Shanie Cooper

Shanie Cooper - Designer

Beit Shemesh, Israel

Designing children's picture books for clients that include Flashlight Press (I Need My Monster), Apples & Honey (Big Sam), and more.

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Overview

I'm a graphic designer who specializes in children's picture book design. I design picture books for kids of all ages and have done both fiction and non-fiction picture books.

I work together with the author and the illustrator to create a final product that is professional, fun, easy to navigate, and cohesive. My goal is to create a synthesis between the pictures and the text, so that the final book feels like a unit, with the pictures and text interacting and visually supporting each other. To this end, I am involved with the illustrator starting from the sketching stage, making sure that the areas left for text placement make sense, both visually and in terms of the story's flow. After the illustrations are complete, I will work to find a font that complements both the tone of the story and the style of the illustration. The next step is laying out the text, which varies widely depending on the story. Sometimes we'll have text that dances around the characters on the page, varying sizes and ignoring baselines, and sometimes text will be more traditional, allowing the illustrations to take center stage. The final step is preparing the file for print. I have worked with printers all over the world, and have experience in most of the different printing types.

I have over 20 years of experience in the graphic design industry and have been working in publishing for most of that time. I have worked with independent authors, editors, illustrators, and publishers including Flashlight Press (I Need My Monster, When a Dragon Moves In, Too Much Glue, and many more), Apples and Honey Press (Big Sam by Eric Kimmel, French Toast Sundays, Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor, and more), and Menucha Publishing, working on covers for easy reader chapter books for kids ages 7-11. I'm looking forward to working together!

TESTIMONIALS:
“This is my second time working with Shanie and at times I honestly did not know who was more concerned about my books’ cover images reflecting the true essence of my story – her or me. She’s a top-notch talent who brings the passion of a dedicated fan into her process. I cannot overstate how rare and valuable that is.”
--A.C. Schneider, Independent Author

“Although I work with words, it's quite difficult for me to adequately express my amazement and delight in working with Shanie Cooper. She has designed many children's books and covers for our publishing company. Her work is always creative, intelligent, professional, and above and beyond normal expectations. She puts her whole heart into her work and it shows. We are proud to offer the books she has worked on.”
--Esther Heller, Editor-in-Chief at Menucha Publishers

“I’ve worked with Shanie Cooper for over fifteen years, and it’s been a complete pleasure. She is creative, has great talent at choosing fonts, enjoys exploring various layouts for our children’s books, takes direction wonderfully, and is blessed with endless patience. I highly recommend her graphic design skills.”
--Shari Greenspan, Editor, Flashlight Press

"Shanie is a pleasure to work with! Creative, quick, and reasonably priced. I would highly recommend her."
--Nachum Shapiro, Managing Editor at Judaica Press

"I have worked with Shanie on several projects and I look forward to working with her in the future as well! She is creative and doesn't stop tweaking until the client is happy. I definitely recommend working with Shanie, no question about it."
--Stuart Schnee, Public Relations Manager
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Associate's Degree

Work experience

Creative Director

Self-employed
October, 2001 – Present (about 21 years)

I have been designing book covers and children's books since I started my company 20 years ago. I work with several publishers (Urim Publications, Devora Press, Menucha Publishing, Apples and Honey Press, Gefen Publications), producing covers and laying out children's books, and I also work with independent authors. For covers, I work with the authors to create a visual representation of the soul of their book. For children's books, I usually work together with the editor and/or author and illustrator from the beginning, providing insight into how the illustration relates to the story, ensuring the illustrator leaves room for text in places that make sense in the story, choosing fonts, and then laying out the book in a way that creates harmony between the pictures and the text. I also have done other graphic work, including web design, branding, and different types of printed materials, including brochures, ads, posters, catalogs, trade show booths, and more.

Children's Book Designer

Menucha Publishers
June, 2017 – Present (over 5 years)

I design covers for kids' picture books and novels and lay out picture books as well.

Graphic Designer

Flashlight Press
October, 2002 – Present (about 20 years)

I have designed all of Flashlight's children's books - both cover and layout - as well as all their other marketing materials, including their website, bookmarks, posters, rollups, catalogs, and ads. I work together with the editor to produce beautiful picture books that stand out.

