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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

Key Stage 1

Author: Rachel Bright 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!

Key Stage 1

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 Worrysaurus

The Worrysaurus

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2020

A fun and reassuring tale about dealing with worries from the author of the bestselling The Lion Inside. It's a beautiful day and Worrysaurus has planned a special picnic. But it isn't long before a small butterfly of worry starts fluttering in his tummy . . . What if he hasn't brought enough to eat? What if he gets lost in the jungle? What if he trips and falls? What if it rains?! Can Worrysaurus find a way to chase his fears away and have fun? The perfect book to help every anxious little dinosaur let go of their fears and feel happy in the moment.

The Way Home For Wolf

The Way Home For Wolf

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

A sparkling story of friendship, set in the snowy Arctic, from the bestselling creators of The Lion Inside. Stubborn wolf cub Wilf doesn't want help from anyone. Not from his friends or his family. Whatever it is, he can do it all by himself. But when Wilf finds himself lost and alone in the chill of the Arctic night, he discovers something important: sometimes we all need the helping hand of a friend. This positive rhyming story is perfect for stubbornly independent little cubs everywhere! Look out for more heart-tingling tales from Rachel Bright and Jim Field: The Lion Inside - over 130,000 copies sold in the UK alone The Koala Who Could - Winner of the Sainsbury's Book Award and the Evening Standard Oscar's Book Prize The Squirrels Who Squabbled

In a Minute, Mama Bear

In a Minute, Mama Bear

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/02/2019

In a Minute, Mama Bear is the first book in a new series from Rachel Bright, creator of the popular Love Monster series. In this heartwarming story, Mama Bear is ready to start her busy day, but toddler Bella is lagging behind. There are errands to do, classes to get to, and lots more. Mama is raring to go. And Bella is . . . moving . . . very . . . slowly. Finally, Mama Bear decides to throw the to-do list out the window and spend the day playing and relaxing with Bella Bear. In this warm and relatable story about a day in the life of a mother and young child, we see that sometimes when things don't go as planned, that's when the most fun happens.

The Squirrels Who Squabbled Board Book

The Squirrels Who Squabbled Board Book

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Board book Release Date: 12/02/2019

Two greedy squirrels learn to share, in this hilarious rhyming adventure from the bestselling creators of The Lion Inside. Now in a board book! 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. Perfect for competitive friends and sibling rivals! Now in a board book, for little hands to hold. 'A charming story about sharing and friendship.' Parents in Touch 'Reminiscent of Julia Donaldson.' The Sun 'Delightful to read again and again.' The Bookbag 'A truly delightful tale.' The School Librarian.

The Way Home For Wolf

The Way Home For Wolf

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

A sparkling story of friendship, set in the snowy Arctic, from the bestselling creators of The Lion Inside. Stubborn wolf cub Wilf doesn't want help from anyone. Not from his friends or his family. Whatever it is, he can do it all by himself. But when Wilf finds himself lost and alone in the chill of the Arctic night, he discovers something important: sometimes we all need the helping hand of a friend. This positive rhyming story is perfect for stubbornly independent little cubs everywhere! Look out for more heart-tingling tales from Rachel Bright and Jim Field: The Lion Inside - over 130,000 copies sold in the UK alone The Koala Who Could - Winner of the Sainsbury's Book Award and the Evening Standard Oscar's Book Prize The Squirrels Who Squabbled

Llew Tu Mewn, Y / Lion Inside, The

Llew Tu Mewn, Y / Lion Inside, The

Author: Rachel Bright, Jim Field Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2018

The Koala Who Could

The Koala Who Could

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Board book Release Date: 27/02/2018

An adorable board book edition of this funny rhyming story about dealing with change and overcoming worries. From the bestselling creators of The Lion Inside. Meet Kevin. A koala who likes to keep things the same. Exactly the same. But sometimes change comes along whether we like it or not... And, as Kevin discovers, if you step outside your comfort zone and try new things, you might just surprise yourself! WINNER of the Sainsbury's Book Award and the Evening Standard Oscar's Book Prize! 'Fabulous rhymes, I'm in love with Kevin and would like to buy this for all my friends' children.' Claudia Winkleman 'A feel-good rhyming tale . . . Field's Australian animals are a treat' - Bookseller

The Squirrels Who Squabbled

The Squirrels Who Squabbled

Key Stage 1

Author: Rachel Bright 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

All I Want For Christmas

All I Want For Christmas

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Two penguins discover that love is the perfect gift at Christmas in this sparkling festive picture book! The countdown to Christmas has begun and there is so much for Little Penguin to be excited about: decorating the tree, cooking festive treats, sending a letter to Santa and much more. But what does Big Penguin want for Christmas? The answer will warm the hearts of every penguin, big or small! Perfect for reading cuddled up together. Junior Magazine From the bestselling author of The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could, winner of the Evening Standard Oscar's Book Prize and the Sainsbury's Book Award.

