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Covering the Newbery (#50): Summer of the Swans

We’ve hit #50 in the series that keeps on giving. And giving. Each week we’re moving into more recognizable covers. Speaking of… 1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: I like the illustration on the original – I think mine could have used something more. Click […]

Covering the Newbery (#49): Sounder

1970: Sounder by William H. Armstrong Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: Black and white can be a tough sell, but I like the image. Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery Up next week: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars (Source image: “.a particular frienD” http://flic.kr/p/7dCEzD)

Covering the Newbery (#48): The High King

1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander Original Cover: My Redo Side by Side: Verdict: Not a big fan of this one, although I can see it getting some attention. You win some, you lose some. Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery Up next week: Sounder by William H. Armstrong (Source image: “Swords” […]

Covering the Newbery (#47): From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: Brown usually has a tough go of it in terms of shelf appeal, but I think this one turned out fun. Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery Up next week: The […]

Covering the Newbery (#45): I, Juan de Pareja

I always redo the covers of Newbery-winning books here, but why not titles? I mean, there’s a lot of potential there. Take I, Juan de Pareja, for instance. Why not give it a cooler title? Actually, they already did: This is the Spanish edition, but I think English-speaking kids would be willing to learn a […]

Covering the Newbery (#44): Shadow of a Bull

Shadow of a Bull has already shown up ’round these parts, drawing comparisons to Dwight Schrute’s shirt as Unfortunate Cover #15. Today a gauntlet-shaped dust jacket has been thrown down as it is the next cover I must redo in my mildly fun attempt to re-jacket every Newbery-winning book. Here goes… Click here for the […]

Covering the Newbery (#43) It’s Like This, Cat

Every Monday, a Newbery-winning cover gets a redo. For more of the good, bad, and badder, click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery. 1964: It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Neville Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: Definitely a different tone. Up next week: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska (Source […]

Covering the Newbery (#42): A Wrinkle in Time

I started this little exercise in redoing the covers of every Newbery-winning book because some could use an update. Today we have a book sporting a cover that seems to be perfectly back in style. In fact, it’s the 50th anniversary of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and the new commemorative edition is just […]

Covering the Newbery (#41): The Bronze Bow

Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery. 1962: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: More like The Bronze Boooo! Can they all be winners? No, they cannot. Up next week: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Source Image: “Archery Practice” http://flic.kr/p/66WL5m)

Books on Film: A Brief History of Newbery/Caldecott on the Today Show

Looking for something to fill the void left when the Today Show failed to interview the 2012 Newbery and Caldecott winners? This one’s for you. First, a question or the masses: Articles I read about the Today Show Newbery/Caldecott snub says the interview has taken place “for many years” or it was “traditional” or an […]

The 2012 Newbery, Caldecott, and Geisel: Winners and Reactions

The 2012 Youth Media Awards have been bestowed. Let’s chat about the categories that are nearest and dearest to me. Newbery Medal: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos Newbery Honor: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai Newbery Honor: Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin Who knew what was going to happen here? […]

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’. Click […]

Covering the Newbery (#39) Onion John

Bringing you amateur cover redos since 2010… Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery. On with the show! 1960: Onion John by Joseph Krumgold Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Up next week: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (Source Image: “simple pickled onions” http://flic.kr/p/8h9451)

Covering the Newbery (#38): The Witch of Blackbird Pond

What with all the standard weekly commotion, I realized that I didn’t post my weekly attempt to update the cover of a Newbery-winning book. That’s not good – I got a lot of these things to go. Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery. So, better late than never… 1959: The Witch of Blackbird […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2012: The Home Stretch

The time seems right (in my opinion, it’s never really wrong) to check back in on how the Newbery and Caldecott races are shaping up. I’ve already shared my 2012 Caldecott predictions, but this time out the scrutinization tools of choice are the 2012 Newbery and Caldecott lists on Goodreads. If you’re not familiar, Goodreads […]