The Best Book Covers of 2018

The Best Book Covers of 2018

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We know, we know. You’re supposed to read books, not judge them by their covers. But here at Bookish, we’re strongly in favor of appreciating the words inside books as well as the designs adorning them. So, with that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite book covers in 2018, sorted by genre. They say not to judge books by their covers… but your secret is safe with us!

Picture Books

Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

Illustration by Oge Mora

Found by Jeff Newman and Larry Day

Illustration by Larry Day

Ocean Meets Sky by Terry and Eric Fan

Illustration by Terry and Eric Fan

She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lynn Fulton, illustrated by Felicita Sala

Illustration by Felicita Sala

So Tall Within by Gary D. Schmidt, illustrated by Daniel Minter

Illustration by Daniel Minter

Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Illustration by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Middle Grade

Lu by Jason Reynolds

Illustration by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass by Lilah Sturges, illustrated by polterink

Design by Alexa Sharpe

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

Illustration by Amy June Bates

The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta

Designed by Elizabeth B. Parisi, illustrated by Vivienne To

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

Design by Kelley Brady

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis

Designed by Elizabeth B. Parisi, illustrated by Levente Szabo

Young Adult

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Design by Aurora Parlagreco, illustration by Ruben Ireland

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Design by Jenna Stempel-Lobell, art by T.S. Abe and Billelis

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Design by Kerri Resnick, art by Agata Wierzbicka

Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

Design by Chloë Foglia

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Design by Samira Iravani, art by Adams Carvalho

Young Adult Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

Design by Sourcebooks

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Design by David Curtis and Alison Donalty, photograph by Gustavo Marx

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Art by Simon Prades

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Design by Richard Deas

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Design by Jim Tierney

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Design by Karina Granda, art by Sean Freeman


A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole

Design by Nadine Badalaty

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

Design by Chelsea McGuckin

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Design by Colleen Reinhart, background design by Marina Sun

Science Fiction & Fantasy

How Long ’til Black Future Month? by N. K. Jemisin

Design by Lauren Panapinto, image by CreativeSoul

Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

Design by Greg Stadnyk

Vengeful by V. E. Schwab

Design by Will Staehle

The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

Design by Larry Rostant

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Illustration by Tommy Arnold

Vita Nostra by Sergey Dyachenko and Marina Dyachenko

Mystery & Thriller

The Infinite Blacktop by Sara Gran

Design by Alex Merto

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

Design by Elsie Lyons

The Elizas by Sara Shepard

Design by Kyoko Watanabe

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Design by Michael J. Windsor

She Be Damned by M. J. Tjia

Design by Simon Levy

The Outsider by Stephen King

Design by Will Staehle


Calypso by David Sedaris

Design by Peter Mendelsund

Educated by Tara Westover

Design by Joseph Perez and Rachel Ake, art by Patrik Svensson

A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa

Design by Rachel Adam Rogers

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Design by Alison Forner

The Recovering by Leslie Jamison

Design by Alison J. Warner


Evening in Paradise by Lucia Berlin

Design by Na Kim

The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon

Design Jaya Miceli

There There by Tommy Orange

Design by Tyler Comrie

We Begin Our Ascent by Joe Mungo Reed

Design by Zak Tebbal

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Design by Jaya Miceli


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