Look at the book I checked out from Warwick Public Library today!
I've heard of/thought of having kids design new book covers, but I worried it would hurt the circulation of the book. Although I often disagree with the way publishers market books, I recognize that kids are attracted to current-looking covers.
However, when this book appeared in my stack of holds, I thought: Hmmm, which book is that? Did I place a hold on some diary book? I didn't immediately notice that the cover was designed by a kid, and I think that's because of a trend started by Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The series' popularity has inspired lots of diary books, as well as lots of books with stick figures and handwritten titles.
So this is the moment! If ever we were going to have kids draw new covers for books, we should do it now, when hand-drawn art is associated with the most popular childrens books in the library.