Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover

Have you ever loved a book but hated its cover? Or not read a book because the cover was boring? Today, learn how to make a paper book cover and use your creativity and knowledge of the book of your choosing to make a new, more fitting cover. 

This project is one of the virtual literacy through art classes hosted on Facebook Live from 1:30-2pm every Wednesday and Friday. Materials and instructions are posted here afterwards. Tune into the live classes to ask questions, give suggestions, and interact with other students who are stuck at home!

If you want to watch the recording of the live video, check out our Facebook page or Youtube channel!


  • newspaper, wrapping paper, or flattened paper bags
  • optional: blank paper to draw on
  • scissors
  • tape
  • something to write and draw with
  • a book!


  1. Choose a book that you think needs a new cover. Whether you think it’s ugly, boring, doesn’t give the potential reader a real picture of what the story will be about, or anything else.
  2. Use these instructions to create a paper book cover!
  3. Once your paper book cover is complete, decide what you are going to put on your very own cover. It can be anything you think is fitting. Will it be eye-catching? How you imagine your favorite scene looks? A portrait of the main character? An important symbol from the story? Something aesthetically pleasing, like a design? How are you going to design it to reflect the content of the book?
  4. If you made a paper book cover out of newspaper, glueing a blank sheet of paper and drawing on that is recommended so that your creation is easier to see.
  5. In addition to the cover, you can also add to the bind or back of the book. Sometimes the bind has the title and the author. Sometimes the book cover of the book has an author’s biography, a blurb (or summary of the story) or more illustrations!
  6. Put the book with your new and improved cover back on the bookshelf and the book is bound to get more attention than it did before!

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