Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 158: Middle Grade (Part 52)

Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I pay tribute to some of the best and brightest the publishing world has to offer in the way of book cover design.


Please Note: As always, I’ve done my best to credit the designers and artists responsible for the stunning covers below, but was unable to find this information for a number of those listed. If you know of an uncredited designer and/or artist responsible for any of these book covers or if I’ve credited someone incorrectly, please let me know and I would be happy to include proper attribution in this post. Their work is lovely and deserves attribution.

Important: I unequivocally support the HarperCollins Union, who have been on strike since 11/10/22 in order to fight for a much-deserved fair contract for their workers. That said, this post does include HarperCollins titles so as to acknowledge and honour the work of the designers and artists who created them. The HarperCollins Union has explicitly asked that HarperCollins titles not be boycotted, which you can see here. To see a complete list of how you can best support the HarperCollins Union, please click here. A portion of the proceeds made through the purchase of books via their Strike Solidarity Bookshop Page go directly toward their hardship fund.


01. The Pearl Hunter by Miya T. Beck


02. Clouds Over California by Karyn Parsons


03. North of Supernova by Lindsey Leavitt


04. Vivian Lantz’s Second Chances by Kathryn Ormsbee
Cover design by Corina Lupp, Cover art by Paula Zorite


05. We Still Belong by Christine Day
Cover design by Celeste Knudsen, Cover art by Madelyn Goodnight


06. The McNifficents by Amy Makechnie
Cover art by Ariel Landy


07. Out There by Seaerra Miller
Cover art by Seaerra Miller


08. When Impossible Happens by Jane De Suza


09. A Spoonful of Time by Flora Ahn
Cover art by Jenny Park


10. Grounded by by Aisha Saeed, S.K. Ali, Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and Huda Al-Marashi
Cover design by Chelsea Hunter, Cover art by Celia Krampien


11. Far Out! by Anne Bustard
Cover design by Dan Potash, Cover art by Ceej Rowland


12. Shannon In The Spotlight by Kalena Miller
Cover design by Katrina Damkoehler, Cover art by Maike Plenzke


13. Skating On Mars by Caroline Huntoon
Cover design by L. Whitt, Cover art by Violet Tobacco


14. Totally Psychic by Brigid Martin
Cover design by Neil Swaab, Cover art by Vanessa Morales


15. Winnie Zeng Vanquishes A King by Katie Zhao
Cover art by Sher Rill Ng


16. The Paper Daughters of Chinatown: Adapted For Young Readers From The Best-Selling Novel by Heather B. Moore and Allison Hong Merrill


17. The Gray by Chris Baron
Cover design by Rich Deas, Cover art by Celia Krampien


18. Back To The Bright Before by Katherin Nolte
Cover art by Jennifer Bricking


19. The Big Sting by Rachelle Delaney
Cover design by Emma Dolan, Cover art by Morgan Goble


20. The Bellwoods Game by Celia Krampien
Cover art by Celia Krampien

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Hi! I’m Jen! I’m a thirty-something introvert who loves nothing more than the cozy comfort of home and snuggling my two rescue cats, Pepper and Pancakes. I also enjoy running, jigsaw puzzles, baking and everything Disney. Few things bring me more joy than helping a reader find the right book for them!

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