ABOUT NADIA LAKIESHA HOHN
Nadia L. Hohn is a writer, musician and educator. The manuscript of Malaika’s Costume, her first picture book, won the Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children’s Story and the ETFO Children’s Literature Award. She is also the author of Music and Media Studies, part of the Sankofa series. Le costume de Malaika, the French translation of Malaika’s Costume, will be published in January 2017 and the sequel, Malaika’s Winter Carnival, in fall 2017. She is from Toronto and teaches French and the arts in elementary schools. Nadia is currently working on a middle grade novel, picture books, and two biographies.
I am a children’s book writer and an aspiring illustrator and storyteller/performer born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. By day, I teach elementary school children music, art, media studies, and, pardon my, French. At night, I precariously balance writing and other creative pursuits. I am inspired by Jamaican culture, the diversity in my city, folksongs and storytellers, Miss Lou and Olive Lewin, performance, live music, languages, Afropunk, Afrofuturism, and Africa, great food, languages, and children’s laughter and zeal. I’m excited about being a member of SCBWI. I endeavour to tell great stories and illustrate books that reflect the children in our classrooms.