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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 new language to read a book with such a hip title.

1966: I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: Pretty weird.

Up next week: Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt

(Source image: “NYC – Metropolitan Museum of Art – Juan de Pareja” http://flic.kr/p/4dnQfD)

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. “Pretty weird,” perhaps, but I happen to love your cover– this may be possibly my favorite recover yet. (I haven’t actually read the book to tell how well it reflects the contents– but I WOULD pick it up, at least!)