Debbie Ridpath Ohi

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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

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My Life in 8 Words

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Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Life is not a dress rehearsal." - Rose Tremain

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. In my basement Office Cave, creating stuff.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?


Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Vampire squirrels.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. A good book, a comfy armchair and a Tardis.

Author Voices

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:

February 05, 2013

Hi all! I'm gradually uploading print-ready I'M BORED activity sheet PDFs for young writers and illustrators:

Also do check out my I'M BORED Classroom Activities page:

which includes Tips For Young Artists:

and Tips For Young Writers:

If you have suggestions for other I'M BORED activity sheets or bonus material you'd like to see, please do let me know:

Thanks for your support of... see more

February 05, 2013

The New York Times Sunday Book Review listed I'M BORED in its list, Notable Children's Books Of 2012:

February 05, 2013

To make holiday gift-giving more fun, I've created a wide range of free I'M BORED gift cards (snarky and non-snarky options) to download, print and use on regular 8.5" x 11" paper...or heavier paper if you prefer:

Topics include:

Holiday-themed, new parents, baby gift, teacher, librarian, doctor or dentist or piano teacher for their waiting rooms, granddaughter/grandson, nephew/niece, many others.

There are also choices of print-ready envelope templates, bookplates and gift tags.

Enjoy! -- Debbie

Activity Sheets

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