Art imitates life.

Virtual Hug for the World

Virtual Hug for the World was written and illustrated during the Covid-19 pandemic. The story is set in a Chicago home where two young boys are quarantined.  During a time where real travel is limited,  the boys decide to take an imaginary journey around the world sharing love and kindness. Visiting seven continents in seven days, they have an adventure of a lifetime, learn about culture, and share virtual hugs with new friends. 

About the Author & Illustrator

Amanda Perlyn Jackson lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, Alex, and two children, Bennett and Sawyer, who are the inspiration for this book.  A passionate world traveler and marketing executive within the hospitality industry, Amanda has always enjoyed the opportunity to connect with  communities around the world. Through playful rhymes and illustrations , Amanda brings to life an imaginative way for children and parents to focus on joy and connecting with others, even if we can’t see them in person or share a real hug. 


Amanda's first book of illustrations, The Biggest and Brightest Light, was created over 22 years ago,  featuring her own personal story as a child and the "magic of helping others".

About the Characters

Bennett Ryder Jackson,  2 1/2 years old, lives in Chicago, IL with his parents and  baby brother. He  enjoys coloring, singing, dancing, playing with trucks, and hanging out with his stuffed dog "Bingo".  He particularly loves to ride trains and fly on planes and looks forward to traveling again in the future. Especially to visit his grandparents. Bennett is always up for a new adventure, discovery, and opportunity to  meet new friends.


Sawyer Kai Jackson, 11 months old, enjoys following around his big brother, crawling, babbling, teething, clean diapers, and a nice warm bottle of milk. He is a good sport and always along for the ride!

Virtual Hug for the World: Author and Illustrator Amanda Perlyn Jackson sharing books with children in Tanzania (2015).

Amanda & Alex Jackson

Amanda & Alex Jackson

Amanda & Alex Jackson

Bringing books to children in Tanzania during their honeymoon trip to Africa (2015).

Bennett Ryder Jackson: Character in Virtual Hug for the World:

Inspired by the true story of a pretend journey. Follow the adventures of brothers that "travel the world" from home. Read online for free. Children's books

Bennett Ryder Jackson

Amanda & Alex Jackson

Amanda & Alex Jackson

Learning Tai Chi and Kung Fu with a panda on his recent "pretend trip" to Beijing (2020). 

Sawyer Kai Jackson: Character in Virtual Hug for the World:

Inspired by the true story of a pretend journey. Follow the adventures of brothers that "travel the world" from home. Read online for free. Children's books

Sawyer Kai Jackson

Amanda & Alex Jackson

Sawyer Kai Jackson

Mingling with monkeys and toucans on his recent "pretend trip" to Rio (2020).

Press

Better Magazine- April 28, 2020

Better Magazine- April 28, 2020

Better Magazine- April 28, 2020

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 Chicago Mom’s Free Children’s Book 

Takes Kids On An Adventure at Home

Indy's Child- April 23, 2020

Better Magazine- April 28, 2020

Better Magazine- April 28, 2020

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 New Children’s Book Shares the 

“Power of Pretend” During a Pandemic