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2015-05-12 13:10:20 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Woohoooooo, my first solo picture book, Where Are My Books? , officially launches from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers TODAY! http://books.simonandschuster.com/Where-Are-My-Books/Debbie-Ridpath-Ohi/9781442467415

Help me celebrate: Post a photo, doodle or sentence answering the question "Where are YOUR books" with a photo, sketch etc. on your social media of choice (*****add the hashtag ‪#‎WhereAreMyBooks‬ to help others find it.)

Meanwhile, here's a video slideshow of answers that you've sent so far:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRCdYBI-yk0

If you like the song by my friends Ookla the Mok and would like to download it to your own device (and help support indie musicians in the process), it's now available on CDBaby, Amazon and iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/where-are-my-books-single/id987734632).

Itried... more »

Most reshares: 4

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2015-05-24 16:02:05 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Children's book author Larry Dane Brimner tagged me a 4 Days/4 Poems Poetry Challenge (can be original or someone else's, short or long). Here's Poem #1! 

Most plusones: 41

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2015-05-19 12:10:14 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

A Goth girl #tinydoodle  on a Post-It note, using a Micron 01 pen and a bit of fern from our garden.

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2015-07-04 13:01:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: MiNRS by +Kevin Sylvester (comes out from Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster in Sept/2015). Appropriately enough, I began and finished Kevin Sylvester's MiNRS underground. It was soOooOooOOoo good that I missed my subway stop. Twice.

I talk more about the book here: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/7/4/bookaday-minrs-by-kevin-sylvester-simon-schuster-sept2015.html

#BookADay: MiNRS by +Kevin Sylvester (comes out from Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster in Sept/2015). Appropriately enough, I began and finished Kevin Sylvester's MiNRS underground. It was soOooOooOOoo good that I missed my subway stop. Twice.

I talk more about the book here: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/7/4/bookaday-minrs-by-kevin-sylvester-simon-schuster-sept2015.html___

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2015-06-22 13:44:29 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Finished painting, based on illustration I did for Judy Blume's THE PAIN AND THE GREAT ONE chapter book edition (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2014). Media: ink, watercolor, pencil crayon. Piece is being donated to nErDcampMI, which take places in a couple of weeks -- sooooo looking forward to attending! All money from the art auction goes toward buying books for kids at Nerd Camp Junior. More info about nErDcampMI: http://nerdcampmi.weebly.com/

Finished painting, based on illustration I did for Judy Blume's THE PAIN AND THE GREAT ONE chapter book edition (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2014). Media: ink, watercolor, pencil crayon. Piece is being donated to nErDcampMI, which take places in a couple of weeks -- sooooo looking forward to attending! All money from the art auction goes toward buying books for kids at Nerd Camp Junior. More info about nErDcampMI: http://nerdcampmi.weebly.com/___

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2015-06-21 13:32:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Happy Father's Day to you dads out there! Turned a coffee stain into a doodle in honour of the occasion. #FathersDay

Happy Father's Day to you dads out there! Turned a coffee stain into a doodle in honour of the occasion. #FathersDay___

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2015-06-21 00:45:58 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Dogwood blossom doodle. #foundobjectart  http://DebbieOhi.com/LookAgain

Dogwood blossom doodle. #foundobjectart  http://DebbieOhi.com/LookAgain___

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2015-06-19 14:15:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The quandary: You want to support someone's new book and as much as you'd like to buy it, you can't. Perhaps you can't justify the cost of the new book right now. Perhaps your author friend is prolific and has multiple books coming out, and you can't afford to get them all. Perhaps you have so many author and illustrator friends that if you decided to buy all their books, you'd need to sell your car first. Or your house.

Here are some other ways you can show support for an author's book: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/6/19/want-to-support-an-authors-or-illustrators-new-book-but-cant.html

The quandary: You want to support someone's new book and as much as you'd like to buy it, you can't. Perhaps you can't justify the cost of the new book right now. Perhaps your author friend is prolific and has multiple books coming out, and you can't afford to get them all. Perhaps you have so many author and illustrator friends that if you decided to buy all their books, you'd need to sell your car first. Or your house.

Here are some other ways you can show support for an author's book: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/6/19/want-to-support-an-authors-or-illustrators-new-book-but-cant.html___

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2015-06-18 20:52:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: FAMILIES, FAMILIES, FAMILIES! by Suzanne Lang & Max Lang ( Random House Children's Books​, 2015. Wonderful celebration of family love, no matter what the size or type. Adorable family portraits show all kinds of nontraditional families.

Suzanne produces, develops and writes for children's television. Max codirected the film adaptation of The Gruffalo (!) as well as the Oscar-nominated adaptation of Room On The Broom.

Excerpt from a School Library Journal review: "The loud-and-clear message is that “if you love each other, then you are a family.” And imagine the many children who will be reassured because they have found a portrait of a family they will recognize as their own. A solid choice for most libraries."

More about the book:http:... more »

#BookADay: FAMILIES, FAMILIES, FAMILIES! by Suzanne Lang & Max Lang ( Random House Children's Books​, 2015. Wonderful celebration of family love, no matter what the size or type. Adorable family portraits show all kinds of nontraditional families.

Suzanne produces, develops and writes for children's television. Max codirected the film adaptation of The Gruffalo (!) as well as the Oscar-nominated adaptation of Room On The Broom.

Excerpt from a School Library Journal review: "The loud-and-clear message is that “if you love each other, then you are a family.” And imagine the many children who will be reassured because they have found a portrait of a family they will recognize as their own. A solid choice for most libraries."

More about the book: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/241133/families-families-families-by-suzanne-lang-illustrated-by-max-lang/

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/___

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2015-06-17 17:02:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: MY BLUE IS HAPPY by Jessica Young and Catia Chien (Candlewick Press​, 2013). This book makes me happy. A lyrical ode to colours, gorgeously illustrated, sure to generate discussions with young readers about what different colours mean to different people. 

"My sister says that blue is sad
   Like a lonely song.

But my blue is happy
   Like my favorite jeans
   And a splash in the pool on a hot day."

Love.

More about the book: http://candlewick.com/cat.asp?mode=book&isbn=0763651257&browse=Author

More about the author (the book was her debut picture book): https://jessicayoungbooks.wordpress.com/

More about the illustrator: http://www.catiachien.com/

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:http:/... more »

#BookADay: MY BLUE IS HAPPY by Jessica Young and Catia Chien (Candlewick Press​, 2013). This book makes me happy. A lyrical ode to colours, gorgeously illustrated, sure to generate discussions with young readers about what different colours mean to different people. 

"My sister says that blue is sad
   Like a lonely song.

But my blue is happy
   Like my favorite jeans
   And a splash in the pool on a hot day."

Love.

