A debut picture book that explores the importance of pronouncing names properly and celebrates cultural identity.
Saajin loves his name—he loves it so much that he sees it spelled out in the world around him in his snacks, in the sky and sometimes he even sings it aloud. On his first day of school, Saajin is excited to meet his new classmates, but things take a turn when the teacher mispronounces his name as Say-jin and he is not sure how—or if he should—correct her. After trying to live with the different version of his name for a while and some thoughtful conversations with his family about the meaning behind it, Saajin realizes the importance of reclaiming his name and embracing his identity. This empowering story, accompanied by energetic and vibrant art by Samrath Kaur, will resonate with any reader who has ever felt misunderstood.
About the authors
KULJINDER KAUR BRAR is an elementary teacher. She lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia and this is her first book. She has a son named Saajin who inspired the story.
SAMRATH KAUR is an illustrator and background painter. This is his first book. He lives in Boston.
- Joint winner, Notable Children’s Books List, Children’s Literature Assembly, NCTE
- Joint winner, Best Bets List, Ontario Library Association
- Commended, Purple Dragonfly Book Award
- Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Center
- Short-listed, Next Generation Indie Book Award
“An inspired effort that teaches empathy. It also reflects the experiences of many children: perhaps the next generation will get people’s names—and much more—right.”
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