Jessica Jenkins

Jessica Jenkins - Designer

New York, NY, United States

Professional designer and illustrator specializing in middle-grade to YA fiction with an interest in expanding to adult fiction.

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Hello! I'm a NYC designer currently working in children's publishing. Some author's that I've designed covers for include Chelsea Clinton, Gayle Forman, and Rachel Hawkins.

As a designer, I always focus on developing conceptually strong ideas that encapsulate a project. I create brands that hold up in the marketplace and are recognizable to customers.

I love using bright colors, but am not afraid to shy away from quieter, more sophisticated looks. I enjoy using my hand lettering and my illustrations wherever applicable.

Languages
English
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Fantasy
Romance
Thriller
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)
True Crime

Work experience

Designer

Penguin Random House
June, 2016 – Present (over 2 years)

Design and execute the creation of original hardcover and paperback editions of book jackets for Young Readers Imprints. Participate in all design phases including concepting, designing, and mechanical set up. Responsible for image/typography research and for seeking out various artists to commission for out-sourced projects. Work on various projects simultaneously.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

If I Stay

Gayle Forman

The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She Went, Just One Day, Just One Year, and I Was Here. Now a major motion picture, starring Chloe Grace Moretz! Includes exclusive interviews with Chloe Grace Moretz and her co-star Jamie Blackley. In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall w... read more

The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She Went, Just One Day, Just One Year, and I Was Here. Now a major motion picture, starring Chloe Grace Moretz! Includes exclusive interviews with Chloe Grace Moretz and her co-star Jamie Blackley. In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall w... read more

Just One...: Includes Just One Day, Just One Year, and Just One Night

Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman's entire swoony JUST ONE trilogy in a single volume--ideal for binge reading!It all starts when American good girl Allyson--better known as Lulu-- decides to spend just one day in Paris with Dutch hottie Willem. It's a whirlwind adventure filled with heart-racing romance, but the next day Willem is gone without a trace. What follows is one year of searching that ends with a steamy... read more

Gayle Forman's entire swoony JUST ONE trilogy in a single volume--ideal for binge reading!It all starts when American good girl Allyson--better known as Lulu-- decides to spend just one day in Paris with Dutch hottie Willem. It's a whirlwind adventure filled with heart-racing romance, but the next day Willem is gone without a trace. What follows is one year of searching that ends with a steamy... read more

It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!

Chelsea Clinton

From the bestelling author of She Persisted! First daughter turned activist and mother Chelsea Clinton shows kids how they can make a difference in their world. Filled with charts, photos, and lots of input from real kids, this is sure to inspire young readers.With an eye toward empowering and inspiring kids, Chelsea Clinton explores some of the biggest challenges facing our world today. Using... read more

From the bestelling author of She Persisted! First daughter turned activist and mother Chelsea Clinton shows kids how they can make a difference in their world. Filled with charts, photos, and lots of input from real kids, this is sure to inspire young readers.With an eye toward empowering and inspiring kids, Chelsea Clinton explores some of the biggest challenges facing our world today. Using... read more

Royals

Rachel Hawkins

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins serves up a deliciously royal romance, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick. Meet Daisy Winters. She's an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who's nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight... read more

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins serves up a deliciously royal romance, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick. Meet Daisy Winters. She's an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who's nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight... read more

Lies You Never Told Me

Jennifer Donaldson

"A compulsive page-turner with a shocking twist--get ready to stay up all night!" --Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little LiarsGabe and Elyse have never met. But they both have something to hide.Quiet, shy Elyse can't believe it when she's cast as the lead in her Portland high school's production of Romeo and Juliet. Her best friend, Brynn, is usually the star, an... read more

"A compulsive page-turner with a shocking twist--get ready to stay up all night!" --Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little LiarsGabe and Elyse have never met. But they both have something to hide.Quiet, shy Elyse can't believe it when she's cast as the lead in her Portland high school's production of Romeo and Juliet. Her best friend, Brynn, is usually the star, an... read more

Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case

Chris Crowe

Revised and updated with new information, this Jane Adams award winner is an in-depth examination of the Emmett Till murder case, a catalyst of the Civil Rights Movement. The kidnapping and violent murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 was and is a uniquely American tragedy. Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was visiting family in a small town in Mississippi, when he allegedly whi... read more

Revised and updated with new information, this Jane Adams award winner is an in-depth examination of the Emmett Till murder case, a catalyst of the Civil Rights Movement. The kidnapping and violent murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 was and is a uniquely American tragedy. Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was visiting family in a small town in Mississippi, when he allegedly whi... read more

Saving Marty

Paul Griffin

Fans of Because of Winn Dixie will adore this warm and heart-wrenching story of the friendship between a boy and a pig who thinks it's a dog. Eleven-year-old Lorenzo Ventura knows heroes are rare—like his father, who died in the war, or his friend Paloma Lee, who fearlessly pursues her dream of being a famous musician. Renzo would never describe himself as a hero, but his chance comes when he ... read more

Fans of Because of Winn Dixie will adore this warm and heart-wrenching story of the friendship between a boy and a pig who thinks it's a dog. Eleven-year-old Lorenzo Ventura knows heroes are rare—like his father, who died in the war, or his friend Paloma Lee, who fearlessly pursues her dream of being a famous musician. Renzo would never describe himself as a hero, but his chance comes when he ... read more

