Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 125: Middle Grade (Part 38)

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.

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 Button War by Avi
02. Where The River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari (Cover design by Samuel Perrett, Cover art by Evan Hollingdale)


03. The Kid Who Came From Space by Ross Welford (Cover art by Tom Clohosy Cole)
04. Julieta and The Diamond Enigma by Luisana Duarte Armendariz (Cover design by Sammy Yuen, Cover art by Olivia Aserr)


05. D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer (Cover art by Tom Clohosy Cole)
06. Quintessence by Jess Redman (Cover design by Elizabeth Clark, Cover art by Matt Rockefeller)


07. Summer and July by Paul Mosier (Cover art by Celia Krampien)
08. The Vanderbeekers Lost and Found by Karina Yan Glaser (Cover art by Katya Longhi)


09. The Unexpected Find by Toby Ibbotson
10. The Messy Life of Blue by Shawna Railey


11. Tin Boy by Steve Cole (Cover art by Oriol Vidal)
12. Trouble In New York by Sylvia Bishop (Cover design by Bleddyn Garmon Siôn, Cover art by Marco Guadalupi)


13. We Won An Island by Charlotte Lo
14. I, Cosmo by Carlie Sorosiak (Cover design by Elisabetta Barbazza, Cover art by Ben Mantle)


15. The Little Wave by Pip Harry (Cover art by Sophie Beer)
16. Bloom by Nicola Skinner (Cover art by Flavia Sorrentino)


17. The Next Great Jane by K.L. Going
18. The Stepmom Shake-Up by Niki Lenz


19. A Most Peculiar Toy Factory by Alex Bell (Cover art by Nan Lawson)
20. Ways To Make Sunshine by Renée Watson (Cover art by Nina Mata)


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!

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Jen is a thirty-something Canadian book blogger and bibliophile currently residing in the wilds of suburbia. Aside from a penchant for older men, particularly those with the surnames Firth, Elba and Norton, Jen is also passionately interested in running, Mad Men, and Marilyn Monroe. In addition to being a voracious reader and self-proclaimed television addict, Jen is also an aspiring children and youth services librarian who would like to pursue a MLIS and better help readers find the perfect book for them.

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