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2015-10-31 03:33:46 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

A raspberry wrap for #inktober #inktober2015. To see more of my found object art: https://instagram.com/inkygirl/

Most reshares: 14

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2015-09-24 12:25:32 (1 comments; 14 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

Happy #NationalPunctuationDay!

Most plusones: 33

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2015-09-24 12:25:32 (1 comments; 14 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

Happy #NationalPunctuationDay!

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2016-02-05 16:46:09 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Very excited about the launch of the first MITZI TULANE, PRESCHOOL DETECTIVE book this summer, a new picture book written by Lauren McLaughlin and illustrated by yours truly, published by Random House Children's Books July 12, 2016. Lauren was kind enough to answer some questions about her process, publication journey and inspiration:

http://debbieohi.com/lauren-mclaughlin/

Before writing the MITZI TULANE picture books, Lauren worked as a screenwriter (Hypercube, Prisoner of Love, Specimen) and producer (American Psycho, Buffalo ’66, Vig, Stag, and others) in the film business and has also written several teen novels (Cycler, (Re)Cycler, and Scored). Fascinating to read about her writing and editing process, inspiration, comparison of writing picture books to YA, and her advice for young writers.

Very excited about the launch of the first MITZI TULANE, PRESCHOOL DETECTIVE book this summer, a new picture book written by Lauren McLaughlin and illustrated by yours truly, published by Random House Children's Books July 12, 2016. Lauren was kind enough to answer some questions about her process, publication journey and inspiration:

http://debbieohi.com/lauren-mclaughlin/

Before writing the MITZI TULANE picture books, Lauren worked as a screenwriter (Hypercube, Prisoner of Love, Specimen) and producer (American Psycho, Buffalo ’66, Vig, Stag, and others) in the film business and has also written several teen novels (Cycler, (Re)Cycler, and Scored). Fascinating to read about her writing and editing process, inspiration, comparison of writing picture books to YA, and her advice for young writers.___

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2016-02-03 15:22:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Thanks to those who answered my Inkygirl.com survey! Of those who responded via my poll link, a whopping 60% of you say you've skipped ahead to the ending while reading a book. Some of you say you ALWAYS do it. For reasons why, see:
http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2016/2/3/poll-results-60-of-you-skip-ahead-to-read-the-ending-of-a-bo.html

Two of my favourite comments:

"Because I needed to prepare myself if Harry, Ron, or Hermione died!"

"I am, at my basest levels, an impatient cheat."

Thanks to those who answered my Inkygirl.com survey! Of those who responded via my poll link, a whopping 60% of you say you've skipped ahead to the ending while reading a book. Some of you say you ALWAYS do it. For reasons why, see:
http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2016/2/3/poll-results-60-of-you-skip-ahead-to-read-the-ending-of-a-bo.html

Two of my favourite comments:

"Because I needed to prepare myself if Harry, Ron, or Hermione died!"

"I am, at my basest levels, an impatient cheat."___

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2016-02-02 13:30:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

"The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time unlike, say, brain surgery." - Robert Cormier

(If you like the attached image: I've made it available as a free print-ready poster: http://debbieohi.com/read)

"The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time unlike, say, brain surgery." - Robert Cormier

(If you like the attached image: I've made it available as a free print-ready poster: http://debbieohi.com/read)___

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2016-02-01 15:43:19 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

To my Google+ friends who work in the entertainment industry (TV, movies, radio, screenwriting etc.), especially those in the Toronto area: My niece is currently seeking a job that will help her achieve her screenwriting and acting career goals, including entry-level positions that put her in daily contact with those in the industry. She currently lives in Toronto but is also open to opportunities in New York and Los Angeles.

My niece is one of the most organized, hardest-working, self-motivated and enthusiastic young people I've ever known. Even if I wasn't her aunt, I would still want to work with her; as I mention in the link below, Sara and I have already collaborated on some creative projects.

*****For more info, please read my post:
http://debbieohi.com/sara

To contact me about Sara or if you have any questions, tips, etc.:... more »

To my Google+ friends who work in the entertainment industry (TV, movies, radio, screenwriting etc.), especially those in the Toronto area: My niece is currently seeking a job that will help her achieve her screenwriting and acting career goals, including entry-level positions that put her in daily contact with those in the industry. She currently lives in Toronto but is also open to opportunities in New York and Los Angeles.

My niece is one of the most organized, hardest-working, self-motivated and enthusiastic young people I've ever known. Even if I wasn't her aunt, I would still want to work with her; as I mention in the link below, Sara and I have already collaborated on some creative projects.

