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Children's Fiction Self-esteem & Self-reliance

My Name Is Saajin Singh

by (author) Kuljinder Kaur Brar

illustrated by Samrath Kaur

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2022
Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Emotions & Feelings, General, Prejudice & Racism
Recommended Age
4 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
Recommended Reading age
4 to 7
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price

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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.

Kuljinder Kaur Brar's profile page

SAMRATH KAUR is an illustrator and background painter. This is his first book. He lives in Boston.

Samrath Kaur's profile page


  • 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

Editorial Reviews

“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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