The Best Book Covers of 2016

The Best Book Covers of 2016

They say not to judge books by their covers, but we just can’t seem to stop ourselves. The year 2016 heralded the publication of many books with fantastic covers, making us even more excited about reading (and that’s saying something). Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite 2016 book covers from each genre. From stark minimalist designs to lush, saturated images, there’s a lot to love about this year’s covers.

Click each cover to get a closer look at the design.

Picture Books

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Clarion Books
Candlewick
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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HMH Books for Young Readers
Enchanted Lion Books

Middle Grade

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Iacopo Bruno
Carolrhoda Books
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Henry Holt and Co.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Young Adult Contemporary

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Kristin Logsdon
Design by Liz Dresner and Elaine C. Damasco; photograph by Michael Frost
Design Elaine C. Damasco; art Dominique Falla
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Matt Roeser
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Young Adult Sci-Fi & Fantasy

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Erin Fitzsimmons
Design by Maria T. Middleton; illustration by Spencer Charles
Design by Kristin Smith; cover art by Lisa Perrin
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Design by Thomas Walker and Richard Deas; cover art by Thomas Walker and John Bartlett
Tor Teen

Romance

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Kensington
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Dutton
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Avon
Avon

Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Charles Brock
Devin Washburn
Janet Hansen
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David Mann
Design by Chelsea McGuckin; art by David Wu

Mystery & Thriller

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Jaya Miceli
William Morrow
Oliver Munday
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Little, Brown and Company
Christopher Brand

Nonfiction

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Lynn Buckley
Bloomsbury USA
Liveright
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Jamie Keenan
Simon & Schuster

Fiction

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Adalis Martinez
Peter Dyer
Phil Pascuzzo
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Na Kim
Alex Merto

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