Portfolio (33 selected works)

I Need My Monster

Amanda Noll

This book is specially designed in Amazon's fixed-layout KF8 format with region magnification. Double-tap on an area of text to zoom and read. A unique monster-under-the-bed story with the perfect balance of giggles and shivers, this picture book relies on the power of humor over fear, appeals to a child’s love for creatures both alarming and absurd, and glorifies the scope of a child’s imagin... read more

This book is specially designed in Amazon's fixed-layout KF8 format with region magnification. Double-tap on an area of text to zoom and read. A unique monster-under-the-bed story with the perfect balance of giggles and shivers, this picture book relies on the power of humor over fear, appeals to a child’s love for creatures both alarming and absurd, and glorifies the scope of a child’s imagin... read more

Too Much Glue

Jason Lefebvre

Although Matty’s art teacher has warned him that too much glue never dries, Matty loves glue. After all, he and his dad make oodles of glue projects at home. One day during art class, Matty finds the fullest bottles of glue, and the fun begins. With a squeeze and a plop, Matty pours a lake of glue before belly-flopping right in the middle and finds himself stuck to the desk. When Matty’s dad a... read more

Although Matty’s art teacher has warned him that too much glue never dries, Matty loves glue. After all, he and his dad make oodles of glue projects at home. One day during art class, Matty finds the fullest bottles of glue, and the fun begins. With a squeeze and a plop, Matty pours a lake of glue before belly-flopping right in the middle and finds himself stuck to the desk. When Matty’s dad a... read more

When a Dragon Moves In

Jodi Moore

This book is specially designed in Amazon's fixed-layout KF8 format with region magnification. Double-tap on an area of text to zoom and read. On a beautiful day at the beach, a young boy brings his bucket, shovel, and imagination, and builds a perfect sand castle. Right away, a dragon moves in. The boy decides to befriend his dragon and they spend time roaming the shore, flying a kite, bravin... read more

This book is specially designed in Amazon's fixed-layout KF8 format with region magnification. Double-tap on an area of text to zoom and read. On a beautiful day at the beach, a young boy brings his bucket, shovel, and imagination, and builds a perfect sand castle. Right away, a dragon moves in. The boy decides to befriend his dragon and they spend time roaming the shore, flying a kite, bravin... read more

Big Sam: A Rosh Hashanah Tall Tale

Eric A. Kimmel

How does Big Sam make a GIANT-sized challah for Rosh Hashanah?He digs an enormous hole in the ground to use as a mixing bowl. (It's still there today we call it the Grand Canyon.)He adds mountains of flour, thousands of eggs, and other good things.He whittles a massive California redwood tree into a mixing spoon. He flattens the hills of West Texas as he kneads the dough. And he bakes it insid... read more

How does Big Sam make a GIANT-sized challah for Rosh Hashanah?He digs an enormous hole in the ground to use as a mixing bowl. (It's still there today we call it the Grand Canyon.)He adds mountains of flour, thousands of eggs, and other good things.He whittles a massive California redwood tree into a mixing spoon. He flattens the hills of West Texas as he kneads the dough. And he bakes it insid... read more

French Toast Sundays

Gloria Spielman

When Mina s beloved Grandma dies, nothing feels right anymore.People come to visit. Mina just hides up in the big old oak tree. But the stories she hears about Grandma bring her slowly back down until at last Mina feels ready to smile again.

When Mina s beloved Grandma dies, nothing feels right anymore.People come to visit. Mina just hides up in the big old oak tree. But the stories she hears about Grandma bring her slowly back down until at last Mina feels ready to smile again.

Wave Mandate

A.C. Schneider

This is undoubtedly the biggest:…day of Kelerin's life: A warrior/scholar from the prestigious all-boys Academy on Osmos, he’ll be facing off against his arch rival in what many are already calling the ‘duel of the year.’…feeling Analel's ever had: A telepathic ascetic from the Academy's all-girls sister seminary, she’s suddenly sharing a psychic connection with the boy Academic, Kelerin, in a... read more

This is undoubtedly the biggest:…day of Kelerin's life: A warrior/scholar from the prestigious all-boys Academy on Osmos, he’ll be facing off against his arch rival in what many are already calling the ‘duel of the year.’…feeling Analel's ever had: A telepathic ascetic from the Academy's all-girls sister seminary, she’s suddenly sharing a psychic connection with the boy Academic, Kelerin, in a... read more

From Olives to Olive Oil

Meish Goldish

How is olive oil made? Follow its amazing journey from an olive growing on a tree to the oil we use to light our menorahs.

