Every great book deserves a great cover. Sadly, many of the greatest classics in the public domain are left with poorly designed or autogenerated covers that fail to capture what makes these books exciting and inspiring to us. We're asking illustrators, typographers, and designers of all stripes to create new covers starting with 100 of the greatest works of fiction in the public domain. Together we can help to keep these classics fresh, modern, and accessible to new generations of readers.

Thanks to a new partnership with the White House, New York Public Library, and the Digital Public Library of America, select Recovering The Classics covers are made available on ebooks for schools and libraries across the country.

Your Cover Should:

  • Depict the front cover of one of the listed titles, prominently displaying the book’s title (larger) and the author’s full name.
  • Be a vertically oriented, 12" by 18" RGB image at a resolution of 300dpi (3600 by 5400 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG
  • Be bold, expressive, and engaging
  • Be legible in black and white
  • Be a full bleed image (no margins or borders)
  • Keep a safe area of at least 1" on all sides (don’t place text too close to the edge)
  • Optional: Include an apparel file that is layered or includes a transparent background (AI, PSD, PNG, TIFF) (Be sure to outline any fonts used)

Your Cover Shouldn’t:

  • Include urls or logos (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Use copyrighted images or images that don't belong to you. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license.
  • Rely overly on cliches

Book List:

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Aesop's Fables by Aesop
Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Andersen's Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
Emma by Jane Austin
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Dubliners by James Joyce
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Grimm's Fairy Tales by Brothers Grimm
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Howards End by E. M. Forster
Inferno by Dante Alighieri
Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
Jungle Tales of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table by Author Unknown
King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Middlemarch, A Study of Provincial Life by George Eliot
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Oliver Twist, or the Parish Boy's Progress by Charles Dickens
On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Paradise Lost by John Milton
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Tess of the D'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented by Thomas Hardy
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Ambassadors by Henry James
The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights by Unknown
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Federalist by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay
The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion by Ford Madox Ford
The Grand Inquisitor by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Lady with the Dog and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
The Legend of Sleep Hollow by Washington Irving
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne
The Lost Continent by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dicken
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
The Professor by Charlotte Bronté
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
The Works of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and None by Frederich Nietzsche
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Ulysses by James Joyce
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
What Maisie Knew by Henry James
White Fang by Jack London
Winesburg Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte