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Covering the Newbery (#68): Joyful Noise

I am now convinced that I’ve spent more time browsing Flickr creative commons licensed photos than anyone. Top five at least. That’s how I come up with the Covering the Newbery covers, with occasional assists from Photoshop and Splashup, and always with the help of PicMonkey. Today we close out the 80s with…

1989: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman

Original Cover:

Joyful Noise Covering the Newbery (#68): Joyful Noise

My Redo:

Cover 1989 Joyful Noise Covering the Newbery (#68): Joyful Noise

Side by Side:

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Verdict: I like the illustration, but not totally eye-catching.

Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery.

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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. Miss K says:

    A huge improvement! Butterflies don’t make any noise, joyful or not!

  2. Owen Gray says:

    What is your browsing technique on Flickr’s creative commons? I’ve looked and looked for photos as unique as the ones you’ve been using for Covering the Newbery and always come up empty handed.

    Love this one, btw!

    • Travis says:

      Thanks Owen – I just do an advanced search, select CC licensed images, then type keywords from the book into the search box. For this one I searched for voices, talking, words to come up with the image.

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