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Rachel Bright - Author

About the Author

Rachel Bright is a wordsmith, illustrator and professional thinker of happy thoughts. She has written several books for children, including Love Monster, The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could – winner of the Evening Standard Oscar’s Book Prize and the Sainsbury’s Book Award. Her books have sold over 300,000 copies in the UK alone and been translated into over 30 languages. She is also the creator of award-winning stationery and homewares range, The Brightside. Rachel lives on a farm near the seaside, with her partner and their two young daughters.

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10 Things you might not know about Rachel Bright:

She collects alphabets and hats and has a Nissan Figaro car which everyone says looks like a matchbox toy.

She used to be an air Hostess for Virgin Atlantic, when she got to visit Richard Branson's island of Necker.

She loves nothing more than getting all inky in the printmaking studio where she’ll often work super late, when there’s magic in the air.

She lives on a farm near the seaside, which she shares with her family, their dog Elvis and a cockerel called Herman.

She’s done zillions of different jobs before becoming an author and illustrator, including owning a landscape gardening business, being a life-guard and a TV extra (she was once taken hostage by Daleks in 'Dr.Who'). Her first proper boss was Samantha Cameron, now of No.10 Downing St.

She also runs an impressively global card and gift empire called ‘the brightside’ and occasionally practices her evil laugh.

She has hundreds of stories tucked away in her studio (an occasionally messy, converted caravan) which she can’t wait to turn into books.

She once won a week-long date in Tahiti, with ‘Man of the Millenium’ featured in Marie Claire magazine (and then spent a long time living it down).

She spent six years working as a copywriter in advertising, during which time she once had to dress up as a chicken.

She runs a really long way every day and has done loads of ultra-marathons all over the world, the most recent of which include the Atlantic Coast Challenge (3 marathons in 3 days) and the Midnight Sun marathon in the Arctic Circle.

Featured books by Rachel Bright

The Squirrels Who Squabbled

The Squirrels Who Squabbled

5+ readers

Author: Rachel Bright Illustrator: Jim Field Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/02/2018

UKLA Longlist Book Awards - 2019 | Two greedy squirrels learn to share in the third hilarious rhyming adventure from the bestselling creators of The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could. Greedy squirrels Cyril and Bruce both have their sights on a very special prize: THE VERY LAST NUT OF THE SEASON! As the nut bounces crazily though the forest, the squirrels race after it, between the trees, over boulders, down the river and - ARGH! - right to the edge of a waterfall! Working together might be the only way to save themselves now ... A laugh-out-loud tale about friendship and sharing from the award-winning creators of The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could. Perfect for competitive friends and sibling rivals! APraise for The Lion Inside: 'heartfelt message, delightfully conveyed' Parents in Touch 'A delight to read over and over again' WRD'Captivating' Books for Keeps 'Will easily win over readers' The Book List 'Field is on top form, offering so many imaginative framings and irreverent characterizations that readers will feel carried along by his visual and comedic generosity.' Publishers Weekly 'Brilliant ... had me in hoots of laughter' The Bookbag Praise for The Koala Who Could: 'Fabulous rhymes, I'm in love with Kevin and would like to buy this for all my friends' children.' Claudia Winkleman

Mine!

Mine!

5+ readers

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2011

A light-hearted look at the thorny toddler issue of sharing from the award-winning illustrator Rachel Bright. How the twins Frankie and Fifi work out that sharing is much more fun than not is played out with wit and fun.

Other books by Rachel Bright

The Hugasaurus

The Hugasaurus

Author: Rachel Bright Illustrator: Chris Chatterton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2021

A joyful celebration of the power of kindness for fans of The Worrysaurus. From Rachel Bright, author of the bestselling The Lion Inside, and Chris Chatterton, illustrator of the popular Ten Minutes to Bed series. One sunny morning, a happy little Hugasaurus waves goodbye to her Pappysaur and sets off into the world on her own for the very first time. When she finds a playground, some new friends welcome her to their games. But it isn't long before the other little dinosaurs start to squabble. Can Hugasaurus bring her new friends back together using the magical power of kindness? The perfect picture book to help children learn to be kind to one another. For every hugasaurus - large or small.

The Whale Who Wanted More

The Whale Who Wanted More

Author: Rachel Bright Illustrator: Jim Field Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

A stunning undersea tale of friendship, community and discovery from the bestselling creators of The Lion Inside. Under glittering waves of a vast ocean blue, a beautiful world is hidden from view. And there, in the cool and the quiet of the deep, a great, gentle giant was stirring from sleep . . . Humphrey the whale is on a quest: to find the one perfect object that will make him feel complete. He roams far and wide, gathering endless undersea treasure as he goes. Yet, no matter how many goodies he accumulates, Humphrey still doesn't feel content. Could it be friendship, not possessions, that will really make Humphrey's heart sing? A sparkling rhyming tale that encourages sharing and kindness, this heartwarming story of friendship is perfect for reading aloud.

