Book Covers (Pun Intended): These are NOT Your Normal Book Reports!

By Rhonda Jenkins, elementary school librarian

Being the avid Twitterer that I am, I came across Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s Book a Day designs. She was inspired by Donalyn Miller’s Book a Day challenge. I in turn was inspired by Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s way to represent Donalyn Miller’s challenge. Whew, that’s a lot of inspiration! Being inspired by others usually leads to some great wonders of your own!

Debbie Ridpath Ohi is an author and an illustrator. If I may say so myself, she is extraordinary! She frequently shares her beautiful creations on Twitter (@inkyelbows). Her book a day creations inspired me to give it a try.

I have to admit, I’m having so much fun creating what I call “book covers.” Here’s my #22: Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell newly adorned by the Caldecott Medal!! Definitely a distinguished American picture book for children!


I have created 22 and have in queue 12 others. As I continue to read great books, I’ll have many, many, many more.

I designed a guide for making them: Make a copy and adjust as needed. You are more than welcome to use my example or create one according to your own style.

I appreciate one of Ohi’s recent Tweets: “If you love a book, write a nice review. It gives the author encouragement on days they want to take up scorpion petting.  — Liana Brooks”

Share your book covers on social media and include the author’s handle. They truly do love seeing their books get this extra coverage. It’s an honor to be able to give them encouragement to keep doing what they do so well!

Besides Twitter and Facebook, I also post my book covers on a public Padlet page:  

I taught  my 3rd through 5th grade students how to create a book cover. You can see their work here: They, too, are very inspired to continue to create them on their own!

Both of these Padlet pages as well as Ohi’s ( can be used as perfect places to go for book recommendations!

As I have been inspired, hopefully, I too can inspire others to cover the books they read with Book Covers!