Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

I've Got Harry Potter's Back! (...Back Cover Art, That Is)

From the original first edition cover of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The seventh (and final) paperback editions of the Harry Potter series will be released by Scholastic on August 27, 2013. Illustrated by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Kazu Kibuishi, they are being printed in celebration of September's 15th anniversary of the first U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling's first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. (Mary GrandPré's original art will continue to be featured on the hardcover and digest paperback editions of the books.)

From the 7th edition cover of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

How well do you know the Harry Potter books? - take this quiz.

There is lots of excitement about Kubuishi's new book covers.  If you haven't already seen them, you can view them in detail here.

Lately, even the back covers are getting press (they're great, in my opinion - I love the use of  the visual perspective and how it focuses attention on the significance of the memorable quotes to the plot of each book).

What do you think of the artwork for the final paperback editions of HP?
For a new generation of HP readers - Are you a parent on the fence about letting your child read Harry Potter?  Stay tuned...


  1. We love the Harry Potter books! My husband is currently reading the first book to our oldest two. They are really enjoying it!