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Covering the Newbery (#15): Caddie Woodlawn

1936: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: I think kids would pick this up. My concern is that it might give the impression that Caddie Woodlawn is a YA book. It’s also very nondescript among current covers. Your thoughts?

Read Previous Covering the Newbery Posts:

1935: Dobry

1934: Invincible Louisa

1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

1932: Waterless Mountain

1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven

1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow

1928: Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon

1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James

1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman

1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles J. Finger

1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Boardman Hawes

1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon

(Source Image: “Memories of Hope in the Age of Disposability” http://www.flickr.com/photos/truthout/5143411575/)

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. I really like this redo. I want to do a similar project with my students.

  2. My immediate reaction “Caddie wasn’t a teenager.” So, yes, the new cover does give it a YA feel. But I like what you are attempting to do.

  3. This was one of my favorite books as a kid! While I’m partial to Trina Schart Hyman’s cover, I really like your redo. It feels much more fresh and I think it would work to entice kids to pick it up off the shelves.

  4. My thought was also, too YA. And the dress looks medieval, not pioneer, but that’s me being picky about costume history.

  5. We had a new cover made for the musical:

  6. We had a new cover made for the musical:
    I really like your modern update, but Caddie is very young when she starts the book, so it does look a little YA, but it is really fresh.


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