New Book Seeks to Inspire the Youngest Children to Build Friendships, Love Nature

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"The Squirmy Wormy," the new book by Amy Airasian Fathers.

“The Squirmy Wormy,” the new book by Amy Airasian Fathers.

A new book for infants and toddlers, written by a woman who grew up in the area, seeks to inspire friendships and embraces nature. 

Amy (Airasian) Fathers’s book The Squirmy Wormy helps young ones learn about the fun aspects of the varying seasons and serves to inspire their own adventures in the natural world. The author grew up in Belmont and the daughter of of Paul Airasian, former Co-Owner of Eastern Clothing of Watertown; Interim Director of Watertown/Belmont Chamber of Commerce; and Co-Host of the cable show Inside Watertown.

She had the idea for the book when her son was born in 2015, but made the dream of authoring a children’s book a reality at the beginning of this year by diving head first into the publishing process.

“I wanted to write a book that inspires kindness and love and teaches children to build lasting friendships while enjoying the simpler things in life,” Fathers said.

Fathers’ describes the book as a fun and engaging tale of three friends — Squirmy, Squeak and Andy — who, despite being different, have forged a tight bond of friendship that helps them weather any season. The book’s message is based on love and laughter and how the joys of friendship can bring sunshine and light into the world.

“There is so much beauty in the natural world and we often miss out on great moments that can be enjoyed away from our screens and the technology that envelops us,” Fathers said.

Some of her greatest memories from childhood were running around her neighborhood with friends, riding bikes around town, and of course, sledding during the winter at Oakley Country Club.

“I want kids to be able to have that same enjoyment by rediscovering nature,” she said. “I’m beyond excited to share this book with parents and kids. It’s my hope that they enjoy it just as much as I did writing it.”

A picture book for children from birth-3 years, The Squirmy Wormy is now available on Amazon at You call also follow Amy’s author adventures on Instagram @author_amym.

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