The books below have several things in common. One, they’re all recent or upcoming novels in verse. Two they all feature male teen protagonists. Three they all have blue covers. Four, their covers are awesome.
In a YA market saturated with samey covers featuring Photoshopped stock art of vapid faced girls in fluffy gowns, these all demonstrate everything that is right with book design. They are bold, they each are built on a simple premise, suggesting something of the stories therein without didactically trying to telegraph the whole plot. Each of them does something interesting with the title treatment too. The title is even RAISED on NIX MINUS ONE. So cool.
While verse novels are growing in popularity, it’s sometimes still challenging to find an audience. Cover design is a key part of making verse novels stand out while being accessible to the widest range of readers. The publishers of verse novels simply can’t afford to dial in a cookie cutter cover that’s easily confused with fifteen other books. The above publishers knocked it out of the park.
Not long ago I did a little poll about middle grade verse novel covers. I thought it would be fun to do this again. Vote below and let’s pick a favorite! Comment to explain your choice and I will enter you into a draw to win a copy of NIX MINUS ONE.