Sunday, July 24, 2011

More Canadian Covers

My cousin was visiting from the UK and wanted to pick up some Canadian books for her daughters. It was fun finding some of the latest Canadian offerings on the shelves. Here are some great covers that caught my eye during the search for Canadian content.

A fun font:

Kyo Maclear & Isabbelle Arsenault (Kids Can Press, 2010)

Strong impact with this title, especially with the contrast to the dust road.

(Double Day Canada, 2011)

Speaking of impact, nothing like a few bullet holes to disturb a pretty forest scene. Great way to achieve a layered effect too.

(Candlewick, 2011)

This cover seems simple. But why aren't they pairs of feet? And why are they dirty? And what do they have to do with a hare or an elephant? Any cover that leads to this many questions is likely going to have readers opening the book.

(Red Deer Press, 2010)

Feet seem to be a popular device in covers. The hand written envelop is another nice technique to draw in those middle grade readers.

(Tundra Books, 2010)

Always good to have visitors remind you to take a new look at some interesting covers. What have you discovered on the shelves lately?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Reading


I love summertime. Summer is the season of reading everywhere: on the beach, in my Adirondack chair, on a park bench, on a blanket in the grass. In my hunt for some good summer reads, I found lots of covers that capture this season well.

Cartwheels on the beach! (Or is that a head stand?)

That Summer by Sarah Dessen (Speak; May, 2004)

Ah, the water…

Tempest Rising by Tracey Deebs (Bloomsbury; July, 2011)

(This is the Kindle Edition cover, which is cooler than the hardback cover.)

Tara Hudson Hereafter (Harper Collins: June, 2011)

Summer isn’t all about beaches and boating…

Keri Mikulski Stealing Bases: A Pretty TOUGH Novel (Razorbill; July, 2011)

… or boys.

Sharks and Boys by Kristen Tracy (Hyperion Books; June, 2011)

*Thanks to Amy Jones for the "summer reading" art!

Monday, July 11, 2011

5 Pretty Neat-o Title Fonts

Good morning, children's book cover lovers! The time has come for another title font cornucopia. Forthwith, we present a few eye-catchers.

Non-fiction does a typeface proud here:

Spiderlings and their Families
A Fact Book on Spiders
by Antonio Calabrisello,
Nadia Turner, illus. (Brolly Books (Aus.) 2008

See also, Turner's companion book from 2010, Snakelets. (Skip if you don't like spiders and snakes.)

Although these letters have some curves, they do give us the sense of squareness. Also note how the wide-apart letter spacing (kerning?) adds to the effect.

Square Cat
by Elizabeth Schoonmaker (Aladdin, 2011)

Bink and Gollie's typeface promises fun and laughs for readers:

Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and
Alison McGhee, Tony Fucile, illus.
(Candlewick, 2010)
Winner of this year's Theodore Geisel Award
for a beginning reader

Turn of the last century  + outer space. A sort of Jules Verne feel not out of keeping with this novel's 1910/Halley's Comet material:

Selling Hope by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb
(Feiwel and Friends, 2010)

Monday, July 4, 2011

1776 in 2011: Fourth of July Covers for Today's Kids

BEFOREfather ----> AFTER

Assignment: Design a cover for a young people's nonfiction book about Independence Day in the U.S.A. Must use images that are fresh, appealing and inviting enough to appeal to today's kids.

My thinking is that it would probably take a lot of talent to successfully create art for this assignment. You'd be trying for a new approach, a lively look that doesn't come across as dull and dry as a New England primer. Here are some recent offerings. Some work better than others, perhaps:

Amie Jane Leavitt
Kids' Translations Series/Capstone Press, 2009 
Lori Mortensen/ Matthew Skeens, Ill.
Picture Window/Capstone, 2009

Catherine L. Osornio/Layne Johnson
Pelican, 2010

Sam Fink
Scholastic, 2002

Alice Dalgliesh/Marie Nonnast, Ill.
Aladdin, 1995