Jessica Jenkins

Jessica Jenkins – Designer

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


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.
Children’s Non-Fiction True Crime
Fantasy Middle Grade Romance Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction Young Adult

Work experience

Penguin Random House

Jun, 2016 — Present

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.


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... 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 w... read more
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... 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 im... 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 q... 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 journ... 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... read more

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 be... 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, an... 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 s... 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, ... 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 u... 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 w... read more

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 bootle... read more

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Mary Claire B.

Mary Claire B.

Apr, 2018

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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