Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover–Issue Forty-Three: Middle Grade (Part 6)

“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! Okay. I feel as though I’ve talked about middle grade books on the blog an inordinate amount lately but with covers like these, who can blame me? Some of my favourite covers this week include Running Out Of Night by Sharon Lovejoy, The Trouble With Half A Moon by Danette Vigilante, Wild Boy and the Black Terror by Rob Lloyd Jones, The Art Of Flying by Judy Hoffman, The Sound Of Life And Everything by Krista Van Dolzer, Colonial Madness by Jo Whittemore, Like A River by Kathy Canon Wiechman, Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan and The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden by Emma Trevayne.

Running Out Of Night by Sharon Lovejoy ● The Trouble With Half A Moon by Danette Vigilante ● The Wand and the Sea by Claire M. Caterer

On Track For Treasure by Wendy McClure ● Ribblestrop by Andy Mulligan ● The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower by Lisa Graff

Wild Boy and the Black Terror by Rob Lloyd Jones ● The Art Of Flying by Judy Hoffman ● Three Bird Summer by Sara St. Antoine

The Sound Of Life And Everything by Krista Van Dolzer ● Steeds of the Gods by Lucy Coats ● Colonial Madness by Jo Whittemore

Escape to the World’s Fair by Wendy McClure ● Like A River by Kathy Canon Wiechman ● Ice Whale by Jean Craighead George

Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick ● Found Things by Marilyn Hilton ● Stella By Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan ● The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden by Emma Trevayne ● The Book of Storms by Ruth Hatfield

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!

7 responses to “Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover–Issue Forty-Three: Middle Grade (Part 6)”

  1. Yay! Thank you so much for including The Trouble with Half a Moon! Puffin did an awesome job and I’m so grateful to them.

    Danette 🙂

  2. Shelumiel says:

    These are all lovelies, but I like Running Out of the Night, Ribblestrop and The Accidental After Life of Thomas Marsden best! Wonderful picks. <3
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  3. Alexa S. says:

    Oh Jen, whenever you share one of these (beautiful) cover posts, I seriously start adding a bunch of new titles to my shelves on Goodreads! There are some wonderful covers here, and I’m intrigued by quite a few – especially the ones based on history. Love it!
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  4. Kaitlyn says:

    Middle grade books always have the most dreamy and artistic titles. And the greatest fonts. It makes me want to read ALL of them!
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  5. zoe says:

    omg i just bought echo and found out that it was signes by the author after reading all 587 pages in 24 hours (with sleep). btw i’m 11 and i might just read to much

  6. Thank you for including LIKE A RIVER! Artist Christopher Silas Neal did a magnificent job with the cover art for my novel. I am thrilled with it and glad it made your list.

  7. Skyler Martin says:

    I read Echo, Colonial Madness, Wanderville, and Three Bird Summer and loved them all

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