Ashley Halsey

Ashley Halsey – Designer

I'm an art director, graphic designer and illustrator that loves book design, typography and the interplay of graphics and text.


I have over 14 years of book design experience. I've worked at HarperCollins on interior layout design of lifestyle books, biographies and cookbooks, at Macmillan Children's books designing full package picture books, chapter books and YA novels, and various other publishers as a freelancer. I love the outdoors, baking, making all kinds of things, and I especially love doing work for socially conscious organizations. I'm also an illustrator, specializing in watercolor, and nature in particular. My illustrations have been in numerous books, published by both large and small publishers. My most recent book is Find a Moose With Me!, a children's picture book.
Education & Reference History Home & Garden Nature
Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy Picture Books Romance

Work experience

Macmillan Children's Books

Sep, 2011 — Sep, 2014 (about 3 years)

Worked on covers and interiors for Feiwel & Friends, Henry Holt, Square Fish and Swoon Reads

HarperCollins Publishers

Mar, 2008 — Sep, 2011 (over 3 years)

Designed book interiors for William Morrow and IT! entertainment and lifestyle books.


Beautiful Songbirds celebrates the beauty of 30 of the most melodious backyard birds found in North America and abroad. Artist Ashley Halsey has created original watercolors of each bird in their natural landscape. Accompanying each lovely illustration is the ... read more
James Van Der Zee was just a young boy when he saved enough money to buy his first camera. He took photos of his family, classmates, and anyone who would sit still for a portrait. By the fifth grade, James was the school photographer and unofficial town photog... read more
In this delightful debut by a talented husband-and-wife team, Mo Romero is a zombie with a deep, dark secret...he loves vegetables!
For anyone who enjoys a mystery with a sense of humor! A young kindergarten teacher and moonlighting accordionist turns amateur sleuth when she becomes a suspect in a bizarre murder.Ella Polansky is as hip as a kindergarten teacher can be. No apple or alphabet... read more
“Ken Dychtwald maps out where success intersects with meaning—and he provides the tools to help you find your own unique crossing.”—Deepak Chopra, M.D., author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success A New Purpose, written by Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., and Daniel J.... read more
Many girls in elementary and middle school fall in love with the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. What they don't always realize is that Wilder's books are autobiographical. This narrative biography describes more of the details of the young Laura's... read more
This whimsical, fairy tale of a novel stars fascinating, quirky characters, a dash of magical realism, and a unique setting sure to charm the hearts of readers young and old. Love is real in the town of Grimbaud and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high ... read more
All sorts of animals flutter and hum, dance and stretch, and slither and leap their way through this joyful collection of poems in English and Spanish. Julie Paschkis's poems and art sing in both languages, bringing out the beauty and playfulness of the animal... read more
A neuroscientist transforms the way we think about our brain, our health, and our personal happiness in this clear, informative, and inspiring guide—a blend of personal memoir, science narrative, and immediately useful takeaways that bring the human brain into... read more
Jumped In

Patrick F.

Sam has the rules of slackerhood down: Don't be late to class. Don't ever look the teacher in the eye. Develop your blank stare. Since his mom left, he has become an expert in the art of slacking, especially since no one at his new school gets his intense pass... read more
Welcome. Have a seat. Let us tell you a story. But be warned. Home Sweet Horror isn't just any tale. This is a Scary Tale. Meet Liam Finn, who's just moved into a new home with his father and sister. But this old house that seems empty, isn't . . . Bloody Mary... read more
Based on Volumetrics, named the Most Effective Diet of 2011 by The Daily Beast, The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet by Dr. Barbara Rolls with Mindy Hermann offers smart, simple, science-based strategies for losing weight and keeping it off. In this beautiful full-co... read more
Our mission: to make math a fun part of kids' everyday lives. We all know it's wonderful to read bedtime stories to kids, but what about doing math? Many generations of Americans are uncomfortable with math and numbers, and too often we hear the phrase, "I'm j... read more
Eleven-year-old Danny O'Neill has never been what you'd call adventurous. But when he wakes the morning after a storm to find his house empty, his parents gone, and himself able to hear the thoughts of a dying tree, he has no choice but to set out on a quest t... read more
“A comprehensive and inspiring must-have guide for quarter-life cooks everywhere.”—Merrill Stubbs, author of The Food52 Cookbook“Cara and Phoebe have figured what takes some of us a tad longer to realize. We can cook anywhere, anytime, with anything on any bud... read more
Placid Girl

Brenna E.

Punk was created for the malcontents, something that loner and aspiring drummer Hallie understands all too well. Trapped in a boring suburban life – dysfunctional parents included! – Hallie drowns her angst in the angry songs of Haze, a masked musician who has... read more
Vivien Thomas's greatest dream was to attend college to study medicine. But after the stock market crashed in 1929, Vivien lost all his savings. Then he heard about a job opening at the Vanderbilt University medical school under the supervision of Dr. Alfred B... read more
"One stop shopping! Maria shows us girls how to successfully juggle it all while looking fabulous. I love her lazy woman workout and yummy recipes!" —Kim Kardashian"[Maria] is a beautiful, hard working lady who has a will and way to make things work for hersel... read more
Kate and Lucie are best friends. Kate is neat and Lucie is messy. Kate wakes up early and Lucie loves to sleep in. But both girls love, love, love dogs! Unfortunately, Kate and Lucie live in apartments where dogs are not allowed. Instead of real dogs, they hav... read more

Ashley has 8 reviews





Bryan H.

Bryan H.

May, 2023

Ashley was a pleasure to work with, and her experience and skills helped create a great final product.
Renee B.

Renee B.

Nov, 2022

This the second time I’ve worked with Ashley on my books. She is fantastic! Easy to talk to and collaborate with, very punctual and at times delivers earlier than expectations. She has a wonderful eye and full of creativity. I will definitely be working with her again in the future. Thank you Ashley! Renee Bolla
steven R.

steven R.

Jun, 2022

Ashley was amazing! Her conceptual understanding of my book is abundantly clear in how she designed the interior. It is perfect! She was exceedingly patient with my lack of knowledge and understanding of how the publishing process works. She responded quickly to my questions and screw-ups. She was very encouraging, supportive, and professional at all times. I will certainly use her again and re...
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steven R.

steven R.

Apr, 2022

Ashley was wonderful to work with! Her eye for detail and conceptual grasp of my book ensured continuity between the cover theme and design and page layout, style, and organization. She created seamless transitions between each chapter and section within each chapter. I was unfamiliar with the steps and process of book publishing. She was very patient and gracious in answering my less than arti...
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Ashley H.
Thank you Steven! It was a delight to work with you as well.
Renee B.

Renee B.

Mar, 2022

Ashley was wonderful to work with! I appreciated her open communication, her creative guidance and her collaborative approach. I could not have brought my book to life without her expertise. Many thanks to her and the partnership she provided throughout my journey. I hope to work with her again in the future.
Ashley H.
Thank you Renee! You've been great to work with too.

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