Judging a Book by its Cover

Judging a Book by its Cover

Although my kids are getting a bit older, they still enjoy picture books and I must say I’m still very drawn to beautifully illustrated books. I have several books sitting in my Amazon cart that I’m debating purchasing for Christmas gifts. I have not seen any of these books in person and am simply judging each book by its cover art and reader reviews.

Are any of you familiar with these lovely looking books? I would love to hear about real readers responses to these lavishly illustrated children’s books. The covers alone are scrumptious eye candy.

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Picture Books with Amazing Cover Art:


The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski


Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi


Beyond the Pond by Joseph Kuefler


A Tower of Giraffes: Animals in Groups by Anna Wright


Journey by Aaron Becker


The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes


Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson

Illustrated by Sydney Smith


Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue

Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski


Pool by JiHyeon Lee


Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

Illustrated by Jon Klassen


Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire Your Thinking by Elin Kelsey

Illustrated by Soyeon Kim

Michelle ~ Wee Folk Art


  1. Get “Sleep Like a Tiger” out of the cart and in to your hands! It’s brilliant!

  2. Extra Yarn is a favorite with my little knitter 🙂

      1. I know I’m a little late, but my 6yo (also named Annabelle, which is the main character’s name), LOVED this book! We got it at our library and I’ll probably purchase it soon!

  3. Sorry can’t help but do you have a book store or library nearby that you could look at them in person? They all look really good by the covers 🙂

  4. We have Journey and Extra Yarn.

    Journey is sweet – no words printed, so there are many ways of telling the story, and inviting kids to tell the story. Being able to articulate and explain things is such a fantastic skill, and gives kids a great feeling of mastery.

    Extra Yarn is the sweetest book ever. Being a knitter, it brings tears to my eyes. The best.

    This is such a beautiful list. I can’t wait to hear the reviews of others.. I might just add a few to my own gift list. Thank you for starting this!

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