Instead of doing a seasonal display for December I decided to make a book display that could transition into the new year (I’m hoping to do an award winners display after the Youth Media Awards announcements are official).
After thinking about it, I decided to do a color-based display. There’s an old joke in bookselling and libraries that people will often ask for a book by saying they don’t remember the title but it had a blue cover with a dog on it. (Invariably when you find the title it will be a red book with a cat on the cover but that’s a different story.)
I chose to take that as my starting point for my display before heading off to my trusty PicMonkey to start creating graphics.
I started with an 8 by 10 graphic with my display title.
PicMonkey has a lot of themes which include premade backgrounds that I used as swatches here. Their comic book theme (with the building backdrops) proved especially helpful for this display.
After that I made some book signs with quotes. Goodreads cover view of all of the books I’ve read was very helpful with this. I also wanted to pick books with different genres, protagonists, and a diverse mix of authors which I kept in mind while making my choices.
For this display I chose The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough.
I could quote from this entire book because there are so many good parts but this quote is my favorite and I think one that’s really indicative of the book. The comic theme also conveniently includes an image with the Seattle skyline where this book is set so I included that as well for a little pop of color.
Next I made a graphic for The Truth Commission by Susan Juby.
It’s no secret that this book was one of my favorites from 2015. It’s also another highly quotable one that has a great cover so this image basically made itself.
Next I made a graphic for The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness which has a great iconic blue cover.
I rounded out the display with Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten.
I’m especially pleased with the way the branches behind this quote mirror the matches on the book cover.
Obviously the only choice for a background on this sign was blue paper. When I was making the display, the library was short on paper. I had one piece to work with and a stack of program flyers printed on blue paper. I wound up cutting all of the scrap paper into smaller pieces and spreading them out to make a patchwork design which turned out looking really great.
And here’s the display with some books in front of it (blue covered, of course):
To make things even more fun, this display got some author love recently on Twitter from the lovely Melissa Walker:
Have you ever seen (or made?!) a blue book cover display? What’s your favorite book with a blue cover?