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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Denise Holmes  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children;

Born: in

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Holmes earned her BFA at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and resides in Chicago still today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Denise Holmes is a children's book illustrator. She is a Detroit native and earned her BFA at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. In 2012, she started working with Stephany Aulenback to illustrate her first book, ''If I Wrote a Book About You''. Her clients include: Simply Read Books, Roost Books, Owlkids Books, Albert Whitman & Company.

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Titles At Your Library

If I Wrote a Book About You
ISBN: 1927018463

Simply Read Books. 2014

""If I wrote a book about you and how wonderful you are, I would write it everywhere,"" says a mother to her child. And so she does—with the branches of the trees, the sand at the beach, and even the rays of the sun. This beautiful picture book eloquently and uniquely conveys a mother's love for her child. Children will enjoy searching out the big words hidden in plain sight in the images. And parents will appreciate the message that a child makes you experience the world differently.

We Love Nature!: A Keepsake Journal for Families Who Love to Explore the Outdoors
ISBN: 161180101X

Roost Books. 2014

Share in the discovery of nature with your child and preserve his or her sense of wonder in this keepsake journal filled with activities and ideas--for children ages two to eight.

As simple as stargazing, as challenging as a wilderness hike, as wild as a snowy sled ride, as creative as making a nature collage—discover (and rediscover) nature with these 52 family activities!

A child’s discovery of the outdoors is filled with awe, wonder, and delight. In this interactive journal, parents and kids have opportunities to spark curiosity about nature and are given space to record their discoveries. Part keepsake journal, part activity book, We Love Nature! offers a year’s worth of fresh, fun ways to explore nature that lead to profound memories.

Lay back, look up, and invent stories from the shapes in the clouds • Play in the mud until you’re covered head to toe • Sing campfire songs, and put on a show by the fire • Dance in the rain • Predict the weather, and then track your accuracy • Discover the night sky with an astronomy calendar • Hang up a birdhouse to see which birds you attract to nest

Where Are the Words?
ISBN: 0807587338

Albert Whitman & Company. 2016

Period wants to write a story but can’t find the words, so his friends offer their help. Question Mark asks around and Exclamation Point finds some enthusiastic words from some unexpected place. Now all Period needs is an idea, but from whom?

Phoebe Sounds It Out
ISBN: 1771471646

Owlkids. 2017

Meet Phoebe. Unfortunately, her name doesn’t look quite like it sounds. At school, her classmates practice writing their names, but Phoebe struggles. Her teacher tells her to “just sound it out.” Phoebe doubts herself and procrastinates before resolving to try. Readers are privy to her funny, endearing interior monologue and little-kid rationale as she writes the result: FEEBY.

Told in a relatable, introspective voice, this school story conveys the feelings and worries of a 5-year-old and supports learning about sounds and letters. Readers will see from Phoebe’s fellow kindergartners’ attempts that everyone makes mistakes, and that we can take pride in effort and not just perfection.

Grade Range: Pre-K–2
Fountas & Pinnell: J
Reading Recovery: 17
Lexile: AD 590L


The Giant Book of Creativity for Kids: 500 Activities to Encourage Creativity in Kids Ages 2 to 12--Play, Pretend, Draw, Dance, Sing, Write, Build, Tinker
ISBN: 1611801311

Roost Books. 2015

Winner of the 2015 Parent's Choice Award

The perfect starting point for creative play, this is the ultimate book of ideas for arts and crafts, building and tinkering, writing and rhyming, singing and dancing, and more! For parents who don't feel they are creative, this book provides an easy entry point for raising creative kids.

Creativity is an essential ingredient for a happy childhood, and this is the ultimate collection of ideas for arts and crafts, building and tinkering, writing and rhyming, singing and dancing, and more! With 500 unplugged, hands-on activities for children ages two to twelve, this book goes beyond the simple arts and crafts found in most kids’ creativity books and offers fun ideas for a generous range of imaginative and creative play—all in one giant book.

You have the power to encourage creativity in your child’s daily life, whether you feel creative yourself or not. This book is your guide for being a creativity mentor, your handbook for raising kids rich with creative habits and skills, and your toolbox full of ideas and activities. So say YES to creativity! Encourage your child to dabble in all kinds of activities, and discover the magic and beauty of imagination.

The Yoga Game by the Sea (The Yoga Game Series)
ISBN: 1927018498

Simply Read Books. 2015

The Yoga Game by the Sea, the first in The Yoga Game Series, invites children of all ages to feel the waves of their breath, to connect with the joy of a diving dolphin and to discover the magic of nature. Play with the words, guess the riddles and enjoy an actual yoga practice, down by the sea. Entertaining rhymes, enchanting riddles and whimsical illustrations create a rich, multi-layered experience.

The Yoga Game in the Garden (The Yoga Game Series)
ISBN: 1927018714

Simply Read Books. 2016

The second book in The Yoga Game series wiggles its way to the garden. Hum like a bee! Grow like a tree! Enjoy another delightful yoga practice with more entertaining rhymes, enchanting riddles and whimsical illustrations. Critters and creatures help plant the fun with The Yoga Game in the Garden.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Denise loves to make presentations about illustrating picture books to school and library groups. Email the author for more information.