About Rachel Bright

One of the best parts of childhood is reading imaginative stories, packed with fun-filled moments, memorable characters and impactful messages. Many little ones have a favourite book or author and for young children, Rachel Bright’s books are at the top of the list. Let’s find out more about this talented English writer and illustrator.


A Creative Background

Rachel Bright grew up in Shropshire and attended New College where she focussed on art. Having trained in Graphics at Kingston University, Rachel went on to study a Masters Degree in Printmaking at UWE in Bristol before becoming an award-winning writer. Her unique illustrative and typographic style, coupled with witty storytelling and feel-good messaging have resulted in an ever-growing collection of acclaimed picture books. She currently lives in Devon with her partner and two daughters.

Fun Fact: Rachel once worked as an air hostess before returning to her passion for art.


A Fruitful Career

Since publishing her first book ‘What Does Daddy Do?’ back in February 2009, Rachel has enjoyed a long and successful career. ‘Love Monster’ became a big hit in 2012, premiering on CBeebies in 2020 as a children’s TV show, and in 2015, Rachel published ‘The Lion Inside’. This is part of a popular book series which also features titles such as ‘The Squirrels Who Squabbled’, ‘The Way Home for Wolf’, and ‘The Koala Who Could’. The latter won the Sainsbury’s Book Award and the Evening Standard Oscar’s Book Prize.

Each of the books in this series shares a powerful message and features the expressive and engaging artwork of Jim Fields - a multi-awarding winning illustrator who has scooped accolades such as the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. The books are not direct sequels to each other but have been grouped due to their strong themes which include courage, resilience and the importance of being yourself.

Illustrator Chris Chatterton has also worked with Rachel Bright, bringing to life characters from her DinoFeeling series. This includes titles such as ‘The Worrysaurus’, ‘The Hugasaurus’ and ‘The Wobblysaurus’. The books are popular for their sensitive approach to dealing with big feelings.


From Book to Stage

As well as being adapted for television, Rachel’s work is now appearing on the big stage. ‘The Lion Inside’ is currently touring the UK and is one of the best children's shows of the moment. As a heart-warming tale about fear, confidence and self-esteem, The Lion Inside has received rave reviews and is suitable for children aged three and above. Family shows are a great way to introduce little ones to the world of theatre, so why not book your tickets today and join in the fun?

If you’re looking for a family fun day out, don’t miss The Lion Inside which is touring the UK until the end of August 2024. With productions in England, Wales and Scotland, you’re sure to find a show near you. Expect brilliant sets and vibrant puppetry, both of which bring Rachel Bright’s much-loved storybook to life in a clever and creative way.