Have you ever BOUGHT a book based on the cover alone?! (Of course, you have! We ALL have…)

Book covers are the art that draw readers to the books they read… That why the design of book covers are so important. Their art translates the entirety of the book into a single visual element - your first impression of a book.

The best covers have text, color, visuals in different balances… There is NO right or wrong… just a cover coming together to strum our emotions and cause us to pick up the book! Here are the 16 Book Covers I’m Thankful For…

The Fantastical

Whether illustrated or photographed these covers elicit an atmosphere that hearkens to a fantasy world… such a world can only be in the mind of the character, it can be hidden within our own or even be a totally separate place and time.

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

The Intriguing

These covers present a premise that tantalizes… it raises questions that you want answers to! What about _____? Why is the title _____? How did it _____? Which of them _____? The title can be huge and red or it can be little and draw you closer…

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Graphic

Covers that express themselves graphically draw the eye through their masterful use of artistic medium. Some are monochromatic or full color photography while others express the illustrated nature of their insides. Either way the titles become a part of the larger picture supporting the subject of the cover…

Ink by Alice Broadway

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

All Title

When a title is rather long just the text can take up the entire cover… So the designers have to get creative… and boy do they! The illustration or graphic included with the words only has the opportunity of barely hinting at what the book may be about, but that style can say a lot with the right title…

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

Book covers draw us in… they give us a sense of the world we are about to inhabit, they hint at the characters we are about to meet… they help us find the best books to read. What are the 16 book covers you’re thankful for?!