They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cov­er, but is there any­thing wrong with judg­ing – or rather, appre­ci­at­ing – book cov­ers them­selves? At JBC, we def­i­nite­ly don’t think so. In fact, this is one of my favorite times of the year because I get to do exact­ly that: reflect on the intrigu­ing, bril­liant, and beau­ti­ful book cov­ers pub­lished in the past twelve months. Here are ten standouts. 

Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

The Sea Ele­phants by Shas­tri Akella

Return to Latvia by Mari­na Jarre, trans­lat­ed by Ann Goldstein

A Gift of Feath­ers by Ken Schept, illus­trat­ed by Romi­na Galotta

Stock­holm by Noa Yedlin

The Veg­an by Andrew Lipstein

The Mar­riage Box by Corie Adjmi

All-Night Phar­ma­cy by Ruth Madievsky

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.