Transcript for ABC News' Linsey Davis discusses her new book 'Stay This Way Forever'
newscast, ABC newslive prime and recently named the Sunday anchor of "World news tonight" and best-selling children's book author. She is just out with her third book called "Stay this way forever." Now number one best-selling new release on Amazon, linsey, great to have you. Good to be with my weekend co-anchor. Exactly. We're neighbors too. You know, the social events have calmed down during the pandemic, but we'll get together soon. My daughter, same age at your son loves this book, "Stay this So good to hear that. Beautiful words. The illustrations are amazing. Tell us what it's about. I think any parent who has ever felt I want to push the pause button, I wish I could freeze this moment, this playground that childhood is and those moments that you know are fleeting, that you know ultimately are going to slip away. We have a line in there where I say something to the effect of, you know, like footprints made along the shore and flowers bloom in may, I try to memorize these before they slip away. I think that essentially you never know when it'll be the last time that they reach to hold your hand or fall asleep in your lap. Parents will all get the sense of I know what you're talking when just holding on. I know when I read to my daughter too, I feel that sense. I just want to take in that moment, sitting with her. You wrote this for a variety of different reasons. One of them being diversity. This is my third children's book. All had an emphasis on diversity, diverse characters, half the children in this country are children of color and interestingly it's something we've gotten wrong historically. There was a study in 2018 out of the university of Wisconsin that talked about how 27% of children's books have animals in them. That means that children are more likely to see animals in their children's books than they are children of color. Interesting. And, you know, when you have parents who have been reading books about how to be an anti-racist and trying to make sure they're embracing diversity, yet what books are you putting in your children's hands? Really important and, there's been a 20% increase of parents flocking to the internet to try to raise more empathetic children when it comes to diversity and a lot of times in white hopes, the book collections are not very diverse. We talked about parents and diversity. What about the kids, though, beyond the pretty pictures and the rhymes and everything, what do you hope they take away? I hope they come away knowing how much they are loved and cherished and adored and I hope it will serve as an affirmation when parents or grandparents are reading these words to their children to know why also that they are loved. Whether it's their laugh or smile or pitter-patter before they run into bed in the morning, that they really appreciate just how much they are loved. Your son Ayden, what does he think about this? He stapled papers together and writes books and says, mommy, I write bocks just like you. So it's cute. Inspiration. He is cute as well. Linsey, thank you so much for your time. Congratulations on the book and see you tomorrow night on "World news tonight."
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