Pick Me Up and Read Me: 24 of the Best Book Covers

Whenever I’m walking through the stacks, it never fails that books on display will practically jump right off the shelf and into my hand because of the eye-catching covers. It’s how I end up with most of the books I check out and take home. Currently I have 12 books out. I can’t read 12 books in one checkout period! Why do I do this to myself?!? Anyway, here are a few books that have caught my eye recently. A few of them I read and in some cases the book was just as good as it’s cover. If only they all were. One even inspired a dessert! On with the cover judging!


I’m really drawn by the color choices in children’s  book covers. How beautiful is The Key to ExtraordinaryThe Marvels is exquisite. Haven’t got around to that one yet but it’s ‘on the list’ as they say.




















Love all these covers. I’ve got The List checked out right now and can’t wait to read it. There’s something about the colors and simplicity of Landscape that reminds me of an Edward Hopper painting. And having read Twinkie Pie, I can attest that both the book and the dessert were good!

See the Twinkine Pie I made at the bottom of this post!









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I think that adult book covers are the most deceptive. So enticing and often so disappointing. I’ve been led astray before. I’m looking at you Bernadette and Letters to a Future Lover. Still, dying to read Invisible Life. That cover is gooood.













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Not the prettiest but it was delish!


Got a favorite cover? Drop it in the comments!






Wonder Garden, a Review

We were setting up a display of children’s new nonfiction books when this book found its way to me. Wonder Garden illustrated by Kristjana S. Williams and written by Jenny Broom is quite simply one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever seen.


It’s an over-sized trip around the world to explore the habitats of the Amazon, Black Forest, Great Barrier Reef, Chihuahuan Desert and Himalayan Mountains. Each page is covered in bright illustrations  with a gold gate overlay on the cover which gives the reader the feel of setting off on an exotic, psychedelic adventure.


Each section includes a summary of each habitat, brief descriptions of animals with their scientific names as well as an index. This is one of those books with the wondrous detail that a kid could get lost in. With such visually stunning illustrations even non-readers will want to sit with this one awhile. Recommended for readers of all ages.