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Nadia L Hohn

Nadia L. Hohn is a dynamic "story lady" who has presented to audiences in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Jamaica, and Trinidad.  From the age of six years old, Nadia L Hohn began writing stories, drawing, and making books. Her first two books, Music and Media in the Sankofa Series were published by Rubicon Publishing in 2015.  Her award-winning first picture book, Malaika's Costume was published in 2016 and its sequel Malaika's Winter Carnival 2017 by Groundwood Books.  Nadia is also the author of Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter, an early reader published by Harper Collins published in December 2018.  A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett-Coverley Found Her Voice, nonfiction picture book about the performer, playwright, author, and Jamaican cultural ambassador, Louise Bennett-Coverley otherwise known as Miss Lou, will be published in 2019 (Owlkids). Nadia was 1 of 6 Black Canadian Writers to Watch in 2018 and the first SCBWI Canada East Rising Kite Diversity Scholarship recipient in 2018. Nadia  will be a touring in Alberta as a presenter in the TD Canada Children's Book Week in 2019.  In summer 2019, Nadia will be the writer in residence at Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver, British Columbia. Nadia is an elementary school teacher in Toronto and has taught early years music in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Nadia L. Hohn studied writing at the Highlights Foundation, Humber College School of Writers, George Brown College, and the Voices of our Nation (VONA).  She holds an honours arts degree in psychology from the University of Waterloo as well as Bachelor and Master of Education degrees from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT).  Nadia is currently working on two young adult novels, a play, the next Malaika... book, and others.  She lives in Toronto she teaches, reads a ton, and crafts stories. She also loves to write (songs, blogs, journals, stories), play piano, cook vegan dishes, travel, study arts and cultures of the African diaspora especially Caribbean folk music, Orff music education, and run.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

Malaika's WInter Carnival. Groundwood, 2017
Malaika's Costume. Groundwood, 2016
Sankofa Music. Rubicon Publishing Inc., 2015
Sankofa Media . Rubicon Publishing Inc., 2015
Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter. Harper Kids, 2018
A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice. Owlkids, 2019
Malaika’s Surprise. Groundwood Books, 2021

Awards

Helen Issobel Sissons Canadian Children's Book Award for Malaika's Costume, 2014
SCBWI Canada East Rising Kite Diversity Award, 2018
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) Children's Literature Award for Malaika's Costume, 2016
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS
A.
Caribbean Playground (Malaika’s Costume, Malaika’s Winter Carnival,or Malaika’s Surprise)
K to Grade 3, Educator version also available
Explore Caribbean songs, rhymes, and games that Malaika would learn and play in her schoolyard. This is an interactive, lively and musical workshop featuring a reading of Malaika’s Costume, musical instruments, and storytelling as well. Educators will gain Afro-Caribbean songs, rhymes, and games that you can share with your Kindergarten to Grade 3 students.

B.Carnival Adventure (Malaika’s Costume, Malaika’s Winter Carnival, or Malaika’s Surprise)K to 12
Come join the Carnival! Learn about the history of Carnival in the Caribbean through dance, costume, a slideshow, and music. Who can’t forget the limbo? We’ll even get to design our own costume as a group or individually. Or, design your own Carnival headpiece. This is an interactive, lively and musical workshop featuring a reading of Malaika’s Costume.​ ​(Materials cost is extra for crafts.)

C.Beyond Black History Month: African-Canadian or African-American Experiences through the Arts (Sankofa Media and Music, Malaika’s Costume, Malaika’s Winter Carnival, Malaika’s Surprise, and Harriet Tubman Freedom Fighter)
Grade 5 to 12, Educator

Songs, images, and other forms of media create windows into the Caribbean peoples who have made contributions to Canada. Through the Harriet Tubman Freedom Fighter,Sankofa series titles Musicand Media, Malaika’s Costume, Malaika’s Winter Carnival, and/or A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her

Voice students will take part in dramatic artsactivities such as role playing and readers’ theatre. In addition, they will deconstruct video and audio clips that explore the history and experiences of African descended people in Canada and the diaspora and enhance their understanding of the book.

D. A Likkle Story Time (A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice)age 2 to adult
This interactive workshop is a celebration of the life of playwright, poet, folklorist, dramatist, Jamaica’s cultural ambassador, Louise Bennett Coverley also know as Miss Lou. The workshop may feature a reading, sing-a-long of Jamaican traditional and modern music, dances, and games, historical information on Miss Lou’s life, research, and finger rhymes and plays. The presentation will be adjusted to the age group present.

E. Write-Your-Own Workshops (available upon request), Grades 1 to 12, Adults

Have you ever wanted to write your own children’s book? Song? Rap? Or an alternate genre? I can help you. This workshop helps you to come out with a finished piece.

F. In My Feelings: Tips from a Sensitivity Reader, adult writers

Have you ever wondered about what goes into a sensitivity read? This workshop discusses such concepts as appropriation, tokenism, #ownvoices, racism, stereotypes, tropes, and other barriers that impact diverse audiences and further marginalize some readers. The presenter helps one to identify problematic issues in text and make their stories shine through.

G. African-Caribbean OR Diverse Children and Young Adult Authors Panel, adults

This panel of 3 to 5 children and young adult authors discuss current issues in children’s and young adult literature: What is the importance of diverse kidlit today? What are some barriers for diverse children and young adult authors (if any)? What are your books about? Do your main characters deal with issues of diversity (e.g., racism, identity, prejudice, islamophobia)? What diverse books do we need today?

 

Presentation Length:
30-120 minutes
Genre:
Children's, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Grades:
K to 12
Audience size:
200
Workshop Description:

see above

 

Northern OAC WITS:
Yes
One session:
$$
GST:
GST not applicable