ABOUT NADIA LAKIESHA HOHN
Nadia L. Hohn is a writer, musician and educator. The manuscript of Malaika’s Costume (Groundwood Books, 2016), her first picture book, won the Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children’s Story and in 2016 the Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario (ETFO) Children’s Literature Award and Americas Award honour from the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) in Washington, DC. Nadia is the author of Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter (Harper Collins, 2019), Malaika’s Winter Carnival (Groundwood Books, 2017), and Music and Media books in the Sankofa Black Heritage Collection series (Rubicon Publishing Inc., 2015). Nadia presents regularly to schools, festivals, and libraries to audiences in the UK, UAE, US, and Canada. She lives in Toronto where she teaches and writes. Nadia is currently working on on new picture books, novels, and non-fiction.
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.