Debbie Ridpath Ohi reads, writes and illustrates for young people. Every few weeks, she shares new art, writing and reading resources; subscribe below. Browse the archives here.

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Awards, Nominations and Honours I Have Received For My Books and Websites:


WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? had a starred review in Kirkus, starred review in CCBC's Best Books For Kids & Teens list, was an Ontario Library Association Best Bet: Top 10 Picture Books.

SAM & EVA was nominated for the CCBC Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, shortlisted for the CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards For Early Literacy, selected for the CBC Books list of Best Canadian Young Adult and Children's Books of 2017, starred review in Quill & Quire (and Honourable Mention in their Best Children's Books Of The Year list), was juried into The Society Of Illustrators The Original Art Show.

I'M BORED was chosen as  A Junior Library Guild Selection, New York Times Notable Children's Book, Canadian Children's Book Centre Summer Reading List Pick, CCBC Best Books For Teens and Kids starred selection, YouDecide! Pick by the 1st-graders at A. Blair McPherson, winner of the March Madness Kindergarten/1st Grade Award at Avoca West, nominated for Minnesota Star Of The North Picture Book Award.

I'M SAD was an Indie Kids' Next choice by indie booksellers, featured in a Facebook Live event at The New York Times, featured in Late Night With Seth Meyers.

NAKED! is winner of the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, National Post list of Best Books For Kids, Top 12 Books of the year chosen by Scholastic teachers. BCCB Blue Ribbon List. 


2011 Sue Alexander "Most Promising For Publication" Award for my YA novel: didn't win, but it was still a great honour.

2010 SCBWI Illustration Mentorship Program Award: I was one of six chosen for the SCBWI Illustration Mentorship Program. Mentor that picked me: Cecilia Yung of Penguin USA. We Mentees from that year launched, a blog for children's book illustrators.

2010 SCBWI Honor Award: one of two runners-up in the overall Illustration Portfolio Showcase. The other Honor Award went to Ye Won Lee, and the Overall 1st place winner was Molly Idle.



Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites: I've won several times but didn't keep track, and WD does not have an archived list online, sadly. My site is on the 2012 list as well as several other years. Thanks to all who nominated me!

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Starting Point Hot Site (Dec.4/98)

Suite101 Top Five site (Oct/98)

Listed in A#1 Quality Directory

Awesome Universal Top 500 Netpointers (Sept/96)

Blue Plate Special Web Pick (95/06/04)

Blue Web 5-star rating

Book Stack's Novel Place (94/04/25)

Books A to Z Site of the Week (96/10/10-18)

Canuck Site of the Day (96/04/03)

CLICK Cool Site Award (Nov/96) for Inkspot and For Young Writers

Cool Site of the Day (Infinet) (95/04/22-23)

Creme de la Creme Awards (week of 96/09/26)

Cyberschool Magazine Editor's Choice Award (Overall Best Web Site, April 1996)

CyberTeddy Top 500 Website Award (Nov/96)

Education World "Best Of September" site (Sept/96)

eyeSITE of the Day (95/12/21)

"Family-Approved" by Dove Foundation

FIDO Blue Ribbon Site Of The Day (Nov.13/96)

GNN Select Site

Hot Click for May (The Spoken Word Network)

Internet Underground 'Best Of 1996' Award

Learning In Motion Top 10 Monthly Pick (April 1996)

4-Star McKinley Rating (top rating) for both writer sites

Medal of Excellence Award (Sept. 19/96)

Mecklermedia's 1998 Internet World Impact Award NEW

National Library of Canada has added Inklings to its collection

NBNSOFT Content Awards (96/02/26), Young Writers Resource Page)

NetGiver Award

NetUser magazine five-star rating (Dec/95)

OMNI magazine Omnivision winner

Ozarks Site of the Day (96/04/16)

Point Survey top 5% of all web sites

Reviewed by RadioOne (96/04/08)

Riddler's Choice site

Seeress of the Web's Pick (95/05/11)

Surfin' Pick of the Day (96/07/01)

Too Cool Site Award (96/04/01)

University of Michigan Clearinghouse choice

USA Today Hot Site (96/04/05-07)

Wave of the Day (95/11)

Web Pilot WINGS Medal (Nov/96)

Writers Edge Choice Award (95/09/18)

Zia Family Resources: 5 Star Rating (96/10/29)