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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Debbie Ridpath Ohi reads, writes and illustrates books for young people. You can read her bio and also find out more about her books, including upcoming releases.

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

I was featured in the June 2017 issue of Quill & Quire magazine! 


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.