Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover–Issue Fifty: Middle Grade (Part 8)

“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.

I think we’re all familiar with the age-old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. And you know what I have to say about that? Rubbish! Covers are an invaluable part of a book’s package. A truly great cover can tell you a lot about the novel contained within its pages. Book covers can also catch your attention and attract you to a novel you might otherwise ignore. So go ahead, judge a book by its cover – We all do it!

Middle grade! Middle grade! Middle grade! There is absolutely nothing that brings me more joy than looking through middle grade book covers. Much like the stories themselves, there’s a little extra magic, colour, enthusiasm, and joie de vivre about them that never fails to make me smile. Some of my favourite covers this week include Wilder Boys by Brandon Wallace, Camp Omigosh by Wade Bradford, Poison Is Not Polite by Robin Stevens, The Pirate Code by Heidi Schulz, Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier, The Unlikely Adventures Of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt, Eleven by Tom Rogers, The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by Paula Danziger, The Adventures Of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels, The Key To Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd, Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban and My Seventh-Grade Life In Tights by Brooks Benjamin.

Wilder Boys by Brandon Wallace ● Camp Omigosh by Wade Bradford ● Dead Air by Michelle Schusterman

Superheroes Don’t Eat Veggie Burgers by Gretchen Kelley ● Poison Is Not Polite by Robin Stevens ● The Pirate Code by Heidi Schulz

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier ● Night On Fire by Ronald Kidd ● The Unlikely Adventures Of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt

The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan ● Eleven by Tom Rogers ● Adventures With Waffles by Maria Parr

Dog Ears by Anne Booth ● The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by Paula Danziger ● The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels

The Key To Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd ● Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban ● A Pocket Full Of Murder by R.J. Anderson

Searching For Super by Marion Jensen ● My Seventh-Grade Life In Tights by Brooks Benjamin ● Ferals by Jacob Grey

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 Fifty: Middle Grade (Part 8)”

  1. Jumana says:

    WOW! I’ve never paid much attention to middle grade covers! THEY’RE BEAUTIFUL!!! I’d actually prefer these covers over dark, dull ones. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Breenah says:

    I think middle grade covers are my favorites.
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