Pop! Goes The Reader’s 30 Favourite YA Book Covers of 2019

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.

Book cover design can play an important role in a book’s success or failure. While certainly not the only contributing factor, for the casual reader perusing the shelves of their local library or bookstore, a book’s cover offers one of the earliest introductions to the story contained within its pages and can help differentiate it from the thousands of other titles surrounding it. Book cover design is one of my passions, and given that I spend much of the year celebrating it in its many shapes, forms and iterations in my weekly feature, Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover, I thought it might be fun to compose a list of what I thought were some of the most effective, eye-catching and beautiful examples of book cover design for in 2019. You can find Pop! Goes The Reader’s “Favourite Book Covers Of 2018” Here!

Please Note: I’ve done my best to provide credit for the cover designers, illustrators, artists and photographers responsible for the work below whenever possible, but was unable to find this information for a number of those listed. If you know of an uncredited individual responsible for any of these book covers below or if I’ve made any mistakes, 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.

The covers below are listed in no particular order.

01. The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
Cover design by Regina Flath, Cover art by Alex Dos Diaz


02. We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal
Cover design by Elizabeth H. Clark, Cover art by Simon Prades, Typography by Erin Fitzsimmons


03. Fear of Missing Out by Kate McGovern
Cover design by Aimee Fleck


04. Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
Cover design by Alison Impey, Cover art by Tran Nguyen


05. The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson
Cover design by Nicole Hower, Cover art by Tran Nguyen


06. Since We Last Spoke by Brenda Rufener
Cover design by Joel Tippie, Cover art by Helen Crawford-White


07. White Rose by Kip Wilson
Cover design by Sharismar Rodriguez, Cover art by David Curtis


08. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell (Author) and Faith Erin Hicks (Illustrator)
Cover art by Faith Erin Hicks


09. The Language of Fire: Joan of Arc Reimagined by Stephanie Hemphill
Cover design by Aurora Parlagreco, Cover art by Jessica Cruickshank


10. Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
Cover art by Faith Erin Hicks


11. Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian
Cover design by Katie Klim, Cover art by Levente Szabo


12. Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
Cover design by Erin Fitzsimmons, Cover art by Stephanie Singleton


13. Ordinary Girls by Blair Thornburgh
Cover design by Molly Fehr, Cover art by Julie McLaughlin


14. Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Cover art by Aykut Aydogdu


15. The Antidote by Shelley Sackier
Cover design by Jessie Gang, Cover art by Lisa Perrin


16. Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite
Cover art by Lord Kpuri


17. You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman
Cover design by Sourcebooks Inc., Cover art by Philip Pascuzzo


18. Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash
Cover design by Krista Vossen, Cover art by Helen Crawford-White


19. This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura
Cover design by Alison Klapthor, Cover art by Mercedes DeBellard


20. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki (Author) and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (Illustrator)


21. With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Cover design by Erin Fitzsimmons, Cover art by Erick Davila


22. The Candle and The Flame by Nafiza Azad
Cover design by Elizabeth Parisi, Cover art by Carlos Quevedo


23. Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry
Cover design by Katie Fitch, Cover art by Petra Eriksson


24. The Stars and The Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus


25. The Weight Of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
Cover design by Krista Vossen, Cover art by Guy Shield


26. We Set The Dark On Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Cover design by Molly Fehr, Cover art by Cristina Pagnoncelli


27. Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
Cover design by Suki Boynton, Cover art by Miranda Meeks


28. Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
Cover design by Marikka Tamura, Cover art by Jeff Östberg


29. The How and The Why by Cynthia Hand


30. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

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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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