Young Hoosier Book Award Extravaganza - Book Poster Tips

Things to Think About Before Starting

  • Where does your book take place?
  • Who is your main character?
  • What does that character want? What’s their goal?
  • What gets in their way of reaching that goal?
  • What choices do they have to make?

You don’t have to include all of this information in the poster, but thinking about it in advance will help you brainstorm a good place to start.

Script Checklist

  • Book title
  • Author and/or illustrator’s name(s)
  • Authentically advertises the book

General Tips

  • Grab the viewer’s attention! You want your poster to JUMP off the wall and pull your viewer in! There are several ways to do this: use bright colors, use big images of the characters or interesting elements of the book - anything to draw the viewer in without being misleading is okay!

  • Use simple symbolic art to raise interest while staying true to the story. For example, the simple image of round framed glasses under a lightning bolt immediately makes us think of Harry Potter.

  • There are many wonderful font types out there. Try to choose one that reflects the story in your book.
  • Clearly introduce the concept of (or an angle of) the book.
  • Leave the viewer wanting to know more and no spoilers!
  • Add a tagline, a kind of slogan for the book, to generate further interest.
  • Make sure to use your own original art, or find free or non-copyrighted images to use on your poster. Visit the Library's Level Up resources to learn a little more about searching for these.

Here’s an example book poster we created for the graphic novel Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm: