For a librarian, few things are sadder than seeing a young reader turn up their nose at an awesome book simply because they’ve been turned off by a horribly dated book cover.
Fortunately, publishers seem to be catching on, and have been publishing stunning new editions of timeless stories with beautiful cover art designed to attract and engage a new generation of readers.
Sterling Publishing hired a fashion illustrator to put a fresh new spin on Jane Austen’s classic love stories in the hopes of attracting young adult readers.
This stunning, manga-esque Penguin Classics edition of Jane Eyre captures the dark, gothic (and dare I say pretty messed up) qualities of Bronte’s novel.
If you’re trying to catch the eye of the Minecraft generation, why not capitalize on their obsession with computer games? The Puffin Pixels Series from Penguin features classic adventure stories paired with classic video game-inspired cover art, targeted at middle school-aged readers. Other action-oriented stories in the collection include Treasure Island, Robin Hood and Swiss Family Robinson.
I absolutely adored E. Nesbit’s stories as a child, so I was thrilled to see that Random House has brought out beautiful new editions of The Railway Children and Five Children and It as part of their new Vintage Classics line.
These editions of L. M. Montgomery’s series of Anne novels from Tundra Books feature paper artist Elly MacKay‘s stunning hand-created miniature works of art, and are undoubtedly among the most beautiful book covers I have ever seen.
Have you seen any beautiful new editions of classic children’s books? Do you like these new covers, or do you long for the classic covers you loved as a child? Let us know in the comments below!