Mom. Entrepreneur. Author.

Tess Kossow

Entrepreneurship has always been my dream profession, and after having my miracle baby boy, Ferris, I realized this was a now-or-never moment to jump in and become an author with a product the world needs. 

Ferris is my last embryo and the answered prayer of faith, love and science through IVF.

Reading holds a very special place in my heart, and this next stage of my career has me creating something I am so very passionate about in the lives of children through my picture books: in vitro fertilization.

Now a little about me, personally…

Well, in November 2019, I am proud to say I was a finisher in the New York City Marathon.  I love to host parties and celebrate life, no matter how small the occasion!

I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Elmhurst College, which is also where I met my best friend and husband, Dan.  We have a toy Maltese named Mr Big and a Siamese cat named James Bond.  (Both of which are Ferris’ partners in crime).

 I am a mother, first and foremost, and everything else comes second.  I believe you really can have and achieve anything you want…but you are going to have to work for it and expect nothing to be handed to you.  

 My husband often calls me his real-life Steve Jobs because I live my life and lead by example for my son to believe in the following:

 “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

 Ferris is my inspiration, and my husband, Dan, is the motivation that keeps me running the extra mile in all I do.

 Tess

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I can’t wait to read it to my boys! I also love so much that they will have this book to let them know what we went through to get them here! It really is such a brilliant idea!

– Jennifer Hanks

Listen to Tess Kossow talk about infertility and I’m Very Ferris on The Infertile Mafia’s podcast

Books

I'm Very Ferris

I'm Very Ferris is the exciting entrance to a children's series that takes the delicate discussion of In Vitro Fertilization and makes it understandable and relatable through the eyes of a child.  Follow along with Ferris as he brings you into his little world and shares the adventure of his life and how he came to be.

I'm Very Ferris Takes a Bubble Bath

In the second installment in the I'm Very Ferris series.  Splash along with Ferris as he brings you into his latest adventure...a bubble bath!  Children will fall in love with this relatable bath time story all the while understanding what IVF is in a fun picture book series.

Featured In

Bookstores

57th Street Books, Hyde Park, IL

Harvey’s Tales, Naperville, IL

Townhouse Books, St. Charles, IL

Viewpoint Books, Columbus, IN

Health Clinics

CCRM Fertility

Fertility Framework

Hart Chiropractic

IVF1 Fertility Clinic

The Center for Endometriosis Care

Schools & Learning Centers

Geneva High School

Gymboree Play & Music, Orland Park IL

Mill Creek Early Chilhood Program

Primrose School of Carol Stream, IL

Primrose School of Plainfield, IL

Primrose School of St. Charles West, St. Charles, IL

Community Resources

Families on the Fox

The Branch Moms