*****For more info, please read my post:
http://debbieohi.com/sara

To contact me about Sara or if you have any questions, tips, etc.:
http://debbieohi.com/contact-sara

You can also contact Sara directly:
http://saratruuvert.com/contact/

And THANK YOU SO MUCH in advance!!___

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2016-01-30 16:27:37 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Quickie Yes/No anonymous poll: Have you ever skipped ahead to read the ending? If you'd like your answers included in the final results, please post your Y/N vote in this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/39KX2T3 

Quickie Yes/No anonymous poll: Have you ever skipped ahead to read the ending? If you'd like your answers included in the final results, please post your Y/N vote in this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/39KX2T3 ___

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2016-01-25 14:37:47 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Thanks to Megan Maynor for answering Three Questions for me on Inkygirl today! Read her inspiring advice for young writers: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2016/1/25/advice-for-young-writers-patience-ella-and-penguin-stick-tog.html

Megan's debut picture book ELLA AND PENGUIN STICK TOGETHER just came out from HarperCollins Children's Books and is such a fun read! http://www.meganmaynor.com/new-page-1/

"Ella and Penguin want to see their new glow-in-the-dark stickers glow—but they don't want to go into the dark. (It’s so dark!) Can they see the stickers glow another way? Can they face the dark closet if they stick together?"

Thanks to Megan Maynor for answering Three Questions for me on Inkygirl today! Read her inspiring advice for young writers: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2016/1/25/advice-for-young-writers-patience-ella-and-penguin-stick-tog.html

Megan's debut picture book ELLA AND PENGUIN STICK TOGETHER just came out from HarperCollins Children's Books and is such a fun read! http://www.meganmaynor.com/new-page-1/

"Ella and Penguin want to see their new glow-in-the-dark stickers glow—but they don't want to go into the dark. (It’s so dark!) Can they see the stickers glow another way? Can they face the dark closet if they stick together?"___

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2016-01-25 00:46:23 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

So I was just going to read the first few pages of +Arthur Slade Slade's new middle grade novel (launching this April) FLICKERS this morning to get a taste of what the book was like but then I COULDN'T STOP READING AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH. Finished it just now.

Wow. Such a good read.

SoOOoooOOoooOOooo deliciously creepy and dark (I'm a fan of horror MG). Love how the mystery gradually unfolds, and the plot twists along the way. Love the relationship between the sisters. I just loveloveLOVED this book.

If I have nightmares tonight, I am SO going to blame Arthur Slade. I'm also looking forward to rereading the book when it comes out on April 26th this year from HarperCollins Canada! More info about the book: http://www.harpercollins.ca/9781443416658/flickers. More about Arthur and his work: http://arthurslade.com

So I was just going to read the first few pages of +Arthur Slade Slade's new middle grade novel (launching this April) FLICKERS this morning to get a taste of what the book was like but then I COULDN'T STOP READING AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH. Finished it just now.

Wow. Such a good read.

SoOOoooOOoooOOooo deliciously creepy and dark (I'm a fan of horror MG). Love how the mystery gradually unfolds, and the plot twists along the way. Love the relationship between the sisters. I just loveloveLOVED this book.

If I have nightmares tonight, I am SO going to blame Arthur Slade. I'm also looking forward to rereading the book when it comes out on April 26th this year from HarperCollins Canada! More info about the book: http://www.harpercollins.ca/9781443416658/flickers. More about Arthur and his work: http://arthurslade.com___

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2016-01-19 13:29:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

I am TOTALLY THRILLED to visit +Julie Danielson's Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog today. I've been a fan of both Jules and her blog for years, so am blown away both by the hono(u)r and all the work she put into this interview: http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=3971#more-3971

This post includes material and Secret Facts I have not shared publicly before, plus an embarrassing childhood comic, peek into my process for Judy Blume and Michael Ian Black book illustrations as well as my solo picture book Where Are My Books?, my journey to publication, covers for upcoming picture books written by Lauren McLaughlin and Rob Sanders, original art by my Simon & Schuster editor Justin Chanda, my office, a picture book I'd like to write and illustrate someday, the three author/illustrators I'd love to have coffee with... more »

I am TOTALLY THRILLED to visit +Julie Danielson's Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog today. I've been a fan of both Jules and her blog for years, so am blown away both by the hono(u)r and all the work she put into this interview: http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=3971#more-3971

This post includes material and Secret Facts I have not shared publicly before, plus an embarrassing childhood comic, peek into my process for Judy Blume and Michael Ian Black book illustrations as well as my solo picture book Where Are My Books?, my journey to publication, covers for upcoming picture books written by Lauren McLaughlin and Rob Sanders, original art by my Simon & Schuster editor Justin Chanda, my office, a picture book I'd like to write and illustrate someday, the three author/illustrators I'd love to have coffee with someday, listening to Ookla the Mok and Jodi Krangle and Chris Conway, the real reason I've been avoiding public speaking until recently, and MUCH MORE.

Thank you so much to Julie Danielson for having me over for breakfast!___

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2016-01-07 19:58:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

To agents, editors and art directors out there: Please take a few minutes to answer this short, anonymous poll to help up-and-coming writers and illustrators?
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6F8NVTJ

Results will be discussed at the Florida SCBWI Regional Conference, SCBWI MetroNY Feb event and SCBWI-LA Writer's Day as well as summarized in Inkygirl.com later this year.

