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Name that LEGO Book Cover!

LEGOs and children’s literature have come together in the past with some pretty great results.

Who can forget the LEGO Pigeon by Mark Anderson?


Or these LEGO creations by Hilary Leung?

8bit picture books

I used this website to (virtually) create some LEGO book covers. See how many you can get.















How’d you do?

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. Genius idea — I’m sure there will be a book full of these one day.

  2. I’m curious: Did you actually build these with Lego? Or is there a computer program out there that Lego-fies images? Either way, very cool! If you did it physically, that’s an impressive amount of work, too!

    • Travis Jonker says

      Hi Sondy – I did not build them. I went to a website called brickit.co. The site does let you download plans for how to build the images too

  3. Totally fun.

  4. And I totally, um, * borrowed * the idea and posted some covers over at my blog. (Giving you proper credit for the idea, of course)


  5. Five out of seven. Not bad!

  6. I only got two – Last Stop on Market Street and The Snowy Day. Definitely fun, though. :)

  7. I only got three – the same two as Lisa and No David. Still fun.

  8. I missed Bud, not Buddy ???

  9. Later this afternoon it occurred to me this should be applied to iconic album covers as well. Here’s five from my past — can you guess what any of them are?


  10. OUR COPY OF THE BFG HAS A DIFFERENT COVER. (This is my way of saying I only got four out of seven and am wildly competitive and resentful.)

    (Seriously, Travis, this is AMAZEBALLS.)

  11. Very Cool!! Thank you for sharing. Going to try this with my class.

  12. 6/7 for me. The last was tough, likely because it was a white background instead of light blue.
    My 2nd and 4th graders got 4/7.
    Super fun. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Love this! I hope you don’t mind that I used your idea as inspiration to create a Kahoot it for my middle schoolers! https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/c8dd64ec-962a-4c0c-8cc8-88c5d8b6434d

  14. Did you edit the book cover (remove or change some of the colors) a little after you uploaded the picture to make it a little more challenging? I love the idea so I am trying it, but it seems like all the covers I have uploaded, students would know too quickly.

    • Travis Jonker says

      Under the Mosaic Size I changed the number of BasePlates to a lower number – that should make it more difficult

  15. Pat Connor says

    May I use some of your book covers for a “Guess the Book” program at our public library in Rochester NY?
    Thanks. These are totally awesome.

  16. I missed Bud, not Buddy and The BFG, but the others jumped right out at me! Fun!