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
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Caribbean & Latin America

Cover of Malaika’s Costume

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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, educator, musician and artist. 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, Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter and two titles in the Sankofa series, Music and Media Studies. Nadia’s writing is inspired by her childhood memories, Afro-Jamaican heritage, world travels and social issues.

Irene Luxbacher

Irene Luxbacher is an artist and author living in Toronto. With more than fifteen years’ experience as an illustrator, Irene has received many awards for her children’s books. She has written and illustrated Deep Underwater (“Masterful artwork and nuanced verse” —Kirkus, starred review) and Mr. Frank, which was selected for the USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List. Her illustrations for Malaika’s Costume and Malaika’s Winter Carnival by Nadia L. Hohn have also been highly acclaimed, and her illustrations for The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen were shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award.

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