- Patty Dreams
- SCBWI BIPOC Talk and BookStop
- Owlkids Magazine article
- Salon du Livres Montréal
Letter from the editor
In September 2022, I returned to the elementary teaching classroom to teach music to kindergarten and primary grade students. Since then, I had COVD (for the second time) and currently, I am recovering from my second cold. I learned very quickly one of the challenges of working in a building with hundreds of young children.
My students are wonderful, resilient, kind, and fun. Many of the children I teach are new to Canada, having fled their countries in less than ideal circumstances.
I enjoy my work and learn so much from my kindergarteners and primary graders as they navigate a new country and language and support each other in the process. It makes me appreciate things about my life and helps me to better understand the lives of my book characters like the two Malaika’s in Malaika’s Surprise.
Each child carries a story inside of them. I too have chapters in my life that I still have yet to find the words to describe on paper and others, I will share in upcoming books. In six months, it will be Malaika, Carnival Queen dedicated to the memory of my two grandfathers.
Until then, I’ll be wearing my mask a lot more, as I teach and write more stories.
Nadia L. Hohn
This means I can also share its name, PATTY DREAMS.
I penned this story on July 1st, 2020, during a pandemic while sitting on a balcony, in less than an hour, laughing the whole time. :-) I imagined sharing this story with my sister and laughing our heads off. (We did.)
I spent the last two years rewriting, editing, and revising this story. Finally, it will become a book in spring 2025 by #Owlkids.
In 2019, my #non-fiction #picturebook #ALikkleMissLou: How #Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice was published by Owlkids. I look forward to working with this team once again.
Although this will be my 11th book 📚, it’s my 1st agented title 📖. This will also be my 1st time working with an #illustrator, Sahle Robinson, who shares my #Jamaican #cultural background.
I’ve known the illustrator, animator Robinson, for many years. I hoped for the right project to come along where we could work together and I’m glad it will be this book.
FUN FACTS: Both Sahle and I have spent years growing up in the #JaneandFinch community in #Toronto.
Thanks 🙏🏾 to my agent Hilary McMahon for negotiating this deal.
Thanks to my critique group.
SCBWI BIPOC Talk and BookStop
I have a SCBWI Bookstop book page. Please visit it and leave a message.
Find out more information at my: linktr.ee/nadialhohn
November 2022 Owlkids article
My article THE HAIRY TRUTH and my accompaniment A Deeper Meaning are featured in the newest issue of OWL magazine (November, 2022).
In my article, I write about hair— the science and the social issues. I also interviewed Claudia Hamilton, a trichologist— someone who studies and treats hair diseases— and share my hairstory.
This is the kind of article I would have loved 🥰 to read as a child because it would have taught me to be proud of my kinky curly hair, even when the world didn’t celebrate it.
This feature was fun to write and is my second for this magazine (check out my #UndergroundRailroad story in the January/February edition).
I grew up reading #Owl and #Chickadee magazines, watched #OwlTV on #CBC, and even have two picture books with Owlkids Books (#ALikkleMissLou in 2019 and #PattyDreams in 2025).
Owlkids magazines are published in #Canada and teach children ages 9-13 about the world 🌎 🌍 around them and science.
To order, go to the link in my bio.
I can’t wait to share this with my students.
Salon du livre de Montréal
My signing times are:
3-4pm November 25
10-11am November 26
For more information and updates on other events, please follow me on Instagram @nadialhohn_author or Facebook.com/nadialhohn
Articles and Podcasts
“Three Black Organizations Working to Get Us Reading,” byblacks, October 2022
“Top 10 Summer Reads for Black Canadian Kids,” byblacks,
Travelling Across Canada’s Underground Railroad, Owl magazine (January/February 2022)
“Kojo’s Holiday”, Chickadee magazine (December 2021).
“How Harriet’s Daughter Helped Me Find My Way as a Black Canadian and a Writer for Young People”, Arc Poetry magazine (Arc 96 Islands of Influence Caribbean Canadian edition) (Fall 2021).
“Writer with a Capital W”, University of Waterloo podcast
“Writer Finds Resilience Stories Black Women and Girls”, University of Waterloo magazine (Spring 2021).
Contributor to 100+ Voices for Miss Lou: Poetry, Tributes, Interviews, Essays anthology (UWI Press), 2021.
Louise Go A Country in 100+ Voices of Miss Lou: Poetry, Tributes, Interviews, Essays (UWI Press, 2022).
Interview in Contemporary Canadian Picture Books: A Critical Review for Educators, Librarians, Families, Researchers, & Writers by Beverley Brenna, Richard Dionne, and Theresa Tavares (Brill, 2021).
Malaika's Surprise (Groundwood Books), Spring 2021 https://houseofanansi.com/products/malaikas-surprise French version available in 2022 by Éditions Scholastic, Malaika's Surprise Book Trailer
A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett-Coverley Found Her Voice (Owlkids), Aug. 15, 2019
Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter (Harper Collins), 2018
Malaika's Winter Carnival (Groundwood Books), 2017 (available in French and English paperback http://scholastic.ca/editions/livres/view/le-carnaval-de-malaika)
Malaika's Costume (Groundwood Books www.groundwoodbooks.com), 2016 (available in French paperback www.scholastic.ca) 2021 TD Book Giveaway
Music in the Sankofa series (Rubicon Publishing), 2015 www.sankofacollection.com
Media in the Sankofa series (Rubicon Publishing), 2015 www.sankofacollection.com
Journey to Grandma's House (Groundwood Books), Fall 2024.
The Antiracist Kitchen: 21 Stories (and Recipes) (Orca Books), Fall 2023.
Malaika, Carnival Queen (Groundwood Books), Spring 2023.
© Nadia L. Hohn, 2022
Toronto, ON, Canada