2014 post was such a hit, here is my second annual look at the past year’s young adult book covers. This isn’t my speciality, so this list is a lot more of a crowd-sourced effort than my very personal adult list. A special thank you to all the designers who have made suggestions in the past couple of weeks — you know who you are! — and if there are any burning omissions, please let me know in the comments!
by Jess Vallance; design by Birdy Jet Purdie (Hot Key Books / July 2015)
by Julie Mayhew; design by The Big Lie Jet Purdie (Hot Key Books / September 2015)
by Kelly Loy Gilbert design by Conviction Maria Elias; illustration by Christopher Silas Neal (Disney-Hyperion / May 2015)
by Carrie Mesrobian; design by Cut Both Ways Erin Fitzsimmons (HarperCollins / September 2015)
; design by The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch Lizzy Bromley; illustration by Ken Taylor (Simon & Schuster / October 2015 )
by Stephanie Kuehn; design by Delicate Monsters Kerri Resnick (St. Martin’s Griffin / June 2015)
by Katie Everson; design by Drop Maria Soler; illustration Levente Szabó (Walker Books / August 2015)
by Julie Murphy; design by Dumplin’ Aurora Parlagreco; illustration by Daniel Stolle (Balzer + Bray / September 2015)
by Pete Hautman; design by Eden West Matt Roeser; illustration Dadu Shin (Candlewick / April 2015)
by Robin Benway; design Emmy and Oliver Sarah Nichole Kaufman; illustration Matthew Allen (Balzer + Bray / June 2015)
by Nicola Yoon; design by Everything Everything N. C. Sousa; cover art by Good Wives and Warriors (Delacorte / September 2015)
by Robyn Schneider; cover art by Extraordinary Means Julie McLaughlin (Simon & Schuster / June 2015)
This lung-tree illustration is just incredible, but it is worth noting that this UK cover is actually an adaptation of
the killed US cover (HarperCollins).
by Kate Scelsa; design by Fans of the Impossible Life Jenna Stempel; art by Mia Nolting (Balzer + Bray / September 2015)
by Holly Bodger; design by 5 to 1 Jennifer Heuer (Knopf / May 2015)
by Martha Brockenbrough; design by The Game of Love and Death Nina Goffi; illustration by Christopher Silas Neal (Scholastic / April 2015)
by Cornelia Funke; design by The Golden Yarn Mirada (Breathing Books / December 2015)
by Hannah Moskowitz; design History of Blood and Glitter Kelsey Premo Jones; cover art by Sam Weber (Chronicle Books / August 2015)
by Cherie Priest; design I Am Princess X Phil Falco; cover illustration by Kali Ciesemier (Scholastic / August 2015)
by Jandy Nelson; design I’ll Give You the Sun Maria Soler; illustration Sophie Heywood (Walker Books / April 2015)
Walker Books also reissued Jandy Nelson’s
with The Sky is Everywhere matching cover art by Sophie Heywood.
Theresa Evangelista‘s design for the hardcover of I’ll Give You the Sun was on last year’s list.
by Carolyn Mackler; design by Infinite In Between Michelle Taormina; art by Matthew Allen (HarperTeen / September 2015)
by Nicky Singer; cover art by Island Chris Riddell (Caboodle Books / October 2015)
by Michael Byrne; design by Lottery Boy Jack Noel (Walker Books / May 2015)
by Mindy McGinnis; design by A Madness So Discreet Erin Fitzsimmons; cover art by Brooke Shaden (Katherine Tegen Books / October 2015)
by David Arnold; design by Mosquitoland Theresa Evangelista illustration Andrew Fairclough (Viking Books / March 2015)
by Jasmine Warga; design My Heart and Other Black Holes Jenna Stempel (Balzer + Bray / February 2015)
by Kenneth Oppel; design Nest Lucy Ruth Cummins; cover art Jon Klassen (Simon & Schuster / October 2015)
It also looks pretty spiffy with the jacket removed.
by Lauren James; design The Next Together Jack Noel (Walker Books / September 2015)
by Jenn Bennett; design by Night Owls Leo Nickolls (Simon & Schuster / September 2015)
by David Owen; design Panther Gray318 (Corsair / March 2015)
by J.C. Carleson; design Placebo Junkies Ray Shappell; photograph by Christine Blackburne (Knopf / October 2015)
design PS I Still Love You Lucy Ruth Cummins; Photography by Douglas Lyle Thompson (Simon & Schuster / May 2015)
Although this is really a variant
to the cover of by Jenny Han ( To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before on last year’s list), I still think it works really well.
by Ann Aguirre; design by Anna Booth; photography by Jon Barkat and Gary Spector (Feiwel & Friends / April 2015) The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things
by Patrick Ness; design by The Rest of Us Just Live Here Erin Fitzsimmons; cover art by Josh Cochran (HarperCollins / October 2015)
It should be noted that this cover glows in the dark.
The UK version was designed by David McDougall for Walker Books.
by Jenny Elliott; design Richard Deas photo art Adam Andrearczyk (Swoon Reads / July 2015) Save Me
by Sofia Quintero; design by Show and Prove Christian Fuenfhausen (Knopf / July 2015)
by Becky Albertalli; design by Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda Alison Klapthor; illustration by Chris Bilheimer (Balzer + Bray / April 2015)
by Leigh Bardugo; design Rich Deas (Henry Holt & Co / September 2015) Six of Crows
by David Almond; design A Song for Ella Grey Liz Casal (Delacorte / October 2015)
by M. T. Anderson; design by Symphony for the City of the Dead Matt Roeser; illustration by Kikuo Johnson (Candlewick / September 2015)
by Ali Benjamin;design by Marcie Lawrence; illustration Terry Fan and Eric Fan (Little Brown & Co / September 2015) The Thing About Jellyfish
by Leila Sales; design Elizabeth H. Clark (Farrar, Straus & Giroux / September 2015) Tonight the Streets Are Ours
by Jack Gantos; design by The Trouble In Me Christian Fuenfhausen (Farrar, Straus & Giroux / September 2015)
by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton; design by Tiny Pretty Things Michelle Taormina; cover art by Sean Freeman (HarperCollins / May 2015)
by Erin Bowman; illustration by Vengeance Road Teagan White (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / September 2015)
by Nova Ren Suma; design by The Walls Around Us Connie Gabbert (Algonquin Books / March 2015)
by Tommy Wallach; We All Looked Up Lucy Ruth Cummins; photographer Meredith Jenks (Simon & Schuster / March 2015)
I still prefer
the title-less version!
by Tim Foreen; design by Dan Potash (Simon & Schuster / October 2015) Willful Machines
by Kate A. Boorman; design and illustration Winterkill Helen Crawford-White (Faber / November 2015)
Helen’s cover for , the sequel to Darkthaw Winterkill is also rather lovely.
The US cover for designed by Winterkill Maria T. Middleton with art by Shane Rebebschied was on my list last year.
by Katherine Rundell; Design by The Wolf Wilder Lizzy Bromley; cover art by Dan Burgess (Simon & Schuster / August 2015)
by Alexander Yates; design by The Winter Place Paul Coomey (Simon & Schuster / October 2015)
(This probably needs to be seen in person as the blue is, I believe, a metallic finish, and the back cover is the image reversed in a lovely orange-red).
by Christopher Barzak; design by Wonders of the Invisible World Lynn Buckley (Knopf / September 2015)
by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon; design by X Matt Roeser (Candlewick Press / January 2015) Similar Posts:
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