How is olive oil made? Follow its amazing journey from an olive growing on a tree to the oil we use to light our menorahs.

The Free and the Brave

Tovah S. Yavin

"Those British are coming this way. Eight thousand troops." "Eight thousand?" Jacob whispered. Jeremiah nodded. "They're pouring into Washington from all directions." "At least we have our Fencibles." Jacob stood up straighter speaking of the local militia. "They could push back those Red Coats." It's the summer of 1814. The British are advancing on Baltimore, where Jacob Franks and his family... read more

"Those British are coming this way. Eight thousand troops." "Eight thousand?" Jacob whispered. Jeremiah nodded. "They're pouring into Washington from all directions." "At least we have our Fencibles." Jacob stood up straighter speaking of the local militia. "They could push back those Red Coats." It's the summer of 1814. The British are advancing on Baltimore, where Jacob Franks and his family... read more

QUEEN OF JIHAD

A.C. Schneider

He's coming to save her, but she might try to kill him.When the teenage daughter of a U.S. Congresswoman falls under the influence of an online recruiter from a radical new terror organization, the Senator's only hope lies with Israeli Special Forces operator, Boaz Stone.The point man in an elite, experimental unit called the 670, it's Stone's job to get himself captured, locate other abducted... read more

He's coming to save her, but she might try to kill him.When the teenage daughter of a U.S. Congresswoman falls under the influence of an online recruiter from a radical new terror organization, the Senator's only hope lies with Israeli Special Forces operator, Boaz Stone.The point man in an elite, experimental unit called the 670, it's Stone's job to get himself captured, locate other abducted... read more

How It's Made: Hanukkah Menorah

Allison Ofanansky

How is a menorah made? Why does it have nine branches? What is Hanukkah, anyway? Meet the people who make different menorahs, and find out how an ancient Jewish tradition is celebrated. What are the different elements that make a menorah? When do we light it? What blessings do we say, and how does it all fit in with the miracle of Hanukkah? Make and decorate your own menorah, roll candles, and... read more

How is a menorah made? Why does it have nine branches? What is Hanukkah, anyway? Meet the people who make different menorahs, and find out how an ancient Jewish tradition is celebrated. What are the different elements that make a menorah? When do we light it? What blessings do we say, and how does it all fit in with the miracle of Hanukkah? Make and decorate your own menorah, roll candles, and... read more

From Wheat to Challah

Meish Goldish

Where does challah come from? Follow its amazing journey from a kernel of wheat to the delicious bread we eat on Shabbos.

Where does challah come from? Follow its amazing journey from a kernel of wheat to the delicious bread we eat on Shabbos.

Elisa in the Middle

Johanna Hurwitz, Heather Maione

Elisa Michaels is just trying to help... Elisa has a new house, she's starting a new year in school, and she has a new baby brother. She's in the middle of her family now, and, just like in a sandwich, Elisa knows the middle is best. Elisa wants to help her older brother, Russell, catch up on his homework and give his fish a bubble bath. Why is everyone upset with her? She was just trying to h... read more

Elisa Michaels is just trying to help... Elisa has a new house, she's starting a new year in school, and she has a new baby brother. She's in the middle of her family now, and, just like in a sandwich, Elisa knows the middle is best. Elisa wants to help her older brother, Russell, catch up on his homework and give his fish a bubble bath. Why is everyone upset with her? She was just trying to h... read more

Sarah Builds a school

ANN D. KOFFSKY, Leslie Ginsparg Klein

Sarah Schenirer lived in Kraków, Poland. When she was growing up, there were no Jewish schools for girls. Sarah had a dream. She wanted to start her very own school. But the girls weren't interested. What could Sarah do? How would she succeed? Sarah Builds a School tells the inspiring story of a great woman who changed the face of Jewish education for girls in the last century. Children will l... read more

Sarah Schenirer lived in Kraków, Poland. When she was growing up, there were no Jewish schools for girls. Sarah had a dream. She wanted to start her very own school. But the girls weren't interested. What could Sarah do? How would she succeed? Sarah Builds a School tells the inspiring story of a great woman who changed the face of Jewish education for girls in the last century. Children will l... read more

