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


  1. as a kids librarian who selects and buys books, by cover alone I would go for the Sam Fink edition. Kind of a graphic novel look without looking too cartoony.

  2. I'm inclined to agree with you. It's friendly. :-)