Celebrate: Gorgeous Picture Book Covers!

We’ve all heard the famous saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” But that’s really hard to do!  When I see a beautiful picture book cover, I can’t help myself. I have to pick it up and start reading right away. My hunch is you do too! So for this post I’d like to share a few of my favorite picture book covers–the ones that make my heart beat a little bit faster and my day a little bit better.

Here’s a small, stunning collection of some of the recent picture book covers that caught my eye. (Sidenote: nonfiction is my passion, so most of these are nf gems.) I’m grateful for the talented,  hard-working illustrators (and book designers) who created these lovely masterpieces and the many others that we all enjoy!

BeatlesIllustrator: Stacy Innerst  (Aren’t the bright colors fabulous?)


Illustrator: Eric Puybaret  (The circle “peephole” design is awesome!)


Illustrator: Jessica Lanan  (Just one word for this — gorgeous!)


Illustrator: Jennifer Black Reinhardt  (Great “sewing” details and rich colors!)


Illustrator: Janna Bock  (The warm light & scrollwork designs around title are great!)

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Illustrator (& author): Linda Kranz  (This cover just makes me happy!)


Illustrator: LeUyen Pham  (Okay, I also love math. And this colorful cover!)


Illustrator(& author): Jeanette Winter (Simple, yet clever!)

Of course, there are many other gorgeous picture book covers. These are just a few that have brightened my day. What are some of your favorite pb covers?

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Contest Winners! – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

The winner of my April book giveaway is Kristin Gray. Congrats, Kristin! Hope you’ve received your book by now!

And the Winners of Jennifer Black Reinhardt’s Yaks, Yak, Animal Word Pairs book giveaway are: Claire Noland and Lynne Marie!! Congratulations! Please go to Jennifer’s website (JBReinhardt.com) and email her your name and address and let he know if/how you would like your book inscribed.

Suzanne Slade

Suzanne Slade is the author of more than 100 books. A mechanical engineer by degree, she enjoys writing about science topics and fascinating historical figures. Recent books include: SWISH! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters, A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon, The Daring Dozen, Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon, Astronaut Annie, Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story, Dangerous Jane, The Music in George's Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue, The Inventor’s Secret, and Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. Coming soon -- MARS IS, JUNE ALMEIDA VIRUS DETECTIVE! THE WOMAN WHO DISCOVERED THE FIRST HUMAN CORONAVIRUS, THE UNIVERSE AND YOU, and TBA titles from Calkins Creek, Peachtree, and Random House. Learn more about Suzanne and her books at: www.suzanneslade.com


  1. I think The Night Gardener by Eric Fan and Terry Fan is stunning. Here’s a link to the image: http://bit.ly/1UvsqhP

  2. Kathy Mazurowski

    On my last trip to the book shop, I was drawn to Dewey Bob by Judith Schachner. The colors are bold and soft at the same time. The language is also lyrical.

  3. I love the cover of Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault–it’s stunning! The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins, illustrated by Jill McElmurry is also gorgeous and inviting

  4. Would love to learn more about how book designers and illustrators develop a cover image! These are swoon-worthy.

  5. You always give me new books to add to my list. Thank you!

  6. Yes, these covers are fabulous! Like magnets, they pull me inside to READ!

  7. That’s why I love picture books–the story and the art!!

  8. These covers are gorgeous! I love Manfish, so cool! A favorite of mine is Wherever You Go with Eliza Wheeler’s cover art.

  9. Bluebird, by Bob Staake; Virginia Wolff, by Isabelle Arsenault; One Gorilla, by Anthony Browne, Teeny Tiny Toady, by Keika Yamaguchi; The Big Red Lollipop, by Sophie Blackall; The Only Child, by Guojing – just to name a few!

  10. Loved the cover of The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel.The entire book has rich illustrations in Rousseau’s style. 2more nonfiction books with gorgeous covers are: Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre and weeds find a Way by cindy Jensen Elliot.

  11. Love the loveliness! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Thank you, Suzanne, for featuring Rabbi B! I just love love love the beautiful “Manfish” cover. I’d pick that up in a heartbeat!

  13. I thought The Whisper cover was gorgeous.

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