More about the book: http://candlewick.com/cat.asp?mode=book&isbn=0763651257&browse=Author

More about the author (the book was her debut picture book): https://jessicayoungbooks.wordpress.com/

More about the illustrator: http://www.catiachien.com/

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/___

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2015-06-17 14:38:50 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Prepping for my first ALA ( 2015 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition​). Wow, soooo much going on, and in so many different places. It's a bit overwhelming, but I'm gradually sorting it out. Found a booth map online (see attached image) and figured out where I'll be doing my Where Are My Books?​ signing on the Friday 6-7pm.

One of my main goals in attending ALA is to meet librarians, especially those with whom I've chatted with online, visited via Skype/Google+ Hangouts, met via my book tour but didn't have a chance to chat with properly. 

** If you're librarian attending ALA, I'd love to meet you! Where to find me:

(1) Fri. June 26, 6-7 pm, signing WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? and giving out posters, Simon & Schuster booths 1103/1104: http://alaac15.ala.org/node/33863

(2) Sat. June 27, 3-4 pm, AAP'S Children's & TeenAuth... more »

Prepping for my first ALA ( 2015 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition​). Wow, soooo much going on, and in so many different places. It's a bit overwhelming, but I'm gradually sorting it out. Found a booth map online (see attached image) and figured out where I'll be doing my Where Are My Books?​ signing on the Friday 6-7pm.

One of my main goals in attending ALA is to meet librarians, especially those with whom I've chatted with online, visited via Skype/Google+ Hangouts, met via my book tour but didn't have a chance to chat with properly. 

** If you're librarian attending ALA, I'd love to meet you! Where to find me:

(1) Fri. June 26, 6-7 pm, signing WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? and giving out posters, Simon & Schuster booths 1103/1104: http://alaac15.ala.org/node/33863

(2) Sat. June 27, 3-4 pm, AAP'S Children's & Teen Author Speed Dating Event: http://alaac15.ala.org/node/29874

(3) Sun. June 28th, 7-10pm, Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet. Thanks to Simon & Schuster Children's for the invite!

I'll also be at Simon & Schuster's Dessert Party on Saturday night (thanks to S&S for the invite!), plus wandering around checking out other booths and events; I will always be looking for librarians to chat with. 

Thanks to my friend Scott Nicholson​ for alerting me to the fact that there is gaming at ALA: http://alaac15.ala.org/node/28675 (ALA Play at the Marriott Marquis on Friday night). There's also a Gaming Lounge at Moscone. Here are some of the other gaming events: http://connect.ala.org/files/events.pdf___

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2015-06-16 12:30:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: THE BLACKTHORN KEY by Kevin Sands​, coming out from Aladdin/S&S in September; it's his debut novel. Wow. Really, REALLY loved this.

When people ask me for recommendations for good, new middle grade novels, I will not hesitate to list this book. It's a quick/easy read with suspense, humor, action and moving moments. Love the character relationships. PLUS there are secret codes, apothecaries and explosions. What's not to love?

Thanks so much to Simon & Schuster Canada​ for the advance reader's copy.

More about the book: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Blackthorn-Key/Kevin-Sands/9781481446518

Kevin Sands is on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kevinsandsbooks
(Kevin has degrees in theoretical physics!!)

#BookADay: THE BLACKTHORN KEY by Kevin Sands​, coming out from Aladdin/S&S in September; it's his debut novel. Wow. Really, REALLY loved this.

When people ask me for recommendations for good, new middle grade novels, I will not hesitate to list this book. It's a quick/easy read with suspense, humor, action and moving moments. Love the character relationships. PLUS there are secret codes, apothecaries and explosions. What's not to love?

Thanks so much to Simon & Schuster Canada​ for the advance reader's copy.

More about the book: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Blackthorn-Key/Kevin-Sands/9781481446518

Kevin Sands is on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kevinsandsbooks
(Kevin has degrees in theoretical physics!!)___

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2015-06-13 23:59:43 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: THE THICKETY: A PATH BEGINS by J.A. White, with illustrations by my friend +Andrea Offermann (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins). For ages 10-12. Looking forward to reading the sequel, THE THICKETY: THE WHISPERING TREES!

"When Kara Westfall was five years old, her mother was convicted of the worst of all crimes: witchcraft. Years later, Kara and her little brother, Taff, are still shunned by the people of their village, who believe that nothing is more evil than magic…except, perhaps, the mysterious forest that covers nearly the entire island. It has many names, this place. Sometimes it is called the Dark Wood, or Sordyr's Realm. But mostly it's called the Thickety.

The villagers live in fear of the Thickety and the terrible creatures that live there. But when an unusual bird lures Kara into the forbidden forest, she discovers a strange book withun... more »

#BookADay: THE THICKETY: A PATH BEGINS by J.A. White, with illustrations by my friend +Andrea Offermann (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins). For ages 10-12. Looking forward to reading the sequel, THE THICKETY: THE WHISPERING TREES!

"When Kara Westfall was five years old, her mother was convicted of the worst of all crimes: witchcraft. Years later, Kara and her little brother, Taff, are still shunned by the people of their village, who believe that nothing is more evil than magic…except, perhaps, the mysterious forest that covers nearly the entire island. It has many names, this place. Sometimes it is called the Dark Wood, or Sordyr's Realm. But mostly it's called the Thickety.

The villagers live in fear of the Thickety and the terrible creatures that live there. But when an unusual bird lures Kara into the forbidden forest, she discovers a strange book with unspeakable powers. A book that might have belonged to her mother.
And that is just the beginning of the story.

Supports the Common Core State Standards
Publishers Weekly Best Book
IndieBound Indie Next List
Publishers Weekly Flying Start
Amazon's Big Spring Books
Washington Post Summer Book Club"

More about J.A. White: http://jawhitebooks.com/

More about Andrea Offermann: http://www.andreaoffermann.com/

More about the book: http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062257246/the-thickety-a-path-begins___

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2015-06-12 21:00:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

CAN'T STOP SMILING. Just received a packet from New Garden Friends School in Greensboro, NC, where I spoke with Grades 1-4 students during my WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? book tour. See the attached for just a few samples. I especially loved the letters from students who said my presentation inspired them to read, write or draw more. :-) :-)

You can read about my ‪#‎WhereAreMyBooks‬ Book Tour (lots of photos) here: http://debbieohi.com/2015booktour

Thanks so much to Simon & Schuster Children's for giving me the opportunity!

CAN'T STOP SMILING. Just received a packet from New Garden Friends School in Greensboro, NC, where I spoke with Grades 1-4 students during my WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? book tour. See the attached for just a few samples. I especially loved the letters from students who said my presentation inspired them to read, write or draw more. :-) :-)

You can read about my ‪#‎WhereAreMyBooks‬ Book Tour (lots of photos) here: http://debbieohi.com/2015booktour

Thanks so much to Simon & Schuster Children's for giving me the opportunity!___

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2015-06-11 12:37:47 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Woohoo, my books got mentioned in French! The focus is on JE M'ENNUIE, the French version of I'M BORED, but he also mentions a lot of other stuff about Michael Ian Black and me as well (including a short music clip and photo of my music group performing!!!).

