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Cover Curiosity: Cons-istantly Covered

It almost feels redundant to mention it, but Converse All-Stars are about the biggest thing going in middle grade/YA cover trends right now. It makes sense – they’re so uniquely versatile, with the ability to span generations and look hip at every stop. Let’s spy some recent examples:

Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin; illustrated by James Dean

(Thanks to Vicki K. for the tip)

These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf

(Thanks to Kelly at Crossover for the tip)

Al Capone Shines My Shoes (UK edition) by Gennifer Choldenko

(Thanks to A Fuse #8 Production for the tip)

Rules to Rock By by Josh Farrar

(Thanks to desirous of everything at the same time for the tip)

The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone

Tales of a Madman Underground by John Barnes

The Wednesday Wars (paperback edition) by Gary D. Schmidt

Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Love and Other Things I’m Bad At by Catherine Clark

They Come From Below by Blake Nelson

Totally Joe by James Howe

I’m sure I missed a few here – any to add?

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 scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Try the British edition of “Al Capone Shines My Shoes”. The American cover had the decency to show shoes that could be shined. The one in the UK? See for yourself: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Al-Capone-Shines-My-Shoes/dp/1408801558/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1299589326&sr=1-1

  2. Rules to Rock By by Josh Farrar!

  3. Love me some Converse. Saw a guy the other day wearing Dr. Seuss Converse! Gotta get me some of those…

  4. Would Schmidt’s “Okay for Now” count? It shoes the whole body, not just legs and feet. Too much?

    • Count it! Actually, this cover will be in my next Cover Curiosity post. Can you guess the trend?

  5. Love that cover of Wednesday Wars, waaaay better than the original hardcover.

  6. Vicki Kouchnerkavich says:

    I know this is a picture books, but how about Pete The Cat: I love my white shoes?

    • Hey Vicki! Thanks for stopping by. And right you are – Pete the Cat definitely fits. I’ll add it to the post.

  7. Where did that cover of Where the Streets Had a Name come from? That’s not the cover on my copy! Also, did the pix for it come from the same photo shoot as Romeo and Juliet Code?


  8. What about Leepike Ridge by N.D. Wilson? I thought of it when I saw the cover for They Came From Below (eerily similar).

  9. Ooh, I love me some cover wars. And you beat me to this one, because I was just thinking about blogging about it.

    How about The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani


    The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by Erin Dionne?

    I blog about dueling covers sometimes: http://aprilhenry.livejournal.com/tag/dueling%20covers

  10. So, April, I followed you over here from my Cover Coincidence post to see which titles you were adding and looked them up. Good ones! And! In the good old, “Customers who ordered…” list was yet another Converse inspired cover – The Last of the Gullivers by Carter Crocker.

    btw, Travis, add love and leftovers by Sarah Tregay to your Converse Cover Collection.



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