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Covering the Newbery (#59): A Gathering of Days

1980: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: The original is a cover in need of jazzing up. My jazzing may not be jazzy enough.

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Up next week: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson

(Source images: “Open Tattered book”
“iPhone Background”

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. Your version is far superior to the original.

    • Thanks – if you like it, all credit goes to the illustrator who’s artwork I used. If you click the credit at the bottom, you can see more of her work.