For editors and art directors, I'm looking for those who are involved in the decision-making process re: book contracts or initial talent-scouting. Thank you SO MUCH!

To agents, editors and art directors out there: Please take a few minutes to answer this short, anonymous poll to help up-and-coming writers and illustrators?
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6F8NVTJ

Results will be discussed at the Florida SCBWI Regional Conference, SCBWI MetroNY Feb event and SCBWI-LA Writer's Day as well as summarized in Inkygirl.com later this year.

For editors and art directors, I'm looking for those who are involved in the decision-making process re: book contracts or initial talent-scouting. Thank you SO MUCH!___

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2015-12-24 13:38:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

This illustration is dedicated to teacher-librarian +Debbie Alvarez, who told me how much she loved the way I could see the beauty in ordinary things. In the background: a photo I took in a drive-through car wash.

In the foreground: Debbie, who was anything but ordinary.

See http://inkygirl.com/debbie-alvarez for my post about Debbie, who passed away on Monday after a long battle with cancer.

This illustration is dedicated to teacher-librarian +Debbie Alvarez, who told me how much she loved the way I could see the beauty in ordinary things. In the background: a photo I took in a drive-through car wash.

In the foreground: Debbie, who was anything but ordinary.

See http://inkygirl.com/debbie-alvarez for my post about Debbie, who passed away on Monday after a long battle with cancer.___

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2015-12-20 23:02:13 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Drive-through car wash mops always remind me of hula dancers so this time I decided to turn them into a doodle. See more of my doodles: https://www.instagram.com/inkygirl/

Drive-through car wash mops always remind me of hula dancers so this time I decided to turn them into a doodle. See more of my doodles: https://www.instagram.com/inkygirl/___

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2015-12-19 14:04:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Got back from gaming last night to find a package waiting from my Simon & Schuster Children's editor. THANK YOU, Justin! We're going to have this on New Year's Eve to celebrate a year that included so many wonderful events, including the publication of my FIRST SOLO PICTURE BOOK, Where Are My Books? woohooooooooooo.

(More info about my book: http://debbieohi.com/wamb)

Got back from gaming last night to find a package waiting from my Simon & Schuster Children's editor. THANK YOU, Justin! We're going to have this on New Year's Eve to celebrate a year that included so many wonderful events, including the publication of my FIRST SOLO PICTURE BOOK, Where Are My Books? woohooooooooooo.

(More info about my book: http://debbieohi.com/wamb)___

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2015-12-17 16:25:34 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Doodling with my flute during the holiday party podcast recording of The Spiel.

If you like my found object doodles, I post them regularly at:
https://www.instagram.com/inkygirl/

Doodling with my flute during the holiday party podcast recording of The Spiel.

If you like my found object doodles, I post them regularly at:
https://www.instagram.com/inkygirl/___

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2015-12-12 16:38:44 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Reminder: If you buy a copy of Where Are My Books? at an indie bookstore in Nov/Dec, I'll send you a personalized bookplate with a hand-drawn doodle to include in the front of the book. If you fill out the form this weekend, I'll mail out your bookplate(s) on Mon or Tue: http://debbieohi.com/2015bookplate

And thank you so much!!! 

Reminder: If you buy a copy of Where Are My Books? at an indie bookstore in Nov/Dec, I'll send you a personalized bookplate with a hand-drawn doodle to include in the front of the book. If you fill out the form this weekend, I'll mail out your bookplate(s) on Mon or Tue: http://debbieohi.com/2015bookplate

And thank you so much!!! ___

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2015-12-11 15:39:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Principal Jim Bailey's tweet just MADE MY DAY. Background: I gave an art workshop with 2nd-grade students at his school earlier this week via Skype, and during the session I showed them how to use found object doodles to come up with characters and stories.
See Jim's tweet here: https://twitter.com/jcbailey3/status/675335891041284096

You can find out more about my virtual visits at:
http://DebbieOhi.com/virtualvisits

Principal Jim Bailey's tweet just MADE MY DAY. Background: I gave an art workshop with 2nd-grade students at his school earlier this week via Skype, and during the session I showed them how to use found object doodles to come up with characters and stories.
See Jim's tweet here: https://twitter.com/jcbailey3/status/675335891041284096

You can find out more about my virtual visits at:
http://DebbieOhi.com/virtualvisits___

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2015-12-08 18:41:19 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

In case it helps others who sometimes go through "Scrooge moments" during the holiday season: http://debbieohi.com/blather2004/2004/12/15/scrooge-moment.html

In case it helps others who sometimes go through "Scrooge moments" during the holiday season: http://debbieohi.com/blather2004/2004/12/15/scrooge-moment.html___

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2015-12-06 14:57:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Look what I found during my walk today! How and why: http://debbieohi.com/home/2015/12/6/what-i-found-on-my-walk.html #foundobjectart

