Launching April 29, 2014:

 

Out in bookstores now:


My tribute to picture books: Why Picture Books Are Important

What people are saying about I'M BORED:

"Read I'M BORED to children's choir last evening. They have never, ever laughed aloud so much! Reading Success!" - Twitter post by Marjorie Bowman

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FOR TEACHERS, BOOKSTORE OWNERS AND LIBRARIANS:

****Update March 4, 2014: Because of a heavy work schedule and an out-of-town trip, I will not be able to respond to snailmail until May 2014. Apologies for the inconvenience!****

While quantities last, I'll not only be responding to school classes with doodled letters but also one of these "TURN IT OFF AND READ A BOOK" posters! You can also download/print a smaller version yourself.

FOR TEACHERS, BOOKSTORE OWNERS AND LIBRARIANS:

****Update March 4, 2014: Because of a heavy work schedule and an out-of-town trip, I will not be able to respond to snailmail until May 2014. Apologies for the inconvenience!****

Classes, book clubs and reading groups anywhere in the world are welcome to write a letter to the illustrator about I'M BORED:

Photo by Mahtab Narsimhan.Debbie Ridpath Ohi
P.O. Box 116
119-660 Eglinton Ave.E. 
Toronto ON M4G 2K2
Canada

I will write back to the entire class/group. Teachers are asked to please write CLEARLY the name of each student on his or her letter beneath the signature, so I can mention them in my response -- I'd also very much appreciate a list of all the student names on a separate sheet of paper, to make it easier for me to doublecheck that I haven't left anyone out. Please include an e-mail address, just in case I have questions. 

Please allow 3-4 weeks for a response. I usually get back much sooner, but it depends on my work schedule and how many letters I receive. If I'm going to be away or extra busy for an extended period of time, I will post a warning at the top of this page. No need to include a self-addressed stamped envelope if your return address is at a school, bookstore or library. Schools/bookstores/libraries from any country may participate.

For more general questions about how to become a children's book illustrator, advice about getting into the business, etc., please refer to my answers to Frequently Asked Questions. I am unable to provide individual critiques or career advice - again, please do refer to my FAQ. For inquiries not related to class letters, please use my regular contact form, thanks.

In photo: some letters from Ms. O’Neil’s Grade One Class at Fairmount Elementary School

OTHER SUGGESTIONS FOR CLASS LETTERS:

(To teachers: you can find other suggestions, print-ready activity sheets and more in the I'M BORED Bonus page. You may also want to show students How I'M BORED Was Created.)

How do you keep from being bored? I would love to see your drawings and letters.

What are some other ways that the Little Girl or Potato in I'M BORED can keep from being bored?

If I'M BORED was going to be printed again, do YOU have a suggestion for a cover? I would love to see it!

The Potato has no clothes in I'M BORED. I'd love to see your drawings of clothes you think the Potato could wear to keep from being bored.

Do you have your own story about the characters in I'M BORED? I'd love to read them. Or maybe a story about YOU and the Potato?

What part of I'M BORED did you like the best?

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I'M BORED BOOKPLATES SIGNED BY THE ILLUSTRATOR:

December 12, 2013: Because of a significant jump in Canadian postage prices beginning early 2014, I will no longer able to provide signed bookplates, sorry. :-(