New children’s book, I’m Very Ferris, explains IVF through the eyes of a child

A new children’s picture book is breaking ground on the topic of in vitro fertilization told through the eyes of a child

Based on a true story, author Tess Kossow invites families into the world of IVF in a way in which children can relate to and understand. Referencing Tess’ personal experience with IVF, children can now join baby Ferris in this amazing story about his entrance into the world through a beautifully rhyming picture book.

Tess and her husband, Dan, spent several years travelling and building their dream home before deciding to have a family.

Their son Ferris was the couple’s final embryo

Tess said: “As I was building my son’s library, I wanted him to have something that simply mentioned IVF for a child, and there was nothing out there. Change starts with yourself, so I decided to create the I’m Very Ferris series to give every child a chance to understand and appreciate the delicate topic of IVF.”

“My son is all the inspiration I need, and my husband, Dan, is the support system that keeps me going the extra mile in all I do.”

The book has gained national recognition from the world’s first IVF baby, Louise Brown and Dr Jessica Shepherd of Her Viewpoint, an online women’s health forum that discusses taboo subjects in a comfortable setting.

Published by Outskirts Press, Inc., I’m Very Ferris is the first in the series and is available from

Tess Kossow is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). To find out more about her work, click here

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