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Covering the Newbery (#69): Number the Stars

Today we enter the 90s in my little book jacket redo experiment, and it’s a doozy. Number the Stars remains a popular Newbery winner. Let’s see ho this goes…

1990: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: The original cover indicates elements of the story – mine does not. Original wins this battle.

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Up Next Week: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

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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. Tony Robinson says:

    Hi Katie
    This one grabbed my attention straight away and said “I want to read it” – the wistful expression says “what lies behind it- what is the history that gives rise to the expression?”
    and the star – brilliant – what influence does it have in the story, why is it separate?
    When my seven novels are ready for publication, I want you as the illustrator – well done.