EP 2: Judging A Book By It’s Cover

How do you choose which picture books you should buy?  Judging the cover of a picture book is actually a reasonable way to make purchasing decisions.  Most covers are designed to give you a good feel of the aesthetics, the ambiance, and type of story that you will find inside a picture book.  Will it be funny?  Will it be traditional?  A lot of inferences can be made based on the cover image that allow you to make a relatively well informed choice as to whether or not to purchase a book.

Topics discussed in this episode: 

-Topic 1 Have you ever judged a book by it’s cover? [0:53]

-Topic 2 How a cover is designed [4:02]

-Topic 3 Visual elements that define a cover [6:13]

-Topic 4  Printing quality [11:34]

-Topic 5 A Bold Cover [13:23]

-Topic 6  What are we looking for? [18:44]

-Topic 7 Book Awards and Medals [22:45]

-Topic 8 Hot Trends in Picture Book Styles [25:23] 

-Topic 9 Misleading Covers [27:44]

-Topic 10 Personal Preference and Aesthetic trends [29:56]

Books and Creators mentioned in this episode:\

1- [3:00] Overdrive App for borrowing EBooks 


2- [3:00 ]Libby App for borrowing EBooks 


3- [4:33] @ianturnerillustration


4-  [6:13]“The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein


5- [6:15] “Olivia” by Ian Falconer 


6- [7:00] 

“Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter 

“Brambly Hedge” by Jill Barklem 

“Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/series/DW2/winnie-the-pooh

7- [8:22]

”This is Not a Box” we got this wrong in the podcast (Though “This is Not a Box” is also a good book) the title we meant to reference is “This Is A Ball” by Beck and Matt Stanton https://www.harpercollins.com.au/9780733334351/this-is-a-ball/

8- [10:32] “The Book with No Pictures” by B.J. Novak 


9- [12:11] Cottage Door Press 


10- [15:02}  Ezra Jack Keats and “The Snowy Day” “A Whistle For Willie” 

11- [16:16] Don Freeman “Corduroy”


12- [16:25] Eric Carle “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” “Brown Bear Brown Bear” 

13- [16:35] Margaret Wise Brown “Goodnight Moon”


14- [18:03] Christian Robinson “Another” “You Matter” “Gaston” 

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