Kick-Start Creativity CONTEST: Book Cover Re-Creations

We are always looking for ways to stay creative and entertained at home, and we think you might be too! So, the Library will be issuing challenges to help kick-start your creativity using only materials found around your house. Are you up to the challenge?

Get creative around the house—and win!

Have you ever looked at a pile of socks or a tube of cake icing and thought, “this would make a great book cover re-creation”?

Well, you’re in luck! Inspired by the Paul Getty Museum’s painting re-creationsopens a new window, and challenged by Calgary Public Library, we are issuing a task to you: Kick-start your creativity by re-creating your favourite book cover using materials found around your house.

Whether you decide to use real fruit to re-create the cover of Each Peach Pear Plum or a rainbow scarf to use for Nine Perfect Strangers, the choices are up to you.

We’ll collect your re-creations and post them in this blog post, in a gallery.

We've extended the time frame for submissions and sweetened the pot with a contest. Share yours by July 1, 2020 to be entered for the chance to win a $50 gift card from Bookmark Halifax. See how, below!

How to create and submit

Share your re-creation by July 1, 2020 to be entered in the contest and ncluded in our gallery.

  1. Stage your perfect book cover re-creation (or several!) at home. Find inspiration in the examples and links above.
  2. Take a photo of the final product. You do not need to be featured in the photo—we will be sharing all photos of book covers with or without people in them. This is up to you! (Please see Consent section below.)
  3. Optional: Use a free online tool like, like we did, to add the book title and author to your image.
  4.  Submit by email: Email with the subject line “Kick-Start Creativity" by July 1. Please add the photos as attachments, and note the original book title if not apparent in the image. Feel free to give your first name to receive attribution in the gallery, or submit anonymously!
    Or submit by social media: Post your image on social media using the hashtag #KickStartCreativityHfx by July 1. Your account on Instagram or Twitter must be set to public for us to access the images. Posts on Facebook must be set to public for us to access the image. Please include the original book title cover if not apparent in the image.

We will gather all entries and post them in this blog to share and highlight the talents of our community!

Contest details

After July 1, we will put all of the submissions in a random draw for a $50 gift card from Bookmark Halifaxopens a new window. You will be entered once for every re-creation you submit. Halifax Public Libraries' Contest Ineligibility Policy applies. You must be a resident of Halifax Regional Municipality to win this contest. However, everyone is welcome to participate, regardless of location.

The winner will be contact via the method by which they submitted their photo(s)—email or social media—and announced in this blog post and on the Library's Facebook page.


By submitting your photo, you give Halifax Public Libraries and its partners non-exclusive permission to use content of and/or made by the participant for digital or print publications. You understand that this may include, but is not limited to, social media posts, websites, newsletters, advertisements, posters and pamphlets. You also understand that on occasion, Library photos, video, audio, or publications may be shared with media outlets and community partners for use in promotions of Library events, initiatives, and stories. You certify that no other person's permission is needed to authorize the use of said images or content. You agree that Halifax Public Libraries cannot be held liable for images or content used with my consent. 

Check back here soon

We’ll collect your submissions here, and share them in a gallery in this blog post, post-July 1.

Some inspiration: Our re-creations

New York Public Library has also been creating some awesome book covers. Check them out!opens a new window

We welcome your respectful and on-topic comments and questions in this limited public forum. To find out more, please see Appropriate Use When Posting Content. Community-contributed content represents the views of the user, not those of Halifax Public Libraries