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Covering the Newbery (#16) Roller Skates

After a brief Spring Break hiatus, my weekly attempt at Newbery spruce-ification continues. 73 to go.

Seventy three Newbery covers on the wall, seventy three Newbery covers…

1937: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: A nice update, but I’m not sure the kid appeal is there.

Read Previous Covering the Newbery Posts:

1936: Caddie Woodlawn

1935: Dobry

1934: Invincible Louisa

1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

1932: Waterless Mountain

1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven

1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow

1928: Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon

1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James

1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman

1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles J. Finger

1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Boardman Hawes

1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon

(Source Image: “Memories of Hope in the Age of Disposability” http://www.flickr.com/photos/truthout/5143411575/)

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. Better, but it needs more roller skates–not sure I really see it in the font treatment. Hope you had a fine break.

    • I think I agree with you on the font, Ed – it doesn’t work as well as it could. Through this process I’m getting a new appreciation for fonts and how they can make or break a cover.

  2. I kinda like it. Maybe a bolder background color or larger title or brighter colored title. But I love the roller skate “R’s.”