Pop! Goes The Reader’s 25 Favourite YA Book Covers of 2020

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.

Book cover design can play an important role in a book’s success or failure. While certainly not the only contributing factor, for the casual reader perusing the shelves of their local library or bookstore, a book’s cover offers one of the earliest introductions to the story contained within its pages and can help differentiate it from the thousands of other titles surrounding it. Book cover design is one of my passions, and given that I spend much of the year celebrating it in its many shapes, forms and iterations in my weekly feature, Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover, I thought it might be fun to compose a list of what I thought were some of the most effective, eye-catching and beautiful examples of book cover design for in 2020. You can find Pop! Goes The Reader’s Favourite Book Covers Of 2019 Here!

Please Note: I’ve done my best to provide credit for the cover designers, illustrators, artists and photographers responsible for the work below whenever possible, but was unable to find this information for a number of those listed. If you know of an uncredited individual responsible for any of these book covers below or if I’ve made any mistakes, please let me know and I would be happy to include proper attribution in this post. Their work is lovely and deserves to be credited.

The covers below are listed in no particular order.

01. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
Cover design by Erin Fitzsimmons, Cover art by Rachelle Baker

02. Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
Cover design by Corina Lupp, Cover art by Charlie Bowater

03. Late To The Party by Kelly Quindlen
Cover design by Kerri Resnick, Cover art by Kerri Resnick

04. I’ll Be The One by Lyla Lee
Cover design by Molly Fehr, Cover photo by Michael Frost

05. Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power
Cover design by Regina Flath, Cover art by Allison Reimold

06. Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Cover design by Chris Kwon, Cover art by Alex Cabal

07. The Falling In Love Montage by Ciara Smyth
Cover design by Jenna Stempel-Lobell, Cover art by Spiros Halaris

08. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Cover design by Kerri Resnick, Cover art by Kristen Solecki

09. Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Cover design by Laura Eckes, Cover art by Laura Breiling

10. Coming Up For Air by Nicole Tyndall
Cover design by Casey Moses, Cover art by Pedro Tapa

11. A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
Cover design by Lesley Worrell, Cover art by Alex Cabal

12. Sia Martinez and The Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
Cover design by Laura Eckes, Cover art by Jeff Östberg

13. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
Cover design by Laura Eckes, Cover art by Hillary Wilson

14. Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore
Cover design by Liz Dresner, Cover art by Cat Finnie, Lettering by Mike Burroughs

15. Unravel The Dusk by Elizabeth Lim
Cover design by Alison Impey, Cover art by Tran Nguyen

16. A Cuban Girl’s Guide To Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey
Cover design by Karyn Lee, Cover art by Andrea Porretta

17. This Is Not A Ghost Story by Andrea Portes
Cover design by Alice Wang, Cover art by Francesco Bongiorni

18. You Say It First by Katie Cotugno
Cover design by Jessie Gang, Cover art by Ana Hard

19. Kind Of A Big Deal by Shannon Hale
Cover design by Aurora Parlagreco, Cover art by Ana Hard

20. By The Book by Amanda Sellet
Cover art by Monique Aimee

21. Love, Jacaranda by Alex Flinn
Cover design by Molly Fehr, Cover art by Matt Carlson

22. You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson
Cover design by Steph Yang, Photography by Michael Frost, Hand Lettering by Maeve Norton

23. We Unleash The Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Cover design by Molly Fehr, Cover art by Cristina Pagnoncelli

24. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Cover design by Erin Fitzsimmons, Cover art by Bijou Karman

25. We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu
Cover design by Sasha Vinogradova, Cover art by Sasha Vinogradova

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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!