ABSOLUTELY JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER (YA EDITION)
Okay so I work in kids & YA publishing and anyone who says not to judge a book by its cover doesn't know what the hell they're talking about. Writing aside, these days a book really needs to have a killer cover to sell/be noticed. Here are some personal favorites that have met with success (in part, I believe, due to their covers):
- •The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye WaltonFinalist for the 2015 Morris YA Debut Award. One of my very favorite covers, ever, but the beauty of it doesn't even hold a candle to how exquisite the actual book is.
- •I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy NelsonWinner of the 2015 Printz Award. Obsessed with this cover, has spawned MANY copycat designs.
- •Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash"Though I am neither a teenage girl nor a lesbian, I found this story super real and relatable." -- Ira Glass / For some reason I find this cover so pleasing to look at. Plus this graphic novel is bomb. READ THIS.
- •Shadowshaper by Daniel José OlderThat hair thooooo
- •The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren SumaSo striking--and this book is eerie and beautiful and original and I am a huge cheerleader for it.
- •Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie StiefvaterSoooo pretty. Made me finally pick up this awesome series!!
- •Dumplin' by Julie MurphyThis cover is so dope. I haven't even read it yet but it's just. So. Good.
- •Eleanor & Park by Rainbow RowellHonestly not a fan of this book (though I love love love Fangirl which is like, my biography, and Rainbow Rowell) but it's got a great cover. Here's another style that's been mimicked by dozens of other YA books recently hoping to tag onto the success of this one.
- •A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba BrayPretty sure this book is singlehandedly responsible for the whole "YA? let's just put a girl in a dress on the cover" movement. A real ~~bodice ripper~~
- •It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned VizziniFor the record I hated this book but it just has such a great cover
- •This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian TamakiFirst book EVER to win both a Caldecott Honor and a Printz Honor (2015) READ THIS.
- •Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire SáenzPut a night sky on anything and I'll pick it up. Most beautiful story of friendship and love 😍
- •The Tightrope Walkers by David AlmondHas received seven starred reviews so far this year. Obsessed with the clean lines on this and the color combo.
- •Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew SmithJust makes you grab it and go "hmmm what's this???"
- •Bone Gap by Laura RubyFinalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People's Literature