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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's second picture book launches on Oct. 17, 2017!

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Bank Street College Of Education chooses SAM & EVA for their list of Best Children's Books Of The Year, 2018 Edition

I am so honoured to have SAM & EVA included in the Bank Street College Of Education's list of The Best Children's Books Of The Year, 2018 Edition! SAM & EVA was included in their Under Five category, with a star for Outstanding Merit.

"THE CHILDREN’S BOOK COMMITTEE at Bank Street College of Education strives to guide librarians, educators, parents, grandparents, and other interested adults to the best books for children published each year.

The Best Children's Books of the Year, 2018 Edition includes more than 600 titles chosen by the Children’s Book Committee as the best of the best published in 2017. In choosing books for the annual list, reviewers consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes."


SAM & EVA named one of the Best Canadian Children's Books of 2017 by CBC Books!

Thanks so much to CBC Books for naming SAM & EVA as one of the Best Canadian Young Adult And Children's Books Of 2017! So honoured, especially considering the company.


Fun visual review of SAM & EVA by Rhonda Jenkins

I love this visual review by Rhonda Jenkins (aka @luv2teachtech on Twitter), who created this collage book review after seeing mine. Do check out her Twitter feed, where she is starting to post other fun collage reviews!


2017 Photo Memories: SAM & EVA Book Launch Party

Though I posted pics on social media, I wanted to post some of my favourite SAM & EVA launch photos here as well...

Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada and A Different Booklist for hosting my SAM & EVA book launch party earlier this year, especially Rita Silver from S&S Canada and Itah Sadu from A Different Booklist. And thank you so much to everyone who came out to support me at the event!

Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for all their help with my book launch at A Different Booklist!Special thanks to my husband Jeff and sister Ruth for all their help as well. Ruth tooks tons of great photos and also helped me with my reading:

I feel incredibly lucky to have the supportive family, friends and publisher support that I do.

And to those in Toronto: do check out A Different Booklist near Bathurst/Bloor! It's a wonderful space, with wonderful people.