Good Book Cover Design

First impressions do count. A good book cover design can make you pick up a book to explore it contents. To me, a book cover should capture some of the essence of the book and give you a taste of what's inside. Ever been lured by a great book cover only to find the inside of the book is disappointing? Not good.

Here are ten book covers that I think are very nice. Please let me know if you like this posting about book covers, I'm thinking about making it a regular feature.

The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
Cover Design by Antonio Frasconi
Time Inc., 1963

Look Out the Window by Joan Walsh Anglund
Written and illustrated by Joan Walsh Anglund
Harcourt, Brace and World, Inc., 1959

The First Noel
Illustrated by A. and M. Provensen
Golden Press, New York, 1959

Coming Down the Seine 
written and illustrated by Robert Gibbings
J.M. Dent and Sons, Ltd., 1953

The Tale of the Warrior Lord
El Cantar De Mio Civ
Translated by Merriam Sherwood
Illustrated by Henry C. Pitz
Longmans Green and Co., 1949

The Hummel Book by Berta Hummel
Poems and Preface by Margarete Seemann
Emil Fink-Verlag, Stuttgart Germany, 1973

The Man Who Lived Alone by Donald Hall
Illustrated by Mary Azarian
David R. Godine, 1985

The Giant Story by Beatrice Schenk De Regniers
Pictures by Maurice Sendak
E.M. Hale and Company, 1953

Chanticleer and the Fox by Geoffrey Chaucer
Adapted from the Canterbury Tales and Illustrated by Barbara Cooney
Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1958

A Pocketful of Cricket by Rebecca Caudill
Illustrated by Evaline Ness
Henry Holt and Company, 2004


  1. Oh they are all delightful, I agree that a cover is so important,the design, the color, the layout, the font etc are all what I look at first. I am a library person, so get a lot of books out a week, to view for ideas and inspiration in my art work. cheers Marie

  2. Thanks for the feedback Marie. Aren't libraries wonderful?