Chef Nadiya Hussain’s first children’s book, “My Monster and Me,” published in 2020, talked about worry and anxiety in children. Now, The Great British Bake Off winner has released her second book, “Today I’m Strong,” tackling “bullying and finding inner strength”.
“Writing is one of my very first loves—it’s the way I express myself and it’s something I’ve always loved doing. When I was about 7, I wrote a poem that won a writing competition and that was it, I got really into reading and writing in a big way and I’ve been doing it ever since,” Hussain said in a recent essay that she penned for Parents.com.
She continued, “When I was in primary and secondary school, I was bullied. It was really horrible and a real challenge for me. Sadly, I didn’t feel I could confide in my parents, as they were already dealing with my brother and sister who were doing very poorly and had to be in hospital a lot. So, I kept it to myself. … And I wanted to write this book to let children know that they must speak up, they must confide, and in doing so can find their inner strength.”
Curious about what to expect from this truly, “uplifting and empowering picture book”? Take a look at a synopsis below.
“Today I’m Strong” follows the story of a little girl who usually loves to go to school. Most days, school is great, and she gets to play with her friends. But some days, the schoolyard feels like a battleground, where she must dodge mean words from a bully. Luckily, this little girl has her tiger companion by her side—even if she’s the only one who can see it, she knows it’s there. With the help of her tiger, she digs deep to find her inner strength so that she can stand up for herself.
Bullying continues to be an unfortunate epidemic with results that can be catastrophic. It is important to arm children with self-confidence and resources such as Hussain’s “Today I’m Strong,” letting children know that they are not alone. Are your ready to add this to your home library collection? If so, click here.
“Today I’m Strong” is geared towards those ages three-to-five-years old.