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Baby Jay’s Jayhawk Journey

The Ultimate KU Story About What It Means To Be A Jayhawk

by Jacob Hood

Illustrated by Jacob Hood

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. 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. Officially licensed by The University of Kansas.
Baby Jay’s Jayhawk Journey

About the Author

Jacob Hood

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 the University 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.


Children, Sports
Trim Size
Hardcover 8 x 8
Page Count
32, Full color illustrations
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