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Debbie Ridpath Ohi reads, writes and illustrates books for young people. Her first solo picture book, WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? debuted from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers in May 2015; you can find a free Teacher's Guide, print-ready activity sheets and other Bonus material to her WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? Bonus Page. Where Are My Books? was included in the Los Angeles Times list of "30 Summer Books That Kids Will Gobble Up" and received a starred review in Kirkus. One of Debbie's favorite reviews is from a 2nd-grader in Holland, MI, who said, "This book inspired me to read aloud to my dog."

Launching in 2017: SAM & EVA (Debbie's 2nd solo picture book!) from Simon & Schuster BFYR, SEA MONKEY & BOB (written by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Debbie, S&S BFYR), MITZI TULANE, PRESCHOOL DETECTIVE in THE SECRET INGREDIENT (written by Lauren McLaughlin, illustrated by Debbie, Random House Children's), and RUBY ROSE, BIG BRAVOS (written by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Debbie, Harpercollins Children's).

Debbie's illustrations appear in NAKED! (2014) and I'M BORED (2012), both picture books written by Michael Ian Black and published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. I'M BORED was selected by The New York Times for its list of Notable Children's Books and is a Junior Library Guild Selection. NAKED! was featured in the National Post's "best of kidlit/YA" 2014 list and's "Top 12 Books Of 2014." Debbie is currently illustrating a sequel to I'M BORED called I'M SAD, also written by Michael Ian Black, scheduled for publication in 2018.

Debbie is also the illustrator of three Judy Blume classics (FRECKLE JUICE, THE PAIN AND THE GREAT ONE, THE ONE IN THE MIDDLE IS THE GREEN KANGAROO) reissued as chapter books by Atheneum (2014) as well as on the covers of seven middle grade reissues including ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET. See my Illustrating Judy Blume page for more info.

Upcoming book projects include SEA MONKEY AND BOB (written by Aaron Reynolds) for Simon & Schuster Children's, the RUBY ROSE picture book series (written by Rob Sanders) with HarperCollins Children's and the MITZI TULANE picture book series (written by Lauren McLaughlin) with Random House Children's. For more info about Debbie's current and upcoming projects, please see Debbie Ridpath Ohi's Books page.

Based in Toronto, Debbie is represented by Ginger Knowlton of Curtis Brown Ltd. 

More info about Debbie's past and upcoming projects in the Books section.


In a nutshell: I write and illustrate books for young people. I'm the founder of Inkspot and Inklings, one of the very first online writing communities and electronic newsletters for writers. I ended up selling to a U.S. company (here's a summary of my experience) so I could focus on doing more creating and less administration/managing.

Bonus trivia:I have a CD track with my name as its title (see Track 5). :-)

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NOTE: At present, I'm not taking on illustration assignments for self-published picture books or to accompany picture book text for sending out to publishers. For the latter, be aware that most publishers prefer to choose their own illustrations.Please read Harold Underdown's excellent article on submitting picture books.