Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Freedom: Be who you are, Love who you love, Read what you want

December 1st at 8:00pm ET – December 8th at 8:00pm ET on eBay

Auction Items

Signed Original Crayon on Cardstock (with broken crayon – classic DRO!)
Dimensions: 4 x 6 inches

Illustrator’s Biography

Hi there! I read, write and illustrate books for young people. You can read my “official” bio and also find out more about my books as well as what I’m working on now. I am represented by Ginger Knowlton of Curtis Brown Ltd. You can find out more about my teaching and presentation experience on my Appearances Page.

My writing and/or illustrations have appeared in over 20 books. I am the author and illustrator of two picture books: SAM & EVA (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2017) and WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? (S&S, 2015). My home publisher is Simon & Schuster, but I have also worked with HarperCollins, Random House, Little, Brown, and Stone Bridge Press, among others. I feel honoured to have worked with wonderful authors like Judy Blume, Michael Ian Black, Linda Sue Park, Aaron Reynolds, Rob Sanders, Lauren McLaughlin and Colby Sharp.

Depending on the book project, my illustration process has included both digital and non-digital techniques. Upcoming picture book projects include illustrations using found objects like crayons and fresh produce.

I’m thrilled to have received honours and awards for my books, including New York Times Notable Children’s Book (I’m Bored), Junior Library Guild selection (I’m Bored), Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) Best Books For Teens And Kids (I’m Bored), Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award (Naked!), The Bulletin Of The Center For Children’s Books Blue Ribbon List (Naked!), Ontario Library Association Best Bet (Where Are My Books?), CBC Books Best Canadian Young Adult And Children’s Books (Sam & Eva), Society Of Illustrators: The Original Art Show juried selection (Sam & Eva), Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Finalist (Sam & Eva).

I’m a member of the Society Of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBwI), CANSCAIP, The Writer’s Union Of Canada, League Of Canadian Poets.

My books have been published in English, French, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese and Korean.

Once upon a time, I was a programmer/analyst at a bank. Now I write and illustrate children’s books for a living. Life is crazy and wonderful.

You can learn more about Debbie on her website.


The live auction will be from December 1st at 8:00pm ET – December 8th at 8:00pm ET on eBay. You can bid anytime during that week on eBay.

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Debbie Ridpath Ohi has generously donated her work to the Friends of the Ashland Public Library for our online Children’s Illustrators Art Auction, helping raise funds to support our library programs for all ages.