Any native French speakers out there? Am I right in assuming/hoping that he liked JE M'ENNUIE?

https://youtu.be/38nH6c6zt_U

Woohoo, my books got mentioned in French! The focus is on JE M'ENNUIE, the French version of I'M BORED, but he also mentions a lot of other stuff about Michael Ian Black and me as well (including a short music clip and photo of my music group performing!!!).

Any native French speakers out there? Am I right in assuming/hoping that he liked JE M'ENNUIE?

https://youtu.be/38nH6c6zt_U___

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2015-06-11 11:30:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: CRAFTY CHLOE by Kelly DiPucchio and Heather Ross (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster Children's). Book parades, crafty costumes and friendship! What's not to love? Ages 4-8.

Synopsis: "Get out your craft supplies, because the queen of DIY is back! It’s up to Chloe to create the perfect costume—and save the day—in this delightful follow-up to Crafty Chloe. 

The Parade of Books has arrived, and it’s Chloe’s chance to showcase her crafty costume talents. Leo wants Chloe to be the Frankenstein to his Dracula, and Chloe can’t wait to dress like a monster. But when Emma wants to wear Fairy Club costumes instead, Chloe is torn like a scrap of fabric. She doesn’t want to disappoint her friends—but how can she possibly please them both? Luckily, a little glitter and a lot of imagination just might give Chloe the answer!"

More about thebook: http://boo... more »

#BookADay: CRAFTY CHLOE by Kelly DiPucchio and Heather Ross (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster Children's). Book parades, crafty costumes and friendship! What's not to love? Ages 4-8.

Synopsis: "Get out your craft supplies, because the queen of DIY is back! It’s up to Chloe to create the perfect costume—and save the day—in this delightful follow-up to Crafty Chloe. 

The Parade of Books has arrived, and it’s Chloe’s chance to showcase her crafty costume talents. Leo wants Chloe to be the Frankenstein to his Dracula, and Chloe can’t wait to dress like a monster. But when Emma wants to wear Fairy Club costumes instead, Chloe is torn like a scrap of fabric. She doesn’t want to disappoint her friends—but how can she possibly please them both? Luckily, a little glitter and a lot of imagination just might give Chloe the answer!"

More about the book: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Dress-Up-Mess-Up/Kelly-DiPucchio/Crafty-Chloe/9781442421240

More about the author: http://www.kellydipucchio.com/home.html

More about the illustrator: http://heatherross.squarespace.com/

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/___

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2015-06-10 21:20:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

WOOHOO, LOOK WHAT JUST ARRIVED! Along with a lovely note from HarrperCollins Children's editor, Margaret Anastas. Launches Jan. 19, 2016!

More info: http://debbieohi.com/book-rubyrose

WOOHOO, LOOK WHAT JUST ARRIVED! Along with a lovely note from HarrperCollins Children's editor, Margaret Anastas. Launches Jan. 19, 2016!

More info: http://debbieohi.com/book-rubyrose___

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2015-06-10 19:18:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Between all our schedules, it's been tough trying to find a Google+ Hangout date, but Kimberly Gee, Eliza Wheeler and I finally had a chance to catch up a bit, YAY! We all met when we were picked for the SCBWI Illustration Mentorship program back in 2010 in Los Angeles. Looking forwarding to seeing Kimberly and Eliza at the SCBWI-LA conference next month, and Eliza's on the faculty this year!!

More about Kimberly: http://kimberlygee.com/

More about Eliza: http://wheelerstudio.com/

Between all our schedules, it's been tough trying to find a Google+ Hangout date, but Kimberly Gee, Eliza Wheeler and I finally had a chance to catch up a bit, YAY! We all met when we were picked for the SCBWI Illustration Mentorship program back in 2010 in Los Angeles. Looking forwarding to seeing Kimberly and Eliza at the SCBWI-LA conference next month, and Eliza's on the faculty this year!!

More about Kimberly: http://kimberlygee.com/

More about Eliza: http://wheelerstudio.com/___

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2015-06-10 13:41:56 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: THE PIRATE AND THE PENGUIN by +Patricia Storms (published by +Owlkids).

Synopsis: "Penguin is not your typical Antarctic bird. While his contented friends spend their days doing yoga, meditating, and meditating on yoga, this free spirit is planning his great escape. He’s done with the frigid, barren expanse of the South Pole. He’s had it with the communal escapades of his feathered fraternity. What he wants is adventure. And he’s ready to go it alone. Pirate, on the other hand, wants no part in his vocation’s raucous, adventurous ways. Exploration? Treasure? Conquest? Bah! Caught under the pounding Caribbean sun, surrounded by a crew of dimwits, this captain longs for a simpler life. Free from his itchy sunburns. Free from the endless travel. If only he could find such a place. From the mind of veteran children’s illustrator Patricia Storms comes the tale of how twomisfits fou... more »

#BookADay: THE PIRATE AND THE PENGUIN by +Patricia Storms (published by +Owlkids).

Synopsis: "Penguin is not your typical Antarctic bird. While his contented friends spend their days doing yoga, meditating, and meditating on yoga, this free spirit is planning his great escape. He’s done with the frigid, barren expanse of the South Pole. He’s had it with the communal escapades of his feathered fraternity. What he wants is adventure. And he’s ready to go it alone. Pirate, on the other hand, wants no part in his vocation’s raucous, adventurous ways. Exploration? Treasure? Conquest? Bah! Caught under the pounding Caribbean sun, surrounded by a crew of dimwits, this captain longs for a simpler life. Free from his itchy sunburns. Free from the endless travel. If only he could find such a place. From the mind of veteran children’s illustrator Patricia Storms comes the tale of how two misfits found each other and, in the process, found the solution to all of their problems. Loosely based on the classic story of The Prince and the Pauper, The Pirate and the Penguin follows these two characters as they inevitably converge and playfully discover the lives they’ve been seeking all along."

You can find out more about Patricia and her work here: http://www.patriciastorms.com/

More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/___

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2015-06-09 20:11:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Thanks to my friend Joyce Wan for sending me the program for the ABFE Children's Book Art Auction, which featured my art on the cover. Totally thrilled.

The painting is based on an illustration I did for Atheneum's edition of FRECKLE JUICE by Judy Blume. The 2015 BEA event honored Ms. Blume and her books.

p.s. I still can't believe I'm going to be out of town when Judy Blume visits Toronto!!

Thanks to my friend Joyce Wan for sending me the program for the ABFE Children's Book Art Auction, which featured my art on the cover. Totally thrilled.

