Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Learning From Your Peers

Yesterday, in search of inspiration for a new blog post, I posed this question on Twitter:

"What is your favorite picture book cover?"

I don't know why I chose covers specifically, and I definitely didn't expect so many answers! On Twitter, you have to catch the timing just right and if the Universe aligns, replies will pour in. It just so happened that yesterday afternoon, the response was overwhelming enough to leave me feeling a little sad about my lack of children's book knowledge.

"Anything by Jan Brett" and " Anything by Trina Shart Hyman" were some replies.

There were quite a few that I recognized, but there were even more books and illustrators that I had never heard of. What a mess I was about this!

Pondering this over a good night's sleep, I came to the conclusion that my self proclaimed "lack of knowledge" (in quotes because I like to think this isn't entirely true) is OK...as long as I keep learning. I don't ever want to stop learning and I love that, because of Twitter, I can learn from my peers. 

Here are a few of the recommended covers, in no particular order:
(some of which are selections I've made based on the above suggestions of "Anything by–")

A different take on the same book...
Multiple titles by Shaun Tan were mentioned.

Another different take on the same book...

Now, I will take all of this newly gained information and make room for it up in that rusty, old memory bank of mine. Though not until after, of course, I share it with you. :) 

If you're interested in exploring more about the design of picture books, here are some great blogs and posts to follow:

And some places to merely feast your eyes:

And a big thank you to the following folks for offering up their favorite book covers:
@iamemmamusic (and your hubby!)

What are your favorite book covers? Is there a reason why?
Please share in the comments below!


  1. Oh, hey, that's me!! Thanks for that! I saw this plea for book covers roll in on Twitter yesterday, but before I knew it I was onto something else shiny.


    My faves:

    Well, anything by Laura Ljungkvist. FOLLOW THE LINE and PEPI SINGS A NEW SONG especially.

    HENRI'S WALK TO PARIS, because Saul Bass. Period.

    I love all of Barbara Lehman's, mostly THE RED BOOK and RAINSTORM.

    Man. All good. So good! So fun to think about!

    1. Squirrel!

      Hehe, thanks, Carter! These are all sooo good. Putting them in my memory bank!

  2. I am still trying to incorporate Twitter into my day...
    I love all of the book covers shown...and you had two of my favorites! The Mitten and The Hat. Jan Brett's work is amazing!
    Thank you most for putting my own "lack" of children's book knowledge in a better light :) I will no longer feel embarrassed or bad...I can call it always learning!
    As always, another wonderful post!

    1. Hehe, yes!! It IS always learning. :) Glad this helped put it into perspective, Deb!

  3. I really enjoyed looking at all of these- a nice inspiration for sketches! Thanks for all of the great images and links!

    1. Thanks so much, Morgan! It was fun to gather all these brilliant covers. :)