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Debbie Ohi
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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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Dogwood blossom doodle. #foundobjectart  http://DebbieOhi.com/LookAgain
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Debbie, ever had a writer create a story around your artwork?
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#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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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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You know, +Debbie Ohi -- it took me awhile to realize why Spencer's mom looks so frustrated while she is working on her bird houses.... :) Also, I do hope you write and illustrate "Beluga beluga"!
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#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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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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+Culture Poulpe   Many thanks.  I had managed to not notice that.
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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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Psalm 91 today.....please finish reading before you do anything else right
now, read this to the end. My name is God. You hardly have time for me. I
love you and always bless you. I am always with you. I need you to spend 30
mins. of your time with me today. Don't pray. Just praise. Today I want
this message across the world before midnight. Will you help? Please do not
cut it and I'll help you with something that you are in need of. A blessing
is coming your way. Please drop everything & pass it on. Tomorrow will be
the Best Day of your Life. Send this to 14 friends in 10min. Tell the devil
you are a blessed child of God and you have more to be thankful for than to
worry about. We must go through the storm to appreciate the sunshine! This
is a test to see who has more followers. God or satan. If God, forward to
14 people, if satan, ignore this! God is going to fix two things (BIG)
tonight in your favor. Trust God Walking in my season A few seconds ago
Prayer for Finances (it works) I claimed it for you - now claim it for me.
God has more than a thousand ways to provide for us, that we know nothing
about. Here is your financial Blessing! It's a simple prayer, you got 30
Seconds? Don't sleep on this. If you need a financial Blessing, continue
reading this e-mail. Heavenly Father, most Gracious and Loving God, I pray
to you that you Abundantly Bless My family and me. I know that you
recognize, that a Family is more than just a mother, father, sister,
brother, cousin, husband and wife, but all who believe and trust in You.
Dear GOD, I send up a prayer request for Financial Blessings in 2015 for
not only the Person who sent this to me, but for me and all that I have
forwarded this message to. And that the power of joined prayers by those
who Believe and Trust in You is more powerful than anything! I thank You in
advance for Your Blessings. God, deliver the Person reading this right now
from debt and debt burdens. Release Your Godly wisdom that I may be a Good
steward over all that You have
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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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#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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#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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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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#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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Works with Simon & Schuster Children's, HarperCollins Children's and Random House Children's. Twitter: @inkyelbows
Introduction
In a nutshell:
I write and draw for young people. Former systems analyst/programmer. Hobbies: Board gamer, filker, songwriter/musician.

Illustrator of Michael Ian Black's picture book, I'M BORED (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, Sept/2012). I'M BORED was chosen by The New Times for its Notable Children's Books Of 2012 list. More reviews, honors: http://DebbieOhi.com/bored

Current and upcoming book projects with Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, HarperCollins Children's, and Random House Children's Books. See: http://debbieohi.com/books

My blog for children's book writers & illustrators:

My projects blog: DebbieOhi.com

To contact me:


 Author of The Writer's Online Marketplace (Writer's Digest Books). Represented by Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown Ltd.

My illustrated short story "Kodama" appears in teen anthology TOMO (Stone Bridge Press, 2012), and my YA novel-in-progress was been nominated for the 2011 SCBWI Sue Alexander Award.

Interests (& multiple blogs) on writing (especially writing for young people), children's book illustration, digital publishing and ebooks, iPads, creativity, instapoems, web comics, art licensingfilking, writing songs for & performing with my music group, board gaming. Daily publishing industry news columnist for Writersmarket.com. You can hear soundclips from my music group (Urban Tapestry) recordings on CDBaby.

For more info about my projects, please see DebbieOhi.com.

On Twitter:
@inkyelbows (writing), @BGGgirl (board gaming), @DebbieOhi (livechat), @DebOhi (personal).

GOOGLE+ GUIDES FOR NEWBIES
(especially writers & illustrators):

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MY GOOGLE+ BIZ PAGES:
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I'm Bored (book page)

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MY GOOGLE+ DIRECTORIES:
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UPDATE: Now that Google+ has communities, these directories will no longer be actively promoted/updated.


Kidlit/YA Pages: business pages for writers, illustrators editors, agents, book bloggers, etc.

The rest of the list pertain to Profile accounts rather than Biz Pages:

Kidlit/YA: writers, editors, agents, book bloggers, etc.


Digital Publishing & Ebooks: Future of publishing,  e-books, e-readers, technology that affects digital publishing.



Comics & Webcomics: For those interested in reading or creating webcomics.

Creating on the iPad: people who create (not just consume) on the iPad. e.g. writing, music, art, etc.

Filkers: Those interested in filk and filking.

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Keywords:

kidlit, MG, writer, illustrator, kidlit writer, kidlit illustrator, picture books, picture book writer, picture book illustrator, SCBWI, poet, boardgamer, board gamer, board games, filk, filker, iPads, digital publishing, ebooks

Bragging rights
Blogger since 1994. Wrote a book. Writing & illustrating more. Founder of Inkspot & Inklings (one of the first websites for writers). Sold a website. My music group's performed in Canada, U.S., Germany & England. Illustrating a picture book for Simon & Schuster USA.
Education
  • University of Toronto
  • Bramalea Secondary School
  • Earnscliffe Public School
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Kalendar is one of my favorite brunch places in Toronto (I reviewed the place for blogTO years ago). Food is excellent, though wait times can sometimes be long. Despite being one of the first customers to arrive this morning (Sunday), for example, it took nearly an hour to get our food. After we inquired twice, another staff member apologized and said they had a new omelette chef, offered us free mimosas.
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