Becky Gehrisch, Author-Illustrator

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Ah, middle school. Awkward… but magical! I was introduced to the craft of picture books with a “Written and Illustrated By” project in the eighth grade. The experience lit the fire in me to pursue the dream of being a picture book author and illustrator. Fast forward many years, I have earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University in painting and drawing, joined the Society of Children’s Book Writer and Illustrators, and began making my dream a reality.

Below is more information on my debut picture book!

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-Becky Gehrisch

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Escape to Play

When the farmer is away, the dogs will play!

What could go wrong when three mischievous dogs slip out before dawn to explore the farm? Follow the pups as they make a mess in every new place they go.


Playful poetry and whimsical illustrations invoke an upbeat feeling as you turn each page.


Escape to Play is a reminder to have fun by discovering the world around you. Be sure to keep an eye out for some special paintings hanging on the farmhouse walls! 

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Kellie Hall- Director - Early Childhood Development
Ohio Wesleyan University

The dog's adventure is one all children will love! They will giggle over the pictures and guess the rhyming words as they read along.

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David Weaver- Executive Director

Ohioana Library Association

 Escape to play is a charming and delightful book for young readers...that will give youngsters what is probably their first exposure to some great art masterpieces!