Nadiya Hussain

What books did you read when you were a child?
I loved Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine and the amazing medicine mischievous George concocts to get his own back on his granny which he then can’t recreate. When I was a bit older I got really into Nancy Drew.

If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
It would have to be George. I loved this book as a child and still do because it has such a strong message about being brave, which we all have to learn to be to get by in life.

What is the best thing about reading?
That you can learn about new things in a fun way. In my latest book, Bake Me a Celebration Story, I’ve written stories and recipes about a variety of celebrations - some of which may be new to children. I hope it will allow kids to see another culture through the fun experience of cooking and reading.

What is your all time favourite book?
My favourite children’s book is Some Dogs Do by Jez Alborough. Such an uplifting boost of a book when you need a reminder not to give up believing in yourself.

Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
Spending time together as a family so you’re talking and listening to each other. Whether that’s over the dinner table or by having a day where you stay in your pjs all day and play board games!

How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
Entering and winning a poetry writing competition when I was at primary school gave me such a big confidence boost. My parents were very proud.

How do you encourage your children or grandchildren to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
I encouraged my kids to read by reading stories with them from very early on. We loved sticking our fingers in all the holes in The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Now they’re a bit older we like reading David Walliams’s books, the Harry Potter books, Frank Cotterill Boyce and we still like picture books like Steve Antony’s Mr Panda.

About Nadiya Hussain
Nadiya Hussain's delicious bakes and sparkling personality made her a hugely popular winner of 2015's Great British Bake Off.

Her first children's book, Nadiya's Bake Me a Story, hit the bestseller charts in 2016 and the third in the series, Bake Me a Celebration Story is out now. She has also published cookbooks for adults and novels, and has three television series to her name.

In March 2018 Nadiya was an official World Book Day author with the top 20-charting £1 title, Bake Me a Story. In May of the same year she was named Personality of the Year at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2018, the only category voted for by the public.

Nadiya’s family is originally from Bangladesh where desserts aren't usually a feature of mealtimes, but, encouraged by her school Home Economics teacher, Nadiya honed her skills as a baker. She has always loved to write, having won a National Poetry competition as a child.

Born in Luton, Nadiya now lives in Milton Keynes with her husband, Abdal, their three gorgeous children and some chickens who have taken over half the garden.

Follow Nadiya on twitter @BegumNadiya and Instagram @nadiyajhussain #BakeMeaStory

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