May 27-28, 2023
Queen’s Park Crescent

Malaika, Carnival Queen

27may12:00 pm12:20 pmMalaika, Carnival Queenwith Nadia L. Hohn

Speakers for this event

  • Nadia L. Hohn

    Nadia L. Hohn


    Nadia L. Hohn is an award-winning author of several books for young people including the Malaika series and A Likkle Miss Lou. Her first picture book Malaika’s Costume was the 2021 TD Grade One Book Giveaway. Her picture book Malaika’s Surprise was nominated for a 2022 Blue Spruce- Forest of Reading Award. Nadia is an “artivist” who advocates for diversity in children and young adult literature. Nadia teaches at an elementary school in Toronto as well as writing for children classes at local post-secondary institutions. She is a second year MFA in Creative Writing student at the University of Guelph. She loves to travel, cook and eat vegetarian food, and immerse herself in books, music, and films.



Event Details

Malaika, Carnival Queen
Nadia L. Hohn

Malaika learns about her father, who came to Canada as a migrant farm worker when she was just a baby and who shared her love of carnival.

Malaika dreams about a man with a basket of fruit and guesses that the dream is about her father. Mummy explains that her daddy passed away long ago, and Grandma decides it’s time Malaika knew more about her father’s life.

The family drives to a far-off farm where they receive a warm welcome and visit the orchard where Malaika’s father picked fruit. The farm workers tell Malaika that her daddy had always dreamed of celebrating carnival there, just like back home. Will Malaika agree to be their Carnival Queen for the harvest festival?


Accessibility Sponsor: Groundwood Books


(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 12:20 pm