The painting is based on an illustration I did for Atheneum's edition of FRECKLE JUICE by Judy Blume. The 2015 BEA event honored Ms. Blume and her books.

p.s. I still can't believe I'm going to be out of town when Judy Blume visits Toronto!!___

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2015-06-08 18:59:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#BookADay : PUNCH LIKE A GIRL by my friend Karen Krossing​ ( Orca Book Publishers​), for ages 12 and up. Karen was kind enough to answer Three Questions for me on Inkygirl: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/6/1/three-questions-with-karen-krossing-advice-for-young-writers.html

Synopsis of PUNCH LIKE A GIRL: "Nobody understands why Tori has suddenly become so moody and violent. When she attacks a stranger in a store, she ends up doing community service at a shelter for victims of domestic violence. There, she bonds with a little girl named Casey, but when Casey is abducted while in Tori’s care, Tori is racked with guilt, certain that she should have been able to prevent the abduction. During the search for Casey, Tori comes face to face with an ex-boyfriend who sexually assaulted her at a party. Only when she speaks out about the assault is she able to begin to heal."
Mor... more »

#BookADay : PUNCH LIKE A GIRL by my friend Karen Krossing​ ( Orca Book Publishers​), for ages 12 and up. Karen was kind enough to answer Three Questions for me on Inkygirl: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/6/1/three-questions-with-karen-krossing-advice-for-young-writers.html

Synopsis of PUNCH LIKE A GIRL: "Nobody understands why Tori has suddenly become so moody and violent. When she attacks a stranger in a store, she ends up doing community service at a shelter for victims of domestic violence. There, she bonds with a little girl named Casey, but when Casey is abducted while in Tori’s care, Tori is racked with guilt, certain that she should have been able to prevent the abduction. During the search for Casey, Tori comes face to face with an ex-boyfriend who sexually assaulted her at a party. Only when she speaks out about the assault is she able to begin to heal."

More about the book: http://www.orcabook.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=2146 and  http://karenkrossing.com/books/punch-like-a-girl/

More about the author: http://karenkrossing.com

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/___

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2015-06-08 13:51:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Teachers and Librarians: My virtual visits for the 2014-2015 are finished but I'm now accepting inquiries about the 2015-2016 school year. Thanks to all the schools who let me visit with them this past year! I had so much fun. :-)

I'm offering free 15-minute Q&A sessions for classes that have read one or more of my books. I also offer longer virtual visits which are more flexible in format and content. In addition to the above, these can include showing process of creating a picture book (showing manuscript, sketches), a drawing demo (digital and/or non-digital), interactive writing and illustrating exercises, cartooning workshop, career tips, and more. Just let me know the needs of your students and I'll try to adapt.

For more info or to be put on my "Interested in a free virtual visit" list, please see: http://debbieohi.com/virtualvisits... more »

Teachers and Librarians: My virtual visits for the 2014-2015 are finished but I'm now accepting inquiries about the 2015-2016 school year. Thanks to all the schools who let me visit with them this past year! I had so much fun. :-)

I'm offering free 15-minute Q&A sessions for classes that have read one or more of my books. I also offer longer virtual visits which are more flexible in format and content. In addition to the above, these can include showing process of creating a picture book (showing manuscript, sketches), a drawing demo (digital and/or non-digital), interactive writing and illustrating exercises, cartooning workshop, career tips, and more. Just let me know the needs of your students and I'll try to adapt.

For more info or to be put on my "Interested in a free virtual visit" list, please see: http://debbieohi.com/virtualvisits
Photos and feedback from virtual visits I've done in the past: http://debbieohi.com/presentation-feedback/___

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2015-06-08 11:36:06 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Clearly, this coffee stain was meant to be turned into a Vampire Zombie Bibliophile Squirrel From Outer Space.

Clearly, this coffee stain was meant to be turned into a Vampire Zombie Bibliophile Squirrel From Outer Space.___

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2015-06-07 14:09:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#BookADay : A PENGUIN NAMED PATIENCE, written by +Suzanne Lewis , illustrated by my friend +Lisa Anchin (Sleeping Bear Press, 2015). Based on real-life events when Monterey Aquarium offered to  house Audubon Aquarium penguins after Hurricane Katrina knocked out power. An Author's Note at the end gives more info. LOVE Lisa's wonderful illustrations!

More about the author: http://suzannelewis.com/

 More about the illustrator: http://lisaanchin.com/

Synopsis: "Patience is a South African penguin. She is small at roughly 6 pounds and approximately 20 inches tall; but at 24 years old, she is the "penguin in charge" of the penguin exhibit at New Orleans's Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hits, devastating the city and surrounding areas with its catastrophic winds and flooding. The aquarium is severelydamage... more »

#BookADay : A PENGUIN NAMED PATIENCE, written by +Suzanne Lewis , illustrated by my friend +Lisa Anchin (Sleeping Bear Press, 2015). Based on real-life events when Monterey Aquarium offered to  house Audubon Aquarium penguins after Hurricane Katrina knocked out power. An Author's Note at the end gives more info. LOVE Lisa's wonderful illustrations!

More about the author: http://suzannelewis.com/

 More about the illustrator: http://lisaanchin.com/

Synopsis: "Patience is a South African penguin. She is small at roughly 6 pounds and approximately 20 inches tall; but at 24 years old, she is the "penguin in charge" of the penguin exhibit at New Orleans's Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hits, devastating the city and surrounding areas with its catastrophic winds and flooding. The aquarium is severely damaged. With no electricity or relief in sight, the temperature in the aquarium reaches dangerously high degrees, putting the penguins in peril. Patience, and the 18 other penguins, along with some of the other zoo animals, must leave their home and their favorite human, Tom, the penguin keeper. Tom drives his penguins to Baton Rouge where an airplane transfers them to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. Here the penguins will recuperate and live until they can return home to New Orleans. After nine long months away from Tom and their home, the aquarium is finally restored. And Patience, who has been patient, and her penguins return to New Orleans to a cheering homecoming."

More about the book: http://sleepingbearpress.com/shop/show/11681
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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/___

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2015-06-05 15:47:44 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: CITY OF SAVAGES by Lee Kelly (Saga Press, 2015). I just finished this strong debut from YA author Lee Kelly (http://www.newwritecity.com/); I loved the focus and development of the sister relationship throughout, and the dual-narrative works really well. Add a suspenseful plot with some unexpected twists, and it's a book that would make an excellent summer read, especially for sf fans.

Synopsis (from http://books.simonandschuster.com/City-of-Savages/Lee-Kelly/9781481410304):
"After the Red Allies turn New York City into a POW camp, two sisters must decipher the past in order to protect the future in this action-packed thriller with a dual narrative.

