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Cover Curiosity: Visually Jarring

Is canning things other than delicious foods the hot new activity for youngsters? Looking at these five recent or upcoming book covers, you’d think so. Flowers, spiders, hummingbirds, kids – where are the strawberry preserves!?

Many thanks to Cindy Dobrez of Bookends for the heads up on this trend.

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Keeping Safe the Stars by Sheila O’Connor

Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

Surrender Elana Johnson

The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going

Any to add to the group?

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. There’s also THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES – jar. I’ll never be able to read that last one though. Ugg! Designers just have no idea how bad images of spiders are for us arachnophobes!

  2. Spiders???? Goodbye!

  3. Lara Zielin’s THE WAITING SKY coming out in August has a tornado in a jar. An image that really grabs and holds your attention.

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