Whitney Manger

Whitney Manger - Designer

New York, NY, United States

Savvy book designer on the pulse of market trends with 20 years experience. I have designed more than 15 New York Times bestsellers!

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Books are my life. I have worked with them in some form or another since I was a teenager, starting out working in an independent children's bookstore and studying under the illustrator Susan Roth, then spending my adulthood building my career first as a children's book editor, then transitioning to children's book design about 12 years ago. During that time, I worked for HarperCollins Children's Books, Disney-Hyperion Books for Children, and Running Press. I have designed more than 15 New York Times bestselling books.

I started my freelance business in 2016 and my clients include Penguin Random House, Disney-Hyperion, Bloomsbury, and Sesame Workshop, to name a few. When designing a book, one of my favorite aspects is collaborating with authors, editors, and art directors. I feel that a partnership is essential in the book making process. I love walking new authors through the entire book making process. Most importantly, my goal is to honor the author's vision for the book.

I specialize in children's books, including picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, and YA. I design the covers as well as interiors and create print-ready files with the specifications for each printer / publisher I am working with.
Young Adult
Children’s Non-Fiction


  • Certificate, Graphic Design Basic Core, Parsons, The New School
  • Post-graduate coursework, The Cooper Union and School of Visual Arts
  • Certificate, Summer Publishing Institute, New York University

Work experience

Senior Designer

HarperCollins Children's Books
April, 2015 – March, 2017 (almost 2 years)

Led the development of and designed 25–30 picture books and middle grade novels annually including New York Times best-selling Frazzled and River Rose and the Magical Lullaby. Created striking covers and interiors; manage project status and due dates through collaboration with editors, managing editorial, illustrators, and freelancers. Coordinated cover photoshoots. Created and released mechanicals and proofs under tight deadlines. Oversaw in-house and out-of-house freelancers. Curated department’s shared online galleries of cover trends, illustrators, designers, and hand letterers.


Disney-Hyperion Books for Children
September, 2010 – March, 2015 (over 4 years)

Designed 25-30 picture books, middle grade novels and YA novels yearly including New York Times best-selling Starbound series, Code Name Verity, and Every Last Word. Designed covers and interiors; managed project status and due dates. Coordinated photoshoots including castings and fittings with seamstresses and stylists. Conceived of custom series branding.

Marketing Designer

Running Press
August, 2008 – September, 2010 (about 2 years)

Designed seasonal catalogs and all marketing materials. Managed revitalization and redesign of catalog by introducing new layout, typography, design elements, and distinctive covers. Designed, art directed, and launched the series of “Running Press Cooks” catalogs which featured the cookbook list. Designed select titles on YA and children’s lists. Member of children’s acquisitions committee: evaluated and provided feedback on all YA and children’s acquisitions.


HarperCollins Children's Books
August, 2001 – July, 2008 (almost 7 years)

Managed Shel Silverstein, Margaret Wise Brown, and Emily Post book programs. Developed 20 picture books and novels annually including four New York Times best-sellers. Negotiated offers, landed profitable acquisitions, cultivated new illustrators and authors, worked closely with designers. Corporate committee member to rebrand E.B. White program.

Portfolio (36 selected works)

The Museum of Us

Redd, Tara Wilson

Tangled Webs

Bross, Lee

The Amateurs

Shepard, Sara

Every Last Word

Stone, Tamara Ireland

Code Name Verity

Wein, Elizabeth

Black Dove White Raven

Wein, Elizabeth

Wild Bird

Van Draanen, Wendelin

Time Between Us

Stone, Tamara Ireland

Trinity (Ghostwriter)

MacHale, D.J.

The Summer of Bad Ideas

Stewart, Kiera

Watch the Sky

Hubbard, Kirsten

Cupcake Cousins (Cupcake Cousins (1))

Hannigan, Kate, Hughes, Brooke Boynton, Hughes, Brooke Boynton

The Red Hat

Teague, David, Portis, Antoinette

Chopsticks (The Spoon Series (2))

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse, Magoon, Scott

Hannah Sparkles: A Friend Through Rain or Shine

Mellom, Robin, Brantley-Newton, Vanessa

The Nutcracker in Harlem

McMorrow, T. E., Ransome, James

Runaway Booger

Richtel, Matt, Wildish, Lee

Explorers of the Wild

Atkinson, Cale, Atkinson, Cale, Atkinson, Cale

Part-time Princess

Underwood, Deborah, Evans, Cambria

Princess Patty Meets Her Match

Harper, Charise Mericle


Barnett, Mac, Cornell, Kevin

River Rose and the Magical Lullaby

Clarkson, Kelly, Hughes, Laura

The Boy Who Cried Alien

Singer, Marilyn, Biggs, Brian

To the Sea

Atkinson, Cale, Atkinson, Cale

Goodnight, Dragons

Roth, Judith, Lemaitre, Pascal, Lemaitre, Pascal

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