Elynn Cohen

Elynn Cohen – Designer

A versatile, creative, collaborative book design professional who designs covers and interiors with a focus on the children's market.


• Book design and art direction, including covers and interiors of picture books, novelty and board books, middle grade fiction, young adult novels, non fiction, coffee table books, adult mystery and poetry.
• Design of marketing materials including print ads, posters, brochures, animated banner ads, packaging and catalogs.
• Have worked with both large and small publishing houses as well as self publishing authors.
• Advanced proficiency in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, with training in E-Book creation.
Children’s Non-Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Middle Grade Picture Books Young Adult
Works with
  • Various books I've designed have been recognized with awards at the New York Book Show, the Society of Illustrators, as a National Book Award Finalist, and with a Quill Award. 
  • BFA from Syracuse University in Illustration

Work experience


Sep, 2005 — Present

Independent art director and designer of book jackets and interiors, brochures, catalogs, packaging, ads, posters and marketing materials for a number of different clients, including publishers, toy companies, and a gallery. I have collaborated on design projects with: Apples and Honey Press, Arctis Books, Behrman House, Begin Smart Books, Bhuddapus Ink, Blue Apple Books, Bookbinders Guild of New York, Briarpatch Toys, Clarion Books, Dutton (Penguin), FAO Schwartz, Farrar Straus and Giroux, (Macmillan Kids), Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan Kids), Gefen Publishing House, Grosset and Dunlap (Penguin), Henry Holt Books for Young Readers (Macmillan Kids), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hyperion Books (Disney), Imprint, (Macmillan Kids), Luminus Publishing, Marshall Cavendish, Modern Publishing, National Geographic School Publishing, NorthSouth Books, QBS Learning, The Pete Seeger Project, The Pierro Gallery of South Orange, Puffin Books (Penguin), Random House, Red Comet Press, Roaring Brook Press, (Macmillan Kids), Scholastic, Sideshow Media, SmartInk, Stafford House Books, Story Grid Publishing, Square Fish (Macmillan Kids), Sterling Publishing and St. Martin's Press.

HarperCollins Publishers

Apr, 1988 — Apr, 2006 (about 18 years)

Design of jackets and interiors for frontlist hardcover books in the children's design department. Involved in all stages of bookmaking from jacket and cover design, creating layouts, choosing type, discussing illustrator choices and artwork styles, and getting materials ready to be printed. Advanced proficiency in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Extensive color correcting experience. Worked closely with editors, artists and creative directors. Supervision of freelancers and design assistants.


'Twas December 24th, and three brave knights were just settling in for the night when out on the drawbridge, there arose such a clatter! The knights try everything to get rid of this unknown invader (Santa Claus!), a red and white knight with a fleet of dragon... read more
A behind-the-scenes exploration of a LEGO master's body of work―for LEGO enthusiasts of all ages.Kids love building with LEGO bricks, and so do "professional kids" like Sean Kenney. After twelve years writing code and designing websites for major corporations,... read more
Surf's Up

Kwame Alexander

Surf's up! Not yet, Dude! Books are boring! Not this one! Bro and Dude have very different ideas about how to spend the day at the beach. But as Bro continues to gasp and cheer as he reads his book (Moby Dick), Dude can't help but get curious. Before you can s... read more
Acclaimed author Shana Corey and New York Times Best Illustrated, Caldecott Honor, and Coretta Scott King Honor–winning artist R. Gregory Christie deliver a fresh look at President John F. Kennedy and his relationship with the civil rights movement.From promin... read more
A Persian Princess

Barbara Diamond Goldin

Raya can't be in the Purim play this year--Purim will be no fun at all! But, Raya's grandmother, Maman joon, shares her sparkly scarves and Persian traditions with her. Together they discover how to make their American Purim uniquley Persian, delicious, and fu... read more
Compare Bear is unique - he does not do anything bears usually do, like climb trees, run, roar, or go fishing, all because he thinks he can't do these things as well as other animals! Each time he compares himself to another creature, something strange happens... read more
In Epic Athletes: Stephen Curry, acclaimed journalist and bestselling author Dan Wetzel tells the inspiring, electrifying story of the NBA superstar, beginning a new series of sports biographies for young readers! Featuring comic-style illustrations by Zeke Pe... read more
The Blossom Shoppe

