Monday, June 28, 2010

More! More!

Floating around out there about book covers:
  • From designer Chad Beckerman's blog. The evolution of the cover of Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies by Andrea Beatty, illus. Dan Santat (Abrams 2010). This is the kind of article that makes you wish you had such a fun job.
  • See the AIGA "50 Books/50 Covers" selections of best covers of 2009. A bit of background.  I don't see any kids' books there, but these covers are nonetheless sticky-sweet candy for the eyes. There's actually a book with silhouettes on the cover that is a book about silhouettes. Meta?
  • Autobiography of a Cover, an article from Publishers Weekly online, takes you step-by-step through the process of coming up with a cover for a series collaboration between publisher and book packager, photo shoot and all.
  • From Jacket Whys (and other sources), a link to a Hunger Mountain (Vermont College) piece by Tanita Davis called "Reflected Faces" that's extremely readable and concise. It's about people of color on YA book covers and it is really getting a buzz. A taste: "We must discard the assumption that the presence of a minority on a book will confront YA’s with “issues” which they find boring, unpleasant and inconvenient."
  • And this super article, "Teens Do Judge a Book by the Cover," by Mitali Perkins in the same journal. She says, "Get most faces OFF the covers of young adult novels." To which I say, "Here, here!" and also, to publishers, "Duh." (See also, silhouettes) I love the idea of teens designing their own cover art for their eBooks.
  • This piece, "The Elephant in the Room" from author/bookseller Elizabeth Bluemle on Publisher's Weekly's "Shelf Talker." Covers yet more angles on the multicultural aspect of kids' book publishing/selling.
All this about race and images comes as I begin to read Tyrell by Coe Booth (Scholastic, 2006):

This is a book I might not have picked up if it hadn't been suggested reading for a class. I confess (shamefully) to having preconceived ideas about the subject matter based on the cover image and to discovering later that I was mostly wrong.

Other topics of interest to Jacket Knackers:


  1. Also see my "Articles" page. I try to aggregate articles and blog postings relating to book covers here.

  2. Glad you are intrigued by the Hunger Mountain face/race cover debate. I am thrilled it is getting so much conversation going in an area where we all need to not stay silent.

    And, I believe it is "Hear, hear" when toasting!