About Me

Denise Holmes is an illustrator who lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and daughter. Denise graduated from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2003 and has been drawing professionally ever since.

Her first picture book, If I Wrote A Book About You by Stephany Aulenback was published in 2014. We Love Nature! A Keepsake Journal for Families Who Love to Explore the Outdoors by Stacy Torino and Ken Keffer was released in March 2014 and she is hard at work illustrating two more books to be published within the next year.

When Denise is not trying to tame her daughter's unruly hair, she can be found exploring her neighborhood, drinking coffee, collecting vintage children's books or roller skating. 


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

  • We ♥ Nature! (Roost Publications) 2014

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

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

  • Yoga Game in the Garden (Simply Read Books) 2016

  • Monkey See, Monkey Do (Blue Apple Books) 2016


  • 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



Simply Read Books | Roost Books | Blue Apple Books