Illustrated by :Ella Bailey
Imprint:Viking Books for Young Readers
Audience:Children: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (US) K
Dimensions:9.31in x 9.38 x 0.32 in | 0.71 lb
Page Count:32 pages
Star author: Nadiya Hussain is the most famous winner of the hit program, The Great British Baking Show. Since the show rocketed her to stardom, she’s gone on to host and cohost a number ofsuccessful shows, including Netflix’s Nadiya’s Time to Eat and Nadiya Bakes, as well as some high-profilebaking projects—including baking Queen Elizabeth II’s ninetieth birthday cake!
Empowering read: It’s often hard to know how to stand up for yourself, but particularly if you’re a shy kid on the playground. Nadiya shows how to dig deep for the confidence in yourself so you can hold your head high and brush off the haters—without ever sending the message that the onus to deal with bullies should be on the bullied. She finds just the right balance of not placing responsibility on a victim’s shoulders, but showing them how to find their inner tiger when faced with unkindness, and an unfair situation.
Resonating in this space: We saw lovely reviews for My Monster and Me, highlighting how perfectly Nadiya speaks to complex emotional topics for young readers; her approach creates a safe space for kids free of judgment, while providing useful tools for navigating the world. She’s building a name for herself in this SEL space, where gatekeepers can trust her to guide readers to embrace their fullest, happiest, healthiest selves.
Window for others: This is also a great way to show kids how much mean words can affect their peers; especially at this age, kids don’t always have the experience to know how powerful words can be, but this reinforces that leading with kindness is best.
Adorable art: With her adorable, super kid-friendly illustrations, Ella Bailey has once again made Nadiya’s books accessible for even the youngest readers out there!
Praise for Today I’m Strong:
* “Perfect for a lap sit with a young child beginning school, but it’s equally well-suited to a classroom read and invites age-appropriate conversations about bullying and the importance of being kind in either context.”—BCCB, starred review
“British cooking personality Hussain continues to explore themes of social-emotional intelligence and self-awareness in this picture book that follows My Monster and Me (2019). Bailey’s illustrations are charmingly comforting, rounded, and soft.”—Kirkus Reviews