Look what I found during my walk today! How and why: http://debbieohi.com/home/2015/12/6/what-i-found-on-my-walk.html #foundobjectart___

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2015-12-05 16:37:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

New newsletter: Doodles, comics, boardgames, NaNoWriMo, ‪#‎Read1Give1‬, free holiday cards, Etsy shop (posted some found object original art last night) & LOTS AND LOTS of found object art: http://eepurl.com/bIIJQz 

New newsletter: Doodles, comics, boardgames, NaNoWriMo, ‪#‎Read1Give1‬, free holiday cards, Etsy shop (posted some found object original art last night) & LOTS AND LOTS of found object art: http://eepurl.com/bIIJQz ___

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2015-11-30 14:09:28 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Updated Will Write For Chocolate: http://willwriteforchocolate.com

Eliza's question.___Updated Will Write For Chocolate: http://willwriteforchocolate.com

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2015-11-28 15:24:55 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Starting today until December 24, 2015, if you post a photo of yourself with a book you bought at an indie bookstore with the hashtag ‪#‎Read1Give1‬, Simon & Schuster will donate a book to Literacy Partners: http://www.simonandschusterpublishing.com/read1give1/

***Bonus from ME: If the photo includes a copy of Where Are My Books?, then I'll mail you a free signed/doodled bookplate, bookmark and sticker! Info: http://debbieohi.com/book-wamb-blog/2015/11/25/free-print-ready-gift-cards-signed-where-are-my-books-bookpl.html

About the "GIVE THE GIFT OF READING" campaign:
This holiday season, Simon & Schuster is launching the
“Give the Gift of Reading” campaign to support local independent bookstores and Literacy Partners, whose mission is to strengthen families by empowering parents through education.

More about Literacy Partners:http://ww... more »

Starting today until December 24, 2015, if you post a photo of yourself with a book you bought at an indie bookstore with the hashtag ‪#‎Read1Give1‬, Simon & Schuster will donate a book to Literacy Partners: http://www.simonandschusterpublishing.com/read1give1/

***Bonus from ME: If the photo includes a copy of Where Are My Books?, then I'll mail you a free signed/doodled bookplate, bookmark and sticker! Info: http://debbieohi.com/book-wamb-blog/2015/11/25/free-print-ready-gift-cards-signed-where-are-my-books-bookpl.html

About the "GIVE THE GIFT OF READING" campaign:
This holiday season, Simon & Schuster is launching the
“Give the Gift of Reading” campaign to support local independent bookstores and Literacy Partners, whose mission is to strengthen families by empowering parents through education.

More about Literacy Partners: http://www.literacypartners.org/___

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2015-11-04 16:07:54 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

I've been asked more often recently about my initial brainstorming and layout process, so I'm sharing some of the templates I've created for myself, in case others find them useful: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/11/4/free-picture-book-thumbnail-templates-for-writers-and-illust.html

I'll make sure all these templates are available in my Free Print-Ready Archives: http://debbieohi.com/printready (lots of activity sheets & other materials for teachers, librarians, young readers and creators)

I've been asked more often recently about my initial brainstorming and layout process, so I'm sharing some of the templates I've created for myself, in case others find them useful: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/11/4/free-picture-book-thumbnail-templates-for-writers-and-illust.html

I'll make sure all these templates are available in my Free Print-Ready Archives: http://debbieohi.com/printready (lots of activity sheets & other materials for teachers, librarians, young readers and creators)___

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2015-10-31 03:33:46 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

A raspberry wrap for #inktober #inktober2015. To see more of my found object art: https://instagram.com/inkygirl/

A raspberry wrap for #inktober #inktober2015. To see more of my found object art: https://instagram.com/inkygirl/___

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2015-10-30 11:34:15 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Halloween comic for those doing (or know someone who's doing) #NaNoWriMo . Also do check out the daily NaNoToons that my friend +Errol Elumir is posting through November: http://nanotoons.net/

Halloween comic for those doing (or know someone who's doing) #NaNoWriMo . Also do check out the daily NaNoToons that my friend +Errol Elumir is posting through November: http://nanotoons.net/___

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2015-10-23 14:22:22 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Looking for Halloween-themed activities for young readers? Just launched a HALLOWEEN page with activity sheets based on Where Are My Books?, I'm Bored and Naked? -- all FREE to download and print: http://debbieohi.com/halloween

For links to all my free print-ready posters, activity sheets, bookmarks, stationery and more: http://debbieohi.com/printready

Looking for Halloween-themed activities for young readers? Just launched a HALLOWEEN page with activity sheets based on Where Are My Books?, I'm Bored and Naked? -- all FREE to download and print: http://debbieohi.com/halloween

For links to all my free print-ready posters, activity sheets, bookmarks, stationery and more: http://debbieohi.com/printready___

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2015-10-22 11:36:49 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

HAPPY ‪#‎CAPSLOCKDAY‬, EVERYONE!

