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This was an exciting novel cover to design. The photo shoot was especially fun. The story is about a steampunk princess on the run, and she’s one savvy and tough princess!

Because of my experience as a costume and prop designer and creator, I decided to make the dagger and choker necklace for this photo shoot myself. To see a bit of the process,


John E. Barrett was the very talented photographer for this image.

Visit his website: http://johnebarrett.com


RIESE: Kingdom falling

Simon & Schuster BFYR

by Greg Cox / concept by Ryan Copple and Kaleena Kiff


Click HERE for Bryan Collier’s award acceptance speech.

Click HERE for the profile I wrote of Bryan for the Horn Book.

This iconic poem by the great Langston Hughes is forceful but also open to interpretation—it’s images and rhythm can mean different things to different people. The amazing illustrator Bryan Collier interpreted it for this picture book in a new and extremely powerful way. This was such a joy to art direct and design for me, finding new ways to present the poem to a new audience. Bryan is fantastic to collaborate with, and his creative approach is inspiring.

I, Too, Am America was also selected as the best picture book of 2012 by Publishers Weekly.


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illustrated by BRYAN COLLIER

Click on the image to see some

of the interior pages.

CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE OF MY BOOK DESIGN WORKhttp://bookdesignmac.laurentlinn.com/bookdesignmac/Book_Design.html

Click on the image to see how the props were created.


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Nate Foster has big dreams. His whole life, he’s wanted to star in a Broadway show. (Heck, he’d settle for seeing a Broadway show.) So Nate plans a daring overnight escape to New York from his small town in Pennsylvania. There’s an open casting call for E.T.: The Musical, and Nate knows this could be the difference between small-town blues and big-time stardom.

For the cover of this hysterical and very emotional middle-grade novel by the fabulous Tim Federle I had such fun creating a concept to show Nate’s big dreams in a way that expressed the book’s humor and hinted at the story. The very talented Scott M. Fischer created the cover art, which, with his textures  and palette and energy, strikes the perfect pose!

The fabulous sequel to this 2014 Stonewall Honor-winning book is now out: Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

No doubt you know the Youtube video & song that has been seen by over 479,000,000 + people? If not, click here to take a look.

I had SUCH fun designing our official picture book version of the song, with wild, energetic illustrations by noted Norwegian illustrator Svein Nyhus.

It was by far the fastest book I’ve ever designed, in literally one day! USA Today did a great story on the whirlwind of creating this book (click here.)

Incredible to be a part of such a hit that, from day one, was the #1 book at Barnes & Noble, sold out on Amazon, and debuted as the #1 picture book on the New York Times Bestseller list!


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illustrated by SVEIN NYHUS

YLVIS, the Norwegian brother comedy team who created the parody video.

Many years ago Patricia Polacco’s great-great-grandmother Fiona lived in a small village not far from Limerick, Ireland. There, Fiona’s mother taught Fiona the fine art of lace making. Times were hard in Ireland and the family bid Ireland good-bye for a better life in America.

Fiona soon became known far and wide for her fine lace. But no one knew that Fiona’s beautiful lace would not only help her family support themselves but also save her and her sister from tragedy.

It’s been such joy to work with the legendary Patricia Polacco on this new picture book, Fiona’s Lace. Patricia is a master of energy & emotion in pencil line. Her compositions and palettes pull you into the worlds she creates. (And she’s a blast to collaborate with! Amazing sense of humor . . .)

Coming up with a cover concept that would represent the real-life story of a transgendered teen was quite a challenge. With such a great title, I decided to go with a type design. I created the letters using stereotypical objects that, in our culture, say “male” and “female”. The title starts with “female” objects and progresses to “male” objects that all have a connection to Arin’s life, with a few hardware and tool elements here and there.

Shopping for this photo shoot was a lot of fun, finding just the right objects to both form the letters and have meaning.


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a memoir by Arin Andrews

In this revolutionary memoir, Arin Andrews details the journey that led him to make the life-transforming decision to undergo gender reassignment as a high school junior. He reveals the challenges he faced as a girl, the humiliation and anger he felt after getting kicked out of his private school, and all the changes—both mental and physical—he experienced once his transition began.


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I started by laying out all the objects . . .

. . . then deconstructing them to form the letters (very fun!)


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WRITTEN AND illustrated by Raúl Colón

Art directing & designing this picture book was a work of pure joy. Based on his own childhood, supremely talented artist Raúl Colón’s wordless book is about the limitless nature of creativity and imagination.

Raúl is such fun to collaborate with and his own imagination never stops. He’s a true master of illustration.

In addition to receiving 6 starred reviews, DRAW! was a winner of the New York Times Best Illustrated Books Awards for 2014.

Announcing My Debut Novel


coming Summer 2016

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

WRITTEN AND illustrated by Laurent Linn

I’m thrilled to reveal a project I’ve been creating for some time, which is very near and dear to my heart, my teen novel Draw the Line.

The official announcement from Publisher’s Weekly appeared on January 15, 2015:

“David Gale at Simon & Schuster has acquired world rights for Laurent Linn’s debut illustrated YA novel, Draw the Line. Obsessed with superheroes and Renaissance art, 16-year-old Adrian creates his own unique but secret comic-book style superhero . . . who happens to be gay. Thrust into a dangerous spotlight at his Texas high school, Adrian must use his own superpower—art—in a struggle to discover how to become a true hero. Emmy-winning author Linn, an art director at S&S, also creates the illustrations for the novel. Publication is scheduled for summer 2016. Brenda Bowen at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates negotiated the deal.”

Writing this story, creating these characters, and drawing the art for this book is a joy. I look forward to sharing more details as we get closer to the publication date.

Art detail from Draw the Line © 2015 Laurent Linn