Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 80: Middle Grade (Part 19)

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 The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta, Goldeline by Jimmy Cajoleas, The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Nutcracked by Susan Adrian, Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin, The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser and Rooting For Rafael Rosales by Kurtis Scaletta.

Please Note: I’ve done my best to credit the designers and artists 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 designer 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 Explorer by Katherine Rundell
02. The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta (Cover illustrated by Vivienne To)

03. The Downward Spiral by Ridley Pearson
04. The Great Unravel by Kent Davis (Cover illustrated by Petur Atli Antonnson)

05. The Stolen Crown by Eva Howard
06. Aleca Zamm Is Ahead Of Her Time by Ginger Rue (Cover illustrated by Zoe Persico)

07. Goldeline by Jimmy Cajoleas (Cover illustrated by Matt Saunders)
08. The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match by Elizabeth Eulberg (Cover illustrated by Erwin Madrid)

09. Marabel and The Book Of Fate by Tracy Barrett (Cover illustrated by Sara Gianassi)
10. The Changer’s Key by Kent Davis

11. The Night Garden by Polly Horvath
12. Mr. Gedrick and Me by Patrick Carman

13. Super Max and The Mystery Of Thornwood’s Revenge by Susan Vaught (Cover illustrated by Alessia Trunfio)
14. The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Cover illustrated by Josie Portillo)

15. Lost Boys by Darcey Rosenblatt (Cover designed by Rich Dias)
16. A Babysitter’s Guide To Monster Hunting by Joe Ballarini (Cover illustrated by Vivienne To)

17. Nutcracked by Susan Adrian (Cover illustrated by Stevie Lewis)
18. Midnight Reynolds and The Spectral Transformer by Catherine Holt (Cover illustrated by Ayesha Lopez)

19. Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin (Cover illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin)
20. The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente (Cover illustrated by Rebecca Green)

21. The Vanderbeekers Of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser (Cover illustrated by Karl James Mountford)
22. Rooting For Rafael Rosales by Kurtis Scaletta (Cover illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley)

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!

2 responses to “Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 80: Middle Grade (Part 19)”

  1. These are all really beautiful, and I am such a cover lover. I don’t read a ton of middle grades, but two authors who have really beautiful covers for their MG reads are Claire Legrand and Tahereh Mafi. So beautiful!
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  2. Amara Tanith says:

    I am such a sucker for middle grade covers, and these are all so beautiful; I’m adding tons of them to my TBR list!
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