Book Cover Trends

Losing Face

Losing Face

Cindy and Lynn: So many of us are running around frantically—it’s that time of year. Like our mothers told us, we’d lose our heads if they weren’t attached. But recently, some teen books seem to have done just that—well, almost. Lately, we’ve noticed a steady flow of teen books with figures on the covers that, […]

Cover Art Déjà vu: Girls in White Dresses

Cover Art Déjà vu: Girls in White Dresses

Cindy and Lynn: We feature cover art trends frequently, and so we know that when a book is really popular, there’ll be a trend for similar color schemes on read-alike titles. (Remember the hot pink and lime green chick-lit phase after Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging won a Printz Honor?) But sometimes a book […]

2016: The Year of the Sea Creature

2016: The Year of the Sea Creature

From blasé barnacles and bashful blobfish to the ever-majestic narwhal (aptly branded the “unicorn of the sea” by author Ben Clanton), 2016 has been a banner year for sea creatures in kids’ lit. In the 20 marvelous marine-centric titles below, you’ll find fact (there are more photos of Mars’ surface than there are of the […]

Can We Interest You in a Goldfish?

Can We Interest You in a Goldfish?

Cindy and Lynn: Once upon a time, when a middle-school student walked in asking for that book with the goldfish on the cover, they were looking for either Sharon Draper’s Out of My Mind or Cynthia Lord’s Rules. Today the answer could be almost anything. Find a bowl, fill it with some goldfish crackers, and arrange these books for an easy, fishy […]

Flipping the Bird at Censors

Flipping the Bird at Censors

Cindy: Many libraries and English teachers have spent the week building displays and discussing book censorship to honor Banned Books Week. Thank you. Meanwhile, there have been several teen books that have recently flipped the bird at censors in their cover art. Have you read any of these books? Do you have them in your […]

2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Longlist Announced

2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Longlist Announced

The longlist for the fifth Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction has just been announced! Check it out to see which titles are under consideration for the American Library Association’s first single-title medal given to books for adults. The 2017 Carnegie Medal shortlist will be announced on Wednesday, October 26, and the […]

K-I-S-S-I-N-G on YA Book Covers

K-I-S-S-I-N-G on YA Book Covers

Cindy and Lynn: Booklist’s #SeptemberRomance seems like the perfect time to highlight all the kissy face on teen book covers.       Let’s start slowly with the lipstick traces on Anna Michels’ 26 Kisses (2016) and what we assume is an off-stage kiss on the cover of On the Fence by Kasie West (2014).         […]

Big Words: Literary Covers, Reviewed

Big Words: Literary Covers, Reviewed

With few exceptions, fall is the season when publishers release their biggest books, a batch that inevitably includes the year’s most anticipated literary novels. Whatever your definition of or feelings towards literary fiction, we call all agree that it is a thing that exists. (Right? Right?) But literary merit is not my concern. Instead, I’ve turned my attention to the way publishers […]

Romancing the YA Cover Art

Romancing the YA Cover Art

Some book cover trends are easy: “Hey, this photo of a girl in a ballroom gown drowning in water was popular? Well, let’s try 38 more of them!” These trends can be attributed largely to genre, because genre has typical trappings, and trappings are signals, and signals penetrate our puny human brains so that the right people pick up the right […]

Going Boutique: Have You Customized Your RA Services?

Going Boutique: Have You Customized Your RA Services?

Last week, I had the pleasure of hosting a panel for our RA Conversations series co-sponsored by ARRT and Novelist, “Becoming the Face of RA.” You’ll hear all about it in the September issue of “Corner Shelf,” but something said by Polli Kenn, Book Sherpa at the Lawrence Public Library, has really stuck with me: She […]