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Exclusive Book Cover Reveal: CLAYMATES by Dev Petty and Lauren Eldridge


I am a sucker for unique illustration techniques. Photographs, cut paper, painted hands – yes, yes, and well, maybe not (but upon further contemplation, heck yes). Because of this affinity for the unique, an upcoming book called Claymates has been on my radar for a while. It’s written by Dev Petty (author of I Don’t […]

Cover Curiosity: Face to Face

Hannah and Sugar

Some book covers, I think, are designed to like other book covers on purpose. Like this, for example. Others happen to share a general composition. Here’s one such pair. Today we have a case of the latter, a compositionally congruent duo. First up . . . Hannah and Sugar by Kate Berube Second up . […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz and Brian Floca

Good Masters

How To Make a Book I Am Looking Forward to Reading (In 5 Steps): Step 1: Take the author of Newbery Medal winning book Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Step 2: Take the author/illustrator of Caldecott Medal winning book Locomotive. Step 3: Combine talents. Step 4: Wait until March 28th, 2017 (sorry, these things take time). […]

Cover Curiosity: Keeping it 100

First 100

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? But when a Cover Curiosity reveals itself, I am there. Click here for previous Cover Curiosities. Today we have something for the little ones. Our first cover is… Worth noting: First 100 Words was the fourth highest-selling juvenile book of 2015. Fourth! Here are some other books that First […]

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Cover Curiosity: Deep Down

Sam and Dave

Sometimes connections between two covers are strong – like, say, using the same image. But other times there’s just a vague, “Hey, this looks kinda like something I’ve seen…”. That’s the situation today, with the covers for two books about plumbing the depths of the world. Our first cover: Our second cover: Side by side: […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Let Me Finish! by Minh Lê and Isabel Roxas


The online children’s literature community has more or less been by home for the last eight years. During that time, one of the best blogs around has been Bottom Shelf Books. It has all the qualities you hope for: it’s smart, funny, and creative. This summer the man behind Bottom Shelf Books (and Huffington Post pieces […]

Cover Curiosity: Reflective

Each Kindness

When two covers resemble each other, it’s usually one of two situations. A. Something fishy is afoot. All the hands holding stuff after Twilight? That’s aping something that’s popular. B. It appears to be a case of random chance. Today I’ll have the B. Cover number one: Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. […]

Cover Curiosity: Title Takeover


Is it just me, or have you noticed some picture book titles getting real these days? Really real. Taking up the whole cover real. Not just type laid over top, but part of the illustration real. Today we have three books that put the title front, center, and right in the middle of the the […]

Cover Curiosity: Go Set a Watchman and To Kill a Mockingbird


Usually during these Cover Curiosity posts I highlight two unrelated books that (for a variety of reasons) have similar covers. Today I have to make an exception and talk about two related books, mostly because one of them has one of the most recognizable covers of all time, and the other is bound to be […]

Cover Curiosity: Under the Sea

Under Water

Sometimes, in an odd aligning of stars, two book covers end up kinda resembling one another. Click here for all the Cover Curiosity posts. I noticed a pair the other day. First up: Under the Ocean by Anouck Boisrobert; illustrated by Louis Rigaud Second up: The Bear’s Sea Escape by Benjamin Chaud Side by side: A […]

Cover Curiosity: Mirrors


Every now and then the universe does my job for me. Sometimes, by chance (or perhaps not), two books that resemble each other end up next to each other on bookshelves. Thanks for looking out, universe. Below are three such cases I encountered in the last few months: Rabbityness by Jo Empson Peek-A-Boo Bunny by […]

Cover Curiosity: Fishes


Some Cover Curiosities seem eye-rubbingly separated at birth, while others appear to simply share a similar idea. Today, I’d say we have an example of the latter. Click here for more Cover Curiosities. I love most when two covers from different worlds collide. Today we have a middle grade novel and a picture book. Our […]

Covering the Newbery: Top 10

Cover 1924 - Dark Frigate

Last week our pals Colby Sharp and John Schumacher finished reading every single Newbery Medal-winning book. In honor of their completing this impressive feat, I thought I’d write what has to be my most self-indulgent post ever: revisit my Covering the Newbery project (where I attempted to give a new cover to every Newbery winner) […]

Cover Curiosity: Behind Bars

Juvie Cover

Look, I don’t discriminate on my Cover Curiosities – picture book, middle grade, YA – when two books happen to resemble each other, I will be there. Today we foray into the YA world with two new books that share a bold bar/grid motif. Juvie by Steve Watkins More Than This by Patrick Ness Side […]