More info about Picture Book Month: http://picturebookmonth.com/

More info about CAPS LOCK DAY: http://capslockday.com/

HAPPY ‪#‎CAPSLOCKDAY‬, EVERYONE!

More info about Picture Book Month: http://picturebookmonth.com/

More info about CAPS LOCK DAY: http://capslockday.com/___

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2015-10-21 17:00:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

HA! So a while back, Kinderlit.ca​ asked if I'd draw the legs for an Exquisite Corpse game (three illustrators collaborate on the creation of a character, but we don't know who the others are, nor do we see what they draw). LOVE the result:

https://kinderlitcanada.wordpress.com/portfolio/corpse-4/

 Turns out that the other two artists are *Elly MacKay*​ (did the new covers for the Anne Of Green Gable series, BUTTERFLY PARK came out this year from Running Press) and *Nathan Jurevicius*​ (of ScaryGirl fame). After David Tompa assembled our Exquisite Corpse, middle grade author *Allan Woodrow*​ (who wrote CONTAGIOUS COLORS, illustrated by my friend Rodolfo Montalvo​) wrote text to go with it.

Thanks to Kinderlit for the invite to participate! I had so much fun.

Do check out the site for more about about Kinderlit as well as their founders, BeccaButtigieg ... more »

HA! So a while back, Kinderlit.ca​ asked if I'd draw the legs for an Exquisite Corpse game (three illustrators collaborate on the creation of a character, but we don't know who the others are, nor do we see what they draw). LOVE the result:

https://kinderlitcanada.wordpress.com/portfolio/corpse-4/

 Turns out that the other two artists are *Elly MacKay*​ (did the new covers for the Anne Of Green Gable series, BUTTERFLY PARK came out this year from Running Press) and *Nathan Jurevicius*​ (of ScaryGirl fame). After David Tompa assembled our Exquisite Corpse, middle grade author *Allan Woodrow*​ (who wrote CONTAGIOUS COLORS, illustrated by my friend Rodolfo Montalvo​) wrote text to go with it.

Thanks to Kinderlit for the invite to participate! I had so much fun.

Do check out the site for more about about Kinderlit as well as their founders, Becca Buttigieg and Jody Hewston: https://kinderlitcanada.wordpress.com___

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2015-10-19 02:06:57 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Ok, 'fess up. WHO ELSE SEES FACES IN THEIR YOGURT-COVERED RAISINS?? I did this ‪#‎tinydoodle‬ with a Sigma Micron 01 and part of my snack last night. ‪#‎inktober‬ ‪#‎inktober2015‬

Ok, 'fess up. WHO ELSE SEES FACES IN THEIR YOGURT-COVERED RAISINS?? I did this ‪#‎tinydoodle‬ with a Sigma Micron 01 and part of my snack last night. ‪#‎inktober‬ ‪#‎inktober2015‬___

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2015-10-19 02:04:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Be aware when research & prep becomes a crutch. At some point, you need to jump in & WRITE.

Be aware when research & prep becomes a crutch. At some point, you need to jump in & WRITE.___

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2015-10-17 15:08:18 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

This ‪#‎inktober‬ drawing turned out much darker than I originally intended, but I've learned that's not necessarily a bad thing. Did the original ink drawing with a Pentel Pocket Brush but then took a photo and added some real-life textures digitally. It was meant to be a quick sketch and I'm already noticing all kinds of things I'd fix in a revised version if this was going in a book.  ‪#‎drawlloween‬

This ‪#‎inktober‬ drawing turned out much darker than I originally intended, but I've learned that's not necessarily a bad thing. Did the original ink drawing with a Pentel Pocket Brush but then took a photo and added some real-life textures digitally. It was meant to be a quick sketch and I'm already noticing all kinds of things I'd fix in a revised version if this was going in a book.  ‪#‎drawlloween‬___

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2015-10-17 13:42:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Thrilled that my first solo picture book, WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? , has just been reprinted!!! Found this package waiting for me when I got home from dinner with my friend Cathy last night. Thank you, Simon & Schuster Children's!

Where Are My Books? launched earlier this year and you can find out more info about the book at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Where-Are-My-Books/Debbie-Ridpath-Ohi/9781442467415

Teacher's Guide, free print-ready activity sheets, posters and other bonus material: http://DebbieOhi.com/wamb

Thrilled that my first solo picture book, WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? , has just been reprinted!!! Found this package waiting for me when I got home from dinner with my friend Cathy last night. Thank you, Simon & Schuster Children's!

