Debbie Ridpath Ohi reads, writes and illustrates for young people. Every few weeks, she shares new art, writing and resources; subscribe below. Browse the archives here.

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My interview with MITZI TULANE author, Lauren McLaughlin

Very excited about the launch of the first MITZI TULANE, PRESCHOOL DETECTIVE book this summer, a new picture book written by Lauren McLaughlin and illustrated by yours truly, published by Random House Children's Books July 12, 2016. Lauren was kind enough to answer some questions about her process, publication journey and inspiration.

Read my interview with Lauren McLaughlin here.


Where Are My Books? gets love from the Ontario Library Association and Strand Book Store

LOOK, MY BOOK HAS A STICKER! Thank you so much to the Ontario Library Assocation Best Bets committee for choosing Where Are My Books for their 2015 OLA Best Bets Top Ten Picture Books list. SO honoured, especially considering the other titles on the list; you can find all the Best Lists on the Ontario Library Association website.

Also, thanks so much to Strand Book Store (one of my favourite bookstores in the world!!!!) for including Where Are My Books? in their list of favourite books that deserved more limelight in 2015:


Thanks to Missouri preschoolers and kindergarteners for choosing NAKED!


WOW!!!!! Totally thrilled to discover that NAKED! has won the 2015 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award. More info here.


I'm over at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast today!

I am ***TOTALLY THRILLED*** to visit Julie Danielson's Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog today. I've been a fan of both Jules and her blog for years, so am blown away both by the hono(u)r and all the work she put into this interview.




Found Object Art: Reading With Orange Peels