Ruth Ohi

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Ruth Ohi

Author, Illustrator
Toronto, ON
Awards

Saskatchewan Shining Willow Nominee (Short-listed, 2015)

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Finalist (Short-listed, 2014)

Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Nominee (Short-listed, 2014)

Rainforest of Reading Nominee (Short-listed, 2014)

Saskatchewan Shining Willow Nominee (Short-listed, 2014)

Ontario Library Association Top Ten Picture Book List (Commended, 2014)

Toronto Public Library's FIRST & BEST (Commended, 2014)

Toronto Public Library FIRST & BEST SELECTION (Commended, 2010)

Pennsylvannia's Centre for the Book BAKER'S DOZEN SELECTION (Commended, 2009)

Toronto Public Library FIRST & BEST SELECTION (Commended, 2008)

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Finalist (Short-listed, 2008)

Forest of Reading BLUE SPRUCE AWARD Nominee (Short-listed, 2007)

Genres

Board Books, Picture books

Biography

Ruth Ohi is the illustrator of 60 books, 20 of which she is also the author. Her most recent include Scribble and Fall '18's Fox and Squirrel Help Out (both Scholastic Canada). Her illustrations appear in books by Hazel Hutchins, Sharon Jennings & Joy Kogawa. Ruth is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and lives in Toronto, Canada. Visit Ruth at www.RuthOhi.com. You can also find Ruth on Twitter: @Ruth_Ohi and Facebook: @Ruth Ohi. 

More Notes:Ruth's books have been shortlisted for awards such as the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book, Shining Willow, Rainforest of Reading, Mr. Christie and Blue Spruce.They have been selected for NYC READ365, Pennsylvania Centre for the Book's "Baker's Dozen", Kirkus Reviews Best Book, The Canadian Toy Testing Council's "Great Books", Ontario Library Association's "Best Bets", The Canadian Children's Book Centre's "Best Books" and the Toronto Public Library's "First & Best".Her books have been published in Korea, China, England, the United States, Belgium, Turkey, Australia and translated into Spanish.Ruth has had the pleasure of presenting across Canada at events such as the Alberta Library Association Conference in Jasper, Edmonton's Early Childhood Education Conference, Saskatchewan's Festival of Words, Calgary's Wordfest, Moncton's Frye Festival and Nanaimo's Children's Book Festival.  She's shared her work at schools and libraries from Newfoundland to Nanaimo to the Northwest Territories. Ruth's enjoyed being a Durham Catholic School Board Full Day Kindergarten Summer Camp guest speaker,  instructor for Toronto Public Library's 4 week workshop (for ages 8-12)  "Create the Next Great Picture Book" and a Writer-in-Residence for the Toronto District School Board. 

 

 

 

Presentations
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Readings, Workshops, Keynote, Conference, Family Events & Festivals

I greatly enjoy sharing my work through a wide variety of presentations and workshops for all ages!

 

A School/Library Session:Using samples from recent releases, I share the steps and stages in making a picture book--where ideas come from, rough sketches,  mistakes and redos(!), original paintings, production proofs from the publisher, Q&A and an interactive drawing demonstration. Kids are then keen for a 10-15 minute hands on workshop, especially tailored for their age group.  Kids discover they can make anything happen with just pencil, paper and a little imagination.  I enjoy speaking one on one with as many as possible during this time.  Other topics may include: Storyboarding, Creating Characters, Composition and Creativity. 

Typically a school or library visit is 40-50 minutes.  I can present one or two presentations per day.  If outside the Greater Toronto Area, a minimum booking of two presentations is appreciated.

My visit can be adapted to suit any age group.  The below age ranges seem to work well:JK/SKGr.1-3Highschool/College/Adult(includes career and business experiencess)

 

Conference/Festival/Keynote:Over the past several years, I've had the pleasure of presenting across Canada at events such as the Alberta Library Association Conference in Jasper, Edmonton's Early Childhood Education Conference, Saskatchewan's Festival of Words, Calgary's Wordfest, Moncton's Frye Festival and Nanaimo's Children's Book Festival.  I've shared my work at schools and libraries from Newfoundland to Nanaimo to the Northwest Territories.  I look forwards to visiting libraries and schools in Northern Manitoba and Western Canada in 2016 & 2017.  I am excited to be a workshop leader for the 2016 Durham Catholic School Board Full Day Kindergarten Summer Camp. I enjoyed being the 2011-2012 Writer-in-Residence for the Toronto District School Board  and a 2013/2015 instructor for Toronto Public Library's "Create the Next Great Picture Book" --a four week workshop for ages 8-12.  I love connecting with kids!Audience Size:  100-120 students allow those at the back to see my original artwork and drawing demo at the front of the room. Larger audiences mean those in the back (unless stadium seating is involved) will not be able to see what's going on and miss out.  My most successful sessions are when the age range is kept to a minimum.eg.  Group One:  JK/SK, Group Two: Grades 1-3 

A common question:  "How do you pronounce your name?"  Click here for 'TeachingBooks Audio Name Pronounciation' where I say my name.

 

Please contact me if interested in booking a visit!I'd love to hear from you.

Presentation type: Other

Recommended levels: Not applicable, Junior kindergarten, Senior kindergarten, Primary (1-3)