It’s been nearly two decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a prisoner-of-war camp, ruled by Rolladin and her brutal, impulsive warlords. For Skyler Miller, Manhattan isa... more »

#BookADay: CITY OF SAVAGES by Lee Kelly (Saga Press, 2015). I just finished this strong debut from YA author Lee Kelly (http://www.newwritecity.com/); I loved the focus and development of the sister relationship throughout, and the dual-narrative works really well. Add a suspenseful plot with some unexpected twists, and it's a book that would make an excellent summer read, especially for sf fans.

Synopsis (from http://books.simonandschuster.com/City-of-Savages/Lee-Kelly/9781481410304):
"After the Red Allies turn New York City into a POW camp, two sisters must decipher the past in order to protect the future in this action-packed thriller with a dual narrative.

It’s been nearly two decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a prisoner-of-war camp, ruled by Rolladin and her brutal, impulsive warlords. For Skyler Miller, Manhattan is a cage that keeps her from the world beyond the city’s borders. But for Sky’s younger sister, Phee, the POW camp is a dangerous playground of possibility, and the only home she’d ever want.

When Sky and Phee discover their mom’s hidden journal from the war’s outbreak, they both realize there’s more to Manhattan—and their mother—than either of them had ever imagined. And after a group of strangers arrives at the annual POW census, the girls begin to uncover the island’s long-kept secrets. The strangers hail from England, a country supposedly destroyed by the Red Allies, and Rolladin’s lies about Manhattan’s captivity begin to unravel.

Hungry for the truth, the sisters set a series of events in motion that end in the death of one of Rolladin’s guards. Now they’re outlaws, forced to join the strange Englishmen on an escape mission through Manhattan. Their flight takes them into subways haunted by cannibals, into the arms of a sadistic cult in the city’s Meatpacking District and, through the pages of their mom’s old journal, into the island’s dark and shocking past."

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/___

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2015-06-05 12:26:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Excited about attending my first ALA conference! #alaac15

I'll be signing copies of WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? at the Simon & Schuster Children's booth on Fri. June 26th from 6-7 pm, where you can also pick up an "I Love My Library" poster.

For those curious about my first solo picture book, you can find out more (including free bonus material, Teacher's Guide, print-ready activies) at http://DebbieOhi.com/whereAreMyBooks

Excited about attending my first ALA conference! #alaac15

I'll be signing copies of WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? at the Simon & Schuster Children's booth on Fri. June 26th from 6-7 pm, where you can also pick up an "I Love My Library" poster.

For those curious about my first solo picture book, you can find out more (including free bonus material, Teacher's Guide, print-ready activies) at http://DebbieOhi.com/whereAreMyBooks___

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2015-06-05 10:34:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Broccoli flirtation during dinner prep last night. 

Broccoli flirtation during dinner prep last night. ___

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2015-06-04 19:35:30 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Wow, lots of discussion on Twitter about the updated *Judy Blume*​ cover I illustrated (Lauren Rille​ designed it) for Atheneum/Simon & Schuster after this post on Her.ie​:
http://www.her.ie/entertainment/you-need-to-see-this-updated-judy-blume-cover/236376

And Amanda Palmer​ is one of the people who likes it, yay! https://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/606492784137142273

You can read about how I became a Judy Blume illustrator here: http://debbieohi.com/book-judyblume

Wow, lots of discussion on Twitter about the updated *Judy Blume*​ cover I illustrated (Lauren Rille​ designed it) for Atheneum/Simon & Schuster after this post on Her.ie​:
http://www.her.ie/entertainment/you-need-to-see-this-updated-judy-blume-cover/236376

And Amanda Palmer​ is one of the people who likes it, yay! https://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/606492784137142273

You can read about how I became a Judy Blume illustrator here: http://debbieohi.com/book-judyblume___

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2015-06-02 22:25:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Poem about a poem. More of my poetry for young readers: http://debbieohi.com/poetry

Poem about a poem. More of my poetry for young readers: http://debbieohi.com/poetry___

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2015-06-02 16:20:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: THIS ONE SUMMER written by Mariko Tamaki​, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki​ (Groundwood Books​/House Of Anansi, 2014). Bought this at The Beguiling Books & Art​ a while back after hearing it won the Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration. I found that the book perfectly captured the feeling of summer in both the text and illustration (the latter made me swoon) and there were so many "omigosh I have so felt like that" small and not-so-small moments of truth throughout.

More about the book: http://houseofanansi.com/products/this-one-summer

More about Mariko Tamaki: http://marikotamaki.blogspot.ca/

More about Jillian Tamaki: http://jilliantamaki.com/illustration/

"Rose and Windy are summer friends whose families have visited Awago Beach for as long as they can remember. But this year is different, andthey soo... more »

#BookADay: THIS ONE SUMMER written by Mariko Tamaki​, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki​ (Groundwood Books​/House Of Anansi, 2014). Bought this at The Beguiling Books & Art​ a while back after hearing it won the Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration. I found that the book perfectly captured the feeling of summer in both the text and illustration (the latter made me swoon) and there were so many "omigosh I have so felt like that" small and not-so-small moments of truth throughout.

More about the book: http://houseofanansi.com/products/this-one-summer

More about Mariko Tamaki: http://marikotamaki.blogspot.ca/

More about Jillian Tamaki: http://jilliantamaki.com/illustration/

"Rose and Windy are summer friends whose families have visited Awago Beach for as long as they can remember. But this year is different, and they soon find themselves tangled in teen love and family crisis. From the creators of Skim comes an investigation into the mysterious world of adults.

Sure, Rose’s dad is still making cheesy and embarrassing jokes, but her mother is acting like she doesn’t even want to be there. Plus, being at the cottage isn’t just about going to the beach anymore. Now Rose and Windy are spending a lot of their time renting scary movies and spying on the teenagers who work at the corner store, as well as learning stuff about sex no one mentioned in health class.

Pretty soon everything is messed up. Rose’s father leaves the cottage and returns to the city, and her mother becomes more and more withdrawn. While her family is falling to pieces, Rose focuses her attention on Dunc, a teenager working at the local corner store. When Jenny, Dunc’s girlfriend, claims to be pregnant, the girls realize that the teenagers are keeping just as many secrets as the adults in their lives.

No one seems to want to talk about the things that matter. When the tension between Dunc and Jenny boils over, Jenny makes a desperate and destructive move and Rose's mother is galvanized into action. In the aftermath, nothing is completely resolved, but secrets have been aired, which means that things are at least a bit better for everyone. For Rose and Windy, the end of summer brings the realization that, while Awago Beach might always be the same, they have both been changed forever.

From Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, creators of the multi-award-winning graphic novel Skim, comes a stunning and authentic story of friendship, illustrated with subtly heart-breaking moments and pure summer joy."

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/___

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2015-06-01 21:35:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: MR. ZINGER'S HAT , written by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Dušan Petričić​ ( +Tundra Books  ​, 2012). What a wonderful tribute to storytellers everywhere! 

