Karina Granda

Karina Granda – Designer

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


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:

THE DOOR OF NO RETURN by Kwame Alexander

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)

LOVE & GELATO series by Jenna Evans Welch

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


Jun, 2018 — Present

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

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - Hachette Book Group

May, 2016 — Present

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)

Jun, 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 Magic Misfits

Harris, Neil Patrick


Ahmed, Samira

Love & Gelato

Welch, Jenna Evans

The Inheritance Games

Barnes, Jennifer Lynn

This Side of Salvation

Smith-Ready, Jeri

The Summer of Us

Vinesse, Cecilia

Dear Universe

Gonsalves, Florence


Castroman, Nicole


Leno, Katrina

You Must Not Miss

Leno, Katrina

Most Likely

Watson, Sarah

The Canyon's Edge

Bowling, Dusti

Spindlefish and Stars

Andrews, Christiane M.

Karina has 19 reviews





Diana J.

Diana J.

Nov, 2023

I must say, Karina did it again, and I couldn't of completed my first or second book without her. My first book is a success due to her design and she didn't let me down. She is professional, and her quality of her work is immeasurable. When I started my creative journey I didn't realize how important a designer was, but now I know and I will always have a layout designer, but Karina is so muc...
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Prudence B.

Prudence B.

May, 2023

Karina was great to work with—she understood my vision for Zapped, and added her own creative touches which greatly enhanced the book.
kathy C.

kathy C.

Apr, 2023

Self publishing is not easy. Karina allowed a path for my middle school book to be successfully launched on Amazon. Could not have done it without her
kathy C.

kathy C.

Jan, 2023

Karina was a joy to work with on my first venture in self publishing. She turned my mundane word document into a sparkling work of art. She has an incredible eye for detail and exceeded my expectations!
Karina G.
Thanks for inviting me to work on a wonderful project, Kathy! It was a pleasure. I can't wait to see your book out in the world.
Charlotte F.

Charlotte F.

Jan, 2023

Karina is the definition of kindness, hardworking, patience and everything you hope for in a designer or better: co-worker. She took me by the hand and explained everything to me with so much detail and compassion. I don’t know what I would have done without her the last year. And also: SHE IS SOOOOO TALENTED! Incredible unique and special book design. I can’t wait to work with her again and ag...
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