Lesson Essential Question

  • How are books marketed?
  • What is the importance of a book cover?
  • Why are book covers an important aspect of marketing?

Daily Agenda Book Cover


Book Cover Guide


Book covers usually give us our first clue of what a book will explore. From a book cover, we can often tell what genre of book, the age level of the readers, the information that the book will discuss, and even what other readers think about the book.

Every book has a front cover, back cover, and a spine. Because they help protect the paper pages of the book, these parts are usually made of heavier paper or cardboard. In addition, these parts of the books cover help readers identify the book as well as persuade potential readers to consider the title. Many hardcover books also have a dust jacket, a piece of paper that wraps around the book’s cover to protect it. Literally, dust jackets were wrapped around the book like a jacket and were intended to keep dust off of books. Dust jackets have front and back cover, front and back flaps, and a spine.

Directions: after reading your Autobiography create a book cover that summarizes important information regarding the autobiography.


The front cover of a book typically features the title of the book in a clear and obvious way. The letters usually stand out in some way from the other details that may be included on the cover. You will often find the name of the book’s author and illustrators on the front cover as well. Normally, these names are in a smaller-sized text than the title. The front cover of a book often includes a picture that illustrates any of the following: one or more characters, the setting, and/or a specific event.

Directions: create a front cover for your autobiography. Be creative by include the name of the person, key phrases, specific events, etc. This front cover will define the adventure of the book. The target market is drawn to this piece of the book cover. It should be attention grabbing.

Back Cover

The back cover of a book can include any information that might interest readers in the book. The example back cover shown can lists the names of poets whose poems are included in the book. On another book, you might find an excerpt from the story, a short summary of what the book’s contents, or reviews of the book by other readers. You might also find a short outline or shortened table of contents.

On some books the illustration from the front cover wraps all the way around the book, so you will see a continuation of the scene from the front of the book extended across the back. Back covers may also include graphics that highlight important text, such as a box that highlights a review.

Back covers sometimes include the book’s title, author, illustrators, and publishers as well. You will also be likely to see an ISBN symbol, the barcode symbol that is used for pricing and inventory by publishers and book sellers. The list price of the book, the price suggested by the publisher, may be included on the back cover.

Directions: create a back cover for your autobiography. Be creative by include facts, statistics, events, summary, review from “potential readers”, etc. After viewing the front cover, the target market will peruse the back cover for more defining information.


A book’s spine is the smallest part of the cover, but often it’s the most important part. The spine is the first thing that a reader sees when browsing a group of books lined up on a bookshelf or stacked up in a pile. The spine includes the basic identifying information about the book:
  • The book’s author
  • The book’s title
  • The book’s publishers
  • Sometimes the spine will also include a small icon or trademark.

Directions: create a spine for your autobiography. Include the author, the title, the publisher, and an icon/trademark.


The front and back flaps on a book’s dust jacket include additional details about the book, all meant to entice you to read the book. Generally speaking, the front flap discusses the contents of the book and the back flap focuses on the book’s authors and illustrators. The front flap can include any of the following features
  • An excerpt from the book
  • A general summary
  • A description of the book’s contents
  • Details on any awards the book has won

The front flap is often like a very short book report: its purpose is to provide just enough details to entice reading the book. The back flap of a book, on the other hand focuses on telling you about the people behind the book. The back flap can include these details:
  • A biographical note on the authors
  • A biographical note on the illustrators
  • Identifying information on the publisher
  • The list price of the book, the price suggested by the publisher may be included on either the front or back flap.

1. Front Flap: include a summary of the autobiography. Include important information pertaining to this person, awards that he or she may have won or important milestones in his or her life.
2. Back Flap: include a summary of why you choose this autobiography. What did you know before reading the book, what did you learn after you read the book. How has this changed your perspective of this person?


When creating this book cover you will be evaluated on the following requirements
  • Front Cover
  • Back Cover
  • Spine
  • Front Flap
  • Back Flap
  • Creativity
  • Content Knowledge
  • Mechanics (spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, etc.)
  • Works Cited: http://easybib.com/

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