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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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More information:
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Educational material, book order forms, author-visit flyer will be provided along with the agreement.

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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.

Multiple school bookings in one district will receive a discount

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

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Becky Gehrisch is an extraordinary author who effortlessly captivated our K-5 learners with her enchanting book, Escape to Play. Becky's playful and fun demeanor, coupled with her ingenious use of Norman the stuffed animal hidden within the pages, added an element of excitement and discovery for our young readers and writers.


Not only did she share her writing and painting process, but she also facilitated a dynamic writing workshop, inspiring students to consider page layout and descriptive language in their writing. Her recent visit to our local library, where she graciously signed books for families and students, further solidified her commitment to fostering a love for literature and creativity in our community.


Becky Gehrisch is truly a remarkable author and artist whose impact on young minds is boundless.

-Carrie Higginbotham
Innovation & Discovery Specialist  
Alton Darby Creek Campus/HCSD Preschool

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I had the pleasure of having Becky with us for our 4th-6th grade writing camps where she worked with them on creating their own picture book proofs. The kids loved it! It was on the last day of camp and she was able to keep their attention and work with all levels of students. I highly recommend her for workshops or talks. She is so much fun and brings energy and passion to her activities. I can’t wait to have her back!

-Meg Brown

Children's Education Director, Thurber House

Becky was a hit with our kindergarten and first grade students at Elgin. She was kind, patient, and engaging with all of our students. Not only did they LOVE searching for Norman on each page as she read her book, they enjoyed learning how they could become an author and illustrator just like Becky.

-Sara Casper

Educational Consultant

The Ohio Wesleyan University Early Childhood Center was honored to have author-illustrator Becky Gehrisch share her amazing book entitled, Escape to Play with our three, four, and five-year-old children as well as our OWU student aids and teaching staff. Everyone was delighted to listen to Mrs. Gehrisch read her book aloud as she also explained the process of writing and illustrating her book. 


Escape to Play has many layers of fun for all readers including whimsical text, enchanting illustrations, and enduring characters. Children especially loved finding the hidden mouse named Norman throughout the book. Mrs. Gehrisch continued to thrill everyone when she introduced them to Norman the puppet that was designed by Mrs. Gehrisch herself. A visit from Mrs. Gehrisch is a must for all age groups who would like to dive deeper into outstanding children's literature.


-Melody Rotondo

Ohio Wesleyan University

Associate Director/Head Teacher

It is with great pleasure that I am recommending author Becky Gehrisch for an author visit. She is exceptionally talented and she can draw and share wholesome and fun stories on the spot! Becky’s joy and love of story will energize her audience, inform them, and leave them wanting more. We had the honor of having her read for a story time and the children and their parents loved her. We look forward to her next visit to Cover to Cover. 

-Melia Wolf

Bookstore Owner

Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers

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Becky was an awesome addition to our literacy education program at ATC.  She was engaging, entertaining, informational, and reached each age group at their developmental level.  I would highly recommend Becky to present at your school!

-Jill Kindall

Early Education Director


We love having Becky at our libraries! She is great with all ages and so easy to work with! She is up for anything we throw at her! We look forward to working with her more in the future!

-Kelly Chochran, MLIS

Youth Services/ Programming Director

Delaware County District Library

It is an absolute delight to have Becky Gehrisch do a bookstore visit. She is so engaging with the kids. Becky offers a wonderful experience for families with puppets, coloring sheets, and more!

-Jody Everett

Owner, Beanbag Books

[In 2020] we were able to host a virtual author/illustrator visit with Becky Gehrisch. Becky captured the students attention with her awesome PowerPoint. She showed students the process of writing and illustrating Escape To Play. Becky also allowed for a student question and answer session.  She offered us three sessions broken down into 2 grade levels each, and she tailored it to their specific levels. The students and staff enjoyed the visit and how she kept the kids engaged in her talk.

-Beth Bennington

Elementary School Librarian



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