Sacramento Public Library

Go ahead—judge a book by its cover

Our book cover contest for teens brought in creative entries.
You know that old saying about how you should “never judge a book its cover”? Sometimes it might be more accurate to say, “That book could sure use a new cover!”  
With that in mind, in September Teen Librarian Justin Azevedo asked area teens to redesign the covers of some of their favorite books for a contest. All of the entries were laid out for Library staff to vote on during our annual Staff Day.

What are the prizes? The top winners each got a copy of the book with their winning cover printed onto it. In some cases, Sacramento Public Library will circulate a copy of that book with the special cover.
“Every single entry received at least five votes, which means that every single entry was judged by somebody as the absolute best in the contest,” Justin said. “Everybody should be extremely proud.”

Justin has made a YouTube video to talk about the contest and the results. But here are two of the top winners, with Justin’s comments:
The Odyssey Cover
Drawing, Ages 12-15
Klaude Matias, North Natomas Library
The Odyssey, by Homer
Justin says: “Everyone loved the beautiful hand-drawing.”

The Jungle Cover
Drawing, Ages 16-19
Brandon Garcia, North Natomas Library
The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
Justin says: “Stark…Everyone agreed that it was a uniquely creative reimagining and perfectly encapsulated the book’s theme.”

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