Top Ten Book Covers and Illustrations

Once again I’m chiming in with another Top Ten list on a day that isn’t Tuesday!  Today is…..


Top Ten Book Covers and Illustrations

Since I read so many amazing picture books (and novels with pictures), I thought I would highlight my favorite picture books.  Most of these are chosen solely because of their covers, but a few are sprinkled in with just amazing illustrations in general.

Press Here, by Herve Tullet

This is a fun book with lots of primary colors, dots, and a fun an interactive text.  Seriously, press there and have fun with the colors!

Dave the Potter:  Artist, Poet, Slave, by Laban Carrick Hill, Illustrated by Bryan Collier

This cover is eye catching and drew me to this book.  I can see Dave’s artistry, his dedication to his craft, and his focus on beauty.


There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, by Simms Taback

I really enjoyed the art style in this book.  It is fun to explore the various cut-outs as the old lady swallows more things!

Corduroy, by Don Freeman

This book’s cover drew me in – the warm red background and the fuzzy bear just signaled childhood to me.  Great illustrations throughout this book as well.

How to Be a Superhero:  A Colorful and Fun Children’s Picture Book; Entertaining Bedtime Story, by Rachel Yu

This is a fun, entertaining book that is illustrated in a comic-book style.  I loved all the colors!


Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, by Mo Willems

This hilarious pigeon makes the story, but the illustrations are simple and interesting!  I love his style.


Llama Llama Red Pajama, by Anna Dewdney

This cute little llama who gets so scared at night is all of us when we are home alone.  I love the mix of the colorful pajamas and the dark background.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, by Wiliam Joyce

This wonderful story has beautiful illustrations of books that walk, fly, and draw in new readers.  Also, a book about books couldn’t be passed up for this list.

This is a Moose, by Richard T. Morris and Tom Lichtenheld

I loved the cheesy moose in this story.  The illustrations, and commentary from the “director” really make this a humorous book for children and adults.

The Day My Butt Went Psycho,  by Andy Griffiths

What list of amazing covers and illustrations would be complete without a book title with the word BUTT in it?  This humorous novel comes complete with a neon, sparkled, swirly pattern and the words BUTT and PSYCHO! in giant letters.  This is a cover that made me want to read the book.

So, what are your favorite picture books?  Which book’s cover made you have to read the book?  Should I have added something different to this list?  Let’s talk below….


12 thoughts on “Top Ten Book Covers and Illustrations

    1. I thought that these books had the most beautiful and interesting covers of all the ones I read. But there are so many other covers that are good out there. What is your favorite cover you read this semester?


  1. What a cool top ten list! I always pay attention to the covers and illustrations of books and you have some great picks here. Have you seen the short movie based on “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”? It’s just as beautiful as the book!


    1. Thanks. I liked discovering books that other people haven’t read yet. For this list I picked books with excellent covers and illustrations. Each is a different style which is interesting to think about too!
      Would you add another one to my list?


  2. I agree with you that the illustrations in “This is a Moose” are great! Extra Yarn was a book I read this semester that I thought had very good illustrations too. Great list!


    1. Are the illustrations in Extra Yarn photos of yarn in various configurations? I’ve seen lots of people have that book on their list, so I am interest.


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