2017 Picture Books: Cover Appeal

Welcome back, friends! I’m starting off 2017 by sharing some of the picture books I’m looking forward to reading this year. The criteria? Cover appeal. That’s right, I know little about these books except for the fact that their covers are enticing in some way and make me want to flop on my couch, sip hot chocolate, and read away.  Here’s what caught my eye:


Babies playing instruments? Sold.

Capitalization out the door! Notice the shape of the book follows the art.

I’m having flashbacks to the 1956 horror film my grandma showed me when I was a kid. Interest piqued.

I can’t recall any picture book with a person using a wheelchair on the front cover. More, please!

Huge fan of Pak’s illustrations after he made my 2016 Storytime Favourites list. This cover fascinates me because it’s spooky and playful simultaneously.

The freaking troll on the left! Sucker for nostalgia.

Cuteness overload. Too much cute. All.the.cute.

Basically I will read anything Kallie George makes. Also, is this the year of cute kids and dogs on covers?

Yes, yes it is.  Also – is he kneeling or sitting on his bottom? Are those pockets or butt cheeks? Are my eyes playing tricks on me?!

I’ve got a feeling I’ll be suggesting this one for a CLEL Book Award nomination!

That’s right, Pete, throw away those threads of conformity! You Be You!

Ooooo, pretty. Very pretty. I feel like this cover is hypnotizing me into reading it.

You’re not a true child of the 90s if you didn’t sing the title of this book à la Montell Jordan.

A message for the world, really.

I just like how the title is placed. Unusual.  Another good one to use The Whole Book Approach.

Screams fun. Also love seeing boys + unicorns + rainbows + sparkles.

Slay, girl.

Another cute kid and a dog! And another person using a wheelchair on the front cover! Fist bump.

My parents filmed my first ever jump from a diving board and I cried the whole time, clinging to the teacher’s leg. I’m hoping Jabari does better than me.


It’s like they knew librarians read a lot of picture books.

Pure self-interest here. My niece’s name is Sophie and she has these exact bangs.

Very chic font. I want to know about each of the kids and why they are making the expressions they are making.

Oh, Lois, you’ve done it again.

Il Sung Na is still one of my favourites.

I have a feeling I’m going to love this one.

Cute kids? Check. Cute dog? Check. I’m telling you, folks, I’m onto something here.

I saw Laurie Berkner’s name and that’s all I needed to see.

Is it a unicorn who wants to be a narwhal? I don’t know and I don’t care, just give me this book.

If you’re looking for more booklists, check out our Storytime Resources for all sorts of picture book lists. What books are you looking forward to reading in 2017? Let me know in the comments!

11 thoughts on “2017 Picture Books: Cover Appeal

  1. 90s girl here and yeah, TOTALLY sang that title. Can’t wait to check these titles out!

    1. Did you also bust out the 90s dance moves ’cause I kinda did 🙂

      1. I was “Tootsie Roll”-ing it all over my library! 😉

  2. I don’t even know where to start!! So many amazing artists creating such amazing work, and so many great authors sharing their stories. I can’t wait to get my hands on all of these!!!

      1. haha, just an unexpected perk of reading my blog!

  3. What an awesome list! I just drew up a huge bunch of order cards so we can add these to our collection. One thing that would make things easier would be if there was a link to the publisher’s page for each book so we can snag the ISBN. Thanks for the list! I can’t wait to read them.

    1. Noted! I will add that in the future 🙂

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