Cover Design: Children's/Young Adult


See below for the list of 2021 winners in the COVER DESIGN: CHILDREN'S / YOUNG ADULT  category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

The Christmas Ass
2021 Gold Winner

Author: Jana Enloe, illustrated by Z. Pullen, designed by Lois Rainwater 

Publisher: Between Two Commas, LLC

ISBN: 978-0-578-69263-0

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Big sister JJ selfishly demands expensive gifts for Christmas. When JJ doesn’t get exactly what she wants, she throws a tantrum and makes everyone else feel terrible. Is Christmas ruined? Or will JJ learn the true spirit of gift giving? A slightly irreverent, but totally relatable, original Christmas story.

50 Million Years of Whales
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Ted Rechlin (cover design by Ted Rechlin)

Publisher: Rextooth Studios

ISBN: 978-1-59152-273-7

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Whales are animals of super proportions. Like all things super, there is a spectacular origin story to be told, Join award-winning author/illustrator Ted Rechlin on a dive into the depths of time to discover the fascinating back story that is the evolution of whales.

Buddy's Magic Window: A Little Dog's Big Adventure
2021 Silver Winner

Author and Photographer: Dennis Glennon, cover designed by Karen McDiarmid Design

Publisher: Dennis Glennon Photography

ISBN: 978-0-6924087-3-5

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Lost in the foggy forest, how will a golden retriever puppy find his way home? Join Buddy as he meets many woodland animals on his BIG adventure. An inspiring tale of bravery, trust, friendship, kindness, and believing in oneself. Award-winning photos guide you on Buddy’s magical journey.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the COVER DESIGN: CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

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Star Wars: The Secrets of the Jedi
2020 Gold Winner

Author: Marc Sumerak

Publisher: Insight Kids

ISBN: 978-1-6838370-2-2

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Join Jedi Master Luke Skywalker on a fully interactive journey. Discover the world of Star Wars’ Jedi through this fun and fully interactive reading experience.

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Get Back in the Book!
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Larry Issa, illustrated by Emma Chadwick

Publisher: Kalamus

ISBN: 978-1-9999267-0-0

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The characters from a young writer's story have escaped to explore the world! Can YOU convince them to get back in the book? This extraordinary tale illustrates the powerful and positive impact of books and storytelling.

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Rowdy Randy
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Casey Day Rislov, illustrated by Zachary Pullen

Publisher: Casey Rislov Books

ISBN: 978-0-578-42945-8

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Rowdy Randy, a horsefly legend, will jangle your spurs and blow your cowboy hat clean off. Vivid art portrays realistic animals and landscapes.

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