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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


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 School

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

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

[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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