Hohn, Nadia (Toronto)

The Writers Union member. Picture book. All ages. $250 for 1 session (60 min) $450 for 2, $350 for 2 x 30 minute sessions (great for JK to 1). Full day (4 sessions) $800. + kilometrage. Malaika’s Costume (2016) and Malaika’s Winter Carnival (2017).

Nadia L. Hohn B.A. (Hon.), B.Ed., M.Ed. is an author and illustrator who delivers interactive presentations with arts and culture. Toronto-born of Jamaican parents, Nadia L. Hohn is passionate about diversity in the children’s book industry. Nadia L. Hohn is a teacher and the author of two picture books– Malaika’s Costume (2016) and Malaika’s Winter Carnival (2017), illustrated by Irene Luxbacher and published by Groundwood Books. She is also the author of Music (Grade 5) and Media (Grade 6) books in the Sankofa Black Heritage Collection series published in 2015 by Rubicon Publishing Inc. Nadia has an upcoming early reader about Harriet Tubman to be published by HarperCollins in 2019 and she is currently working on other books.

Presentation Details Caribbean Playground (Malaika’s Costume/Malaika’s Winter Carnival) K to Grade 3, Educator version also available, 30-90 minutes 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 or Malaika’s Winter Carnival, musical instruments, and storytelling as well. Educators will gain African-Caribbean songs, rhymes, and games that you can share with your Kindergarten to Grade 3 students. Carnival Adventure (Malaika’s Costume/Malaika’s Winter Carnival) K to 12, 60-150 min

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? Depending on group size, 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 or Malaika’s Winter Carnival. (Materials cost is extra for crafts.)

Beyond Black History Month: African-Canadian Experiences through the Arts (Sankofa Media and Music, Malaika’s Costume, Malaika’s Winter Carnival) Grade 5 to 12, Educator, 45-120 min

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, Grades 1 to 12, Adults 60-180 min 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.

African-Caribbean OR Diverse Children and Young Adult Authors Panel, Adults 60-90 min 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?

Malaika’s Costume and/or Malaika’s Winter Carnival STEAM Day STEAM or STEM are existing programs and curricula that integrate science, technology, engineering, arts, and math into critically engaging with students and helping them to reach their full-potential. The workshop includes Carnival arts and history, drafting, design, exhibition/community sharing, and discussion.

IDEAL AUDIENCE SIZE: 10-60

MAXIMUM AUDIENCE SIZE: 200

GRADES: Kindergarten-Grade 12, staff-specific workshops

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: Not required but it is often the most fun if we have a flip chart. For larger audiences, a projector and screen is very helpful. You will also require a stereo-system or CD player to play music that will be part of the presentation. A table for display purposes. Voice projection is needed for larger groups, especially if the presentation is in a gymnasium. For arts and crafts workshops, the materials will need to be provided by the school. Otherwise, the author can provide these for a nominal material cost.

Email Nadia to book a visit (regretfully, because she is a TDSB employee, Nadia is not currently able to accept visits within that school board: