Flight of a Starling: Cover Thoughts

design book cover

By Danielle Carnito, Trade Art Director

A novel cover came across my desk sometime last year, from one of our UK partners. That cover was for Flight of a Starling, by Lisa Heathfield. As we’re publishing the North American version of this book (coming out on Feb 5, 2019!), my job at this point was to assess whether the existing cover design would work for our particular market. Read More

Cover Design for Girls on the Line

girls on the line cover

By Emily Harris, Senior Graphic Designer

I enjoy working on jigsaw puzzles, which is probably part of the reason why I love my job so much. Every book cover is a new challenge, and it often feels like I’m putting a puzzle together. For example, how do you take a 232-page book set in China about two best friends who work together in a factory, and deal with some very challenging events and situations in their lives, and sum all of this up in a compelling visual?

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Cover Design, Eating, and Leaving Your Comfort Zone (To Save Our Planet!)

food and diet for a changing climate

by Laura Otto Rinne, Senior Art Director, School Library Division

Like many of us, I annually resolve to eat better—less junk, less fast food. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find a new vegan restaurant in my city that makes a perfect knock off of “the-franchise-which-must-not-be-named” signature hamburger.  In place of the two all-beef patties was a mix of wheat and soy protein. It was tasty and sustainable; proof that it is possible to satisfy a fast food craving without the heart disease or carbon footprint. Read More