When Friendship Followed Me Home

Paul Griffin

"If you have middle schoolers who are too young to fully grasp John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and love dogs, give them this sweet tearjerker." — School Library Journal"In this beguiling tearjerker, a foster kid's luck slowly changes after he befriends a scruffy pup he finds outside the library."--People magazine Ben Coffin has never been one for making friends. As a former foster kid, he ... read more

"If you have middle schoolers who are too young to fully grasp John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and love dogs, give them this sweet tearjerker." — School Library Journal"In this beguiling tearjerker, a foster kid's luck slowly changes after he befriends a scruffy pup he finds outside the library."--People magazine Ben Coffin has never been one for making friends. As a former foster kid, he ... read more

Life According to Og the Frog

Betty G. Birney

The adventures in Humphrey's Room 26 are hopping back into the spotlight, from the perspective of Og the Frog!When Og the Frog first comes to Room 26, he doesn't know what to think. He misses his friends from the pond, there are all kinds of strange noises, and the water is his tank just might be too clean (you know, a little muck never hurt anyone). But the furry, squeaky fellow living next t... read more

The adventures in Humphrey's Room 26 are hopping back into the spotlight, from the perspective of Og the Frog!When Og the Frog first comes to Room 26, he doesn't know what to think. He misses his friends from the pond, there are all kinds of strange noises, and the water is his tank just might be too clean (you know, a little muck never hurt anyone). But the furry, squeaky fellow living next t... read more

Heartseeker

Melinda Beatty

A vibrant fantasy-adventure debut about a girl who can see lies.You're a Fallow of the Orchard. You're as tough as a green apple in summer . . . Only Fallow was just six harvests old when she realized that not everyone sees lies. For Only, seeing lies is as beautiful as looking through a kaleidoscope, but telling them is as painful as gnawing on cut glass. Only's family warns her to keep her c... read more

A vibrant fantasy-adventure debut about a girl who can see lies.You're a Fallow of the Orchard. You're as tough as a green apple in summer . . . Only Fallow was just six harvests old when she realized that not everyone sees lies. For Only, seeing lies is as beautiful as looking through a kaleidoscope, but telling them is as painful as gnawing on cut glass. Only's family warns her to keep her c... read more

Carnival Magic

Amy Ephron

This companion to Castle In the Mist features a mysterious carnival, an ominous psychic, and a wind that whisks Tess and Max away from their vacation in South Devon, England. Which fantastical world will they find this time?Tess and Max are back in England for another summer with their Aunt Evie--this time by the seashore in South Devon. And they're incredibly excited about the travelling carn... read more

This companion to Castle In the Mist features a mysterious carnival, an ominous psychic, and a wind that whisks Tess and Max away from their vacation in South Devon, England. Which fantastical world will they find this time?Tess and Max are back in England for another summer with their Aunt Evie--this time by the seashore in South Devon. And they're incredibly excited about the travelling carn... read more

Pour Your Heart Out

Jane Austen

An interactive journal/quote book mash-up, featuring quotes from the most famous works of Regency novelist Jane Austen, and accompanied by whimsical artworkPour Your Heart Out is part guided journal, part quote book, and your new BFF. A fully illustrated journal featuring the most inspiring quotes from the legendary and wonderfully wise Jane Austen's books, coupled with creative prompts to enc... read more

An interactive journal/quote book mash-up, featuring quotes from the most famous works of Regency novelist Jane Austen, and accompanied by whimsical artworkPour Your Heart Out is part guided journal, part quote book, and your new BFF. A fully illustrated journal featuring the most inspiring quotes from the legendary and wonderfully wise Jane Austen's books, coupled with creative prompts to enc... read more

Pour Your Heart Out

Gayle Forman

An interactive journal/quote book mash-up, featuring the authentic, heartfelt wisdom of New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay--the incomparable Gayle Forman, and accompanied by stunning full-color art.Pour Your Heart Out is part guided journal, part quote book, and your new BFF. A fully illustrated journal featuring inspiring quotes from award-winning and New York Times bestselling au... read more

An interactive journal/quote book mash-up, featuring the authentic, heartfelt wisdom of New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay--the incomparable Gayle Forman, and accompanied by stunning full-color art.Pour Your Heart Out is part guided journal, part quote book, and your new BFF. A fully illustrated journal featuring inspiring quotes from award-winning and New York Times bestselling au... read more

Gertie Milk and the Great Keeper Rescue

Simon Van Booy

In award-winning author Simon Van Booy's fantastical sequel to Gertie Milk and the Keeper of Lost Things, Gertie, Kolt, and Robot Rabbit Boy continue their adventures returning missing objects throughout history while trying to find out what happened to the imprisoned Keepers of Lost Things.Ever since Gertie Milk arrived on the mysterious island of Skuldark, she's felt like something was missi... read more

In award-winning author Simon Van Booy's fantastical sequel to Gertie Milk and the Keeper of Lost Things, Gertie, Kolt, and Robot Rabbit Boy continue their adventures returning missing objects throughout history while trying to find out what happened to the imprisoned Keepers of Lost Things.Ever since Gertie Milk arrived on the mysterious island of Skuldark, she's felt like something was missi... read more

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Mary Claire Branton

We loved working with Jessica. Her concepts were fabulous and she really delivered. Even our most detailed criticism, she handled beautifully.

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Mary Claire Branton, April 2018

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