Available for virtual visits in : British Colombia, Nunavut & Prince Edward Island

Craft: Author/Illustrator

Genre: Picture Books

Grades: Kindergarten-Grade 4

Cost for School and Public Virtual Readings Program: $200.00, plus applicable taxes

Website: debbieohi.com

Virtual Presentation Information

Length: Approx 45 min. For K-2, I strongly recommend max 30 minutes.

**Please note all times below are approximate. If you’re curious, you can see a demo of Debbie’s virtual school visit set-up at http://debbieohi.com/virtualvisits.

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15 min before official start time: Tech test. This will also be a chance for Debbie and the educator(s) to go over the schedule, content, and confirm info.

Presentation schedule:

5 min: 

Host introduces me (my last name rhymes with “Zoë”) and I do a cover-to-cover reading of one of my picture books. 

5-10 min: 

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! For younger students, I tend to make this section shorter and the activity portion longer.

10-15 min: 

Art/storytelling activity. Depending on the age of the students, I will be doing a drawing demo to show how I create characters and emotions, show how to use found object art to brainstorm character and story ideas.

I usually like to involve some call-and-response to make this more interactive, but this will depend heavily on how many are in the group and the venue settings. Please have the following materials handy:

– Paper to draw on (a few sheets).

– Something to draw with (pencil, pen, or crayons).

– 1-2 whole pages ripped from old magazine, flyer or newspaper. I will be having the students tear these into interesting shapes and using them for found object art/writing activities.

– Glue stick or tape.

5 min: 

Q&A. Please make sure I can clearly hear each question. For larger groups, I recommend having an educator near the computer microphone tell me the questions.

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 a Toronto-based children’s book author and illustrator who loves talking to young creators about reading, writing and illustrating.  She is the author and illustrator of Where Are My Books? and Sam & Eva (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers). Her illustrations also appear in books by Judy Blume, Michael Ian Black, Linda Sue Park, and others. Launching in 2021: I’m Sorry, written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie (Simon & Schuster).

Debbie’s illustrations have appeared in books by Judy Blume, Michael Ian Black, Linda Sue Park, and others. Honours and awards for her books include Junior Library Guild selection, New York Times Notable, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books selection, Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, Ontario Library Association Best Bet, and Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Finalist.

For more info about Debbie, free activities and e-learning resources, see DebbieOhi.com. You can also find Debbie on Twitter at @inkyelbows, Instagram at @inkygirl, and Facebook and Youtube at @debbieohi.