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Debbie Ohi

Debbie Ohi

Photo: Beckett Gladney

Debbie Ridpath Ohi is a writer and illustrator based in Toronto, Canada. Most recently, her illustrations have appeared in NAKED!, a picture book written by Michael Ian Black, published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (2014). Debbie also was the cover illustrator for seven Judy Blume classics reissued as middle grade by Atheneum Books For Young Readers and the illustrator for three Judy Blume chapter book reissues.

For Debbie's other projects with Simon & Schuster Children's, HarperCollins Children's and Random House Children's, please see

Author of THE WRITER'S ONLINE MARKETPLACE (Writer's Digest Books, 2001), Debbie's non-fiction, fiction and poetry has also appeared in numerous print and online venues including MAGIC TAILS (co-written short story with Michelle Sagara West, DAW Books 2005), Cottage Life, Applied Arts, Harp Column, Writer's Digest and others. Debbie was the creator and editor of Inkspot and Inklings, one of the very first websites and electronic newsletters for writers: 200,000 unique site visitors and nearly 50,000 subscribers.

Debbie is represented by Ginger Knowlton at Curtis Brown Ltd.

For more info, visit or @inkyelbows on Twitter.



I'm Bored (author: Michael Ian Black, illustrator: Debbie Ridpath Ohi). Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2012
NAKED! (author: Michael Ian Black, illustrator: Debbie Ridpath Ohi). Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2014
The Writers' Online Marketplace. Writer's Digest Books, 2001


SCBWI Illustrator Portfolio Showcase Honor Award, 2010
SCBWI Illustrator Mentorship Program Award, 2010
New York Times Notable Children's Book for I'm Bored, 2012
Junior Library Guild Award for I'm Bored, 2012
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


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