“A charming, marvelous tale surrounding the art of creating and telling stories, Mr. Zinger’s Hat celebrates the budding friendship between an elderly writer and a young boy who discovers a storyteller within … Fagan’s writing is beautifully crafted … Petričić’s engaging artwork deftly juxtaposes two distinct styles which portray a real-life setting and an imaginary world … The illustrations vividly depict the storyteller’s wry humour and the boy’s wide-eyed innocence.” 
– Jury Members (Winner of the 2013 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award)

More about the book: http://www.tundrabooks.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781770492530

More about Cary Fagan:http://www.caryfagan.com/
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#BookADay: MR. ZINGER'S HAT , written by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Dušan Petričić​ ( +Tundra Books  ​, 2012). What a wonderful tribute to storytellers everywhere! 

“A charming, marvelous tale surrounding the art of creating and telling stories, Mr. Zinger’s Hat celebrates the budding friendship between an elderly writer and a young boy who discovers a storyteller within … Fagan’s writing is beautifully crafted … Petričić’s engaging artwork deftly juxtaposes two distinct styles which portray a real-life setting and an imaginary world … The illustrations vividly depict the storyteller’s wry humour and the boy’s wide-eyed innocence.” 
– Jury Members (Winner of the 2013 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award)

More about the book: http://www.tundrabooks.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781770492530

More about Cary Fagan: http://www.caryfagan.com/

More about Dušan Petričić: http://www.tundrabooks.com/authors/author.pperl?authorid=75952

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/___

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2015-06-01 14:24:00 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

YAAAAY, just found out that my friends at Books, Bytes, and Beyond*​ won the FRECKLE JUICE piece I donated to the *ABFE (American Booksellers For Free Expression) Auction at Book Expo America last week! I based it on an illustration I did for Judy Blume​'s FRECKLE JUICE, reissued by Atheneum/Simon & Schuster last year.

Especially delighted after visiting their wonderful bookstore during my Where Are My Books?​ Book Tour and having so much fun hanging out with them (as well as eating their cupcakes :-D ): http://debbieohi.com/book-wamb-blog/2015/5/23/where-are-my-books-book-tour-part-5-new-jersey-lincoln-eleme.html

Original tweet: https://twitter.com/GlenRockBooks/status/605372942235672577

You can find out more about Books, Bytes and Beyond in my interview pre-tour:http:... more »

YAAAAY, just found out that my friends at Books, Bytes, and Beyond*​ won the FRECKLE JUICE piece I donated to the *ABFE (American Booksellers For Free Expression) Auction at Book Expo America last week! I based it on an illustration I did for Judy Blume​'s FRECKLE JUICE, reissued by Atheneum/Simon & Schuster last year.

Especially delighted after visiting their wonderful bookstore during my Where Are My Books?​ Book Tour and having so much fun hanging out with them (as well as eating their cupcakes :-D ): http://debbieohi.com/book-wamb-blog/2015/5/23/where-are-my-books-book-tour-part-5-new-jersey-lincoln-eleme.html

Original tweet: https://twitter.com/GlenRockBooks/status/605372942235672577

You can find out more about Books, Bytes and Beyond in my interview pre-tour: http://debbieohi.com/book-wamb-blog/2015/4/16/mini-interview-with-mary-brown-owner-of-indie-bookstore-book.html

and on their website: http://booksbytesbeyond.com/

More about my Judy Blume illustrations: http://debbieohi.com/judyblume___

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2015-06-01 12:41:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"Be an immovable force," +Karen Krossing  advises young writers. "My middle-grade novel BOG took ten years from conception to published book. I lost my way and doubted my story many times, but I never stopped trying."

I've been a fan of Karen and her work for many years, so was delighted when she agreed to answer Three Questions on Inkygirl.com today: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/6/1/three-questions-with-karen-krossing-advice-for-young-writers.html

"Be an immovable force," +Karen Krossing  advises young writers. "My middle-grade novel BOG took ten years from conception to published book. I lost my way and doubted my story many times, but I never stopped trying."

I've been a fan of Karen and her work for many years, so was delighted when she agreed to answer Three Questions on Inkygirl.com today: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/6/1/three-questions-with-karen-krossing-advice-for-young-writers.html___

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2015-05-31 13:10:42 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Yay! Excited to see WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? included in the LA Times list of "30 Summer Books That Kids Will Gobble Up: Titles to tempt tots to teens: YA stories, middle grade tales and picture books." http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-summer-books-guide-kids-html-20150531-htmlstory.html

Especially honored, considering the company. 

(Thanks to Susan Wood Kleinsasser for the heads-up!)

Yay! Excited to see WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? included in the LA Times list of "30 Summer Books That Kids Will Gobble Up: Titles to tempt tots to teens: YA stories, middle grade tales and picture books." http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-summer-books-guide-kids-html-20150531-htmlstory.html

Especially honored, considering the company. 

(Thanks to Susan Wood Kleinsasser for the heads-up!)___

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2015-05-29 13:53:37 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#BookADay : FARAWAY FRIENDS by +Russ Cox, Russ's picture debut as an author/illustrator (Sky Pony Press). Russ was kind enough to answer Three Questions for me today: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/5/29/three-questions-with-russ-cox-advice-for-young-writers-and-i.html Includes advice for young writers & illustrators, a wonderfully nerdy drawing he sent because it looks like me (AND IT DOES), tigers, and upcoming projects.

Synopsis of FARAWAY FRIENDS:
Faraway Friends is about Sheldon, a would be astronaut, and his sidekick Jet, who are looking for a lost friend through a space adventure only to find a weird alien creature and its furry friend. 

More about Russ & his work: http://www.smilingotis.com/

More about FARAWAY FRIENDS: http://www.skyponypress.com/book/?GCOI=61608108321310 

#BookADay : FARAWAY FRIENDS by +Russ Cox, Russ's picture debut as an author/illustrator (Sky Pony Press). Russ was kind enough to answer Three Questions for me today: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/5/29/three-questions-with-russ-cox-advice-for-young-writers-and-i.html Includes advice for young writers & illustrators, a wonderfully nerdy drawing he sent because it looks like me (AND IT DOES), tigers, and upcoming projects.

Synopsis of FARAWAY FRIENDS:
Faraway Friends is about Sheldon, a would be astronaut, and his sidekick Jet, who are looking for a lost friend through a space adventure only to find a weird alien creature and its furry friend. 

More about Russ & his work: http://www.smilingotis.com/

More about FARAWAY FRIENDS: http://www.skyponypress.com/book/?GCOI=61608108321310 ___

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2015-05-26 19:55:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

#BookADay (I'm catching up!): YOU NEST HERE WITH ME by +Jane Yolen +Heidi Stemple and Melissa Sweet. (Boyds Mill Press, 2015).

