Monday, July 12, 2010

The Canadian Variety

As promised, I've gathered a sample of Canadian covers that have successfully avoided hockey & canoe stereotypes. Two old favorites include Red Is Best by Kathy Stinson, illustrated by Robin Baird Lewis (Annick Press, 1988),

and the Mole Sisters series by Roslyn Schwartz (Annick Press). Her books offer sweet covers that are little works of art.
But not all great Canadian book covers come from decades past. Here are some from not so long ago that highlight the variety of styles you can find in Canadian children's books.
Dragonfly Kites
by Tomson Highway and illustrated by Brian Deines (2002).

In middle grade reading, Ange Zhang uses computer graphic design techniques to create an animation style cover for his novel Red Land Yellow River (Groundwood 2004).

A simple yet thought provoking cover appears on Sarah N. Harvey's YA novel Plastic (Orca Book Publishers, 2010).

I'll continue to share interesting covers from Canadian authors, although I'm having a tough time finding a good Canadian book cover featuring the Queen. I did find one to meet the request for a British Columbian style salmon run. It's by well respected Canadian scientist David Suzuki and talented author Sarah Ellis, with beautiful illustrations by Sheena Lott (Greystone Books, 2003).

1 comment:

  1. OMG, I am in love with RED LAND YELLOW RIVER. And PLASTIC. And really, all of these. It's true what they say, "The world needs more Canada."