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Featured writer/illustrator: Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Updated: Feb 18, 2021

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, I'm featuring a BIPOC writer for every day of February. And as a special treat for subscribers to my newsletter, every week one lucky reader will win a copy of a book from each of that week's seven featured writers. This week's draw will be announced Sunday. Not a subscriber yet? Scroll to the bottom of this page, and sign up!

Happy #IReadCanadian Day!

Debbie Ridpath Ohi [known to many on twitter as @inkyelbows], is the marvellous, multi-award-winning creative force who has illustrated more than twenty-five books for young readers, and authored of two of her own: SAM AND EVA and her most recent title, WHERE ARE MY BOOKS?

Debbie's website is jam-packed with resources for readers, illustrators and writers, and her voice and work is renowned in the Canadian kid-lit community. Her use of found objects like broken crayons and stray vegetables in her drawings are well-known online, and form the basis for Debbie's illustrations of the story GURPLE AND PREEN, billed as a broken-crayon comic adventure, and written by Linda Sue Park.

All my newsletter subscribers are eligible to win a copy of one of Debbie's books in this weekend's draw, along with books by Nalo Hopkinson, Mahtab Narsimhan and rest of this week's featured writers. Make sure you're signed up at!

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