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Children's Fiction New Baby

La surprise de Malaika

by (author) Nadia L. Hohn

illustrated by Irene Luxbacher

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Apr 2022
New Baby, New Experience, Friendship
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2022
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2



See below for English description.

Lorsque Malaika découvre que sa mère attend un bébé, elle est submergée par les émotions. Que va-t-il se passer quand le bébé sera là? Sa mère va-t-elle oublier Malaika? Il y a aussi un nouvel élève dans sa classe qui vient de loin et qui parle un peu différemment, comme elle. Malaika compte sur cette nouvelle amitié pour l’aider à accepter les changements qui s’annoncent dans sa famille.

Un texte charmant et des illustrations pleines de couleurs accompagnent cette charmante histoire sur la famille, l’amitié et les changements.


When Malaika finds out that her mom is pregnant, she’s overcome with many different emotions. What will it be like when the baby comes? Will her mom forget about her? There’s also a new student in her class who comes from far away and talks a bit differently, just like Malaika. Will she be able to adapt to this new change in her family? Maybe a friendship with her new classmate will help…

Enchanting prose and colourful illustrations accompany a charming story about family, friendship, and adapting to life changes.

Original title: Malaika’s Surprise


About the authors

NADIA L. HOHN is a writer and educator. 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 and Malaika’s Surprise, both illustrated by Irene Luxbacher; A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes; Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter, illustrated by Gustavo Mazali; and two titles in the Sankofa series — Music and Media. Nadia’s writing is inspired by her childhood memories, Jamaican heritage, Black culture, world travels, and social issues. She lives in Toronto.


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Irene Luxbacher a obtenu son diplôme d'histoire de l'art à l'université Queen's avant d'étudier au Emily Carr College of Art and Design à Vancouver, en Colombie Britannique. En 1994, elle est revenue à Toronto où elle coordonne des expositions d'arts d'enfants en plus d'écrire et d'illustrer des livres dans ce domaine. On lui doit la collection Mes premières oeuvres.


Irene Luxbacher was nominated for the Governor General's Award for her illustrations in Andrew Larsen's The Imaginary Garden and its sequel The Not-So-Faraway Adventure. She has illustrated several other picture books, and her own Deep Underwater, Mattoo, Let’s Play!, and Mr. Frank, as well as eight acclaimed children’s art activity books. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with her husband and young son. You can learn more about her work at

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