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Becky Gehrisch



Becky Gehrisch grew up drawing dogs and farm scenes after visiting her grandparents’ homes in the country. It’s no wonder that she went on to create her debut picture book, Escape to Play, after earning an art degree from The Ohio State University.


Between picture book projects, she works as a portrait artist and manages her new publishing company, Bookling Media LLC. When she is not creating art, she speaks at schools, bookstores, and other venues and is an approved Ohio Instructor through the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association  (OCCRRA). 


She is living her childhood dream by creating art and picture books as an adult.

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Escape to Play

Becky Gehrisch (Author-Illustrator)

Bookling Media, August 14th, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-954376-00-7

When three good-hearted but mischievous dogs are left alone for the day, they wreak havoc on the farm. Before wearing themselves out, they carelessly leave more chores for the farmer! Keep a lookout for famous artwork on the farmhouse walls!

Dear Educators

As a child, I was inspired by authors who visited my schools and as a big kid now, I am still in awe listening to other authors speak at conferences. Sharing the creative process and my book has been a dream come true. If you would like to schedule a speaking event, please contact me!


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Author Visit-
In Person
  • Pre-K - 5th read aloud

  • Power Point presentation

  • Puppet interaction

  • Educational Material

  • Q & A time

  • Full-day Presentation ($1000)

  • Half-day Presentation ($750)

  • Single Presentation ($400)

  • Ask me about book purchases as compensation!

Possible Speaking Points:

  • Art History

  • Art technique

  • Creative writing

  • Rhyming/Poetry

  • Author's  journey

Author Visit- Virtual
  • Pre-K - 5th read aloud

  • Power Point presentation

  • Puppet interaction

  • Educational Material

  • Q & A time

  • One to three virtual presentations a day. (30-45mins) for $250 each

  • Ask me about book purchases as compensation!

Possible Speaking Points:

  • Art History 

  • Art techniques 

  • Creative writing

  • Rhyming/Poetry

  • Author's journey

Professional Speaker & Podcasts
  • Power Point presentation

  • Q & A time

Possible Speaking Points:

  • Author's journey

  • Publication experience

  • Illustration process

  • Creative process

  • Picture book creation

  • Crowdfunding 

  • Fine art process

  • Youth Art Lessons

    • Pet Pastel Class​

    • Writing Picture Book Drafts

Last pages full of information from the artwork recreated throughout Escape to Play.

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Additional information:
  • Multiple school bookings in one district will receive a discount!

  • The above offerings should be chosen based on time allotted. Pre-school session 30 minute read aloud with guided question and answers and coloring sheets after. K-5: up to 60 minutes depending on your needs.

  • Schools and venues outside of a 60 mile radius will have travel fees of $250 added on for in-person events.

  • Educational material, book order forms, author-visit flyer will be provided along with the agreement.​




Becky Gehrisch is a literary dynamo, a maestro of the written word who recently orchestrated a remarkable event geared towards empowering young minds with the magic of storytelling. Hosting a marathon of sessions involving a staggering 1200 students in a single day, Gehrisch's dedication to nurturing the next generation of writers is nothing short of awe-inspiring.


At the heart of her endeavor were four captivating assemblies and two intimate workshops, each meticulously crafted to guide students on a journey toward mastering the art of storytelling. Through her guidance, budding writers were equipped with the tools and techniques needed to hone their craft, transforming their ideas into vivid narratives that leap off the page.


One of the highlights of Gehrisch's presentation was the introduction of Norman the Mouse, a beloved character from her picture book escapades. Norman not only served as a charming companion but also provided students with a firsthand glimpse into Gehrisch's imaginative world, sparking their creativity and igniting their passion for storytelling.


Gehrisch's picture book, Escape to Play stands as a testament to her creative prowess. Filled to the brim with famous artwork, the book weaves together a captivating tale that seamlessly blends the worlds of art and literature. Through its pages, readers are transported to a realm where imagination knows no bounds, where every stroke of the brush tells a story waiting to be discovered.


With Gehrisch at the helm, students embarked on a journey of self-discovery, unlocking their potential as storytellers and embracing the power of their own unique voices. Through her unwavering dedication and boundless creativity, Gehrisch has left an indelible mark on the literary landscape, inspiring generations of writers to dream big and reach for the stars.

-Whitney Weadock

Innovation & Discovery Specialist 

Darby Creek Elementary 


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