The Squirrels Who Squabbled

The Squirrels Who Squabbled

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Two greedy squirrels learn to share in the third hilarious rhyming adventure from the bestselling creators of THE LION INSIDE. 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 bestselling creators of THE LION INSIDE and THE KOALA WHO COULD. Perfect for competitive friends and sibling rivals! Praise for THE LION INSIDE: 'A 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

The Lion Inside Board Book

The Lion Inside Board Book

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Board book Release Date: 09/02/2017

Board book edition of this bestselling story about confidence, self-esteem, and a shy little mouse who sets out on a journey to find his roar. In a dry dusty place where the sand sparkled gold, stood a mighty flat rock, all craggy and old. And under that rock in a tinyful house, lived the littlest, quietest, meekest brown mouse. Fed up of being ignored by the other animals, Mouse wishes he could roar like Lion. But, as he discovers, even the biggest, bossiest people are scared sometimes ... and even the smallest creatures can have the heart of a lion! A modern classic, The Lion Inside has sold over 200,000 copies in the UK alone and been translated into over 30 languages worldwide. A heartfelt message, delightfully conveyed. Parents in Touch Captivating. Books for Keeps A delight to read over and over again. WRD

Cefin y Coala Carcus / The Koala Who Could

Cefin y Coala Carcus / The Koala Who Could

Author: Rachel Bright, Jim Field Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2016

Amazing Daddy

Amazing Daddy

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Join Daddy Panda and Little Panda as they spend a day together, sharing many special moments along the way. This laugh-out-loud bear hug of a picture book celebrates the special relationship between father and child in a story full of warmth, humour and love. The perfect gift to share with the amazing daddy in your life. From Rachel Bright, the creator of the bestselling Love Monster and the million-selling lifestyle brand The Bright Side, this book is the perfect gift for brilliantly amazing daddies everywhere. My daddy is amazing for a thousand different reasons. He's a year-round superhero, a daddy for all seasons!

Love Monster and the Scary Something

Love Monster and the Scary Something

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2015

A hair-raisingly funny and deliciously spooky new title in this monster hit series! It's way past bedtime o'clock in Cutesville and Love Monster is the only one who's wide awake... Or is he? As the sounds of the night make his imagination run wild... will he be brave enough to stare his fears straight in the googly eye? A heart-poppingly empowering, edge-of the-bed story, about how, sometimes, it's only when we face our fears, that we find out there was nothing to be scared of, after all.

Side by Side

Side by Side

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2015

An adorable bedtime picture book with a positive message about friendship and overcoming shyness. From Rachel Bright, the bestselling author of The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could. Little Mouseling lives with her family in Wintermouse Wood. She loves having a big family, but she's so small that she often gets left out when her older brothers and sisters go out to play. Can this shy little mouse find a best friend to stay by her side? This gentle, rhyming story is perfect for sharing with your little one at bedtime. Look out for The Koala Who Could: Winner of the Sainsbury's Book Prize 2017!

Love Monster and the Last Chocolate

Love Monster and the Last Chocolate

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/03/2014

A delicious new story about Love Monster, the only monster in Cutesville, from phenomenal, award-winning picture book talent Rachel Bright! When Love Monster finds a mystery box of chocolates at his door, he can't believe his luck. But he's soon thrown into a whirlwind of turmoil. Should he keep the chocolates for himself? Or risk the perils of sharing his good fortune with his friends? This super-funny-rumbly-tummy-sherbert-explosion of a story shows that when faced with the selection box of life, following your heart will bring you the best treats of all.

Love Monster and the Perfect Present

Love Monster and the Perfect Present

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2013

Love is in the air again for Love Monster in this heart-tingling story from phenomenal, award-winning picture book talent Rachel Bright! 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!

Benjamin and the Super Spectacles

Benjamin and the Super Spectacles

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2013

The second fantastic tale from the Wonderful World of Walter and Winnie - an enchanting new picture book series from Rachel Bright. At the top of a very tall hill in a very small place called Woollybottom, is a horseshoe of houses. Walter lives in one house and Winnie lives next door, which is lucky, because Walter & Winnie are the best of friends. And Benjamin Bounce lives very close by. Benjamin's favourite things are: 1.Bouncing 2.Bouncing higher... Benjamin is full of beans. He just never stops bouncing. But this story is about the time when his bounce got him a some very big bumps on the head... Unique picture book talent, Rachel Bright, has created the wacky world of Woollybottom, a little town that sits on top of a very tall hill, and home to best friends, Walter and Winnie, and a whole host of other charming characters. Each book in the series gently and humorously addresses a `first experience' that all young children will be able to relate to, in Rachel's inimitable style.

A Handful of Happiness Bright Side

A Handful of Happiness Bright Side

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2012

This laugh-out loud handbook of help and happiness, provide a beacon of positivity, sweeping away doom and gloom with top tips to have you dancing through the puddles of life one brilliant day at a time.

Today Is Going To Be The Best Day Ever Bright Side

Today Is Going To Be The Best Day Ever Bright Side

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2012

This laugh-out loud handbook of help and happiness, provides a beacon of positivity, sweeping away doom and gloom with top tips to have you dancing through the puddles of life one brilliant day at a time.

You Make My Heart Go Boom!

You Make My Heart Go Boom!

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2012

These laugh-out-loud handbooks of help and happiness, provide a beacon of positivity, sweeping away doom and gloom with top tips to have you dancing through the puddles of life one brilliant day at a time.

Mine!

Mine!

Key Stage 1

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.

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