Activity Books by Laila Hills

Talented artist Laila Hills has been a busy bee recently and has just finished these wonderful activity and sticker books for our friends at Bloomsbury Publishing. Packed full of exciting things to see and do, these books are a riot of colour and full of fun characters, from pretty princesses to the most adorable cute bunnies! Laila's vast experience in children's publishing and character design has given her another success with this brand new series!

Laila Hills is represented by the Organisation

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Levi Pinfold’s Black Dog: Children’s Book Winner, AOI Illustration Awards 2013

Congratulations to Levi Pinfold whose stunning picture book, Black Dog, has won the prestigious CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2013.

The judges describe the book as ‘A visual treat, full of mood and atmosphere, the beautiful illustrations are full of detail and perfectly in keeping with the story … A timeless, thought-provoking book about facing up to anxiety, fears, and the black dog that visits some of us from time-to-time.’
Black Dog has also won first prize in the Children's Book Category in the year's AOI Illustration Awards AND the picture books category in the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2013.
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Levi Pinfold is represented by Arena

“Tricked You” tales

We are proud to show you the latest from Javier Joaquin, who has completed characterful illustrations for Pearson's Bug Club 'Tricked You' tales, featuring stories from around the World. We just love Javier's new style with its vibrant colour and bold mark making, which complimented the stories perfectly, bring them to life with a bang! This new approach in Javier's art has already started turning heads, gaining him a whole new legion of fans, so check out his contemporary work today!

Javier Joaquin is represented by the Organisation

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Claude in the Spotlight by Alex T Smith

Published by Hodder in April, Claude in the Spotlight is the fifth book in the popular Claude series written and illustrated by the very talented Alex T Smith. Claude and Sir Bobblysock's gentle stroll through town leads to leg kicking and bottom shaking as they dance their way into the theatre and straight into a local variety show. The winning prize is all the cakes you can eat from the delectable Mr Lovelybuns Bakery, how could they resist? But someone else, a dastardly and very naughty man has plans to scupper Claude's moment in the limelight and bag all the cakes for himself! The dynamic duo are thrown into a perilous world of ghostly apparitions, giant rabbits and voluptuous vikings. Alex's cheeky 'carry-on' humour encourages reluctant readers and rewards their parents with some well earned, laugh out loud moments.

Alex T Smith is represented by Arena

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Charming Frog from Livia Coloji

We are excited to announce that 'The Princess and the Frog', published by Ladybird books is out now, featuring the gorgeous illustrations of Livia Coloji. Having previously produced artwork for Sleeping Beauty in the same series of classic fairy tales, Livia was commissioned again, as Ladybird loved her effortless style and charming characterisations. She has proved to be the perfect choice to bring a fresh, contemporary take on these much loved stories.

Livia Coloji is represented by The Organisation

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The Cute Little Sophie Souris

We would like to introduce you to Sophie Souris, the latest character from the ever imaginative Sophie Tilley. Sophie Souris is a little French mouse who has a beautiful vintage style dress shop and a heart of gold.

With Bologna Children's Book Fair coming up later this month, we couldn't think of a better time to be welcoming the arrival of this delightful character. Sophie Tilley is represented by Artist Partners

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Bright News!

‘It’s been an exciting start to the year for Bright artists with a lot to follow in 2013. Take a look below at all the latest news from Bright Group International:

We are extremely excited and proud to announce that Ada Grey, one of Bright’s newest stars has been chosen by Bloomsbury for their new royal baby book ‘Shh don’t wake the royal baby!’ Due for release to coincide with the birth of the royal baby. Ada has also been signed up to a two book deal with Little Tiger Press  - we are very excited to see Ada’s progression with us this year, stay tuned!

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Nicola O’Byrne’s debut picture book, ‘Open Very Carefully’ has been published this month by Nosy Crow and is available to buy on Amazon Now! This funny tale for young children is about a very grumpy crocodile trapped in entirely the wrong story – a must read for your kids!

 

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We’re sending big congratulations over the pond to our US agent Kirsten Hall and to our UK based artist Shelagh McNicholas for their book, ‘Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie’  making its debut on the Ellen Show! The book, published by Scholastic was quickly put together by those involved to feature Ellen’s favourite guests, Sophia Grace and Rosie.

 

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And finally our wonderful Ben Mantle has won the 2013 Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award! Competing against 50 other picture books, ‘Callum’s Incredible Construction Kit’ published by Egmont won the votes and affections of over 1300 school children.

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Levi Pinfold Joins Arena

We've long admired Levi Pinfold's illustrations, so we're delighted to welcome him on board the good ship, Arena.
Some of you may be familiar with Levi's first picture book, The Django (Templar), based on the story of legendary jazz musician Django Reinhardt which was shortlisted for the English Best Children's Illustrated Book Award in 2011. Levi was voted Best Emerging Illustrator in the Early Years Awards in 2010 and he also won the Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award in 2011.
Since graduating in 2006 he has become well known for his detailed paintings and charming storytelling style. Levi's second book, Black Dog, was published to critical acclaim in 2011 and he's working on a new picture book with Templar at the moment.
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The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase

This masterpiece drawn by Rohan Eason appears on the front cover of the childrens' classic 'The Wolves of Willoughby Chase'. Published by Vintage, Rohan has also illustrated the sequel 'Black Hearts in Battersea' due out this month. He says "...the last illustrator to do them was one of my favourites, Edward Gorey, so I was very excited to be given the chance to do the new versions."

Rohan Eason is represented by Illustration

Simon Bartram: Bob, Man On The Moon 10th Birthday Celebrations

Simon Bartram's Bob, Man on the Moon was first published in 1992 and the Bob books have become a picture book phenomenon reaching sales of 250,000 and winning Simon The Blue Peter Book Award.
To celebrate Bob's 10th Birthday, Templar have launched Simon's new picture book, Bob and the Moontree Mystery.
"Bob is truly stumped by the arrival of a mysterious Moontree growing out of crater 483. Moontree questions ping around his head - where did it come from? How did it get here? And why does Bob feel like it's his job to protect the tree and it's golden podberries?"
Watch out for forthcoming events and competitions. Simon Bartram is represented by Arena
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