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Covering the Newbery (#57): Bridge to Terabithia

One of the more beloved Newbery winners is up for a cover redo – let’s see what flickrCC, splashup, and PicMonkey can do today…

1978: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: The age-old dilemma – would kids dig it? Signs point to (shaking Magic 8-Ball) “Don’t count on it”.

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Up next week: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

(Source image: “The Fir Trees” http://flic.kr/p/4KeKJj)

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. The whole cover thing is such an issue! I used to hate all the new covers but I must admit I have a daughter who really does judge her books on them… The ‘hip’ new covers have made a difference a number of times.