About Me

A native of the Detroit area, Denise's passion for illustration goes all the way back to the age of three, when she would draw portraits of her enormous extended family. After earning her BFA at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, she worked every job from a server to sales associate, freelancing on the side and always dreaming of illustrating children's books. She got her break in 2012, with If I Wrote A Book About You by Stephany Aulenback (published by Simply Read Books). Since then, her projects have included two children's activity books and The Yoga Game Series. Her next book, Phoebe, will be released in Spring 2017 by Owlkids. Denise lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter. 


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

  • We ♥ Nature! (Roost Publications) 2014

  • The Yoga Game by the Sea (Simply Read Books) 2015

  • The Giant Book of Creativity for Kids (Roost Publications) March 2015 

  • The Yoga Game in the Garden (Simply Read Books) 2015

  • Something Good is Coming 2017

  • Something Good is Coming 2017


  • 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


  • Illustrating Picture Books
Picture Books


Simply Read Books | Roost Books | Owlkids Books