For a librarian, few things are sadder than seeing a young reader turn up their nose at an awesome book simply because they’ve been turned off by a horribly dated book cover.
Fortunately, publishers seem to be catching on, and have been publishing stunning new editions of timeless stories with beautiful cover art designed to attract and engage a new generation of readers.
Sterling Publishing hired a fashion illustrator to put a fresh new spin on Jane Austen’s classic love stories in the hopes of attracting young adult readers.
This stunning, manga-esque Penguin Classics edition of Jane Eyre captures the dark, gothic (and dare I say pretty messed up) qualities of Bronte’s novel.
If you’re trying to catch the eye of the Minecraft generation, why not capitalize on their obsession with computer games? The Puffin Pixels Series from Penguin features classic adventure stories paired with classic video game-inspired cover art, targeted at middle school-aged readers. Other action-oriented stories in the collection include Treasure Island, Robin Hood and Swiss Family Robinson.
I absolutely adored E. Nesbit’s stories as a child, so I was thrilled to see that Random House has brought out beautiful new editions of The Railway Children and Five Children and It as part of their new Vintage Classics line.
These editions of L. M. Montgomery’s series of Anne novels from Tundra Books feature paper artist Elly MacKay‘s stunning hand-created miniature works of art, and are undoubtedly among the most beautiful book covers I have ever seen.
Have you seen any beautiful new editions of classic children’s books? Do you like these new covers, or do you long for the classic covers you loved as a child? Let us know in the comments below!
Board books, in case it’s been awhile since you had/were a baby, are small, durable picture books printed on heavy cardboard, designed to survive the occasional trip into a gummy mouth or drop from a high chair. While originally developed to support the early literacy development of babies and toddlers, the scale and scope of […]
Singable picture books, which are are either illustrated versions of children’s songs, or have text that can be sung to a simple or familiar tune, are a staple component of my library children’s programs. I love these books for so many reasons: Singing is a great way to support language learning – you typically sing […]
When it comes to reading, most kids tend know what they like, and they’re often happy to keep on reading what they like. This usually works out well, until the day comes when a child finishes the last book in a favourite series. Some kids react to this with aplomb, and are perfectly happy to […]
Teachers and librarians are like salt and pepper. Peanut butter and jelly. Ketchup and mustard. Both sides of the pair are delightful on their own, and at times you might just want or need one or the other. Put them together, though, and you often get something that’s more than just the sum of its […]
Not usually the easiest sell in an elementary or high school setting. A verse novel, however…. Thankfully there plenty of amazing verse novels that are likely turn even the most sceptical young readers into poetry lovers. Just don’t tell them it’s poetry. Verse novel sounds so much cooler. Booked / Kwame Alexander Kwame Alexander […]
We’re truly living in a golden age of children’s literature. Not only is there is an incredible amount of fantastic material available, we’re finally starting to see a real rise in the variety and diversity of stories being told and shared. As a woman and a feminist, I’m particularly thrilled to see so many excellent […]
It’s Ready Set Learn / Welcome to Kindergarten season, that special time of year when children’s librarians across Vancouver visit elementary schools and talk to parents and caregivers about helping their children become strong, confident readers. Each presentation usually lasts no more than 10-15 minutes, so it’s vital that speakers be as efficient and engaging as […]
When it comes to reading, I am decidedly omnivorous. I’ll happily devour a little historical fiction here, a bit of fantasy there, maybe some mystery sprinkled about, with a taste of science fiction to finish. But my most commonly enjoyed genre would have to be nonfiction, or more precisely, narrative nonfiction. I love writers like […]
In this edition of the Tales from the Wild, we’ll be looking at the fine art of booktalking. Not sure what a booktalk is? Here’s a helpful introduction from BookTalk Colorado, a great resource for newbie book talkers: A book talk is NOT a review or a book “report.” A book report tells somebody you read the […]