The latest book from Emmy award-winning ABC News Anchor Linsey Davis hit the Feb. 19 New York Times bestseller list at #9 for Children’s Picture Books. Her new book, The Smallest Spot of a Dot, released January 31, 2023. The new release is her fifth children’s book, following previous bestselling titles The World Is Awake; One Big Heart: A Celebration of Being More Alike than Different; Stay This Way Forever and How High is Heaven? This is her first time appearing on the list. The newest book was co-written with children’s book author Michael Tyler.
Linsey made appearances on ABC’s Nightline, GMA 3 What You Need to Know, The View, Live with Kelly & Ryan, Good Morning America Weekend in addition to other shows to talk about her book, which began with her fascination studying the Human Genome Project.
This playful and unique topic for a picture book celebrates how we are all part of the human race. Davis desired to make the concept of genes simple enough to understand in “dot” form for young children. The Smallest Spot of a Dot is a story of connection and equality – recognizing people’s similarities and their uniqueness.
The book begins by stating: “Only .1% of our genes make us uniquely who we are. We are 99.9% identical, alike, the same – equal. This book is 100% about that truth.” Davis dedicates the book to her young son Ayden, “and the infinite possibilities of his me-my-mine dot.”
“It’s a curious thing, the way that it seems,
That we’re so much alike because of our genes.”
The co-author is writer and speaker Michael Tyler (author of The Skin You’re In); the illustrator is Lucy Fleming. Fleming also illustrated Davis’ previous four books.
The Smallest Spot of a Dot features charming illustrations by bestselling artist Lucy Fleming.
The Smallest Spot of a Dot:
- Takes the complicated subject of genes and simplifies it in a way children can relate to; celebrating the equality and the diversity of the human race
- Was inspired by Davis’ interest in the findings of the Human Genome Project
- Has the lyrical tone and message fans have come to love from bestselling author Linsey Davis, co-written with author Michael Tyler (The Skin You Live In)
- Features whimsical illustrations by Lucy Fleming
- Is the perfect book for parents, grandparents, teachers to read aloud to young children ages 4 – 8, introducing this topic in a sweet and simple way
Linsey Davis is an anchor for ABC News Live Prime, which is ABC News Live’s first-ever streaming evening newscast, and weekend “World News Tonight” on Sundays. She is a correspondent filing reports for “World News Tonight,” “Good Morning America,” “20/20” and “Nightline.” Davis has covered news stories around the globe, including the Las Vegas massacre, Harvey Weinstein allegations and subsequent MeToo Movement, Boston Marathon bombing, Nairobi Mall massacre and several of President Obama’s trips overseas. She has conducted interviews with major influential figures, politicians, health officials and newsmakers including Hillary Clinton, Mike Pence, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Camille Cosby and Bill Gates. She is also known for her 2020 presidential election cycle coverage, during which she was a moderator (her second time) for ABC News’ New Hampshire Democratic Debate and a core member of the anchor team for election day and all eight nights of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
Linsey lives in New York with her husband and son, who is her biggest inspiration.
The Smallest Spot of a Dot is available now anywhere books are sold.