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Baby Jay’s Jayhawk Journey

Baby Jay’s Jayhawk Journey

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Baby Jay’s Jayhawk Journey is a fun, easy-to-read story that is told entirely through rhyme about what it means to be a Jayhawk, for Jayhawks of all generations. For younger fans, the book is the perfect introduction to the University and what being a Jayhawk is all about, told through the perspective of Baby Jay. For students and alumni, it’s a love letter to KU; a celebration of the unique identity of the Kansas Jayhawk and the University of Kansas. The book also recognizes the 50th birthday of Baby Jay becoming an official KU mascot. It also honors the historic mascots, from 1912’s ‘C Jay,’ 1946’s ‘Big Jay,’ to obscure Jayhawks such as the KU Medical Center’s ‘JayDoc,’ which come to life as characters in this story. Baby Jay’s Jayhawk Journey will engage younger and older fans alike with these beloved characters and remain a timeless KU story for Kansas Jayhawk fans.

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Publisher ‏ : ‎Ascend Books (October 19, 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎32 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎1736943146I
SBN-13 ‏ : ‎
4Reading age ‏ : ‎4 - 12 years
Item Weight ‏ : ‎9.6 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎8.1 x 0.4 x 8.1 inches

About the Author

Author and Illustrator Jacob Hood is a lifelong KU fan with a passion for giving life to the Kansas Jayhawk. He was Creative Director and Editorial Cartoonist for theUniversity Daily Kansan. Jacob drew the UDK’s Basketball Gameday Poster series – the tradition that floods Allen Fieldhouse in a sea of newspaper confetti before every home game. Jacob also represented KU across several film festivals with his award-winning animated short films.

"This is the cutest little book about the history of the Kansas Jayhawk. My daughter was Baby Jay for three years and she is referenced in the credits. She purchased several books to give to other Baby Jays' and her niece. Love the book!"


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