Denise Turu

Denise Turu – Designer

Experienced illustrator with more than 20 years of experience. I specialise in children books, book covers and text books.


I am passionated about children's books and character design.

I know how important is a good working flow between author/illustrator to create a great product.

Some of the projects I enjoyed the most :

-As an illustrator and writer of "Babbit and Joan, A rabbit and a phone". This was my favourite project, not only because it is was my first book as an author and Illustrator but also because the work flow with the art director and editor was super easy. I enjoyed designing the characters, illustrating the scenery, creating the content and finally making a great book cover.

- As an Illustrator for "Who's my Neighbour?" (Flyaway Books ). I loved the whole process of creating and designing the characters, sketching the storyline and illustrating the whole book.

- As a graphic designer and illustrator for King Games ( Candy Crush, Bubble Witch and Pet Rescue). I worked with a team and I learned how important is to sync with colleagues to deliver the perfect assets on time.

- As a comic artist and storytelling: My first 167 pages graphic Novel "A custom made map" was published in 2014, since then I kept telling stories in one of my instagram accounts: Im able to express with my comics the story I want to tell.

Art Children’s Non-Fiction Comics Non-Fiction Nature
Comics & Graphic Novels Cultural & Ethnic Middle Grade Picture Books
  • Best In House Design Team (Stockholm, Sweden).
  • The Royal Dragonfly Book award SM Winner 2020 - Picture Book 5 and younger.
  • First place Golden Scroll winner in Children’s Book category
  • "The Silver" Illumination Award in Education (Home School, Bible School) category.

Work experience


Aug, 2022 — Dec, 2023 (over 1 year)

Illustrator for Text Books for Public Schools in the U.S.


Jan, 2006 — Present

- Babbit and Joan. Flyaway Books Editorial. U.S.A.
- Abecedario de Peces Imaginarios. Amazon. Worldwide.

- A custom-made map. Amazon. Worldwide.
- Un Mapa a medida. Amazon. Worldwide.

- Rabbit's Rainy Days - Therapist Aid. Florida. U.S
- Adventures in Big Bend National Park - Dana Stuart. Texas. U.S
- Henry Knows Best! - Emily Learing. North Dakota. U.S
- The Little Lion who Lost Someone. Therapist Aid. Florida. U.S
- A Seed's Needs. Benchmark Universe. New York. U.S
- Sunny and Moony . Melissa Nackovski. Sweden.
- Who’s My Neighbour?. Flyaway Books Editorial. U.S
- Dinosaur Devotions. Harper & Collins. U.S
- Ride on track. Yoyo Books Editorial. Belgium.
- Little Play Houses. Yoyo Books Editorial. Belgium.
- My Friend, Mi Amigo . Author as Heroes Editorial. U.S
-Round and Round. Creative Teaching Press. U.S
-The robot who was different. Online Story for Therapist Aid. U.S
-Los pollos macabros. Rubens Riol. Independent Publisher. U.S.

- Baby Bug , Lady Bug, Highlight Press, Nine Point, The Friend Junior.


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Sunny and Moony

Nackovski, Melissa

Cover Design Illustration Book Interior Design
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Adventures in Big Bend National Park

Stuart, Dana

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
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Sandy and the Shark Ring

Hutchinson, Rebecca Jane

Cover Design Illustration Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
A Custom-made map

Turu, Denise

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
Cover Design Illustration
Who Is My Neighbor?

Levine, Amy-Jill

Cover Design Illustration
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design

Denise has 8 reviews





Jaclyn C.

Jaclyn C.

Jun, 2022

Denise was fantastic to work with. Denise explained the process to me thoroughly, was extremely professional in turnaround times and responsiveness, and created gorgeous illustrations my family and I are extremely happy with for a children's book we made for our mom. So happy with her work and would absolutely recommend her.
Denise T.
Thank You, Jaclyn! It was a pleasure working with you. I'm so happy I was able to be part of this lovely project for your Mom. I'm sure she will love it! :)
Rebecca H.

Rebecca H.

Jan, 2022

Denise was an absolute pleasure to work with. She understood exactly what was required and was so helpful in guiding me with some of my questions. I love the way she brought my story to life, her illustrations are gorgeous and I could not recommend her highly enough! Thank you Denise. The experience of writing and illustrating my first book was amazing !
Rebecca S.

Rebecca S.

Oct, 2021

Denise was meticulous when it came to making sure my vision came to life. We had a meeting prior to our collaboration so I could explain what I wanted the illustrations to look like, and she was even able to use photos I provided for the correct likeness. Her communication was prompt and professional, and I found her an absolute delight to work with.
Elizabeth I.

Elizabeth I.

Jul, 2021

Denise was an absolute dream to work alongside as I worked on my first ever children's book. She executed every idea I had had with such timeliness and precision. I could not be more thrilled with her as a human and for bringing my vision to life!
The Ella Riley G.

The Ella Riley G.

May, 2021

It was great to work with Denise. She understood the brief and did a great job in providing us with what was required. We will certainly recommend her.

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