Brilliant Book Covers: The Best Covers of May 2019

Brilliant Book Covers: The Best Covers of May 2019

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You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can admire a beautiful cover design anyway. At least, that’s how the Bookish editors feel about it. Here, we’ve rounded up May 2019’s best book covers and selected three favorites in each genre. We suggest adorning your shelves with these beauties in addition to, of course, reading them!


Rabbits for Food by Binnie Kirshenbaum

Design by Soho Press

Where We Come From by Oscar Casares 

Design by Tyler Comrie, photo by Richard Cummins

The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

Design by Robin Bilardello


Furious Hours by Casey Cep

Design by Jenny Carrow

The Edge of Every Day by Marin Sardy

Design by Kelly Blair

Mystery & Thriller

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Design by Janet Hansen

The Sentence Is Death by Anthony Horowitz

Design by Will Staehle

The Night Before by Wendy Walker

Design by Olga Grlic


The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Design by Ella Laytham

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Design by Kerri Resnick, illustration by Colleen Reinhart

Rebel by Beverly Jenkins

Design by Patricia Barrow, illustration by Anna Kmet

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Design by Will Staehle

Longer by Michael Blumlein

Design by Christine Foltzer, photograph by David & Myrtille

Gather the Fortunes by Bryan Camp

Design by Will Staehle

Young Adult

Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

Design by Erin Fitzsimmons, art by Samona / Scared of Monsters

Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

Design by Hachette Book Group

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Design by Erin Fitzsimmons, art by Erick Davila

Young Adult Sci-Fi & Fantasy

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

Design by Corina Lupp, art by Libby VanderPloeg, photography by Michael Frost

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

Design by Katie Klimowicz, art by Kevin Tong

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad

Design by Scholastic Press

Middle Grade

The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets by Gayle E. Pitman

Design by Jay Marvel and Sara Corbett, illustration by Michele Rosenthal

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Illustration by Anoosha Syed, lettering by Jenna Stempel-Lobell

Picture Books

Hello by Fiona Woodcock

Illustration by Fiona Woodcock

Camp Tiger by Susan Choi, illustrated by John Rocco

Design by Dave Kopka, illustration by John Rocco

My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña

Illustration by Zeke Peña

The Bookish Editors
The Bookish Editors are a team of writers who aim to give readers more information about the books, authors, and genres that they love while also introducing them to new titles, debut writers, and genres they never thought they’d read.


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