Bright Artist Rebecca Elliott in talks with Clare Balding – BBC Radio 2

Last year, our very own rising star Rebecca Elliott made an appearance on BBC Radio 2 alongside nationally loved & publicly acclaimed Clare Balding, OBE. The interview, which took place in the last half our of the show, focused on Rebecca’s publishing inspiration from her daughter Clemmie and two sons, Toby and Benjamin. Rebecca is one of the first storytellers to tackle ethical subjects such as disability and death within her illustrations – portraying ‘heart-warming rather than heart-breaking’ story lines. Having taken part in her ‘fair share’ of commercial children’s books, Rebecca wanted to share and explore the subjects that children are genuinely interested in and ask daily questions about, but for some reason, no one wants to discuss.

Rebecca Elliott is represented by The Bright Agency

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Lorena Alvarez : Noon Balloon (Parragon)

Over the city, high above the sea, into a storm, and through a sky full of airplanes, the Noon Balloon is off on a magical journey. Read along as the boy, girl, and little dog fly away for a truly magical adventure from the hidden treasures of Margaret Wise Brown, author of the children’s classics Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny.

Having joined Bright in 2011, Lorena Alvarez has gone from strength to strength in the publishing world – developing a bold digital style that has become incredibly sort after. Her ability to create animated and personable characters within colourfully intricate scenes never ceases to stun readers!

Published 26th December 2014 – Buy The Noon Balloon here

Lorena Alvarez is represented by Bright Group

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Mountwood School for Ghosts cover illustration by Alex T Smith

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Toby Ibbotson is the son of award-winning author Eva Ibbotson and Mountwood School for Ghosts is his debut novel about ghosts going to school to learn a thing or two about being scary. The story is based on an idea conceived with Eva, and planned out in detail by the two of them before her death. Alex T Smith was delighted to be commissioned by Macmillan to illustrate this cover along with the reissues of four of Eva's well known children's novels: Which Witch, The Secret of Platform 13, Monster Mission and The Beasts of Clawstone Castle.

 

Alex T Smith is represented by Arena

 

World Book Day Illustrator: Alex T Smith

Alex T Smith is the official illustrator for World Book Day 2014. He was thrilled to be asked to provide the illustrations for this year's promotional material. The brief was great fun, picking up on all of Alex’s favourite things to draw, appealing to children from nursery age to ten years old. Watch out for Alex as he tours the country this month visiting book shops, festivals and children's learning centres.

Now in its 17th year, World Book Day is the biggest celebration of books, reading, authors & illustrators of its kind, for children of all ages in the UK. Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, it is marked in over 100 countries worldwide.

The major aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to discover the power of reading for pleasure by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. Every year, over 14 million £1 book tokens are distributed to over 46,650 educational establishments nationwide (nursery and pre-school through to secondary) – one for nearly every child in full-time education in the country.

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Richard Johnson

A wonderful illustration commission came in for Richard Johnson and we are pleased to be able to show you the results! Usborne publishing asked Richard to contribute to their fabulous new three book anthology, 'Stories for Bedtime', and Richard's incredible work does not disappoint! Packed with classic stories, it's a cracking publication and Richard's work shines throughout. He even get the cover of the box! I urge you to get a copy as it'll become a firm favourite at bedtime!

Richard Johnson is represented by The Organisation

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Sweet Juice

Publicis Dublin have commissioned character designers Juice to work on a campaign for The Natural Confectionary Company.
Working to a relatively simple concept, Art Director Austin Richards asked Juice to design animal characters showing how you can mix and match the jellies. Each jelly is a different animal, and by mixing them you are treated to varied combinations - both in the look of the animal and the taste. "With a little imagination, children can create all sorts of different animals, each one as fun as the last".

Juice is represented by Illustration

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Menagerie for Emma Children’s hospital

Jean-Manuel Duvivier has produced a wonderful series of illustrations for Emma Children's Hospital in Amsterdam.  Jean-Manuel's fantastic images feature a menagerie of beautiful animals, and are used as murals which create a friendly and calming environment for young patients.

Jean-Manuel Duvivier is represented by Eastwing

 

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Neal Layton: Mammoth Academy TV Series in Development

We're very excited to spread the news that Neal Layton's Mammoth Academy series is being developed into a children's TV series. Montreal based Sardine Productions, in partnership with Ontario's public educational media organisation TVO, plan to produce 52, eleven minute programmes for pre-schoolers.
Neal's fiction series, published by Hodder, is about Woolly mammoths Oscar and Arabella, along with their many friends, who embark on an exciting adventures at school. The Mammoth Academy is a place where learning means mucking about and getting your paws, trunk, woolly hair and tail into the thick of things and deliciously dirty! Neal has written and illustrated four books in the series to date.
Patricia Ellingson, TVO's Creative Head of Children & Parent's Media says "Mammoth is full of whimsy, heart and 'makes you think.' Every story encourages the audience to wonder, question and investigate the world around them."
Neal Layton is represented by Arena
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Alex T Smith’s Ella and Primrose Now on Me Books

Me Books have just launched Alex T Smith's enhanced ebook editions of Ella and Primrose, narrated by actress and comedian Lucy Porter. Me Books have developed a special patented ‘draw and record’ technology allowing children to create interactive hotspots and record their own narration and sounds. The result is a brilliantly entertaining new way for families to enjoy reading stories together. These unique and personal editions can then be saved and treasured for years to come.

“Me Books have really brought my books to life with Lucy Porter’s exciting and very funny narration. I hope little readers (and big ones) have as much fun with these stories as I had creating them and working alongside the Me Books team.” Alex T Smith (represented by Arena)

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