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BRITISH COLUMBIA – Lower Mainland

Craft: Author/Illustrator

Genre: Picture Books

Ideal Audience Size: 25-100

Maximum Audience Size: 250. For this size, Debbie would need a microphone (ideally a headset microphone). Also, keep in mind that all students need to be able to see what Debbie is drawing on the flipchart during art demonstrations.

Grades: Kindergarten-Grade 4

Special Equipment: For a typical presentation:

(1) A projector that can be hooked up to Debbie’s laptop (MacBook Air) and a clicker. Debbie uses Keynote for her static slide presentations. She will also bring a USB stick with her presentation in Keynote and Powerpoint formats if the school prefers using their own equipment, but in that case, she would still need a clicker.

(2) A flipchart with paper and markers, clear tape, about-to-be-recycled glossy family-friendly magazine or flyers or other colorful inexpensive paper (Debbie rips paper to use in her drawing demos to show how found object art can generate story and character ideas. One of her goals is also to show that you DON’T need expensive art materials to have fun with art.).

For groups 25 or smaller, Debbie is happy to do hands-on interactive workshops that can be tailored to any age group. Topics include: How To Make A Picture Book, How To Create Your Own Comic (for older students, she can discuss graphic novels as well). Debbie can email PDF handouts in advance that can be printed out. For younger students, Debbie is happy to work with whatever art materials are available.

Cost for School Readings Program: $200.00, plus 5% GST per school presentation

Cost for Public Readings Program: $250.00, plus 5% GST per public presentation

Website: debbieohi.com

 

Presentation Information

My presentation depends on the size and age of the audience, but is usually as follows:

Length: 30 minutes (I don’t like going too much longer for younger students)

5 min (approx): I do a reading of one of my picture books. For larger groups, I do this via slides so that everyone can see.

10 min (approx): I talk about how a picture book is written and illustrated, showing examples and also offering tips throughout that are geared specifically toward young writers and illustrators. My biggest tip is always: READ A LOT!!!!

10 min (approx): Interactive art demo.

5 min: Q&A.

The “approx” above is because if the kids are very young and/or getting restless, I will cut down the talking part and head into the interactive art demo sooner than later.

 

Book List

Picture Books

Gurple and Preen by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Debbie Ohi (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readings, 2020)

I’m Worried by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ohi (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2019)

I’m Sad by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018)

Sam & Eva written and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017)

Mitzi Tulane, Preschool Detective in The Secret Ingredient by Lauren McLaughlin and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Random House Children’s Books, 2017)

Ruby Rose, Big Bravos by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2017)

Naked! by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014)

Sea Monkey and Bob by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2017)

Ruby Rose: Off to School She Goes! by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2016)

Mitzi Tulane, Preschool Detective in What’s the Smell? by Lauren McLaughlin and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Random House Children’s Books, 2016)

Where Are My Books? written and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2015)

I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012)

Chapter Books (Interior illustrations by Debbie Ohi)

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, reissue 2014)

The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo by Judy Blume and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, reissue 2014)

The Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, reissue 2014)

Middle Grade (Covers illustrated by Debbie Ohi)

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume, cover illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, reissue 2014)

Blubber by Judy Blume, cover illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, reissue 2014)

Deenie by Judy Blume, cover illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, reissue 2014)

It’s Not the End of the World by Judy Blume, cover illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, reissue 2014)

Iggie’s House by Judy Blume, cover illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, reissue 2014)

Starring Sally J.. Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume, cover illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, reissue 2014)

Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume, cover illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, reissue 2014)

 

Biography

Debbie Ridpath Ohi is the author and illustrator of Where Are My Books? and Sam & Eva, and her illustrations have appeared in books written by Judy Blume and Michael Ian Black, among others.

A former computer programmer analyst, Debbie launched one of the first online communities for writers and was also a columnist and author for Writer’s Digest/F&W. Now she writes and illustrates for a living, and has helped create nearly 25 books for young people.

Honors include New York Times Notable Children’s Book, Junior Library Guild Selection, Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, CCBC Best Books and Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Finalist. Debbie has given talks and workshops for The Highlights Foundation, SCBWI national and regional conferences,
CANSCAIP, CAPIC, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and the Toronto Public Library, as well as other venues. She has given talks and workshops to both adults and young people.