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.
- Joint winner, Best Bets List, Ontario Library Association 2023
- Short-listed, Next Generation Indie Book Award 2023
- Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Center 2023
- Commended, Purple Dragonfly Book Award 2023
- Joint winner, Notable Children’s Books List, Children’s Literature Assembly, NCTE 2023
“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
“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
“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
“An empowering story that can resonate with any reader who has ever felt misunderstood.”- Momma Braga, 11/08/22