Touring In: Alberta

Craft: Author

Genre: Picture Books, Early Readers

Ideal Audience Size: Less than 100

Maximum Audience Size: 300

Grades: Kindergarten – Grade 12

Special Equipment: Overhead, projector, projector screen, computer adaptor, speakers, bottled water


Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) Writers’ Award Winner


Presentation Information

Caribbean Playground (Malaika’s Costume)
Audience: Kindergarten to Grade 3, Educator version also available

Explore Caribbean songs, rhymes, and games that Malaika would learn and play in her schoolyard. This is an interactive, lively and musical workshop featuring a reading of Malaika’s Costume, musical instruments, and storytelling as well.  Educators will gain Afro-Caribbean songs, rhymes, and games that you can share with your Kindergarten to Grade 3 students.

Carnival Adventure (Malaika’s Costume)
Audience: Kindergarten to Grade 12

Come join the Carnival!  Learn about the history of Carnival in the Caribbean through dance, costume, a slideshow, and music.  Who can’t forget the limbo?  We’ll even get to design our own costume as a group or individually.  Or, design your own Carnival headpiece.  This is an interactive, lively and musical workshop featuring a reading of Malaika’s Costume.  (Materials cost is extra for crafts.)

Beyond Black History Month: African-Canadian Experiences through the Arts (Sankofa Media and Music, Malaika’s Costume)
Audience: Grades 5 to 12, Educator version also available

Songs, images, and other forms of media create windows into the Caribbean peoples who have made contributions to Canada.  Through the Sankofa series books, Music and Media, as well as Malaika’s Costume, students will take part in dramatic arts activities such as role playing and readers’ theatre.  In addition, they will deconstruct video and audio clips that explore the history and experiences of African descended people in Canada and the diaspora and enhance their understanding of the book.

Write-Your-Own or Customized Workshops available upon request
Audience: Grades 1 to 12, Adults

Have you ever wanted to write your own children’s book?  Song?  Rap?  Or an alternate genre?  I can help you.  This workshop helps you to come out with a finished piece.

Diverse Children and Young Adult Authors Panel
Audience: Adults

This would be a panel of 3 to 5 children and young adult authors discussing such questions.  What is the importance of diverse kidlit in 2017?  What are some barriers for diverse children and young adult authors (if any)?  What are your books about?  Do your main characters deal with issues of diversity (e.g., racism, identity, prejudice, islamophobia)?  What diverse books do we need in 2017?

Customized workshops

Depending on the needs of your group, school, library, or festival, I can create a specific presentation.


Book List

Malaika #3 (picture book title to be announced) by Nadia L. Hohn, illustrated by Irene Luxbacher (Groundwood Books, 2021)

Miss Lou book (picture book title to be announced) by Nadia L. Hohn, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Owlkids, 2019)

Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter by Nadia L. Hohn, illustrated by Gustavo Mazali (Harper Collins Kids, Dec. 31 2018)

Malaika Winter Carnival by Nadia L. Hohn, illustrated by Irene Luxbacher (Groundwood Books, 2017)

Malaika’s Costume by Nadia L. Hohn, illustrated by Irene Luxbacher (Groundwood Books, 2016)

Sankofa Music by Nadia L. Hohn (Rubicon Publishing Inc., 2015)

Sankofa Media by Nadia L. Hohn (Rubicon Publishing Inc., 2015)



Toronto-born of Jamaican parents, Nadia L. Hohn is an artist who self-expresses and works primarily in three genres– writing, art, and music.  These genres intersect throughout her work.  From the age of six years old, Nadia began writing stories, drawing, and making books while attending school in Toronto.  Her first two books, Music and Media in the Sankofa Series were published by Rubicon Publishing in 2015.  Her award-winning first picture book, Malaika’s Costume was published in 2016 and its sequel Malaika’s Winter Carnival 2017 by Groundwood Books.  Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter in 2018, an early reader published by Harper Collins, and a non-fiction picture book in 2018.  A nonfiction picture book about the Jamaican poet, performer, playwright, author, and Jamaican cultural ambassador, Louise Bennett-Coverley otherwise known as Miss Lou, will be published in 2019 (Owlkids).  In 2018, Nadia was 1 of 6 Black Canadian Writers to Watch and the first SCBWI Canada East Rising Kite Diversity Scholarship recipient.

