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Voting Is Open in The Undies Case Cover Awards!

The Undies Case Cover Awards

Voting is now open in the first annual Undies Case Cover Awards!

*Applause* *Applause* *Applause*

Thank you. Carter Higgins and I are co-hosting this first-of-its-kind award dedicated to the case cover. We’ve accepted submissions. We’ve arranged them into pleasing categories. We’ve decided on shortlists of nominees. Now it’s your turn to decide our winners.

Check out the nominees in each category below and then come back up here and click the link to vote for your favorites:


Voting is open until 5pm ET on Monday, November 28th.

Winners will be announced here and at Design of the Picture Book on Tuesday, November 27th.

And don’t forget to head over to Design of the Picture Book today to vote for Best Spoiler, Best Cliff’s Notes Version, Best Middle Grade/Chapter Books, Best Sneak Peek at the Setting, and Craftiest.

Best Impression of Something Other Than a Picture Book

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Rules of the House by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Matt Meyers

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What To Do With a Box by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Chris Sheban


Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat

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Horrible Bear! by Amy Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah O’Hora

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Cat Knit by Jacob Grant

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The ‘Look Closely’ Award

In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

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A Voyage in the Clouds by Matthew Olshan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

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The Airport Book by Lisa Brown

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Hotel Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins


Treat by Mary Sullivan


Best YA

The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone

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Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate


Draw the Line by Laurent Linn


Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia


Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick


Best Stamp

The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield, illustrated by The Fan Brothers


The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

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Return by Aaron Becker

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The Cat From Hunger Mountain by Ed Young

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A Child of Books by Sam Winston and Oliver Jeffers

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Best Simplicity

Hug This Book! by Barney Saltzberg, illustrated by Fred Benaglia

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The Happiest Book Ever! by Bob Shea

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The Christmas Eve Tree by Delia Huddy, illustrated by Emily Sutton

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The Cantankerous Crow by Lennart Hellsing, illustrated by Paul Strøyer (2016 re-issue)

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Be a Friend by Salina Yoon

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


  1. Such a fantastic round-up. Kudos to both you and Carter. Well done! However, I believe The Darkest Hour should read: The Darkest Dark.

  2. BEST. IDEA. EVER!!! Love this so much! So many great undercover designs here!!! Thank you, Travis and Carter! This is a design-lovers feast for the eyes!

  3. Hey Travis, Hey Carter, love these…of course!
    I am jetlagged from attending NCTE, and live in Shanghai, so you are messing with my mind a bit…
    I don’t think next Monday is the 26th…right? mmmmm Right?

    “Voting is open until 5pm ET on Monday, November 26th”

    Cheers from China