The Fancy Schmancy Lifeguard - A Tale of Bravery

Gilda Boram

Buddy really, REALLY wants to be a lifeguard. There’s only one problem … He’s just a teeny weeny, fluffy puffy toy poodle! Meet Buddy, an adorable pocket-sized puppy who will stop at nothing to become a lifeguard. He practices hard every day … swimming, diving, rescuing … but no matter how hard he tries, nobody thinks he can do the job. His heart is full of hope, but when the family move from ... read more

Buddy really, REALLY wants to be a lifeguard. There’s only one problem … He’s just a teeny weeny, fluffy puffy toy poodle! Meet Buddy, an adorable pocket-sized puppy who will stop at nothing to become a lifeguard. He practices hard every day … swimming, diving, rescuing … but no matter how hard he tries, nobody thinks he can do the job. His heart is full of hope, but when the family move from ... read more

Go Away, Shadow!

Halle C.

Tee-Joe and his sister Lilly are playing outside when he realizes: something is following him. He wants to make it go away but it won’t leave him alone. Frustrated and annoyed, he asks his Grand-mère Elsie for advice, her story lead him in a direction he could not have predicted. Go Away, Shadow! is a heartwarming tale of adventure and family, teaching children about the love of God in the mos... read more

Tee-Joe and his sister Lilly are playing outside when he realizes: something is following him. He wants to make it go away but it won’t leave him alone. Frustrated and annoyed, he asks his Grand-mère Elsie for advice, her story lead him in a direction he could not have predicted. Go Away, Shadow! is a heartwarming tale of adventure and family, teaching children about the love of God in the mos... read more

Eudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale

David Horn

Freedom for lobsters! The second in the Eudora Space Kid series: a hilariously funny, early reader sci-fi chapter book perfect for elementary-aged kids. Can Eudora and her best friend, Arnold, rescue her favorite lobsters from becoming the next meal at the spaceship’s New Year’s buffet? Eudora is a normal third grader who just happens to live on a 36 deck AstroLiner. In SPACE! As a math and sc... read more

Freedom for lobsters! The second in the Eudora Space Kid series: a hilariously funny, early reader sci-fi chapter book perfect for elementary-aged kids. Can Eudora and her best friend, Arnold, rescue her favorite lobsters from becoming the next meal at the spaceship’s New Year’s buffet? Eudora is a normal third grader who just happens to live on a 36 deck AstroLiner. In SPACE! As a math and sc... read more

Charlotte Misunderstood

Flathouse, Kara, Flathouse, Scott

#GrowYourCircle

Stork, Professor

Evy Loe, What Do You Know?

Stork, Professor, Peralta, Len, Wilson, Patricia

Vinny and Chip

Saga, Tomi

Marsupials

Saga, Tomi

Whoosh! There They Go!: A Slide-tacular Adventure

Salimarkles, The, Kranich, Nathalie

Leon's Day - A Summer Christmas Story

Natale, Nicole, Bailey, Jasmine

Elfie the Selfie

Natale, Nicole, Bailey, Jasmine

Zahara

Summers, Ginger

Tree House Dragons

Summers, Ginger

How Oma Says I Love You

Cooper, Shanie, Saechao, Nai

Shanie has 22 reviews

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Tonya Ellis
Shanie did a great job! I got a refresh on my book covers, and I'm very happy with the final result. I would definitely use her again for future projects.

Tonya Ellis, September 2022


Heather McNulty
Shanie is amazing. As a first-time author and self-publisher, she was incredibly supportive every step of the way. She provided positive feedback and offered her opinion when asked. She was very responsive to my many questions and messages. I will 100% be using Shanie again for her professionalism, calm demeanour and kindness! Thank you so much, Shanie. My book would not have come to life witho...
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Heather McNulty, July 2022


Brendan Cosgrove
Shanie was absolutely fantastic to work with! She provided a very professional service and produced a book design that I am extremely happy with. She was very attentive to the messaging and made sure to make my storeline and illustrations stand out. What I really appreciated was Shanie’s patience and flexibility, and willingness to always go the extra mile to make sure each page could be the be...
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Brendan Cosgrove, July 2022


David Horn
Once again, Shanie came through with professionalism and efficiency. She knows what she's doing and made my audiobook cover look great!

David Horn, May 2022


Kim Sinclair
Shanie was outstanding. I recently published my first book but had quite a few learning curves. Shanie helped me through the whole process and made me feel confident in self publishing to Amazon and IngramSpark.

Kim Sinclair, May 2022

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