Ruth Ohi


I am the illustrator of over 50 books (17 of which I am also the author). I have had the great pleasure of illustrating for authors such as Joy Kogawa, Hazel Hutchins and Sharon Jennings.  I live with my family in Toronto, Canada.   I am a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design.
My books have been selected for the Pennsylvania Centre for the Book’s “Baker’s Dozen”, the Canadian Toy Testing Council’s “Great Books”, the Ontario Library Association’s “Best Bets”, Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Best Books” and the Toronto Public Library’s “First & Best”.  They  have been shortlisted for awards such as the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book, Amelia Francis Howard-Gibbons, Mr. Christie, Shining Willow, Rainforest of Reading and Blue Spruce.



“Fox and Squirrel” (Scholastic Canada) is a Saskatchewan 2015 Shining Willow Award Nominee and Marilyn Baillie 2014 Picture Book Award Nominee. “Kenta and the Big Wave” (Annick Press) is a Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Books” Selection  and Resource Links Year’s Best Selection.  “Kenta and the Big Wave” is a nominee for  Ontario’s Blue Spruce Award 2015, Saskatchewan’s 2014 Shining Willow Award as well as the Caribbean’s Rainforest of Reading Award 2014.


Ruth Ohi designed the 2015 Lakefield Literary Festival Children’s T shirt!

Years Participated: 2015

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