Tag: book covers

Buried in Books and Sticky Notes

Buried in Books and Sticky Notes

Cindy: Lynn and I are just back from the 2017 American Library Association Midwinter Meetings, and we’re still in the process of unpacking the books we scored at the exhibits and preview events. Posted by John David Anderson (author of last year’s Ms. Bixby’s Last Day) landed at the top of my luggage. Due in May, the novel concerns […]

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 […]

Posted in: Books and Authors
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 […]

Posted in: Bookends, Young Adult
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 […]

Posted in: Books and Authors
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 […]

Books in a Bottle

Books in a Bottle

The Books for Youth department at Booklist has been positively flooded with books whose covers have things in bottles/jars/globes, etc. The two books in Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger series involve boats, one—Nicole Castroman’s Blackhearts—is about pirates, while Ally Condie’s Everlife series concerns warring factions in the realm of the dead. Is this coincidence, or the glass-covered shape of things to come? […]

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Every Suspense Novel is Blue

Every Suspense Novel is Blue

It seems like only yesterday that intrepid trend-spotters realized the majority of films in the past 20 years have used orange and teal as the dominant colors in their palette. The same thing seems to have happened in the world of suspense novel cover design, where blue has become the go-to hue. Exhibit A, The Woman in Cabin 10, is one of the summer’s hottest titles. Exhibits […]

These Books Might as Well Be Naked

These Books Might as Well Be Naked

Some book jackets, as the name implies, dress up the books that wear them. Others dress them down—and some undress them all the way. As H. L. Mencken could very well have said, no one ever went broke overestimating the prurient interest of the reading public. The following book covers,  artfully adorned with not-so-subliminal messages, somehow made it past the censors. […]