Interview with Nadiya Hussain

World Book Day which returns on 1st March for 2018. This year, one of the authors penning an official World Book Day book, is The Great British Bake Off’s Nadiya Hussain…

World Book Day marks the world’s biggest celebration of reading, where the nation’s entire book industry comes together to work proactively to address falling literacy levels and create readers of the future, encouraging children and young people to discover, read and love books, we ask Nadiya about her new book, ‘Bake Me A Story’…

Could you tell us a bit about your book? What inspired you to write it?

Bake Me a Story was an epiphany moment! My kids are massive readers, they’ve always got a book in their hands and they love being read to. They pester me in the kitchen while I’m cooking and that’s when the idea came to me – what if I wrote a book that stays in the kitchen with stories that are matched with recipes.

How did you hear about World Book Day?

What made you want to get involved? I’ve known about World Book Day since my children started school. It’s always a day that’s celebrated with dressing up and reading activities. We always love going to the bookshop with our voucher to choose our free book.

What was your favourite book to share growing up?

My favourite books were the Famous Five and Nancy Drew. Nancy Drew was one of my favourite books to read as was George’s Marvellous Medicine with its strong message about being brave. As a little child my favourite books was The Hungry Caterpillar and even now I probably read that three times a week to all of my children, they all still want to read it but their fingers are too big to fit through the holes now!

What’s your fondest memory of reading when you were a child?

Probably George’s Marvellous Medicine. I loved that amazing medicine mischievous George concocts to get his own back on his bossy granny which he then can’t recreate. I was obviously drawn to it because it’s a bit like creating a recipe.

What do you think makes a good story?

For parents and children to share together, funny is always good. For me, as an adult reader, it has to have heart, an emotional pull. But always it’s about the characters, you have to have really well written characters that you believe in and end up rooting for.