December 12, 2017

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Exclusive Book Cover Reveal: AL CAPONE THROWS ME A CURVE by Gennifer Choldenko

Gennifer Choldenko’s Alcatraz series began memorably – with a Newbery honor. Today, we have a first look at the cover of the fourth book in the series – Al Capone Throws Me a Curve (coming May 8th, 2018). But is this the final book? And what creativity tricks and hot beverages have helped fuel the series? I […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: WILL BEAR SHARE? WILL SHEEP SLEEP?

Of all the people out there, people who make picture books and also share fun things online rank pretty high on my list. Hilary Leung has been making picture books . . . . . . and sharing fun things online for a bit now. When he asked me to share the covers for his […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Hi Jack! by Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli

If you had x-ray vision, you’d know that I have a soft spot in my heart for early readers. You know what I’m talking about: When I learned that Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli were teaming up for a new early reader series about a mischievous monkey called Hi Jack! I was happy to hear […]

Cover Curiosity: Front and Center

I don’t usually discuss YA, but when I do, it’s usually about covers. Click here for more Cover Curiosity posts. Today we have a group of books that to my eyes don’t fall into the “hey let’s make our book like like their book” category. But they do share an eye-catching visual style that makes […]

Morning Notes: Not My Job Edition

MO PRO The New Yorker ran a profile of Mo Willems. It’s really one of the best pieces I’ve seen on a children’s book creator in a while. Consider it must-read. Click here to get going. NOT HIS JOB You ever listen to the NPR gameshow Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me? Daniel Handler recently appeared […]

Cover Curiosity: You Fancy ‘Ah?

I like books that look like other books. When I spot one, I share it here. I’ve been doing this for a while: Click Here for More Cover Curiosities While at the bookstore around the holidays I spotted a book out of the corner of my eye. I thought it was this book. We all […]

Cover Curiosity: Face to Face

Some book covers, I think, are designed to like other book covers on purpose. Like this, for example. Others happen to share a general composition. Here’s one such pair. Today we have a case of the latter, a compositionally congruent duo. First up . . . Hannah and Sugar by Kate Berube Second up . […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz and Brian Floca

How To Make a Book I Am Looking Forward to Reading (In 5 Steps): Step 1: Take the author of Newbery Medal winning book Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Step 2: Take the author/illustrator of Caldecott Medal winning book Locomotive. Step 3: Combine talents. Step 4: Wait until March 28th, 2017 (sorry, these things take time). […]

Cover Curiosity: Keeping it 100

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? But when a Cover Curiosity reveals itself, I am there. Click here for previous Cover Curiosities. Today we have something for the little ones. Our first cover is… Worth noting: First 100 Words was the fourth highest-selling juvenile book of 2015. Fourth! Here are some other books that First […]

SLJ: The Year in Covers, 2015

From a crossover year in children’s literature and the national push for PreK, to maker madness and serving incarcerated youth, School Library Journal covered the field in 2015.

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Cover Curiosity: Deep Down

Sometimes connections between two covers are strong – like, say, using the same image. But other times there’s just a vague, “Hey, this looks kinda like something I’ve seen…”. That’s the situation today, with the covers for two books about plumbing the depths of the world. Our first cover: Our second cover: Side by side: […]

Cover Curiosity: Reflective

When two covers resemble each other, it’s usually one of two situations. A. Something fishy is afoot. All the hands holding stuff after Twilight? That’s aping something that’s popular. B. It appears to be a case of random chance. Today I’ll have the B. Cover number one: Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. […]

Cover Curiosity: Title Takeover

Is it just me, or have you noticed some picture book titles getting real these days? Really real. Taking up the whole cover real. Not just type laid over top, but part of the illustration real. Today we have three books that put the title front, center, and right in the middle of the the […]

Cover Curiosity: Go Set a Watchman and To Kill a Mockingbird

Usually during these Cover Curiosity posts I highlight two unrelated books that (for a variety of reasons) have similar covers. Today I have to make an exception and talk about two related books, mostly because one of them has one of the most recognizable covers of all time, and the other is bound to be […]

Cover Curiosity: Under the Sea

Sometimes, in an odd aligning of stars, two book covers end up kinda resembling one another. Click here for all the Cover Curiosity posts. I noticed a pair the other day. First up: Under the Ocean by Anouck Boisrobert; illustrated by Louis Rigaud Second up: The Bear’s Sea Escape by Benjamin Chaud Side by side: A […]

Cover Curiosity: Mirrors

Every now and then the universe does my job for me. Sometimes, by chance (or perhaps not), two books that resemble each other end up next to each other on bookshelves. Thanks for looking out, universe. Below are three such cases I encountered in the last few months: Rabbityness by Jo Empson Peek-A-Boo Bunny by […]

This year’s headless torsos?

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Cover Curiosity: Fishes

Some Cover Curiosities seem eye-rubbingly separated at birth, while others appear to simply share a similar idea. Today, I’d say we have an example of the latter. Click here for more Cover Curiosities. I love most when two covers from different worlds collide. Today we have a middle grade novel and a picture book. Our […]

Betty & Veronica cover reveal: Cute and cuter

The folks at Archie Comics gave us a sneak peek at two covers (regular and variant) for Betty & Veronica #270, which will be out in February. Feel the cuteness! And if you like these, check out my interview with longtime Archie editor Victor Gorelick and comics historian Craig Yoe about their latest book, The […]