Sunday, November 24, 2013

Jack's Back Books New Website & Hardcover Update

We now have an official website! 

After a lot of research, we found FatCow, an affordable and "green" web hosting company! We are happy to have earned the badge:

We aren't taking orders directly from the website yet, but there are all sorts of ways you can preorder our books and pay. To preorder, go to this link -- you'll see you can pay by check, PayPal or even credit/debit card. Any questions, please contact us at

Please visit and share our website:

Preorder update: 

At this point, our first book How To Grow A Hippo! will not be delivered until January. We were sooooo hoping for holiday delivery, but we have requested for our little worker bees to deliver a little something for those kiddos who preordered. It's not too late to preorder! For those who preorder one or both books by December 16th, a little something will be sent to our Jack's Back fans! To preorder, go to this link and be sure to include the kiddos' names if you'd like that little treat delivered soon after.
Each book is an 8x10 inch high-quality hardcover; $14.95 for one or $25.00 for the pair. A nearly $5.00 savings when you get both! These are just the first two in our series. JACK will be BACK  with more questions and adventures ... oh, that Jack! 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Just added to our blog: Video shorts!

Our first short video is available at the top right of this page and below. The first link is a a video on how to pay for your books using PayPal and the second link takes you directly to PayPal. I hope this helps! 

Click here on how to pay via 

Click here to get to

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

DING DING DING DING! We have officially broken the 100 mark for Hippo book pre-orders!

Yay! Thanks so much to my first preorder peeps! 
In less than 1 week, we exceeded 100
How To Grow A Hippo! preorders! 
Preliminary cover of our second children's book
If you'd like to preorder one or both of our children's books in the Jack's Back Book series, 
please click here to preorder by Tuesday 11/5 to ensure holiday delivery. Thank you!

11/17/13 UPDATE: We tried! The books will most likely be ready to ship by the end of December, but probably not in time for December holiday delivery. However, the elves are making special little somethings for the kiddos who preordered to keep them occupied.... 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Jack's Back! And he's taking Preorders for the next book in the Jack's Back Books Series!

 10/27/13 UPDATE: Almost 100 Hippo book preorders in less than one week! Thank you so much! With more needing to be ordered to reach minimum amount to print, here are some tempting facts:

  • Books are 8 x10 inch hardcover published by Mascot Books, USA
  • ALL preorder books will be signed
  • $14.95 per book (or less... read on!)
  • Order the pair (1 Hippo + 1 Mommy Numbers) get the 2 for $25, just $12.50 each
  • Order 5 or more copies... let's Skype a reading of the books!
  • Order 10 or more copies, $12.50 each
  • Preorder for HOLIDAY DELIVERY!
Our first 2 books in the Jack's Back Books series, How to Grow a Hippo! and Mommy, How Many Numbers Are There? are going hardcover. If interested, please complete brief preorder survey at link below. To be ready for the holidays we need as many pre-orders as possible BY NOV 5, 2013. Bar graph of order numbers in right column updated often... stay tuned!

Preorder Survey Link:  Click here

Link to the Washington University study that inspired our story:  Article here

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

"Fall down 7 times, get up 8."

OCTOBER 2013 UPDATE: We decided to not do a Kickstarter project, but just try to get the word out and get preorders for our books. Please go to blog post here on how to preorder our books! Either the Hippo or the Mommy Numbers book in hardcover. Thanks!

Yep, we're going to give the Kickstarter thing another try. And, if we exceed our goal, we can offer our second book of the series, too! Information about our new Kickstarter project coming soon!

Here's a sneak peek at the first completed illustration from our second to-be-published book of the Jack's Back Book series, How to Grow a Hippo!, a book inspired by a study out of Washington University - St. Louis on the connection between a mother's love and brain development in children.

"MOMMY said that SCIENTISTS said that every time you get a hug, your hippo grows!" 

Here's an email that I received from Dr. Luby of that Washington University study after she read the manuscript:


I just love your book--- I think it is lovely—truly.

I wish you the best of luck in getting this book out to the public---it could really serve an important purpose for children and parents.

Thanks so much for paying attention to our work and translating it for young children and their parents!

Joan Luby, M.D. 

Picture of the hippocampus:
Washington University School of Medicine

Friday, September 14, 2012

Mommy, How Many Numbers Are There? in Hardcover?!

UPDATE! Thanks to an awesome, fairly new organization, our first Jack's Back book Mommy How Many Numbers Are There? will hopefully be available soon in HARDCOVER! This is especially exciting because:

a) we know how those cute little creatures called babies and toddlers can chew and tear things;

b) we know how much more durable hardcovers are for library loans!

Also in the works, the illustrations for another book based on research that was done right here in St. Louis. It's about the science of... hugs. That's right! Stay tuned!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

This Week's Special: Signed, Personalized Copies! Save on Shipping!

This week's special!! While supplies last!! Order the softcover of Mommy, How Many Numbers Are There? directly from me, the author, while I'm still on holiday break. You will:

a) save on shipping
b) get signed copies by Becky and Jack
c) get personalized message to your kiddo
d) all of the above

Answer: d (I even give tests on break...)

Maybe you'd like to purchase some ahead for a little one's birthday or other holiday gift! If interested, please email us directly at

Click here for a peek inside the book!