Where Are My Books? launched earlier this year and you can find out more info about the book at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Where-Are-My-Books/Debbie-Ridpath-Ohi/9781442467415

Teacher's Guide, free print-ready activity sheets, posters and other bonus material: http://DebbieOhi.com/wamb___

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2015-10-13 21:25:24 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Some of the popcorn doodles I did on the weekend for #inktober. Thanks to my nephews for letting me steal from their bowl. smile emoticon

More found object doodles: https://instagram.com/inkygirl/

Info for young found object artists: http://DebbieOhi.com/LookAgain

Some of the popcorn doodles I did on the weekend for #inktober. Thanks to my nephews for letting me steal from their bowl. smile emoticon

More found object doodles: https://instagram.com/inkygirl/

Info for young found object artists: http://DebbieOhi.com/LookAgain___

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2015-10-08 11:48:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Woohoo, it's #BathTubDay! Best way to celebrate? Read NAKED! by Michael Ian Black and yours truly. :-}

One of my favorite recommendations is from Library Media Specialist (MLIS) Pamela Thompson, who writes: ""Picture books just don't get any better than NAKED! It is sure to tickle your funny bone and leave a smile on your face and warm fuzzies in your heart. So highly recommended that I'm shouting it from the rooftops: Go out and experience NAKED!"

Teacher's Guide and other bonus info: http://debbieohi.com/naked
Starred review in Publishers Weekly: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-4424-6738-5

On Simon & Schuster website:
http://books.simonandschuster.com/Naked!/Michael-Ian-Black/9781442467385

And for those of you dying to know more about Bathtub Day:
https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/bathtub-day/

Woohoo, it's #BathTubDay! Best way to celebrate? Read NAKED! by Michael Ian Black and yours truly. :-}

One of my favorite recommendations is from Library Media Specialist (MLIS) Pamela Thompson, who writes: ""Picture books just don't get any better than NAKED! It is sure to tickle your funny bone and leave a smile on your face and warm fuzzies in your heart. So highly recommended that I'm shouting it from the rooftops: Go out and experience NAKED!"

Teacher's Guide and other bonus info: http://debbieohi.com/naked
Starred review in Publishers Weekly: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-4424-6738-5

On Simon & Schuster website:
http://books.simonandschuster.com/Naked!/Michael-Ian-Black/9781442467385

And for those of you dying to know more about Bathtub Day:
https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/bathtub-day/___

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2015-10-07 17:34:41 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

A headstart for those of you doing #Nanowrimo this year.

A headstart for those of you doing #Nanowrimo this year.___

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2015-10-05 12:21:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Advice for young writers from my friend, YA author Megan Crewe: Read widely, work on your craft, learn how to rewrite, and be patient. "Most people's first novels are not the first novel they sell. Often their second and third novels aren't either. I wrote ten books before I had one that was ready to be submitted to publishers. There's no shame in that." Megan answers Three Questions for me on Inkygirl.com today:

http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/10/5/three-questions-with-megan-crewe-advice-for-young-writers-of.html

And on Tue. Oct. 13th, do drop by her A SKY UNBROKEN Online Launch Party which includes an author Q&A, giveaways, a virtual book signing room where you can request a signed bookplate/bookmark and live chat: https://www.facebook.com/events/164346423906044/

Advice for young writers from my friend, YA author Megan Crewe: Read widely, work on your craft, learn how to rewrite, and be patient. "Most people's first novels are not the first novel they sell. Often their second and third novels aren't either. I wrote ten books before I had one that was ready to be submitted to publishers. There's no shame in that." Megan answers Three Questions for me on Inkygirl.com today:

http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/10/5/three-questions-with-megan-crewe-advice-for-young-writers-of.html

And on Tue. Oct. 13th, do drop by her A SKY UNBROKEN Online Launch Party which includes an author Q&A, giveaways, a virtual book signing room where you can request a signed bookplate/bookmark and live chat: https://www.facebook.com/events/164346423906044/___

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2015-10-04 14:48:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Look what I found in my egg this morning! #inktober   #foodart  https://instagram.com/p/8a2Jmhq9Pl/

Look what I found in my egg this morning! #inktober   #foodart  https://instagram.com/p/8a2Jmhq9Pl/___

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2015-10-03 02:12:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Doodled a broccoli dress while prepping for dinner with my friend Cathy tonight. #inktober #foodart

Doodled a broccoli dress while prepping for dinner with my friend Cathy tonight. #inktober #foodart___

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2015-09-30 14:21:09 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Happy International Translation Day!

I'm thrilled that my books have been translated into French, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese, and am grateful to the Curtis Brown, Ltd. translation rights department for all their help. Jonathan Lyons and Sarah Perillo have kindly agreed to answer a few questions for me about the picture book translation rights process at Curtis Brown: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/9/30/on-picture-book-translation-rights-an-interview-with-curtis.html

More info about #TranslationDay:
https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/international-translation-day/

Happy International Translation Day!

I'm thrilled that my books have been translated into French, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese, and am grateful to the Curtis Brown, Ltd. translation rights department for all their help. Jonathan Lyons and Sarah Perillo have kindly agreed to answer a few questions for me about the picture book translation rights process at Curtis Brown: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/9/30/on-picture-book-translation-rights-an-interview-with-curtis.html

More info about #TranslationDay:
https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/international-translation-day/___

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2015-09-30 13:00:55 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

In honor of #BannedBooksWeek, I've illustrated one of my favorite Judy Blume quotes and made it available as a free poster:
"Having the freedom to read and the freedom to choose is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me."

