Cover Trend: Teen Paper Dolls

Cindy: Unlike Lynn and me, few teens today probably grew up playing with paper dolls, but that hasn’t kept them from gracing teen book covers in recent years. Mary Hogan may have started this cover trend in 2006 with the first of her Susanna paper doll covers, Susanna Sees Stars. Then the memoir, Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek (2014) by Maya Van Wagenen won the 2015 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award. Now, in 2018, we have Whitney Gardner’s new fiction title, Chaotic Good. All three book covers feature paper dolls and tabbed accessories on blue backgrounds. Am I missing other paper doll covers? Are there picture books with paper doll covers? Do play along!

Lynn: I’m not saying that I’m old or anything, BUT I remember my sister and I cutting paper dolls out of the Sears catalog!

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Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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