Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover – Issue Nineteen: Middle Grade (Part 3)

“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 Cover Love on her blog One Page At A Time, and 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!

There are few things in the literary world that make me happier than middle grade book covers, and no genre that I love to highlight more, save for the contemporary genre, on Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover. I love the wit and the whimsy, the colour and the animation, not only in the literal illustrative sense, but also in the action and movement of the images the covers so often feature. This week’s selection was no exception. Many of the books I’ve chosen to highlight this week are 2014 releases, and if their covers are any indication, we are in for a very promising year! Some of my favourite covers this week include The Ghost of Tupelo Landing, The Dyerville Tales, Saving Kabul Corner, All Four Stars and Knightley and Son.

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!

8 responses to “Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover – Issue Nineteen: Middle Grade (Part 3)”

  1. The genre of Middle Grade is definitely the cover art I enjoy the most when it comes to book aesthetics – Middle Grade and Classic Literature are my favourites (generally the redesigned editions).
    Middle Grade cover art is always eye catching, fun in design and full of colour. I love all the covers you featured here.
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  2. I’m always a sucker for silhouettes on covers, and one of my favorite covers is for a middle grade historical fiction novel called The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. Not only is the cover gorgeous, but the book is amazing.
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    • Me too! I’ve actually considered dedicating an entire issue of Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover to silhouettes because I absolutely love how they look 🙂 Speaking of, one of the best covers I’ve ever seen is for Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani. If you haven’t seen it before, I definitely recommend checking it out. The silhouettes are gorgeous and the cover takes my breath away!
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  3. I love that cover for F&C&MT! MG covers are always so much fun.
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  4. Alexa S. says:

    Seriously, these covers all ROCK. I adore middle grade covers! They really stand out to me a lot of the time, and I always am sorely tempted to pick up new MG books just because of them. My favorites in this post are probably Tower of the Five Orders, The Kensington Reptilarium, Secrets of Shakespeare’s Grave and Flights and Times and Mysterious Times.
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  5. I really love so many Middle Grade covers, even though I very rarely read anything from that section of the bookstore these days. I’m always so attracted to the books themselves but usually can tell that I’m not really the target audience when I’m reading them. But goodness if this post doesn’t make me want to grab a few and give them a shot!
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