I was lucky that way, too. My father used to take the whole family to our local public library every week, and we kids could choose whatever books we wanted. My parents never questioned my choices, and I will always be grateful to them for that trust.

You can download a free, print-ready poster here: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/9/30/the-freedom-to-read-free-print-ready-poster-of-one-of-my-fav.html

Also see my free, print-ready archives: http://debbieohi.com/printready

And "Illustrating Judy Blume" resource: http://debbieohi.com/judyblume
‪#‎BannedBooksWeek‬

In honor of #BannedBooksWeek, I've illustrated one of my favorite Judy Blume quotes and made it available as a free poster:
"Having the freedom to read and the freedom to choose is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me."

I was lucky that way, too. My father used to take the whole family to our local public library every week, and we kids could choose whatever books we wanted. My parents never questioned my choices, and I will always be grateful to them for that trust.

You can download a free, print-ready poster here: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/9/30/the-freedom-to-read-free-print-ready-poster-of-one-of-my-fav.html

Also see my free, print-ready archives: http://debbieohi.com/printready

And "Illustrating Judy Blume" resource: http://debbieohi.com/judyblume
‪#‎BannedBooksWeek‬___

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2015-09-29 14:30:53 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Happy ‪#‎NationalCoffeeDay‬! (thanks to Larry Chong for the heads-up) In honour of the day, here are some coffee doodles from the archives.

You can see more of my found object drawings here: https://instagram.com/inkygirl/

Teachers (whether or not you drink coffee :))! I've updated my resource for young found object artists: http://debbieohi.com/lookagain

Happy ‪#‎NationalCoffeeDay‬! (thanks to Larry Chong for the heads-up) In honour of the day, here are some coffee doodles from the archives.

You can see more of my found object drawings here: https://instagram.com/inkygirl/

Teachers (whether or not you drink coffee :))! I've updated my resource for young found object artists: http://debbieohi.com/lookagain___

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2015-09-28 12:31:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Just posted this in my blog: Are you a picture book author or author/illustrator looking for a literary agent? Check out Chuck Sambuchino's guest post on my blog today: 5 Literary Agents Looking For Picture Book Submissions NOW : http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/9/28/five-literary-agents-looking-for-picture-book-submissions-no.html

Chuck has spotlighted agents who are actively seeking picture book subs and have personally confirmed that they ARE open to submissions as of October 2015. Email addresses are included in the post.

Just posted this in my blog: Are you a picture book author or author/illustrator looking for a literary agent? Check out Chuck Sambuchino's guest post on my blog today: 5 Literary Agents Looking For Picture Book Submissions NOW : http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/9/28/five-literary-agents-looking-for-picture-book-submissions-no.html

Chuck has spotlighted agents who are actively seeking picture book subs and have personally confirmed that they ARE open to submissions as of October 2015. Email addresses are included in the post.___

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2015-09-25 18:00:00 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

In this week's newsletter: how I'm finding more time to read, cage fighting, new free literacy posters, new art, promo/marketing tip for authors, and more:
http://eepurl.com/bAvjH1

Browse my newsletter archives here (and subscribe for free if you'd like): http://debbieohi.com/news-archives

In this week's newsletter: how I'm finding more time to read, cage fighting, new free literacy posters, new art, promo/marketing tip for authors, and more:
http://eepurl.com/bAvjH1

Browse my newsletter archives here (and subscribe for free if you'd like): http://debbieohi.com/news-archives___

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2015-09-25 13:31:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

If you're looking for funny, smart middle grade books and lots of entertaining animal facts, you need to check out +Jess Keating's  "My Life Is A Zoo" series. I met Jess through Torkidlit and Nerd Camp (and she's also funny and smart in person :-)). The third book in her series, HOW TO OUTFOX YOUR FRIENDS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A CLUE, comes out from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky on October 6th.

Not surprising that these books are packed with fascinating facts in addition to being fun to read; Jess has a degree in Zoology and a Masters of Science.

I also heard Jess speak to young readers at Telling Tales Festival. She is a highly entertaining and inspiring speaker -- schools, take note!!

I just finished rereading HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOES ARE UNTIED (a 2015 Red Maple Award nominee!). An excerpt from the Kirkus starred review: "The... more »

If you're looking for funny, smart middle grade books and lots of entertaining animal facts, you need to check out +Jess Keating's  "My Life Is A Zoo" series. I met Jess through Torkidlit and Nerd Camp (and she's also funny and smart in person :-)). The third book in her series, HOW TO OUTFOX YOUR FRIENDS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A CLUE, comes out from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky on October 6th.

Not surprising that these books are packed with fascinating facts in addition to being fun to read; Jess has a degree in Zoology and a Masters of Science.

