Under the Dust Jacket

Under the Dust Jacket: Fun Elements of Picture Books

I’d like to share what many picture book makers get really excited about – the chance to create endpapers (the decorated leaf of paper at the beginning or end of a book, especially one fixed to the inside of the cover) and/or a cover case (the cover of a book underneath the dust jacket). Often the case is the same as the cover on the dust jacket, but occasionally it’s different, and like the endpapers might add to the story, allude to it, or just be pure fun!

I was very lucky to have the opportunity to make both illustrated endpapers and a case for my illustrator-debut, LOUIS, written by Tom Lichtenheld, author and NYT-bestselling illustrator! It releases on October 6, 2020 available to order through Old Firehouse Books (hint-hint!).

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Here are some examples of other delightful endpapers and cases that are on our shelves right now:

Cover and endpapers: How to Find a Bird, by Jennifer Ward and Diana Sudyka

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Cover and endpapers: Barnabus Project, by The Fan Brothers 

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Cover and endpapers: This Is Gus, by Chris Chatterton

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Cover and endpapers: Where’s Baby?, by Ann Hunter

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A few examples of the case underneath the dust jacket…

Cover and case: You Are Home, by Evan Turk

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Cover and case: Ten on a Twig, by Lo Cole

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Cover and case: Fern and Otto, by Staphanie Graegin

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You can purchase any or all of these sumptuous picture books (the stories are just as gorgeous as the covers and endpapers!) by clicking on their titles above. If there are any kiddos 4 and under on your holiday lists this year, get your present-shopping done early and stash these beautiful books in the closet until it’s time to stick them under the tree!

Remember, we offer home delivery on Wednesdays and Saturdays–no need to leave your house or wait for the mail! We’ll drop your books at your door like magic!

Happy reading!

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