Since featuring the ‘Penguin by Design’ cover book in my #Mailbox Monday last week I have become a little…obsessed with looking at the designs and evolution of book covers and set my sights on children’s book design. I have made it clear how important I think illustrations are to the story being told and a book cover is no exception.
The best book I have found is an out of print hardback copy of
Children’s Book Covers: Great Book Jacket and Cover Design (Hardcover)
by Alan Powers. It is still available second hand on various websites and Amazon lets you have a look inside the book.
Powers chronologically follows over 100 years of children’s publishing in the UK and United States. it is fascinating to see what has stood the test of time and what influences our books today. There are colourful illustrations throughout; I should think so too!
There are over 400 books featured in here apparently and charts the influential titles from the Moomin’s to the undisputed Harry Potter. A great anthology for children’s book lovers.