2017 Picture Books: Cover Appeal Part 2

A few weeks ago I shared some 2017 picture books I’m looking forward to reading based solely on their covers. I had a lot of fun writing Part 1 and lately I’ve been needing things that are fun and give me a renewed sense of energy to keep going. Self care, friends, is so important.

So here is Part 2! Again, I don’t know much about these books except for the fact that their covers got me like gimme gimme gimme.  Here’s what’s on my cover appeal radar.

Does anyone else immediately think of the movie Amélie when they see gnomes? Just me? A pun-tastic cover.

Neil deGrasse Tyson once tweeted, “I wonder who was the first person to see a bird soaring high above & think it a good idea to capture it and lock it in a cage” and that’s what this cover makes me think of.

Adorable snail alert! I repeat, we have an adorable snail alert!

There is a complete lack of mermaid picture books and I know this because I’ve read all 5 that exist to my niece at least 100 times each. Excited for some new material!

The title is Strange. The little girl looks a bit Strange. The perspective is Strange. I’m all about it.

Existential crisis, anyone?

Oh please, please, please, please get library representation right!

A narwhal in a fish tank, what is this madness! I must read immediately.

Look, I never thought I would say the word “cute” and “octopus” in the same sentence but here we are.

Digging the retro feel of the illustrations and the technology. Also I feel like being allowed to chew gum is this distinct childhood memory for a lot of people that no one talks about.

Where is the title?! Is this a new trend? Is it snowing? So many questions…

I think this one could be great for school-age groups. And I’m always excited for books that teach resilience.

This cover is literally my 8-year-old self’s dream. Like I actually dreamed about riding a pegasus against a beautiful sunset.

We do a Family Fort Night program at my library and I think this would make a great book to read at the beginning. As we say, fort building is in kids’ DNA.

I would like to stand by my original claim that cute kids and dogs on cover is THE TREND of 2017.

Honestly, I just can’t get over how adorable the kid is. The headbands, man!

Looks like a fun take on a very important life lesson – failing and learning.

Neil Gaiman writes picture books? Surprise! This cover is WOW.

The happiest little gardener that I ever did see. I am so pumped for more stories about community building and environmental awareness.

What does the fox play?

Do you know that Portlandia skit where the store owners coin the phrase “stick a bird on it” to sell more products? That’s me and donuts and picture books. STICK A DONUT ON IT.

Hope you enjoyed Part 2! Let me know which books you’re looking forward to reading in 2017!

17 thoughts on “2017 Picture Books: Cover Appeal Part 2

  1. How can I order the book with the red cover without the author or title? I even searched under “The Book With the Red Cover” just in case the publisher was playing a joke on booksellers and librarians!

    1. I can’t remember what I searched to find the title but it’s RED AGAIN by Barbara Lehman. It’s the sequel to her Caldecott Honor, THE RED BOOK. Very tricky if you ask me!

  2. I’ve been planning a gnome themes storytime since I first had any indication that I’d be getting a job as a children’s librarian. I’ve been holding out on doing it until we get a copy of Go Big or Go Gnome at my library. I love gnomes so much. I hope this lives up to my expectations!

    1. Me too! This is according the publisher, “Laugh your whiskers off with Albert the Gnome in this charming and funny picture book about friendship, self-acceptance — and beards!” Might be a good one to pair with Book-O-Beards!

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