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Covering the Newbery (#71): Shiloh

What is Covering the Newbery?

1992: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: I went photo, which I like to try to avoid, but this is one time where I think the kid interest would be high. As the old book cover adage goes – “when in doubt, put a dog on the cover”.

Up next week: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant

(Source Image: “Good Boy” http://flic.kr/p/d3WxrW)

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. I would love to have the name of the fonts you use in your post. Just in case one catches my eye.

    About the cover – I’m not fond of the original art, but it does capture the relationship.

  2. My kids all love the Shiloh series! They read it in 4th grade as part of a class assignment.

  3. I remember loving that cover when I was a kid! I felt like it beautifully captured the moral dilemma he was going through… the doubt and uncertainty and love for the dog and desire to do the right thing…

  4. I prefer your cover!

  5. Your re-design is awesome. It would’ve pulled me in as a kid–and I’m not even a dog person…