Dr. John Emil

writer of children books
Wildlife advocate


Enjoy Wildlife Tales
from This Delightful Children's Author

Indulge in a great story from renowned children's author Dr. John Emil Becker. Because Dr. Becker worked with Jack Hanna at the Columbus Zoo, all 29 of his books for children are about wildlife. At Adventures in Writing with Dr. John Becker, we offer nonfiction and fiction books for sale worldwide by the author. From a story about brave cheetah cubs striving to survive after being separated from their mother in Africa, to an amazing adventure exploring the mysteries of the Amazon Rainforest, Dr. Becker pens engaging tales for children and individuals of all ages to read. He is also available on an extremely exclusive basis to present author visit, and nonfiction writing workshop, programs at schools and libraries. Whatever book you choose from our wide selection, we are sure you are going to love it.


Dr. John Emil Becker

Dr. John Emil Becker is an award-winning author of 29 Children’s Books, including his fictional picture books, Brandon Bear, Maggie The Talented Mouse, and Mugambi’s Journey. His nonfiction books include, Amazon Adventure, his Best Selling book - Frenemies for Life, his Voya Award winning book - Wild Cats Past & Present, the fifteen books in the Returning Wildlife series, and eight Seedling books for young readers. Dr. Becker is a graduate of The Ohio State University, a former elementary school teacher, college professor at Macalester College and the University of Florida, administrator at the Columbus Zoo, and he worked for many years in the field of wildlife conservation. Dr. Becker is now a full-time author living in Deerfield Beach, Florida. He taught writing at the Thurber House Literary Center in Columbus, Ohio, for 20 years, and he has been a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for many years.


Enjoy an Educational and Entertaining Program

"Dr. Becker’s Author Visit and Writer’s Workshop is the highlight of our school year! Dr. Becker has been a staple here at Wheelersburg Elementary for the past 19 consecutive years! Students come into First Grade knowing they are going to get to finally meet him. We even have students who have already graduated who still talk about Dr. Becker’s visit.

In order to prepare for his visit, our first graders do online research of African animals using InfOhio to establish background knowledge and then we have them write a report. We also ask for students to wear safari or animal print clothing, because Dr. Becker will be taking us with him on safari! Dr. Becker has a magical way of getting students engaged and excited about writing. He tells about his journey to becoming an author and how he finds inspiration for his stories. We give students an opportunity to purchase his wonderful books (Mugambi’s Journey and Frenemies for Life are among our favorites). At the end of the day, we hold a book signing for all those who purchased one of his books. Dr. Becker Day is AMAZING, and his visit leaves a lasting impression. Our students are always eager to get their stories down on paper for days, weeks, and even months after his visit! Oops! I almost forgot he sometimes works alongside the Columbus Zoo to bring along the stars of many of his books…cheetahs!"

— Elizabeth Conn and Wheelersburg Elementary School First Grade teachers


Award-winning children's author Dr. John Emil Becker has written fiction and nonfiction books offered for sale through
Adventures in Writing with Dr. John Becker.
Read a few of the reviews and feedback offered by some of the individuals who have been touched by his tales. The reviews can be found on the Books Page.