20 Beautifully Designed Book Covers of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”

The writing world lost a titan last week with the passing of Harper Lee, author of the Pulitzer prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, a piece of work that has earned its place on every required reading list worldwide—and for good reason. First published in 1960, it is as relevant today as ever, examining race, class, crime, morality, and the spectrum of the human soul.

The book was tremendously successful, selling 30 million copies and translated into 40 languages; however, Lee largely hid from the limelight for most of her life. Still, her famous novel remains a lasting reminder of the issues we have still yet to conquer.

Like all good pieces of art, To Kill a Mockingbird also continues to inspire creatives around the world. Writers, of course, consider it a masterpiece of storytelling. But designers are also drawn to the work. Thanks to its rich imagery, many designers have rendered their own versions of the book’s cover, each eager to create something as powerful as the book’s content.

In honor of Lee’s legacy, we’ve gathered some of our favorite examples. From simple typographic treatments to detailed illustrations, here are 20 compelling covers of To Kill a Mockingbird. 

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Design by Jamie Whitelaw

Design by Ariana Greear

Design by Ariana Greear

Design by Dominic Chung

Design by Dominic Chung

Design by Luis E. Quevedo

Design by Luis E. Quevedo

Design by Khoa Nguyen

Design by Khoa Nguyen

Design by Jesslyn Tan

Design by Jesslyn Tan

Design by Abby Pratchios

Design by Abby Pratchios

Design by Kelley Gilbert

Design by Kelley Gilbert

Design by Ashlee Wood

Design by Ashlee Wood

Design by Kara Collins

Design by Kara Collins

Design by Lynsey Thompson

Design by Lynsey Thompson

Design by Ally Simmons

Design by Ally Simmons

Design by Dan Almond

Design by Dan Almond

Design by Ashley Kittrell

Design by Ashley Kittrell

Design by Meagan Murray

Design by Meagan Murray

Design by Siobhan Ford

Design by Siobhan Ford

Design by Johnny Chambers

Design by Johnny Chambers

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