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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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Slurping Down Some Summer Reads

Slurping Down Some Summer Reads

Cindy: I just wrapped up a school year that saw the launch of 1,700 Chromebooks 1:1 in my two middle schools, and ended with preparing for major summer construction in one of my libraries by packing up or purging 26 years of accumulated work room, AV, and office “crap.” Let’s just say that I’m ready […]

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Cover Trend Alert: Rifle Paper Co.

Cover Trend Alert: Rifle Paper Co.

The whimsical floral patterns from Rifle Paper Co. should be familiar to any of us who kill time at Paper Source, peruse home decor blogs for aspirational wallpaper ideas, or enjoy looking at iPhone cases with leopards on them. But the stationer’s aesthetic has become more influential than we thought: a spate of recent and forthcoming novels feature […]

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These Book Covers Need a Manicure

These Book Covers Need a Manicure

Cindy and Lynn: Here in cold, cloudy Michigan, many schools are on spring break, and local salons have been busy making hands and feet pretty for the sunny, warm destinations we’ve been dreaming about all winter. Teen books are a different story altogether. While the occasional teen book, like Bella Thorne’s Autumn Falls, features a hand […]

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

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

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 […]

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Throwback Thursday: Romancing the YA Cover Art
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Throwback Thursday: Romancing the YA Cover Art

Editor’s note: Nicola Yoon’s The Sun is Also a Star took home a Coretta Scott King Award on Sunday at the ALA Youth Media Awards. Long before these laurels, Yoon was a bestselling author whose iconic cover design launched scores of imitators—something Dan Kraus noticed long before anyone else. This post was originally published on […]

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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, […]

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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 […]