WATCH: Kathie Lee Gifford on her new kid's book -- and her lack of sleep

October 24, 2018 - 7:33 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- “Today” show co-anchor Kathie Lee Gifford’s empire has expanded into the world of children’s literature with the release of “The Gift That I Can Give.”

The book is a “heartwarming story that shows how all children can do something today to make a positive impact on others,” according to the publisher. “From simply being kind to giving a loved one an extra-big hug to cheering for a friend, this story will inspire children with countless ways to show God's love.”

And the notion of a God is central to “The Gift That I Can Give.”

In fact, the book is based on a musical that Gifford wrote for children last year called "The Little Giant," which is about the biblical story of David and Goliath.

“I remember what it was like when I was growing up as child and then, of course, when I was raising my children ... and I think what it’s like for kids being born today,” Gifford explained to 1010 WINS’ Kyle McMorrow. “This book is actually dedicated to the two newest little members of our family. A guy called Shecky, he’s my niece’s son, and his little brother Zach – they’re three-and-a-half and one. And I think what the world is like for these guys. The world has changed so, so much!”

She continued, “But what hasn’t changed is the nature of God himself. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever … we are created in his image … you look at any child from the time they’re little at what they're interested in. I believe that’s the gift God gave them when they were in their mother’s womb.”

She said a positive spirit is needed to counter bullying, which is so prevalent. “There’s so much bullying in the world today…and God says to them, 'you’re everything I wanted you to be.'”

Proceeds from the book will go to Childhelp, a non-profit dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.

Aside from her dogged work on behalf of children, another topic near and dear to her? Sleep – or the lack thereof.

She’s over the notion that you need sleep, she said, laughing.

“I’m tired on set but I’ve been doing this for so many years that you don’t let the people know you are tired -- unless I say ‘I’m tired,’” she said. “You have to be honest about it."

She continued, “You don’t last for this many years being a phony. You last because you’ve been real. People either accept you or reject you. At least it’s on an authentic basis and I’ll take this over being phony any day.”