Karina Granda

Karina Granda - Designer

New York, NY, USA

Designer and Art Director of YA, Middle Grade, Non-Fiction and Picture books—including several New York Times bestsellers for all age groups

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Hi! I am Karina, Art Director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. I have 10 years of experience working on Children's books across all age groups and formats, from Young Adult novels to Middle Grade chapter books, Young Adult or Illustrated Non-Fiction, Picture Books, and more. I previously worked at the Children's Design department at Simon & Schuster, and I have also designed many covers and interiors for clients including: Random House, S&S, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Granity Studios.

My most known books (the New York Times bestsellers) include:

STAMPED by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

THE INHERITANCE GAMES by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

THE PROUDEST BLUE by Ibtihaj Muhammad

THE MAGIC MISFITS series by Neil Patrick Harris

THE FOLK OF THE AIR series by Holly Black (The Cruel Prince, The Wicked King, The Queen of Nothing)

INTERNMENT by Samira Ahmed

BECOMING KAREEM by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld

I can create striking low-budget covers using inexpensive, royalty-free stock imagery or very simple custom illustrations; or, for higher budgets, I can propose, hire, and art direct illustrators in any style to create custom artwork. I have extensive knowledge of the Children's market, and I know how to design attention-grabbing, effective covers at many price ranges.

I am also a wiz at interior design. ;)

I love non-fiction. I love thrillers. I love funny books. I love coming-of-age modern classics. I love books that take me on adventures. I love books that remind me of home (even if that home is not my own).

My goal is to give your book a package that YOU love. Let's make a book together.

Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Picture Books
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Freelance Designer and Art Director

June, 2018 – Present (almost 3 years)

Clients include: Simon & Schuster, Random House, Granity Studios, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Tanglewood Press, SourceBooks, MacMillan.

Art Director

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - Hachette Book Group
May, 2016 – Present (almost 5 years)

Provide art direction and design for a wide variety of children’s books including high profile, New York Times Bestsellers across all age groups and formats: STAMPED by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, THE INHERITANCE GAMES by Jannifer Lynn Barnes, THE MAGIC MISFITS series by Neil Patrick Harris, THE PROUDEST BLUE by Ibtihaj Muhammad, INTERNMENT by Samira Ahmed, THE FOLK OF THE AIR series by Holly Black.

(formerly Senior Designer, Associate Art Director)


Simon & Schuter (Pulse and Aladdin Imprints)
June, 2010 – May, 2016 (almost 6 years)

Led design and art direction for teen and middle grade titles, including many lead titles such as the New York Times Bestseller LOVE & GELATO, the rebranding of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys chapter book series, and more.

(formerly Junior Designer)

The Inheritance Games

Barnes, Jennifer Lynn

Love & Gelato

Welch, Jenna Evans


Ahmed, Samira

The Magic Misfits

Harris, Neil Patrick, Marlin, Lissy, Hilton, Kyle

Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court

Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem, Obstfeld, Raymond

Spindlefish and Stars

Andrews, Christiane M.

New Friends (1) (Angel Wings)

Misra, Michelle, Chaffey, Samantha

Pool Party Puzzler (1) (Nancy Drew Clue Book)

Keene, Carolyn, Francis, Peter

The Canyon's Edge

Bowling, Dusti

Most Likely

Watson, Sarah

You Must Not Miss

Leno, Katrina


Leno, Katrina


Castroman, Nicole

Dear Universe

Gonsalves, Florence

The Summer of Us

Vinesse, Cecilia

This Side of Salvation

Smith-Ready, Jeri

Karina has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Christophe Pacheco
Very good job

Christophe Pacheco, December 2020

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