Book Cover Trends

Back to School Cover Trend: Lockers

Back to School Cover Trend: Lockers

Cindy: Our students started school last week, and now, with the Labor Day holiday behind us, most students around the country are back as well.  One challenge facing new middle-school students is learning their locker combination. It’s such a big deal to go from a coat room hook to a locker! Accordingly, many book covers depict an […]

Cover Trend: Neon Lights

Cover Trend: Neon Lights

I haven’t been able to shake neon covers from the back of my mind since early April, when Catherynne Valente’s star-reviewed Space Opera released. Valente’s wasn’t the only SFF in the first quarter of 2018 to deck itself in a striking glow; Chandler Klang Smith’s The Sky Is Yours and Sam J. Miller’s Blackfish City were rocking similar covers. Shockingly similar, […]

Cover Trend Alert: Broken Lollipops

Cover Trend Alert: Broken Lollipops

Zoje Stage’s debut novel, the eerie thriller Baby Teeth (2018), marks the latest in a slew of books with lollipops on the cover. Shattered or sadly crumbled, these crushed candies are an omen that the salad days will soon be gone for the characters inside. Several of Liane Moriarty’s book covers feature exploding stuff, but the […]

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Cover Trend Alert: Dear Authors, We See What You’re Up To

Cover Trend Alert: Dear Authors, We See What You’re Up To

Good things come in threes—the number used to define a bona fide trend (even if it’s years in the making). With the publication today of Adrienne Kisner’s Dear Rachel Maddow, it’s time to inform you that our dear authors are using epistolary titles with celebrity recipients: Publishers Marketplace also recently announced the acquisition of We Love Anderson […]

Cover Trend: Teen Paper Dolls

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 […]

Cover Trend: David Levithan’s EVERY DAY and Other Books You’ll Fall For

Cover Trend: David Levithan’s EVERY DAY and Other Books You’ll Fall For

Cindy: The movie version of David Levithan’s Every Day has the book flying out of my middle-school libraries with even more speed than usual, but that’s not the only thing flying. Many flying and falling teens appear on book covers with a similar look to Levithan’s. Gather these titles together for a quick display of. . . […]

Snow Globes Everywhere, Even in North Carolina

Snow Globes Everywhere, Even in North Carolina

Cindy: In West Michigan, we live in a snow globe for much of the winter due to the lake effect snow from Lake Michigan, but now other parts of the country are living in one as well—my daughter in North Carolina had enough snow last week to make a full-size snowman! The snow globe phenomenon […]

Top 20 Youth Novel Covers 2017
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Top 20 Youth Novel Covers 2017

The usual caveats: I am an individual human being with my own tastes, often inscrutable to even myself; I probably saw 80 zillion book covers this year and forgot 70 zillion of them; I didn’t have the time or wherewithal to figure out the artists and designers. Look, I did my best! Enjoy. (I’ve listed […]

Cover Trend Alert: Black and White with a Splash of Neon

Cover Trend Alert: Black and White with a Splash of Neon

Cindy: What’s black and white and NEON all over? YA fiction book covers, that’s what. Lynn recently wrote a post about Moxie, and while reading about Amy Poehler’s movie rights for that story, I added it to my saved list of color-coordinated titles. Laini Taylor led the black and white and neon way a few […]

Cover Trend Alert: Ride a Golden Beast

Cover Trend Alert: Ride a Golden Beast

Cindy: Ever since young Harry took a ride on a Hippogriff on the cover of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, I’ve noticed a trend of children and teens catching rides on the backs of flying beasts, most of them gold in color. From griffins to dragons to mechanical steampunk creatures, it’s a golden […]