Linsey Davis talks her new children's book

The co-anchor of "Weekend World News Tonight" has written her third children's book, "Stay This Way Forever," and talks the importance of exposing kids to diverse characters in books.
5:02 | 02/23/21

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Back now with an Emmy award winner and best-selling author who just happens to also be our friend and part of the ABC team for over a decade. Linsey Davis is joining us to talk about her new children's book, "Stay this way forever." Good morning, linsey, great to see. You good morning to you, Michael. So good to see you. Always great to see you. In this book, this book is really a love letter to children, I love it so how do you want them to feel when they read this book? I want children to feel and know that they are loved and adored and cherished and specifically for why. Parents often tell their children perhaps several times a day I love you but we often don't tell them I love you because because of specifics or curiosity or your laugh or your joy or your playfulness and I think it'll be so powerful for parents to read this book to their children, pretty much as an affirmation of how much they love them and why. And the title of the book, "Stay this way forever," I've said that about my kids when they were 6 or 7 years old and I know your son Ayden is 7. What part of this book is based on the things they actually The whole thing. He is my muse, he is my inspiration for why I do all of these children's books and I really think that parents are going to relate. They are the mopes you try to memorize before they slip away if you could savor and push that pause button and freeze, you know, certain aspects of childhood that you know that are fleeting and you really want to hold on to and embrace and I think about specifically with my own son hearing the pitter-patter of his feet before he jumps and clients into bed with us in the morning or the certain way that he laughs or dances and just these moments that I just want to hold on to. Yeah, I know that feeling all too well. And as much as you do here at ABC, you have found the time to write your third children's book. This is your third one. I don't know how you do it but it must be important for you to expose readers to diverse characters. Yeah, I think certainly what you're passion national about, you'll find a way do it. Initially it was the importance of making sure that my son was able to see himself reflected in books, but now I look at it additionally that this is to allow parents to expose their children, I think and I hope that especially coming off of the so-called racial reckoning, the summer we had where parents were thinking, what could we do and what kind of conversations can we have and I think you can start by having toys and books and giving that gentle introduction, exposing, giving your kids experience to kids who don't look like them. You know, I hope that parents won't say, oh, well, this is a book with black and brown characters so it isn't for my child. It is. It is for everybody and your books are best-sellers and why do you think they resonate with families so much. I mean, I would like to think that it's because it's pure, it's genuine, it's authentically who I am as a mom. It's not like I'm trying to image what would it be like to have a child in these various stages and hopes and what you're trying to instill and inspire in your child. I'm living it every day and I imagine that my experience is that of parents who are just trying to do their best in loving their children and raising good solid citizen. You're doing your best. You're inspiring poem. You inspire us here at "Gma." We got to say a big congratulations, you are the co-anchor of weekend "World news tonight" and the first black woman to lead a prime time news show on ABC. How does that feel? I certainly have to pay homage to, you know, Carole Simpson who first had that spot and I would say that she and robin Roberts and a handful of others who really paved the way, there's so much power, Michael, as you know in seeing someone who looks like you achieve and excel. I can't say growing up I wanted to be a journalist but the seed of possibility was planted because I saw it was within reach, it was tangible so more than anything I feel grateful and so grateful to Carol and robin, who is a constant mentor for me. My baby is growing up. My baby is growing up. All grown up. I love, linsey, when you say the seed was planted because now you're planting a seed with everyone watching what you're doing in your career and also with your books and as you said these books are for everybody out there and we appreciate you taking your time this morning. It's always great to see. You thank you all for having me, so good to be back in the building. Yes. Know the feeling. This was a tough booking. Tough booking to get her here, I'll tell you and her book, "Stay this way forever." My family members love, love her series of books. Fantastic, so talented. "Stay this way forever" is available now so make sure you

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