Nadia L. Hohn studied writing at the Highlights Foundation, Humber College School of Writers, George Brown College, and the Voices of our Nation (VONA).  She holds an honours arts degree in psychology from the University of Waterloo as well as Bachelor and Master of Education degrees from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT).   Between 2000 and 2003, Nadia was the founder and national director of ICED IN BLACK: Canadian Black Experiences on Film touring film festival.  She was a member of the Heritage Singers, a Caribbean folk choir currently in its forty-first year.  Nadia is speaks five languages— English, French, Portuguese, as well as some Spanish and Italian.  An avid traveler, Nadia has been to twenty countries and most recently to Brazil. where she conducted research for her young adult novel and curriculum alongside American teachers.  In 2015, Nadia L. Hohn co-designed and co-delivered a three-day program for Ontario teachers called Beyond Black History Month to help teachers find ways to integrate African-Canadian and diasporic culture and history throughout the curriculum.  Nadia has presented and completed readings at schools, libraries, literary festivals, conferences, and bookstores in Canada, U.S., U.K., U.A.E., and Trinidad.  Nadia is currently working on a young adult novel, a play, and her third Malaika… book.

Nadia loves to write (songs, blogs, journals, stories), play piano, cook, study arts and cultures of the African diaspora especially Caribbean folk music, Orff music education, swim, and run.  Nadia is an elementary school teacher in Toronto and has taught early years music in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE. She is a proud member of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC), Society for Children Book Writers’ and Illustrators (SCBWI), Canadian Society for Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers (CANSCAIP), and a presenting author with Authors’ Booking Service (ABS).  Nadia is a cancer survivor, a cheese- and dessert-loving vegan, and avid reader who reviews books on Goodreads and other publications.  Nadia lives in Toronto where she writes and teaches at an elementary school.



Malaika’s Costume

Malaika’s Winter Carnival



“What makes [Nadia’s] presentation so awesome is the immersion into Caribbean culture the kids are exposed to. My niece loved making her carnival costume pieces, learning the songs of old and had an absolute blast participating in the dancing/singing. I am still reading your book to her and she loves to jump up near the end of the story to this day and pretend she is at Carnival with Makaila. We both are counting down to her new adventures in your next release ‘Malaika’s Winter Carnival!!”

Angelot Ndongmo, author of the Loving Me series, Brampton, Ontario, Canada


“The students were very engaged.  They responded to the dancing which Nadia had them do to music as soon as they entered.  They loved it.”

Teacher, Kingston, Ontario, Canada (Kingston Writers’ Festival)


“The students had great questions.  One that was asked at all three sessions was, ‘Are you Malaika?’  This gave Nadia the chance to talk about her heritage and being Canadian and touch upon the illustrations and the illustrator.”

Teacher, Kingston, Ontario, Canada (Kingston Writers’ Festival)


“Wonderfully engaging, great mix of movement, music and storytelling.”

Teacher, Kingston, Ontario, Canada (Kingston Writers’ Festival)


“Nadia accompanied us at our first ever Toronto Public Library booth at Toronto’s Junior Carnival at Neilson Park in July 2016. She did an excellent job doing storytelling from “Malaika’s  Costume”. She engaged the kids with a “Carnival Peacock Contest”  where she attracted kids with a lovely peacock puppet. She also did a mask making craft which allowed them to have an interactive experience and really drew families to our booth. It was a pleasure working with Nadia and we wish to do more programs with her in the future.”

Library Assistant, branch of Toronto Public Library (TPL)


“Nadia’s love of culture, art, and storytelling shine through as she presents ‘Malaika’s Costume’ to the students.  She engages them well through songs and chants, and makes the story come alive.  The adults enjoyed her presentation as much as the children and I would highly recommend Nadia’s presentation for a school or similar setting.”

Susan Streicher, Teacher, Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB)


“Her presentation had a nice mix of audience interaction and reading.”

Teacher, a public school in Ontario