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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Jen is a thirty-something Canadian book blogger and bibliophile currently residing in the wilds of suburbia. Aside from a penchant for older men, particularly those with the surnames Firth, Elba and Norton, Jen is also passionately interested in running, Mad Men, and Marilyn Monroe. In addition to being a voracious reader and self-proclaimed television addict, Jen is also an aspiring children and youth services librarian who would like to pursue a MLIS and better help readers find the perfect book for them.

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