Bright’s debut children’s book goes to Puffin

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Puffin has acquired Mummy and Me, the debut picture book from TV personality, influencer and entrepreneur Lydia Bright with illustrations by Jojo Clinch.

Publisher Joe Marriott acquired world rights from Lauren Gardner at Bell Lomax Moreton on behalf of Kirsty Williams and Sarah Fallarino at Insanity, and illustration rights were acquired by designer Deborah Vickers from Alex Bushell at The Plum Agency. The book is slated for publication on 1st February 2024.

Puffin said: “This is a book about the magical relationship between all mums and their children, but the story developed during Lydia’s own journey as a single mother, which she has shared with her 1.2 million Instagram followers.

“Puffin is very happy to publish this truly special book, celebrating single mums who are often underrepresented, under-supported and under-celebrated, as we lean into our mission to publish books for every child everywhere, and ensuring all children see their family set-ups reflected in our books.”

The blurb reads: “Etta and Mummy are a terrific team of two – a small family, perfectly formed. But on one of their ’Magic Making Days’, Etta meets a big pirate family and starts to wonder what life would be like if it wasn’t just her and Mummy. It takes a wild and ever-so-slightly-scary adventure to remind her just how special her relationship with Mummy is – and that they are the dream crew of two.”

Marriott commented: “Puffin is proud to publish Lydia Bright’s debut picture book – a story about the magical bond between mums and their little ones, but which we hope will have special resonance for solo parents. It has been a real privilege to help Lydia tell her story, representing and celebrating families like the one I grew up in.”

Bright started her career in the reality TV show “The Only Way is Essex” and in 2018 launched “The Brights” podcast with her family.

The influencer, who also works in content curation and property, said: “I started this journey when I was facing motherhood as a single parent. I was in need of a distraction. That’s when I started writing. I discovered my set-up was to be very similar to that of elephants in the wild – this became the foundation of creating a story for my future daughter, so she could feel represented."

She added: "Like the journey of motherhood, the story is filled with magic, adventure and a little bit of chaos. It shares the beautiful bond between a mother and her child and the love that comes from family (whatever that looks like).”

Clinch, who is based in Brighton, commented: “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, and I can’t wait for it to be out in the world, celebrating all the wonderful single-parent families everywhere.”