Presenting . . . The Undies!


It’s okay.

We’ve all done it.

Stripped off the dust jacket to expose the naked underbelly of that brand new picture book. Peeked underneath the taped-on-Mylar of library books, desperate for an Easter egg or two. Sighed with delight and intrigue when we catch a glimpse of that unexpected story.

When the case cover functions as a design feature, we’re all aflutter.

Are you?

Go on. Look underneath.

Travis Jonker of 100 Scope Notes and I are proud to announce a new award dedicated to the case cover: The Undies.

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What is a case cover? This is a case cover. And we want to award the cream of the crop.

Here’s how The Undies will work:

Now through November 1st, 2016 we are accepting nominations for the best case covers of 2016.

In November, Travis and I will announce shortlists in a variety of categories and then we’ll open up the polls. The winner will be decided by popular vote (see also: you). We’ll announce the winners shortly thereafter.

To nominate a case cover for the 2016 Undies:

  1. Check out the case cover gallery we have going at Design of the Picture Book (that’s right here, in the upper right of the main page) – if the case cover you want to nominate is already there, no need to nominate it again.
  2. Make sure your nomination was published in 2016.
  3. If the case cover you want to nominate is not in the gallery and was published in 2016, take a picture and send it to me at carterhiggins (at) gmail (dot) com. Put THE UNDIES in the subject line.

Anyone (including publishers) can nominate.

It’s time to recognize this unsung part of the book – what do you say?



  • Mary Worley
    Posted May 24, 2016 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    Carter, this is brilliant!

  • Posted May 24, 2016 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Yes! So fun, and I cannot wait to see who the finalists are!

  • Posted May 24, 2016 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    I love this!!!

  • Posted May 24, 2016 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    What a great idea, Carter! I love it. It’s going to be super fun.
    Also love the little illustrations with the exhibitionist book. 😉

  • Posted May 24, 2016 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Carter, this is awesome! I’d love to share this, but can never find any share buttons on your site. Am I missing them?

  • Ingrid Boydston
    Posted May 26, 2016 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    i thought it was just me! I didn’t know it was an actual “thing”! Fantastic title for the award too! Now I have to add ” So,I can win The Undies!” to my “why I want write picture books” answer. Enough quotation marks in this comment?