Most Beautiful Book Cover

In February, the Aurora Public Library District will be hosting our first ever Beautiful Book Cover contest. We’ve all had that experience of seeing an absolutely gorgeous book for the first time! Now’s your chance to vote on your favorite. Yes, this is extremely subjective, and the contestants were selected by a possibly biased staff member, but let’s all celebrate the creativity and artistic ability of cover designers.

Here’s how the contest works. Beginning on February 1st, displays will be up at all three Library buildings. You can only vote once! Just take a ballot and record your 1st and 2nd choices for Most Beautiful cover. There will also be a space to write in a choice for “Most Inviting” (like “Miss Congeniality”). “Most Inviting” is for the cover that makes you most likely to read the book. Write-in candidates are allowed. Voting will also be allowed through the Library Facebook page:

You can vote through Saturday, February 22nd and the winners will be announced on February 25th. Everyone who participates will also get a chance to enter a drawing to win a bit of library swag!

What’s Up With the Moon?

Have you ever noticed that trends in book cover art seem to come in waves? A few years back, every other Teen book seemed to feature a close-up of a teen girl’s face lying sideways on the ground. The latest trend seems to be artwork featuring a full moon. Mind you, I’m not complaining; I like a full moon as well as any of you. Maybe it’s because the slightly spooky atmosphere of the moon, often framed by blue scenery, implies that something special is happening late at night when we should really all be home in bed. I’m seeing this trend in both picture books and children’s chapter books, so take a look at these “moon” books, all added to the Library collection within the last year.

First the picture books.

A moon on the cover of a bedtime storybook makes perfect sense. Goodnight World by Deb Gliori provides a comforting sense of security along with artwork that charms. Hooray for Today! uses the moon image to set up the story of an owl who is ready to play when all his friends are sleeping. This is Brian Won’s followup to Hooray for Hat! Look for his newest book, Hooray for Books coming later this fall.

Goodnight World by Debi Gliori   Hooray for Today! by Brian Won

What would you do if you were the moon? Laura Purdie Salas offers some suggestions in her newest picture book, showcasing the luminous illustrations of Jaime Kim. A new book by Cynthia Rylant is always reason to rejoice and Life does not disappoint!

If You Were the Moon by Laura Purdie Salas   Life by Cynthia Rylant

Round by Award-winning poet Joyce Sidman is described as a ” poetic ode to everything that is round and full of wonder.”

Round by Joyce Sidman

Full moon images grace the covers of three newer books in the juvenile fiction area. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal, is the story a a small girl who is accidentally fed moonlight. My Diary From the Edge of the World is another fantasy novel which has been recommended for fans of Harry Potter.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill   My Diary From the Edge of the World by Jodi Lynn Anderson

The List by Patricia Forde just entered our collection and looks terrific! Described as “Fahrenheit 451 meets The Giver for middle grade readers”, The List is set in a world where the government tightly controls the number of words which may be used by the people.

The List by Patricia Forde

Are there other “moon” book covers that you love? Let us know, so we can soak up the light of their silvery words.