Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 75: Middle Grade (Part 17)

Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I pay tribute to some of the best and brightest the publishing world has to offer in the way of book cover design. This feature is inspired by Katie’s feature Cover Love on her blog One Page At A Time. The idea is being used with her gracious permission.

Some of my favourite covers this week include Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan, One Shadow On The Wall by Leah Henderson, Moon Shadow by Erin Downing, The Silver Moon Of Summer by Leila Howland, Where I’d Like To Be by Frances O’Roark Dowell, Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh, The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi, The Cartographer’s Daughter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence, The Summer Of Bad Ideas by Kiera Stewart, A Greyhound Of A Girl by Roddy Doyle and Things That Surprise You by Jennifer Maschari.

Please Note: I’ve done my best to credit all of the illustrators responsible for the beautiful covers below, but was unable to find this information for a number of those listed. If you know of an uncredited illustrator responsible for any of these book covers, please let me know and I would be happy to include proper attribution in this post. Their work is lovely and deserves to be credited.

01. The Giant’s Seat by Dave Butler
02. Lost and Found by Obert Skye (Cover illustrated by Keith Thompson)
03. The Kidnap Plot by Dave Butler

04. Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
05. One Shadow On The Wall by Leah Henderson (Cover illustrated by John Jay Cabuay)
06. Moon Shadow by Erin Downing (Cover illustrated by Julia Blattman)

07. Jasper and The Riddle Of Riley’s Mine by Caroline Starr Rose (Cover illustrated by Craig Phillips)
08. The Silver Moon of Summer by Leila Howland (Cover illustrated by Ji-hyuk Kim)
09. The Many Worlds Of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge

10. Calico Girl by Jerdine Nolen
11. Lucy and The Rocket Dog by Will Buckingham (Cover illustrated by Monica Arnaldo)
12. Where I’d Like To Be by Frances O’Roark Dowell (Cover illustrated by Karl Kwasny)

13. Georgia Rules by Nanci Turner Steveson (Cover illustrated by Dawn Cooper)
14. The Countdown Conspiracy by Katie Slivensky
15. Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh

16. The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
17. The Last Panther by Todd Mitchell
18. The Cartographer’s Daughter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

19. Ice Cream Summer by Megan Atwood
20. The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley (Cover illustrated by Peter Ferguson)
21. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

22. Karma Khullar’s Mustache by Kristi Wientge (Cover illustrated by Serge Bloch)
23. The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence
24. Love, Ish by Karen Rivers

25. Sputnik’s Guide To Life On Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce
26. The Summer Of Bad Ideas by Kiera Stewart
27. Jelly Bean Summer by Joyce Magnin

28. Ghost of a Chance by Susan Maupin Schmid (Cover illustrated by Melissa Manwill)
29. If The Magic Fits by Susan Maupin Schmid (Cover illustrated by Melissa Manwill)
30. A Greyhound Of A Girl by Roddy Doyle (Cover illustrated by Karl Kwasny)

31. Dog Trouble! by Galia Oz
32. Things That Surprise You by Jennifer Maschari (Cover illustrated by Kathrin Honesta)
33. Guardians Of The Gryphon’s Claw by Todd Calgi Gallicano

Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favourite middle grade covers? Did I list one of your favourites here or is there one I forgot that just has to be included? Let me know in the comments!

5 responses to “Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 75: Middle Grade (Part 17)”

  1. Jen Maschari says:

    What a beautiful line up of middle grade novels! Thank you so much for including THINGS THAT SURPRISE YOU – Kathrin’s artwork is so incredibly lovely!

    I’ve added many of these books to my TBR list!

  2. Evelina says:

    These covers are absolutely amazing… It’s funny, but I think I can recognize some of the artists’ style because I am following them on Twitter, I think. It would be so hard to pick a favorite… They’re all so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

    But you know, your own blog illustrations are just as beautiful 🙂
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  3. Alexa S. says:

    I love middle grade covers! They’re so bright and colorful, and I absolutely love that there are also fun illustrations on majority of them too.
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  4. Laura says:

    Wow, these covers are absolutely beautiful! I always love how colorful and happy middle grade book covers look. Added a lot of these to my TBR!

  5. Mauie says:

    Hard to say which one is my favorite but I love everyone of these. Great suggestions, too, as I have not discovered any of these books before.
    Totally inspiring, thanks for the share! ^_^

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