Most Beautiful Illustrated Book Covers

The cover of a book is at work long after it catches your eye from a book shelf. It’s at work when you put it down on your bedside table, or stand holding it on a crowded subway car. It extends the story after you turn the last page: when you come to the end of a book you wished would never end, and stare at the cover art as if that was where you’d find more.

These covers are completely magical and unforgettable.

1. Le livre de Contes de mon enfance (The Book of my Childhood Tales), written by Anne Lanoë, art by Júlia Sardà

Book Cover of Le livre de Contes de mon enfance (The Book of my Childhood Tales)
Hansel & Gretel

2. Nightlights, written and illustrated by Lorena Alvarez

Nightlights Book Cover Illustrated by Lorena Alvarez

3. She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein, written by Lynn Fulton, illustrated by Felicita Sala

She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein

4. A Series of Unfortunate Events. The Bad Beginning. Written by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Karl James Mountford

Dollcloud blog Lemony Snicket Book Cover.jpg

5. Journey to the Center of the Earth, written by Jules Verne, illustrated by Carlo Giovani

Dollcloud blog Book Covers Journey to the Center of the Earth Carlo Giovani.jpg

6. Beauty Belongs To The Flowers, written by Matthew Sanborn Smith, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu

Dollcloud blog Book Covers Beauty Belongs To The Flowers, Matthew Sanborn Smith, art by Yuko Shimizu.jpg

7. The Melancholy of Mechagirl, written by Catherynne M. Valente, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu

Dollcloud blog Book Covers The Melancholy of Mechagirl, Catherynne M. Valente, art by Yuko Shimizu_.jpg

8. You Only Live Twice, written by Ian Fleming, illustration by Michael Gillette

You Only Live Twice art by Michael Gillette

9. Dancing with the Tiger, written by Lili Wright, illustrated by Aitch

Dollcloud blog Book Covers Lili Wright, Dancing with the Tiger, design by Aitch.jpg

10. Nobody is Ever Missing, written by Cteherine Lacey, AD by Charlotte Strick, illustrated by Patrick Leger

Nobody is Ever Missing Book Cover illustration by Patrick Leger

11. Amberlough, written by Lara Elena Donnelly, illustrated by Victo Ngai

Dollcloud blog Book Covers Amberlough Irene Gallo.jpg

12. Stardust (Bụi Sao), written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Bui Tam

Dollcloud blog Book Covers Bui Sao.jpg

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