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"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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My letter to the British Potato Council and their response

While talking about potatoes on Facebook with my friends Mary Ellen Wessels (of Hopeful Romantics) and Tim Walker (Wilderwood), I was excited to discover that there was a British Potato Council. I packaged up a signed copy of I'M BORED and sent them the following letter:


Dear Potato Council,

As a fan of potatoes, I recently enjoyed browsing your website. Although I live across the pond, it was heartening to see that potatoes are appreciated just as much in the UK as they are in Canada.

I’m the illustrator of I’M BORED, a picture book written by Michael Ian Black, about a talking Potato and a bored little girl. It was published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers and was a Junior Library Guild selection as well as a New York Times Notable Children’s Book.

I enclose a copy for your enjoyment. I do not ask for anything in return but merely wish to celebrate our shared appreciation of potatoes, no matter what the nationality.

Sincerely yours,

Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Children’s book writer and illustrator


I just received a response back from Rob Clayton, Director of the Potato Council in the UK (!!!):


For those with text-only access:


"Debbie, hi!

Just a short but heart-felt note to say thanks for the book that arrived yesterday. The potato council team can be a stern lot at times so it was great to see the thirty-somethings chuckling their way around the office. Nice to know there are potato-lovers around the world.

all the best,

p.s. is there a flamingo council?"


Love this so much. :-) THANK YOU, POTATO COUNCIL!!!!

To all: You can find out more about the British Potato Council on their website at



I'M BORED voted as YouDecide! pick by first-graders at A. Blair McPherson School


Teachers and Librarians: Tell me how your students enjoyed I'M BORED and you may win a free Skype visit


Canine boredom comic from Mandy Yates

Love this comic from children's author and teacher Mandy Yates:




A wonderful reading of I'M BORED by a 3-year-old and two 4-year-olds

Thanks to my friend Stephen Conway for sharing this video of his nieces and nephew reading I'M BORED. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH.


Just added: I'm Bored-themed Hanukkah card (for use with any book gift)


Inspired by the mentioned of I'm Bored in the Toronto Star's Hanukkah Gift-Giving Guide, I've created this special Hanukkah-themed gift card, and have included a b&w version in case young readers want to color the image themselves.

Feel free to use this gift card with any book gift, not just I'm Bored.

Click on either image for the full PDF.

You can browse a wide range of other I'M BORED-themed gift cards, with snarky and snark-free options, in the I'M BORED gift card section of the Bonus Page.

Thanks to my friend Alice Ching-Chew for the heads-up re: Toronto Star article!


I'M BORED listed in Toronto Star's Hanukkah gift-giving guide

Photo: Janos Pataki.

Thanks to Amy Pataki for including I'M BORED in her Hanukkah gift-giving guide article in The Toronto Star.


Just added: print-ready I'M BORED Thanksgiving activity sheet and greeting cards

I've just added some I'M BORED Thanksgiving-themed print-ready greeting cards, with a b&w option as well as one with no speech bubble, in case young readers wish to add their own caption or just color the drawing without an speech bubble.

Click on any thumbnail below for print-ready PDF. 


I've also added a print-ready I'M BORED Thanksgiving-themed activity sheet to the Activity Sheets Page, which young readers can write or draw what they're grateful for (click image for full PDF):



I'M BORED: The Sequel :-)

Thanks SO much to a certain local Toronto school for sending me this fantastic sequel to I'M BORED, packed with illustrated ideas about how NOT to be bored. Some samples:


Nick The Therapy Dog With I'M BORED


Thanks to Debbie Gates for this photo of Nick with I'M BORED. Nick is a therapy dog with Paws and Think ( Once a month, kids get to read to Nick as part of a reading program at Pendleton Community Public Library ( In the photo above, Nick is patiently waiting for the children to arrive.

You can see other pics in the I'M BORED IN THE WILD reader gallery on Pinterest.