About Me

Hello! My name is Denise Holmes. I am an illustrator and designer who lives in Chicago with my husband and daughter Hazel. I recently illustrated my first children’s book If I Wrote A Book About You (Simply Read Books) by Stephany Aulenback which will be published in May 2014. We  Nature! A Keepsake Journal for Families who Love to Explore the Outdoors (Roost Books) by Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer will be published March 2014. And I am hard at work illustrating my third book The Yoga Game by the Sea (Simply Read Books).




  • If I Wrote A Book About You (Simply Read Books) 2014

  • We ♥ Nature! (Roost Publications) 2014

  • Yoga Game by the Sea (Simply Read Books) 


  • 2013 Work/Life 3 (Uppercase Directory of Illustration)
  • 2012 What I Wore Today (Octopus)
  • 2011 Toffee Magazine Issue No. 2
  • 2010 Mish Mish Mish (Moncho Ediciones)
  • 2010 'Stache (Lark Books)
  • 2009 Say What (Chicago Young Authors)
  • 2007 10,000 Tons of Black Ink (Literary Writers Network)


  • 2009 Daily Candy (Nisee Made Stationery)
  • 2008 LMNOP Issue 5


  • 2013 Semi Finalist in Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search
  • Member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators