TD Grade One Book Giveaway 2021


This fall, Grade 1 children nation-wide will take home Malaika’s Costume, written by Nadia L. Hohn, illustrated by Irene Luxbacher and published by Groundwood Books. Translated into French by Isabelle Allard, francophone Canadians and French immersion students across Canada will receive copies of Le costume de Malaika, published by Éditions Scholastic.

Malaika’s Costume follows young Malaika as she gets ready to celebrate carnival in her hometown in the Caribbean, while her mother sets up their new life in Canada. Infused with bright colours and rich language, young readers will relate to Malaika’s vivid imagination and her determination to bring her dream carnival costume to reality. This title also depicts the strong bond between grandmother and granddaughter, while celebrating the diversity and breadth of family relationships. Community plays a key role in this beautiful picture book and, with many of us still isolated from our friends and loved ones because of COVID-19, community is more important to us now than it ever was before. It is our hope that, no matter what the world looks like in the fall, Malaika’s Costume will bring people together and connect readers all across Canada.

Since 2000, in cooperation with ministries of education, school boards and library organizations across Canada, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) has given every Grade 1 child a free Canadian children’s book.

The book is to be taken home by each child to keep and to read with their parents. This far-reaching annual book giveaway program, which provides over 550,000 books to Grade 1 children across Canada, is fully funded by TD Bank Group. The program is intended to encourage literacy and reading for young children and supports the CCBC’s mandate of bringing great Canadian books to Canadian children and to promote a love of reading and a passion for books.

The coordination of the TD Grade One Book Giveaway is done by the CCBC. If you have any questions regarding the 2021 program, please contact Meghan Howe at


Resources for Teachers

10 Ways to Teach Malaika’s Costume and Other Books

Malaika’s Costume STEAM Lesson

Malaika’s Costume Worksheet

Resources for Kids

Malaika’s Costume Peacock Headpiece

Malaika’s Costume Bookmark

Malaika’s Costume Colouring Page

Malaika’s Costume Word Search