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Press Bios: Debbie Ridpath Ohi

 

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(Last updated: March 18, 2017)

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SHORT BIO, version 1 (52 words):

Debbie Ridpath Ohi is the author and illustrator Where Are My Books? and Sam & Eva (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers). Her illustrations also appear in books by Michael Ian Black, Judy Blume, Rob Sanders, Lauren McLaughlin and Aaron Reynolds. For more info about Debbie and upcoming projects, see DebbieOhi.com. Twitter: @inkyelbows.

SHORT BIO, version 2 (58 words):

Debbie Ridpath Ohi is the author and illustrator of Where Are My Books? and Sam & Eva (Simon & Schuster). Her illustrations also appear in children’s books such as NY Times Notable I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black and Atheneum’s reissued Judy Blume titles. Find out more and visit Debbie at DebbieOhi.com, on Twitter at @inkyelbows and on Instagram at @inkygirl.

LONGER BIO (128 words):

Debbie Ridpath Ohi is the author and illustrator of Where Are My Books? (Simon & Schuster). Debbie's illustrations appear in books by Michael Ian Black and Judy Blume, and she has worked on book projects with Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Random House, Little Brown, Stone Bridge Press and Writer's Digest, among others. Upcoming books in 2017 include Debbie’s second solo picture book, Sam & Eva (Simon & Schuster), Sea Monkey & Bob (Simon & Schuster, author Aaron Reynolds), Mitzi Tulane, Preschool Detective in The Secret Ingredient (Random House, author Lauren McLaughlin), and Ruby Rose, Big Bravos (HarperCollins, author Rob Sanders). Debbie posts about reading, writing and illustrating children’s books at Inkygirl.com. You can find out more about Debbie and her work at DebbieOhi.com as well as on Twitter at @inkyelbows and Instagram at @inkygirl.

LONGER BIO, SCBWI (142 words):

Debbie Ridpath Ohi received many rejections before getting her first big break (and a book contract!) at the SCBWI-LA conference in 2010. She is the author and illustrator of Where Are My Books? (Simon & Schuster). Debbie's illustrations appear in over a dozen books including titles by Michael Ian Black, Aaron Reynolds and Judy Blume. She has worked on children’s book projects with Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Random House, Little Brown and Stone Bridge Press. Recent and upcoming books in 2017 include Debbie’s second solo picture book, Sam & Eva (Simon & Schuster), Sea Monkey & Bob (Simon & Schuster, author Aaron Reynolds), Mitzi Tulane, Preschool Detective in The Secret Ingredient (Random House, author Lauren McLaughlin), and Ruby Rose, Big Bravos (HarperCollins, author Rob Sanders). You can find out more about Debbie and her work at DebbieOhi.com as well as on Twitter at @inkyelbows and Instagram at @inkygirl.

BIO RELATED TO "SEA MONKEY & BOB":

Debbie Ridpath Ohi used to have a Sea Monkey named Spock. She is the author and illustrator of Where Are My Books? and Sam & Eva (Simon & Schuster). Her illustrations also appear in children’s books such as New York Times Notable I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black and Atheneum’s reissued Judy Blume titles. Find bonus activities and a teacher’s guide at DebbieOhi.com/seamonkey. Chat with Debbie on Twitter at @inkyelbows.

BIO RELATED TO "SAM & EVA":

Debbie Ridpath Ohi did cartoon wars back in school with her friend Reid, then later with her nieces and nephews. She still loves creative collaboration. Debbie is the author/illustrator of Where Are My Books? Her illustrations also appear in New York Times Notable I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black, Sea Monkey and Bob by Aaron Reynolds, books by Judy Blume and others. She lives in Toronto with her husband Jeff. Find bonus activities and a teacher’s guide at DebbieOhi.com/SamEva. Chat with Debbie on Twitter at @inkyelbows.

BIO RELATED TO RUBY ROSE BOOKS:

Debbie Ridpath Ohi writes and draws children's books for a living. Secret fact: Debbie sometimes dances in her office when no one is looking. Debbie is the author and illustrator of Where Are My Books? and Sam & Eva. In addition to the Ruby Rose books, her illustrations also appear in books by Michael Ian Black, Judy Blume, Aaron Reynolds and Lauren McLaughlin. She lives in Toronto with her husband Jeff. Find bonus activities and a teacher's guide at DebbieOhi.com/rubyrose. Chat with Debbie on Twitter at @inkyelbows.

BIO RELATED TO MITZI TULANE BOOKS:

Debbie Ridpath Ohi writes and draws children's books for a living. She loves mysteries, especially if they involved food! Debbie is the author/illustrator of Where Are My Books? and Sam & Eva. In addition to the Mitzi Tulane books, her illustrations appear in books by Michael Ian Black, Judy Blume, Aaron Reynolds and Rob Sanders. She lives in Toronto with her husband Jeff. Find bonus activities and a teacher's guide at DebbieOhi.com/mitzi. Chat with Debbie on Twitter at @inkyelbows.

BIO RELATED TO "I'M SAD":

Debbie Ridpath Ohi is rarely bored or sad since illustrating New York Times Notable I’m Bored, her first Michael Ian Black picture book. She the author and illustrator of Where Are My Books? and Sam & Eva (Simon & Schuster). You can also find her illustrations in Naked! by Michael Ian Black, Sea Monkey and Bob by Aaron Reynolds and books by Judy Blume, among others. Debbie lives in Toronto with her husband Jeff. Find bonus activities and a teacher’s guide at DebbieOhi.com/sad. Chat with Debbie on Twitter at @inkyelbows.

MORE FACTS ABOUT DEBBIE AND HER BOOKS:

- Debbie lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband Jeff.

- Debbie is fond of fountain pens, cupcakes, miniature food and doodling.

- Debbie's first career was a computer systems analyst for the head office of a bank. 

- I'M BORED was Debbie's first book illustration project. She was "discovered" at the 2010 SCBWI Summer Conference by Justin Chanda, publisher/editor at Simon & Schuster Children's.

- I'M BORED was a New York Times Notable Children's Book and Junior Library Guild Selection.

- NAKED!, another Michael Ian Black story that Debbie illustrated for Simon & Schuster, won the 2015 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award and was also on the BCCB Blue Ribbon list.

- WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? received a starred review in Kirkus Reviews and was also an Ontario Library Association Best Bet (Top 10 Picture Books).

- Debbie's sister, Ruth Ohi, also writes and illustrates children's books.