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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
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 4 to 7


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 passionate about diverse representation in books and education. She is currently an elementary school teacher in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Her debut picture book was an NCTE Children’s Book List winner, a CCBC Best Books starred selection, short-listed for the Next Generation Indie Book Award, and received a Purple Dragonfly Book Award commendation. Spending time with her family and friends, nature walks, and anything milk chocolate brightens up her day.

Kuljinder Kaur Brar's profile page

SAMRATH KAUR is a queer, American-born Punjabi illustrator currently based in Boston, MA, USA. This is his second picture book collaboration with Kuljinder Kaur Brar.

Samrath Kaur's profile page


  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Center
  • Nominated, Blue Spruce Award, OLA
  • Short-listed, Next Generation Indie Book Award
  • Commended, Purple Dragonfly Book Award
  • Joint winner, Notable Children’s Books List, Children’s Literature Assembly, NCTE
  • Joint winner, Best Bets List, Ontario Library Association

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.”

Quill & Quire, 09/28/22

“An empowering story that can resonate with any reader who has ever felt misunderstood.”

Momma Braga, 11/08/22

“This is a great read in classrooms to breach the subject of different cultures, naming conventions, and how your name can be a great way to connect with other people. Highly recommended.”

CM Reviews, 01/27/23

“Brar focuses on Saajin’s emotional reaction to hearing his name mispronounced, while Kaur’s cartooned illustrations in classic crayon hues energize a familiar arc.”


Publishers Weekly, 10/06/22

“A beautiful story about friendship, identity, family and about now we can take steps to advocate for ourselves.”

Canadian Children’s Book News, Fall/22

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