Virtual Book Week: Making Mistakes and Broken Crayon Art with Debbie Ridpath Ohi

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Author and Illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi helps us celebrate Canadian Children’s Book Week with this exclusive video. Debbie sits down to discuss life in self-isolation, how she got her start as an illustrator of books for young people, gives advice on how parents and teachers can use her books to engage children, and shows us how to draw the characters from her upcoming book, Gurple and Preen: A Broken Crayon Cosmic Adventure.

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Escape into Reading with Canadian Children’s Book Week. The tour is the single most important national event celebrating Canadian children’s books and was unable to occur as planned due to COVID-19. Throughout the week of May 4–9, special videos from Book Week authors and illustrator will appear on the Bibliovideo channel. Instead of visiting hundreds of children, each participating author will be able to reach children all across the country. Participating authors include Robin Stevenson, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Eugenie Fernandes, Shane Peacock, Paul Covello, and Monique Polak. A new video will be added to Bibliovideo each day.


Bibliovideo is a YouTube channel all about Canadian children’s books. It’s the place to be for readers, librarians, teachers, parents, authors, illustrators, researchers, and anyone who wants to discover great Canadian books for young people. Subscribe to Bibliovideo and keep an eye for a new Book Week video every day this week!



About the Canadian Children’s Book Centre
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a national, not-for-profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers. For more information, visit

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. 


About Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts. The Council champions and invests in artistic excellence through a broad range of grants, services, prizes and payments to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations. Its work ensures that excellent, vibrant and diverse art and literature engages Canadians, enriches their communities and reaches markets around the world. The Council also raises public awareness and appreciation of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities. It is responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO in Canada to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts. Visit their website here.


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Canadian School Libraries
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