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Covering the Newbery (#40): Island of the Blue Dolphins

A story problem:

As of today there are 90 Newbery-winning books. My plan is to give each one a new cover. This is my 40th Covering the Newbery post. How many more posts will I need to complete the project?

90-40=50 posts

Aw, man – I’m not even half way?! I better get crackin’.

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1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: I think it’s hard to beat an actual human on the cover of a book, but my attempt might be a draw for the dolphin lovers out there.

Up next week: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

(Source Image: “Dolphin Song” http://flic.kr/p/5S1iMM)

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 love your new cover. Much more appealing! Now to get it to publishers.