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Covering the Newbery (#72): Missing May

What is Covering the Newbery?

1993: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by side:

Verdict: Brighter! But, as has happened in the past, the new cover doesn’t give many hints about what’s inside.

Up next week: The Giver by Lois Lowry

(Source Image: “dear diary” http://flic.kr/p/8hzzkJ)

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. This is beautiful. Missing May is one of my favorite books. Why are the smallest books always the saddest ones? I love the cover but I wonder why you chose pink for the majority? The pattern seems right–kind of tear-stained–but I wonder if there was a reason you chose that particular palette. The tree is perfect!


  2. I love Missing May too. And I definitely like your cover better than the original. It has kind of an Appalachian feel to it.

  3. I like your cover better than the original! :) I will have to read this book.