Resource 4: Features of good cover design

Background information / subject knowledge for teacher

  1. Eye-catching – a potential reader is attracted to the ‘look’ of the cover.
  2. The title is carefully positioned on the page and stands out clearly.
  3. The title encourages readers to open the book.
  4. The words of the title and the name(s) of the author(s) are easy to read.
  5. The use of colours attracts the reader.
  6. The use and position of images (drawings or photographs) on the page attracts the reader and these images are ‘connected’ with the book.
  7. There is some ‘open space’ on the cover so that the design is not too ‘crowded’.

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Resource 3: Turning pupils’ stories into a ‘Big Book’