"This rhyming bedtime book is part lullaby and part introductory field guide for the smallest ornithologists. But, at its heart, it reminds baby birds and children alike that home is wherever you are safely tucked in with your family. If you look in the back of You Nest Here With Me , you'll see that part of the dedication is to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. If you want to know more about birds--including listening to owl calls, visit them at: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/Page.aspx?pid=1478."

Heidi & Jane answered Three Questions for me earlier this year:

http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/4/24/three-questions-with-jane-yolen-advice-for-young-writers-boo.html
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#BookADay (I'm catching up!): YOU NEST HERE WITH ME by +Jane Yolen +Heidi Stemple and Melissa Sweet. (Boyds Mill Press, 2015).

"This rhyming bedtime book is part lullaby and part introductory field guide for the smallest ornithologists. But, at its heart, it reminds baby birds and children alike that home is wherever you are safely tucked in with your family. If you look in the back of You Nest Here With Me , you'll see that part of the dedication is to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. If you want to know more about birds--including listening to owl calls, visit them at: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/Page.aspx?pid=1478."

Heidi & Jane answered Three Questions for me earlier this year:

http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/4/24/three-questions-with-jane-yolen-advice-for-young-writers-boo.html

http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/4/24/three-questions-with-heidi-stemple-advice-for-young-readers.html

Thanks to Donalyn Miller for her Summer #BookADay Challenge: http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs___

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2015-05-26 18:59:07 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Thanks SO much to Simon & Schuster Children's for my WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? book tour! You can find photos and links to all my recap posts (including what I learned, what I'd do differently next time, etc.) at http://debbieohi.com/2015booktour

Thanks SO much to Simon & Schuster Children's for my WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? book tour! You can find photos and links to all my recap posts (including what I learned, what I'd do differently next time, etc.) at http://debbieohi.com/2015booktour___

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2015-05-26 12:14:51 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

A haiku for young poets. This is #3 or 4 poems I'm writing after being tagged by Larry Dane Brimner in a poetry challenge. :-) I'm archiving these on my poetry page at http://debbieohi.com/poetry.

A haiku for young poets. This is #3 or 4 poems I'm writing after being tagged by Larry Dane Brimner in a poetry challenge. :-) I'm archiving these on my poetry page at http://debbieohi.com/poetry.___

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2015-05-25 13:33:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: FOX AND SQUIRREL MAKE A FRIEND by my sister, Ruth Ohi (Scholastic Canada): http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/5/25/bookaday-fox-and-squirrel-make-a-friend-by-ruth-ohi-my-siste.html

#BookADay: FOX AND SQUIRREL MAKE A FRIEND by my sister, Ruth Ohi (Scholastic Canada): http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/5/25/bookaday-fox-and-squirrel-make-a-friend-by-ruth-ohi-my-siste.html___

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2015-05-24 16:02:05 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Children's book author Larry Dane Brimner tagged me a 4 Days/4 Poems Poetry Challenge (can be original or someone else's, short or long). Here's Poem #1! 

Children's book author Larry Dane Brimner tagged me a 4 Days/4 Poems Poetry Challenge (can be original or someone else's, short or long). Here's Poem #1! ___

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2015-05-24 14:18:43 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Comic: Plot For Sale.

Comic: Plot For Sale.___

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2015-05-23 15:11:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Posted another instalment of my *Where Are My Books?*​ Book Tour recap: How Lincoln Elementary almost made me cry, Hillside Elementary, book jewelry (incl. necklace by my friend Diane​), cupcakes and so much fun at Books, Bytes, and Beyond​: http://debbieohi.com/book-wamb-blog/2015/5/23/where-are-my-books-book-tour-part-5-new-jersey-lincoln-eleme.html

Comment from one young student: "It was like TAYLOR SWIFT came to our school!" :-) :-)

For those who missed the earlier posts, I'm adding links at: http://debbieohi.com/2015booktour

Posted another instalment of my *Where Are My Books?*​ Book Tour recap: How Lincoln Elementary almost made me cry, Hillside Elementary, book jewelry (incl. necklace by my friend Diane​), cupcakes and so much fun at Books, Bytes, and Beyond​: http://debbieohi.com/book-wamb-blog/2015/5/23/where-are-my-books-book-tour-part-5-new-jersey-lincoln-eleme.html

Comment from one young student: "It was like TAYLOR SWIFT came to our school!" :-) :-)

For those who missed the earlier posts, I'm adding links at: http://debbieohi.com/2015booktour___

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2015-05-22 17:01:33 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

In honour of #PoetryFriday, a poem for young readers.

Side note: I used to hate poetry until my friend Rand Bellavia changed my mind. More about my poetry background: http://debbieohi.com/poetry

In honour of #PoetryFriday, a poem for young readers.

Side note: I used to hate poetry until my friend Rand Bellavia changed my mind. More about my poetry background: http://debbieohi.com/poetry___

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2015-05-22 12:38:09 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Aspiring writers: Before worrying too much about networking/promo, FINISH WRITING YOUR BOOK.

Aspiring writers: Before worrying too much about networking/promo, FINISH WRITING YOUR BOOK.___

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2015-05-21 13:06:39 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

WOW, look at the photo that Book City on Danforth just tweeted!!!! Their window currently features Where Are My Books?, I'm Bored , Naked! and my Judy Blume book illustrations.

Huge thanks to indie bookstore Book City (Danforth location: 348 Danforth Ave, (416) 469-9997) and Simon & Schuster Canada. I'm going to visit Book City Danforth later this aft to check out the window in person and sign some books.

More info about Book City on Danforth: http://www.bookcity.ca/locations/#danforth

Their tweet: https://twitter.com/BookCityTO/status/601368816891916288

WOW, look at the photo that Book City on Danforth just tweeted!!!! Their window currently features Where Are My Books?, I'm Bored , Naked! and my Judy Blume book illustrations.

Huge thanks to indie bookstore Book City (Danforth location: 348 Danforth Ave, (416) 469-9997) and Simon & Schuster Canada. I'm going to visit Book City Danforth later this aft to check out the window in person and sign some books.

More info about Book City on Danforth: http://www.bookcity.ca/locations/#danforth

Their tweet: https://twitter.com/BookCityTO/status/601368816891916288___

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2015-05-21 11:35:56 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Trumpet girl doodle with a flower whose name I cannot recall. I love this time of year! So much potential found object art in our garden. :-)

Artists 12 years old and younger - Read about my 2015 "Look Again" Summer Found Object Art Challenge: http://debbieohi.com/lookagain

Trumpet girl doodle with a flower whose name I cannot recall. I love this time of year! So much potential found object art in our garden. :-)

Artists 12 years old and younger - Read about my 2015 "Look Again" Summer Found Object Art Challenge: http://debbieohi.com/lookagain___

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2015-05-19 12:10:14 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

A Goth girl #tinydoodle  on a Post-It note, using a Micron 01 pen and a bit of fern from our garden.

