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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
    List Price

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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 est à la fois auteure, illustratrice et artiste. Elle a publié de nombreux livres d’activités artistiques et albums jeunesse dont Le jardin imaginaire de grand-papa, d’Andrew Larsen, mis en nomination pour le Prix du Gouverneur général dans la catégorie illustrations. Irene habite à Toronto où elle travaille actuellement à la création de nouveaux tableaux et albums.


IRENE LUXBACHER was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for her illustrations in Andrew Larsen’sThe Imaginary Garden (Le jardin imaginaire de grand-papa). She has illustrated several other picture books, including Mittens to Share (Une mitaine pour deux), The Heart’s Song (Le grand cœur de madame Lili), as well as her own picture books Once I Was a Bear (Lorsque j’étais un ours…) and Mattoo, Let’s Play! (Viens jouer, Matou!). She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and young son. You can learn more about her work at

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