We See a Little Silhouette-o of a Book Cover Trend

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From the dawn of time (er, black-figure pottery anyone?) to the rise of Hamilton, the silhouette—arguably the epitome of evasive elegance—has lent itself to portraiture, photography, fashion design, and more. It’s no surprise that silhouettes also feature prominently in book cover-design, appearing on such classics as Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

2016 saw more silhouette-bedecked covers than we were able to count. Here are last year’s standouts (look at all those stars!), as well as their 2017 counterparts that have emerged thus far. (For even more silhouettes, be sure to check out our nifty Pinterest board here!)



 Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline WoodsonAnother Brooklyn

 The Hamilton Affair, by Elizabeth Cobbs

 Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams, by Louisa Thomas

 The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping, by Aharon Appelfeld

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi

The Vegetarian, by Han Kang


American StreetYoung Adult

 American Street,
 by Ibi Zoboi

Anna and the Swallow Man, by Gavriel Savit

 Crossing Ebenezer Creek, by Tonya Bolden

 Exit, Pursued by a Bear, by E. K. Johnston

 A List of Cagesby Robin RoeExit, Pursued by a Bear

 Max, by Sarah Cohen-Scali

Watchedby Marina Budhos

Unearthly Things, by Michelle Gagnon


Middle Grade

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill Bookedby Kwame Alexander

The Girl in the Well Is Meby Karen Rivers

 The Secret Horses of Briar Hillby Megan Shepherd

Serafina and the Twisted Staffby Robert Beatty

 Wolf Hollowby Lauren Wolk




About the Author:

Briana Shemroske is Booklist's Editorial Assistant for Books for Youth. She recently graduated with a BA from Lake Forest College where she studied English Writing and Art History. In her free time she can be found eating cheeseburgers, frolicking with her schnoodle, Moritz, and feebly attempting to play board games. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Briana.

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