Love Monster and the Perfect Present

Love Monster and the Perfect Present

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/07/2021

A heart-tingling story featuring Love Monster, who now appears in his own animated television show on CBeebies! It's Present Day in Cutesville, and Love Monster is on the lookout for something shiny for someone wonderful. But wonderful, shinyful things can be VERY expensive... What is a Love Monster to do? A heart-warming remember-the-important-things-in-life story about how presents don't have to cost the earth to mean the world!

Peter Rabbit: Head Over Tail inspired by Beatrix Potter's iconic character

Peter Rabbit: Head Over Tail inspired by Beatrix Potter's iconic character

Author: Rachel Bright Illustrator: Nicola Kinnear Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2021

Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter's world-famous creation, is hopping off on new adventures in this brand new picture book series created by bestselling creators, Rachel Bright and Nicola Kinnear. Peter Rabbit is full of ideas to get his chores done quickly, playing is much more fun. So when Mrs Rabbit wants him to help with the washing, he has the perfect idea - a super-speedy washing line! It's great fun, until Squirrel Nutkin jumps on too and the pair go head over tail... This mischievous, little rabbit has been a favourite character for over 100 years and in Head Over Tail, Rachel Bright and Nicola Kinnear have brought their own unmistakable flair to the world of Peter Rabbit, and have created a tale full of scrapes, adventure, and trademark quick-thinking by this much-loved rabbit. Head Over Tail is the first in this new series and is sure to delight Peter Rabbit fans young and old.

The Hugasaurus

The Hugasaurus

Author: Rachel Bright Illustrator: Chris Chatterton Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/05/2021

A joyful celebration of the power of kindness from Rachel Bright, author of the bestselling The Lion Inside. One sunny morning, a happy little Hugasaurus waves goodbye to her Pappysaur and sets off into the world on her own for the very first time. When she finds a playground, some new friends welcome her to their games. But it isn't long before the other little dinosaurs start to squabble. Can Hugasaurus bring her new friends back together using the magical power of kindness? The perfect picture book to help children learn to be kind to one another. For every hugasaurus - large or small.

The Whale Who Wanted More

The Whale Who Wanted More

Author: Rachel Bright Illustrator: Jim Field Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/04/2021

A stunning undersea tale of friendship, community and discovery from the bestselling creators of The Lion Inside. Under glittering waves of a vast ocean blue, a beautiful world is hidden from view. And there, in the cool and the quiet of the deep, a great, gentle giant was stirring from sleep . . . Humphrey the whale is on a quest: to find the one perfect object that will make him feel complete. He roams far and wide, gathering endless undersea treasure as he goes. Yet, no matter how many goodies he accumulates, Humphrey still doesn't feel content. Could it be friendship, not possessions, that will really make Humphrey's heart sing? A sparkling rhyming tale that encourages sharing and kindness, this heartwarming story of friendship is perfect for reading aloud.

Free-Range Freddy

Free-Range Freddy

Author: Rachel Bright Illustrator: Izzy Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/03/2021

A colourful new arrival turns the chicken coop upside-down in this delightfully funny rhyming picture book from Rachel Bright, multi-award-winning author of The Lion Inside. A new egg is ready to hatch, and the chickens all think they know what to expect. But when Freddy bursts from his shell with a multi-coloured explosion, it's clear he's not like ANY other chick they know! Join Free-Range Freddy as he turns the farmyard upside-down and shows the other hens just how egg-citing life can be if you only look at it a little differently . . . A delightfully funny rhyming picture book about the importance of being true to oneself and embracing difference. Award-winning wordsmith Rachel Bright, creator of The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could, pairs with wonderfully talented debut illustrator Isobel Evans, winner of the Carmelite Prize.

Love Monster and the Extremely Big Wave

Love Monster and the Extremely Big Wave

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2021

A funny and empowering new story featuring Love Monster, who now appears in his own animated television show on CBeebies! Love Monster is going on an exciting adventure... to the beach! He can't wait to be THE BEST SURFER IN THE WORLD! But as Love Monster gets closer to the extremely big waves, the less sure he is. Will he even have the courage to dip a toe in the ocean? A reassuring let-the-waves-roll-over-your-feet story about how, sometimes, perfect is just one more practice away.

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