represented by the Organisation

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