Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 127: Middle Grade (Part 39)

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 or artist 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. Paola Santiago and The River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia (Cover art by Vanessa Morales)
02. Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse by Chantel Acevedo (Cover art by Jonathan Stroh)


03. Rating Your Bunkmates and Other Camp Crimes by Jennifer Orr (Cover art by Alexandra Bye)
04. The Key of Skeleton Peak by by Brad McLelland and Louis Sylvester (Cover art by Alexandria Neonakis)


05. Not Your All-American Girl by Wendy Wan-Long Shang and Madelyn Rosenberg (Cover design by Baily Crawford, Cover art by Chris Danger)
06. Beetle & The Hollowbones by Aliza Layne (Cover design by Rebecca Syracuse, Cover art by Aliza Layne)


07. The Startup Squad: Face The Music by Brian Weisfeld and Nicole C. Kear
08. Forever Glimmer Creek by Stacy Hackney (Cover art by Jen Bricking)


09. Red Menace by Lois Ruby
10. A Ceiling Made of Eggshells by Gail Carson Levine


11. This Dance Is Doomed by Holly Kowitt
12. The Dream Weaver by Reina Luz Alegre (Cover design by Lucy Ruth Cummins, Cover art by Elizabeth Stewart)


13. Fly Back, Agnes by Elizabeth Atkinson
14. Aru Shah and The Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (Cover art by Abigail L. Dela Cruz)


15. Every Missing Piece by Melanie Conklin (Cover art by Pascal Campion)
16. After The Worst Thing Happens by Audrey Vernick


17. Trouble At Table 5: The Firefly Fix by Tom Watson
18. Katarina Ballerina by Tiler Peck and Kyle Harris (Cover art by Sumiti Collina)


19. The Summer We Found The Baby by Amy Hest (Cover art by Jamey Cristoph)
20. The Day I Was Erased by Lisa Thompson


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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