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Covering the Newbery (#67): Lincoln: A Photobiography

1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: I like this one. Mine doesn’t use a photo, which seems kinda crazy, but I like how it uses words (in this case, the text of the Gettysburg Address) to resemble a well-known photo of Lincoln.

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(Source image “Lincoln : Gettysburg Address text” http://flic.kr/p/xVM4U)

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. This one is a beauty!

  2. I agree. Clever and pretty awesome.

  3. I wasn’t sure how you could do this one better, but I think this may be your best cover yet! Well done and so visually (and texturally) appealing!