A Goth girl #tinydoodle  on a Post-It note, using a Micron 01 pen and a bit of fern from our garden.___

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2015-05-17 13:48:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Announcing my 2015 "Look Again" Summer Challenge for young artists (ages 12 and under): http://debbieohi.com/lookagain

I'd love to see what found object art your young artists come up with over the summer! See details above.

Announcing my 2015 "Look Again" Summer Challenge for young artists (ages 12 and under): http://debbieohi.com/lookagain

I'd love to see what found object art your young artists come up with over the summer! See details above.___

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2015-05-17 13:46:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to my book launch at Another Story! I did a reading, played my tin whistle, talked about my process, did an art demo, signed books, had FUN. More photos and details: http://debbieohi.com/book-wamb-blog/2015/5/15/where-are-my-books-book-launch-at-another-story-bookshop.html

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to my book launch at Another Story! I did a reading, played my tin whistle, talked about my process, did an art demo, signed books, had FUN. More photos and details: http://debbieohi.com/book-wamb-blog/2015/5/15/where-are-my-books-book-launch-at-another-story-bookshop.html___

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2015-05-13 19:38:05 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Dukin' it out easel-to-easel with Kevin Sylvester tonight at Chapters Woodbridge tonight for a good cause. LOOK OUT, SYLVESTER, I AM COMING AFTER YOU. Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for their help in getting me there.

Tomorrow night, don't forget to drop by my WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? Toronto Book Launch at Another Story Bookshop 6-8 pm! I'll be doing a drawing demo for the little (and big) ones as well as a very Dramatic reading of my FIRST SOLO PICTURE BOOK. Plus there will be cake! And cupcakes! And stickers and bookmarks: http://debbieohi.com/book-wamb-blog/2015/4/29/indie-bookstore-profile-another-story-bookshop-plus-where-ar.html

Dukin' it out easel-to-easel with Kevin Sylvester tonight at Chapters Woodbridge tonight for a good cause. LOOK OUT, SYLVESTER, I AM COMING AFTER YOU. Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for their help in getting me there.

Tomorrow night, don't forget to drop by my WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? Toronto Book Launch at Another Story Bookshop 6-8 pm! I'll be doing a drawing demo for the little (and big) ones as well as a very Dramatic reading of my FIRST SOLO PICTURE BOOK. Plus there will be cake! And cupcakes! And stickers and bookmarks: http://debbieohi.com/book-wamb-blog/2015/4/29/indie-bookstore-profile-another-story-bookshop-plus-where-ar.html___

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2015-05-12 13:10:20 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Woohoooooo, my first solo picture book, Where Are My Books? , officially launches from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers TODAY! http://books.simonandschuster.com/Where-Are-My-Books/Debbie-Ridpath-Ohi/9781442467415

Help me celebrate: Post a photo, doodle or sentence answering the question "Where are YOUR books" with a photo, sketch etc. on your social media of choice (*****add the hashtag ‪#‎WhereAreMyBooks‬ to help others find it.)

Meanwhile, here's a video slideshow of answers that you've sent so far:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRCdYBI-yk0

If you like the song by my friends Ookla the Mok and would like to download it to your own device (and help support indie musicians in the process), it's now available on CDBaby, Amazon and iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/where-are-my-books-single/id987734632).

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Woohoooooo, my first solo picture book, Where Are My Books? , officially launches from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers TODAY! http://books.simonandschuster.com/Where-Are-My-Books/Debbie-Ridpath-Ohi/9781442467415

Help me celebrate: Post a photo, doodle or sentence answering the question "Where are YOUR books" with a photo, sketch etc. on your social media of choice (*****add the hashtag ‪#‎WhereAreMyBooks‬ to help others find it.)

Meanwhile, here's a video slideshow of answers that you've sent so far:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRCdYBI-yk0

If you like the song by my friends Ookla the Mok and would like to download it to your own device (and help support indie musicians in the process), it's now available on CDBaby, Amazon and iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/where-are-my-books-single/id987734632).

I tried to double-check the contributor thank you list but I was receiving photos from many different sources, including Twitter. If I missed listing your name (apologies!), please do let me know and I'll add you to the video description as well as to this list:

---------------- THANK YOU!! ---------------------
Samantha Berger, Morva Bowman, Justin Chanda, Charlotte Cheng, Christopher Cheng, Jeri Lynn Cornish,Tracey M. Cox, Reid Ellis, Zoe and Ekko Elumir, Katherine Fausset, Karen Forgave and Burnhamthorpe Public School LLC, Jenna Glatzer and Sarina Happy, Jordan Hageman, John and Jo Hall, Danette Haworth, Bethany Jewell, Ginger Knowlton and Curtis Brown Ltd., Dee Leone with the staff of Katy Budget Books, Jasper Municipal Library, Enzo Jensen, Tammy Langeberg, Denise, Caleb and Julian Layman, Liddy Lindsay, Jeri Lynn, Brittany Moya, Ruth Ohi, Luisa Perrella, Joey Shoji, Heidi Stemple, Gavy Swan, Simon & Schuster Canada, Simon & Schuster Children's, Kyra Teis, Tracy Tuttosi and Dr Morris Gibson School, Carmella Van Vleet, Akiko White and Jane Yolen.
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If you're in the Toronto area, please do join me at my WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? Toronto Book Launch at Another Story Bookshop this Thursday, May 14th at 6pm.

And I'll be posting my WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? Book Tour report soon!___

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2015-05-11 17:03:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Thanks to Trish Bernabeo of Books, Bytes, and Beyond, who sent me this photo of me telling young readers at Hillside Elementary (Closter, NJ) about my Simon & Schuster editor Justin Chanda and the process of creating Where Are My Books?

More about my book, which launches TOMORROW (!!!!): http://debbieohi.com/wamb

In case you want to know more about why I'm dedicating my first solo picture book to Justin: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2012/12/2/a-thank-you-to-justin-chanda-and-simon-schuster-childrens.html

Thanks to Trish Bernabeo of Books, Bytes, and Beyond, who sent me this photo of me telling young readers at Hillside Elementary (Closter, NJ) about my Simon & Schuster editor Justin Chanda and the process of creating Where Are My Books?

More about my book, which launches TOMORROW (!!!!): http://debbieohi.com/wamb

In case you want to know more about why I'm dedicating my first solo picture book to Justin: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2012/12/2/a-thank-you-to-justin-chanda-and-simon-schuster-childrens.html___

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2015-05-10 13:02:44 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Happy Mother's Day!

More info about my Found Object doodles: http://DebbieOhi.com/LookAgain

Happy Mother's Day!

More info about my Found Object doodles: http://DebbieOhi.com/LookAgain___

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