Groundwood Books

Malaika’s Costume

Written by Nadia L. Hohn • Written by Irene Luxbacher

For kids 3 - 7 years old | Published March 01, 2016 | ISBN 9781554987542
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Caribbean & Latin America

Cover of Malaika’s Costume

Regular price $18.95 CAD

32 pages | 9 in × 10 in
Print Format

About this book

Malaika’s Costume

Nadia L. Hohn • Irene Luxbacher

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.

About the Creators

Nadia L. 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 Award. She is also the author of two forthcoming non-fiction titles, Music and Media Studies, part of the Sankofa series, which won the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Multicultural Non-Fiction. She lives in Toronto, where she teaches French, music and the arts at an alternative elementary school.

Irene Luxbacher

Irene Luxbacher is a Canadian artist and author. She has received numerous awards and nominations for many of her children’s books over the years, but her favourite nods of approval come from readers who share the remarkable art they’ve made after reading one of her books. She wrote and illustrated the acclaimed picture books Deep Underwater and Mr. Frank. Irene was also honored to illustrate Malaika’s Costume and its sequel, Malaika’s Winter Carnival, by the talented Nadia L. Hohn. She lives in Toronto with her family who keep her very busy because she loves them and worries about them constantly.

Awards and Praise
  • Commended Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, 2017
  • Runner-up Américas Award Honorable Mention, 2017
  • Commended USBBY's Outstanding International Books List, 2017
  • Commended CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, starred selection, 2016
  • Commended OLA Best Bets Honourable Mention, 2016
  • Commended School Library Journal Best Picture Books, 2016
  • Winner Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario Children's Literature Award, 2016
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