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Cover Curiosity: Front and Center

I don’t usually discuss YA, but when I do, it’s usually about covers.

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Today we have a group of books that to my eyes don’t fall into the “hey let’s make our book like like their book” category. But they do share an eye-catching visual style that makes them all hang together in my brain.

That style? A colorful focus on the center of the cover.

Here’s what I’m talking about . . .

Example 1:

I'll give you the sun

Example 2:


Example 3:


Example 4:


And here they are together. A good looking group:

Do you know of any other covers that belong in this group?

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. Hi Travis,
    Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine would definitely fit in this group. Plus it’s an excellent book!

  2. Hi Travis, Thanks for sharing such great stuff!

  3. LOST IN THE SUN by Lisa Graff