I also heard Jess speak to young readers at Telling Tales Festival. She is a highly entertaining and inspiring speaker -- schools, take note!!

I just finished rereading HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOES ARE UNTIED (a 2015 Red Maple Award nominee!). An excerpt from the Kirkus starred review: "The dollop of romance is refreshingly appropriate for middle school readers, and the angst Ana feels over the idea of performing in front of a crowd will touch plenty of sympathetic introverts. An amusing, highly readable book about the perils of being 12 in a snake-eat-snake world."

More info about Jess and her books: http://jesskeating.com/
(where you can also read excerpts)

Jess is also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jess_Keating___

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2015-09-24 12:26:05 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Beware of misplaced apostrophe's! Happy  #NationalPunctuationDay

Beware of misplaced apostrophe's! Happy  #NationalPunctuationDay___

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2015-09-24 12:25:32 (1 comments; 14 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

Happy #NationalPunctuationDay!

Happy #NationalPunctuationDay!___

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2015-09-19 14:28:20 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Added a new free, print-ready "TURN IT OFF AND READ A BOOK" poster to my For The Love Of Reading resource: http://debbieohi.com/read This poster features characters from Where Are My Books?​, and the father is reading I'm Bored​ (written by Michael Ian Black​, illustrated by me).

Direct link to the poster: http://debbieohi.com/storage/literacy/posters/poster-turnitoff-boredwamb/OHI0366-POSTER-TurnItOffRead-WAMB-v4-flat.pdf

To download: click and hold (Mac) or right mouse click (PC) on the image until a dialog box appears. At that point, you'll be asked where you want to save the image to.

You can find ALL my free, print-ready posters, bookmarks, activity sheets and other bonus material: http://debbieohi.com/printready

Added a new free, print-ready "TURN IT OFF AND READ A BOOK" poster to my For The Love Of Reading resource: http://debbieohi.com/read This poster features characters from Where Are My Books?​, and the father is reading I'm Bored​ (written by Michael Ian Black​, illustrated by me).

Direct link to the poster: http://debbieohi.com/storage/literacy/posters/poster-turnitoff-boredwamb/OHI0366-POSTER-TurnItOffRead-WAMB-v4-flat.pdf

To download: click and hold (Mac) or right mouse click (PC) on the image until a dialog box appears. At that point, you'll be asked where you want to save the image to.

You can find ALL my free, print-ready posters, bookmarks, activity sheets and other bonus material: http://debbieohi.com/printready___

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2015-09-18 14:04:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Reading lets your imagination soar! I've added this free, print-ready poster for teachers, librarians, booksellers and those with young readers to my FOR THE LOVE OF READING resource.

http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/9/18/free-print-ready-poster-reading-lets-your-imagination-soar.html

For The Love Of Reading: http://debbieohi.com/read

Reading lets your imagination soar! I've added this free, print-ready poster for teachers, librarians, booksellers and those with young readers to my FOR THE LOVE OF READING resource.

http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/9/18/free-print-ready-poster-reading-lets-your-imagination-soar.html

For The Love Of Reading: http://debbieohi.com/read___

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2015-09-17 11:16:56 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

I came across this worn-looking stapler at my dad-in-law's last night. How could you NOT turn this into a dog doodle?

More found object doodles:
https://instagram.com/inkygirl/

I came across this worn-looking stapler at my dad-in-law's last night. How could you NOT turn this into a dog doodle?

More found object doodles:
https://instagram.com/inkygirl/___

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2015-09-15 13:08:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

"Teachers & young poets*  I've added a free print-ready poster version of my  "HAIKU!"  poem as well as an activity sheet that can be used for haiku or any other type of poem: http://debbieohi.com/home/2015/9/15/haiku-said-my-friend-free-print-ready-poster-and-activity-sh.html

I'll be gradually adding more poetry posters and worksheets to: http://debbieohi.com/poetry

You can find links to ALL my free, print-ready material at: http://debbieohi.com/printready

"Teachers & young poets*  I've added a free print-ready poster version of my  "HAIKU!"  poem as well as an activity sheet that can be used for haiku or any other type of poem: http://debbieohi.com/home/2015/9/15/haiku-said-my-friend-free-print-ready-poster-and-activity-sh.html

I'll be gradually adding more poetry posters and worksheets to: http://debbieohi.com/poetry

You can find links to ALL my free, print-ready material at: http://debbieohi.com/printready___

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2015-09-08 14:33:51 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Thanks to +Goodreads for tweeting my comic today! Their comment: "Hopefully, it never comes to this."

Thanks to +Paul Carroll for the great caption.

Thanks to +Goodreads for tweeting my comic today! Their comment: "Hopefully, it never comes to this."

Thanks to +Paul Carroll for the great caption.___

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2015-09-07 15:38:01 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

“My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.” - Peter Golkin

See my other found object doodles: https://instagram.com/inkygirl/

“My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.” - Peter Golkin

See my other found object doodles: https://instagram.com/inkygirl/___

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