Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Become a Fan

Debbie Ridpath Ohi writes and illustrates books for young people. Where Are My Books?, the first book that Debbie has written as well as illustrated, launches in 2015 from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. Her illustrations also appear in picture books Sea-Monkey and Bob (written by Aaron Reynolds, 2015), I’m Bored (New York Times Notable Book, written by Michael Ian Black) and Naked! (also written by Michael Ian Black, 2015), as well as ten Judy Blume chapter books and middle grade titles reissued by Atheneum/Simon & Schuster. For more info, visit or @inkyelbows on Twitter.

Photograph by Beckett Gladney

Books by this Author

Where Are My Books?
Freckle Juice
The Pain and the Great One
The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo
see more books by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Author Revealed

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Doodling. I doodle on everything: napkins, take-out containers, candy wrappers, foreheads, old magazines, abandoned hardware...

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Librarian.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Sushi. Or chocolate. No, sushi. (pause) Oh come on, please don't make me choose.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. PET PEEVE #1: Anyone who's bored. Wake UP, people!! There are way too many things to do and see and read to ever get bored!!!!! PET PEEVE #2: Exclamation mark abuse.

Author Voices

July 21, 2015

THRILLED to announce that thanks to Simon & Schuster Children's, I'm going on a Where Are My Books? BOOK TOUR May 4-9, 2015 through Chicago (IL), Greensboro (NC), Glen Rock (NJ) and Jersey City (NJ). !!!!

I'll be speaking at schools and libraries as well as visiting bookstores see more

July 21, 2015

Thanks to Another Story Bookshop and Simon & Schuster Canada for a fun WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? book launch! I've posted photos and a report on my blog:

March 25, 2015

Curious about how a picture book is created? Check out my series of posts about the creation of I'M BORED, NAKED! and WHERE ARE MY BOOKS?

Lots of sketches and photos!

June 12, 2014

I'm delighted to announce that NAKED! is now available in bookstores. I also went on my very first book tour and finally got to meet Michael Ian Black (the author of I'M BORED and NAKED!) in person. Had sooooo much fun talking to young readers. And wow, do kindergarteners love yelling "Naked!" :-)

I've posted photos and a report online:

Activity Sheets

Debbie Ridpath Ohi on the Web