Nadia L. Hohn, M.Ed. is a world-traveling elementary school teacher and the award-winning author of several books for children including A Likkle Miss Lou published by Owlkids and the Malaika series published by Groundwood Books. Her most recent title Malaika’s Surprise was released in March 2021. Nadia is a frequent presenter and advocate for diversity in children’s and young adult literature. In 2014, she founded Sankofa’s Pen, a group to support 150+ aspiring and published Black Canadian kidlit authors and illustrators. In June 2020, in solidarity with #KidLit4BlackLives in the US, Nadia organized #KidLit4BlackLivesCanada which gained over 8, 000 views. Nadia is currently a student in the MFA Creative Writing program at the University of Guelph. She teaches writing for children courses at the University Toronto School for Continuing Studies, Centennial College, and University of Guelph Open University. She lives in Toronto, Canada where she writes. Nadia is a proud alumnus of Highlights Foundation workshops.
“The intersection between art and activism is where I sit in the midst of the work I do and the types of stories that I write. It is what I see as a major inspiration for the reason I write. I have been influenced by the books that I grew up reading. When I was a child visiting my local Toronto library, it was books about and by African-American authors that influenced me and made me want to write stories that celebrated my identity.”
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