After an unusually challenging year it's comforting to know that Christmas is only a matter of weeks away. With eager young book worms to treat it's time to start our Christmas book wish lists, what better way to start the festive season than with a seasonally suitable picture book. In Iceland it's a long held tradition to present your nearest and dearest with a new book, this celebration is called Jolabokaflod, which translates roughly to “Christmas book flood” and we can't think of a better Christmas treat than a copy of The Twelve Days of Christmas by Alex T. Smith published by Macmillan Children's Books
We were completely thrilled to see the big reveal of the prestigious 2021 Blue Peter Book Award shortlist. What a dazzling array of brilliant books for all ages and reading abilities. We are especially excited to see Aleksei Bitskoff featured in the books for 9-11 year old category with Life of Riley: Beginner’s Luck written by Simon James Green and published by Scholastic. You can read more in our blog post here. Since 2000, the enormously popular and influential Blue Peter Book Awards have been recognising and celebrating the best authors, the most creative illustrators and the greatest reads for children. Watch a short introduction to this amazing shortlist HERE.
This funny, gentle story is packed with snappy humour and hilarious characters. You can’t help but love Riley, a brilliant, witty, world-weary kid and long-suffering underdog. There’s a lovely message about being grateful for all the things that you have and for appreciating the people who support you, no matter what. Perfect for Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans or children about to start secondary school, though there’s a lot of fun to be had for grown ups here too.
You can grab a copy of Life of Riley Beginner's Luck HERE
Aleksei Bitzkoff is represented by Arena Illustration, you can view his online portfolio HERE
This month, Bright Artist George Ermos’s art can be seen in high-streets around Britain, as he illustrated packaging for this year’s Marks & Spencers Halloween food range.
George’s range of work in Children’s Publishing, and his bold, fun style made him perfect for the seasonal packaging project. Read more about it HERE
Emily is an illustration graduate from Falmouth University, currently based in Sussex. She enjoys mixing media, working both digitally and traditionally and her work often centres around colour, overlaying texture, loose brushwork and scribbly marks.
Emily’s work features quirky characters and dreamlike compositions with an element of playfulness, she is particularly interested in children’s media, packaging, pattern design, editorial illustration.
Emily Cox is represented by NB Illustration
For the second year running, we’re delighted to have a Handsome Frank artist adorning the cover of the prestigious Concours Yearbook. @charliedavisillustration has done an incredible job for the 2020 cover, with excellent art direction from @peteallendesign. We can’t wait to see hard copies.
We are very excited to announce the publication of a new picture book partnership, Britain’s best-selling author David Walliams with super talented Arena illustrator Adam Stower.