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Covering the Newbery (#38): The Witch of Blackbird Pond

What with all the standard weekly commotion, I realized that I didn’t post my weekly attempt to update the cover of a Newbery-winning book. That’s not good – I got a lot of these things to go.

Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery.

So, better late than never…

1959: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Up next week: Onion John by Joseph Krumgold

(Source Image: “Blackbird”

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, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. This is my favorite Newbery re-cover yet!


  1. […] held at gunpoint or something) I might pick The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. image […]

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