Book covers are the first thing people notice about a book, be it at a bookstore, at the library or even online. A book cover needs to be attractive and eye-catching, pique one's interest with a glimpse of what the story is about while at the same time keeping readers guessing how it will develop. It should make one wants to get the book, browse, take it home.
Interesting enough, book covers are usually the last piece of artwork produced when working on the final art. A lot of thinking goes into the making of a book cover, so valuable input comes from many sources: editorial, art direction and design, publicity and marketing. Titles can also change in the process, which means new covers need to be created.
The title for Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear went through a number of changes. At one point, it was called The Great Hibernators -- below is a rough sketch for a possible cover:
I was lucky to be working with book designer Annie Ericsson: a book designer has a profound effect on a book and especially on the cover. She picked the type fonts, put together the jacket (front and back covers, spine, front and back flaps) and came up with what I think is just the perfect cover for this story, don't you think?