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Cover Reveal: THE OTHER HALF OF HAPPY by Rebecca Balcarcel

The Other Half of Happy, Rebecca Balcarcel’s debut middle grade novel, arrives on August 20th. I have the honor of debuting the cover today.

Same Book, New Look: The Updated Covers of 2019

I like it when familiar books get new covers. It’s an instant mystery: why did this book get a new cover? Sometimes it’s to appeal to a different audience. Other times to mark an anniversary. And occasionally a book might just use some sprucing up. I have six books that are being recovered in 2019, […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal + Giveaway: ORDINARY HAZARDS by Nikki Grimes

I’ve done a number of cover reveals here over the years, but today is something a bit different. Dare I say an innovation in the realm of cover reveals! Today we are revealing a cover online, just as it is being revealed in the real world in Seattle at the American Library Association Midwinter. The book […]

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#10)

I used this website to (virtually) create 3 LEGO book covers. They’re listed from least challenging to most challenging – see how many you can name. #1: Answer #2: Answer #3: Answer How’d you do? Previously . . . Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#1) Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#2) Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#3) […]

Cover Reveal Q&A: Noodlephant by Jacob Kramer and K-Fai Steele

That right there is the cover for the upcoming picture book by Jacob Kramer and K-Fai Steele called Noodlephant. It’s about a noodle-loving elephant. It’s about a magic pasta machine. It’s about a community’s response to injustice. It’s 80 pages long. All that is to say it’s unlike any picture book I’ve read in a […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Nikki Tesla and the Ferrett-Proof Death Ray by Jess Keating

Jess Keating has a new series starting up in 2019 called The Elements of Genius. Today I can share the cover for the first book, Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray. But before we get gawking, I had to ask Jess a few questions . . . Travis: What was the spark (that was […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Bikes for Sale by Carter Higgins and Zachariah OHora

Cover reveals for friends are the best kind of cover reveals. Carter Higgins has been a pal since back in the Undies Case Cover Awards days. She wrote a book Called Bikes for Sale (out April 9, 2019), and the fantastic Zachariah OHora illustrated it. It’s a lovely book. Today I get to share the […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: One Third Nerd by Gennifer Choldenko

Here at 100 Scope Notes, we pride ourselves on being your most trusted source of Gennifer Choldenko cover reveals. Remember last time? Well, the Newbery Honor winner has a new book on the horizon and today called One Third Nerd. What’s it about? Liam and his sisters love their dog, Cupcake, but lately, she’s been […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu

Anne Ursu has a new book coming out called The Lost Girl. What’s it about? When you’re an identical twin, your story always starts with someone else. For Iris, that means her story starts with Lark. Iris has always been the grounded, capable, and rational one; Lark has been inventive, dreamy, and brilliant—and from their […]

Exclusive Book Cover Reveal: THE VERY LAST CASTLE by Me and Mark Pett

Remember that story I told you I wrote? About the castle? The one Mark Pett is illustrating? It’s coming out on October 9th and today it’s my pleasure to share the cover with you. It seemed like a good time to ask Mark a couple questions about the cover creation process. Me: Hi Mark! Do […]

Exclusive Book Cover Reveal: AL CAPONE THROWS ME A CURVE by Gennifer Choldenko

Gennifer Choldenko’s Alcatraz series began memorably – with a Newbery honor. Today, we have a first look at the cover of the fourth book in the series – Al Capone Throws Me a Curve (coming May 8th, 2018). But is this the final book? And what creativity tricks and hot beverages have helped fuel the series? I […]

Exclusive Book Cover Reveal: HELLO HELLO by Brendan Wenzel

This Wenzel guy knows a thing or two about making picture books, as evidenced by that thing propping up all the stars in the picture above. Well, now Brendan Wenzel has a new book on the horizon (arriving in the spring of 2018) and today we have a first look at the cover and interior […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: WILL BEAR SHARE? WILL SHEEP SLEEP?

Of all the people out there, people who make picture books and also share fun things online rank pretty high on my list. Hilary Leung has been making picture books . . . . . . and sharing fun things online for a bit now. When he asked me to share the covers for his […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Hi Jack! by Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli

If you had x-ray vision, you’d know that I have a soft spot in my heart for early readers. You know what I’m talking about: When I learned that Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli were teaming up for a new early reader series about a mischievous rabbit called Hi Jack! I was happy to hear […]

Cover Curiosity: Front and Center

I don’t usually discuss YA, but when I do, it’s usually about covers. Click here for more Cover Curiosity posts. 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 […]