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Covering the Newbery (#17): The White Stag

In the grand tradition of “well, why not?” I’m attemting to redo the cover of every Newbery-winning book from 1922 to today. And look, we’re up to…

1938: The White Stag by Kate Seredy

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: Kinda cool, but a bit out there for a kids book cover.

Read Previous Covering the Newbery Posts:

1937: Roller Skates

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: “save me from myself” http://www.flickr.com/photos/7935264@N02/3178526259)

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. Katherine Brobeck says:

    K. Seredy’s books were really important to me as a pre-teen. The original cover has the mythical and heraldic flavor of the book’s contents [of course it does, it’s by the author]. The stag is not just a stag. This is a retelling of the legend of a country’s founding, don’t mess with it!!