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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 Alert: Dead Birds
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Cover Trend Alert: Dead Birds

Book-jacket designers are strange birds, indeed. Idiosyncratic visionaries who often intuit the perfect visual cue to entice us to pick up a book and read it, sometimes, like those giant flocks of starlings who wheel in the sky without using turn signals, they bunch together and do the same thing for no apparent reason at […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cover Trend Alert: Millennial Pink

Cover Trend Alert: Millennial Pink

Are you sick of millennial pink yet? Too bad! The color of the moment seems to have become a favorite of book designers. My Booklist colleagues and I came up with this list in under five minutes, so if we missed any, please drop a link in the comments. For a list of titles with […]

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Cover Trend Alert: That 70s Font

Cover Trend Alert: That 70s Font

Hey bibliophiles and font fanatics: There’s a growing trend of book covers designed to emulate the bubbly, serif text-heavy covers that emerged in the late 1960s and exploded in the 1970s. You know, the ones that used this font: What was the original book that had this style? Surely someone has it deep in their […]

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