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Groundwood Books

Malaika’s Costume

Written by Nadia L. Hohn • Written by Irene Luxbacher

For students in grades P - 3 | Published March 01, 2016 | ISBN 9781554987542

Cover of Malaika’s Costume

Regular price $18.95 CAD

32 pages | 9 in × 10 in
Print Format

About this book

Malaika’s Costume

The Malaika Series: Book 1

Nadia L. Hohn • Irene Luxbacher

Malaika’s mother can’t buy her a carnival costume — will she still be able to dance in the parade?

It’s Carnival time. The first Carnival since Malaika’s mother moved to Canada to find a good job and provide for Malaika and her grandmother. Her mother promised she would send money for a costume, but when the money doesn’t arrive, will Malaika still be able to dance in the parade?

Disappointed and upset at her grandmother’s hand-me-down costume, Malaika leaves the house, running into Ms. Chin, the tailor, who offers Malaika a bag of scrap fabric. With her grandmother’s help, Malaika creates a patchwork rainbow peacock costume, and dances proudly in the parade.

A heartwarming story about family, community and the celebration of Carnival, Nadia Hohn’s warm and colloquial language and Irene Luxbacher’s vibrant collage-style illustrations make this a strikingly original picture book.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.6
With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.1
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

About the Creators

Nadia L. Hohn

Nadia L. Hohn is a writer and educator. Her first picture book, Malaika’s Costume, won the Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children’s Story Award and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) Children’s Literature Award. She is also the author of Malaika’s Winter Carnival; A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes; Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter, illustrated by Gustavo Mazali; and two titles in the Sankofa series — Music and Media. Nadia’s writing is inspired by her childhood memories, Jamaican heritage, Black culture, world travels, and social issues. She lives in Toronto.

Irene Luxbacher

Irene Luxbacher is an artist and author living in Toronto, Canada. With more than fifteen years’ experience as an illustrator, Irene has received numerous awards for her children’s instructional and picture books.

Awards and Praise
Malaika’s Costume is a highly recommended story that celebrates the different cultures of the world and the emotional journey of a young child.
  • Commended CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, starred selection, 2016
  • Winner Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario Children's Literature Award, 2016
  • Commended OLA Best Bets Honourable Mention, 2016
  • Runner-up Américas Award Honorable Mention, 2017
  • Commended USBBY's Outstanding International Books List, 2017
  • Commended School Library Journal Best Picture Books, 2016
  • Commended Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, 2017
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