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Children’s Literature: Makeover Edition

I’ve noticed something lately.

A batch of books returning with a new look.

First it was the updated paperback covers for The Babysitter’s Club:

Out with the old:

In with the new:

And more followed. Also receiving the make-over treatment?


Original cover:

Now it’s:

Side note: Ramona has been updated so many times, there’s now a book about all the artistic updates over the years:

No Flying in the House is back with a new cover:

Previously . . .

Now . . .

Chrysanthemum is looking fresh:

How it was:

How it is:

So is Poppy:

Old Poppy:

New Poppy:

Two Little Trains is back this year with brand-new illustrations by Greg Pizzoli:

Here’s the original:

Here’s the Pizzoli versh:

And Ashley Wolff did something unique – she completely re-illustrated one of her own previous books, Only the Cat Saw.

Here’s the original:

Here’s the update:

Any other updates this year that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments.

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.