Caroline Brickley

In a town that is totally gray and where everything is done in the same exact way, Poppy and Posie Blossom have always had a little trouble fitting in.Alongside their mother, the two sisters run their beloved family flower shop. Though Poppy, Posie, and Mama B... read more
Mike Brody, the man you want when the one you love is missing.After an asthmatic boy witnesses a murder and goes missing in the Montana wilderness, police turn to Mike Brody, a former Special Forces operative and master tracker with psychic abilities. But as M... read more
Hello Mr. Hulot

David Merveille

Meet Mr. Hulot—he's always in the middle of the action! Created and played by French comic actor and filmmaker Jacques Tati, Mr. Hulot is a beloved charater in France. David Merveille’s comic strip style illustrations depict 23 captivating scenes with a page t... read more
Lady Hahn is a seamstress, and her seven friends are the tools she uses to sew―Mrs. Ruler, Newlywed Scissors, Young Bride Needle, Young Bride Red Thread, Old Lady Thimble, Young Lady Flatiron, and Little Miss Iron. When Lady Hahn's friends start boasting about... read more
El Barrio

Debbi Chocolate

Join a young boy as he explores his vibrant neighborhood. The city shimmers with life—at once a party, a waltz, and a heartbeat. El Barrio is his sister preparing for her quinceañera, his grandfather singing about the past, and his cousins’ stories from other ... read more
You might recognize him from his famous paintings of Campbell's soup cans and coke bottles. But do you know about the artist who created these images? Any Warhol was often sick as a child but found comfort in reading comic books and most especially in drawing.... read more
One dark winter evening there came a loud thumping on the cottage door. Rose Red sprang up....When she unbolted the door, a great brown bear thrust his head in.Most girls would be frightened if a bear showed up on their doorstep, but not Rose Red. She loves al... read more
The Three Gifts: A Story About Three Angels and the Baby Jesus

Michael Storrings (Illustrator) Kathie Lee Gifford (Author)

"One day in Heaven, a long time ago God summoned three angels before Him. He told them to sing of the birth of His son And to take Him three gifts to adore Him."So starts The Three Gifts, a gentle narrative poem that tells the story of the Angel messengers sen... read more
From the legendary creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, and The Giving Tree comes an unforgettable new character in children's literature: Runny Babbit.Runny Babbit is Shel Silverstein's hilarious and New York Times-bestselling... read more
Three books in one! This is the ultimate Sean Kenney collection that includes the classic LEGO model building books: Cool Cars and Trucks, Cool Robots, and Cool City. And as an added bonus there are over twenty-one NEW instructions and model tips included. So ... read more
Bad Boys

Margie Palatini

Wally and Willy are on the lam again. But as Willimina and Wallanda, they're free and clear . . . or are they? These cleverly disguised wolves think they can fool an entire flock with their womanly wool-wear, but three savvy sheep expose their plan. It looks l... read more
Summer's finally here, and Derek Fallon is looking forward to pelting the UPS truck with water balloons, climbing onto the garage roof, and conducting silly investigations. But when his parents decide to send him to Learning Camp, Derek's dreams of fun come to... read more
When Moomintroll learns that a comet will be passing by, he and his friend Sniff travel to the Observatory on the Lonely Mountains to consult the Professors. Along the way, they have many adventures, but the greatest adventure of all awaits them when they lear... read more
Love and Haight

Susan Carlton

It's 1971, and seventeen-year-old Chloe and her best friend MJ head to San Francisco to ring in the New Year. But Chloe has an ulterior motive―and a secret. She's pregnant and has devised a plan not to be. In San Francisco's flower-power heyday, it was (just a... read more
Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species, his revolutionary tract on evolution and the fundamental ideas involved, in 1859. Nearly 150 years later, the theory of evolution continues to create tension between the scientific and religious communities. Chal... read more

Elynn has 8 reviews





Kim L.

Kim L.

Feb, 2021

I can't say enough good about Elynn. I have worked with her on several projects. She is always professional, skilled and prompt!
I R.

I R.

Nov, 2020

Thank you Elynn!
Kim L.

Kim L.

Aug, 2020

Elynn is an outstanding Designer. She is professional, talented, prompt, and a pleasure to work with. She helped me create the first book in my children's book series over two years ago. The series has evolved to 6 titles now, with her leading the design for each book. Her expertise in the industry has been invaluable. I look forward to continuing to work with her for years to come!
Kim L.

Kim L.

Jan, 2020

I have worked with Elynn on 3 books now. She is professional, talented and prompt! I look forward to partnering with her on my future books!
Kim L.

Kim L.

Mar, 2019

Elynn is professional and talented. I look forward to working with her on additional projects!

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