The end of the year is a time for reflec­tion, and regard­less of what our pre­vail­ing emo­tions about 2022 might be, look­ing back at the year’s book cov­ers always brings the JBC team unmit­i­gat­ed joy. Whether it’s for their daz­zling illus­tra­tions or unique designs, here are ten cov­ers to enjoy well into 2023 (and beyond!). 

Dr. B by Daniel Birn­baum, trans­lat­ed by Deb­o­rah Bragan-Turner

Shmutz by Feli­cia Berliner

Thistle­foot by Gen­naRose Nethercott

Book design by Christo­pher M. Zucker

Tomor­row, and Tomor­row, and Tomor­row by Gabrielle Zevin

Jack­et design by John Gall

Human Blues by Elisa Albert

I’d Like to Say Sor­ry, but There’s No One to Say Sor­ry To: Sto­ries by Mikołaj Gryn­berg, trans­lat­ed by Sean Gasper Bye

Cult Clas­sic by Sloane Crosley

Designed by Abby Kagan

The Very Best Sukkah: A Sto­ry from Ugan­da by Shoshana Nam­bi, illus­trat­ed by Moran Yogev

Bec­ca Kan­tor is the edi­to­r­i­al direc­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil and its annu­al print lit­er­ary jour­nal, Paper Brigade. She received a BA in Eng­lish from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia and an MA in cre­ative writ­ing from the Uni­ver­si­ty of East Anglia. Bec­ca was award­ed a Ful­bright fel­low­ship to spend a year in Esto­nia writ­ing and study­ing the coun­try’s Jew­ish his­to­ry. She lives in Brooklyn.