Judging Children's Books by Their Covers

Judging Children's Books by Their Covers

Mari Richards
Nov 5, 2012

I have a secret. When it comes to children's books, I'm horribly guilty of judging them completely by their covers. If it's a picture book, then that cover illustration better draw me in close and whisper sweet messages of great adventures to come. I'm not ashamed to admit it anymore, and I'm betting some of you are right there with me. I'm sharing a couple of my current favorite covers — I haven't read these books yet, but the reviews are good, the covers are awesome, and the plot lines intriguing.

From a book about the ultimate middle child (the 11th of 21 children? Only in the world of bunnies), to a nature story with illustrations painted on wood, these books offer a little something for everyone. I'd like to read The Boy Who Cried Ninja with my daughter asap — because a certain little someone in our house is beginning to tell some very tall tales of her own.

  1. Chloe, illustrated by Peter McCarty
  2. The Boy Who Cried Ninja, illustrated by Alex Latimer
  3. The Opposite, illustrated by Elena Odriozola
  4. Squid and Octopus: Friends for Always, illustrated by Tao Nyeu
  5. Red Knit Cap Girl, illustrated by Naoko Stoop

(Images: as linked above)

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