Kuljinder is passionate about diverse representation in books and education. She is currently an elementary school teacher in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Kuljinder has a BA in General Studies with a minor in English and business, a Bachelor of Education and a Master’s in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia.
Kuljinder was born and raised in Surrey, British Columbia and currently lives on a farm in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She is the daughter of Sikh immigrants from Punjab, India. Kuljinder is the middle child and grew up with two brothers. She enjoys going on nature walks, playing video/board games with loved ones and eating cheese pizza with extra pineapple topping.
Kuljinder grew up reading stories with protagonists that she couldn’t connect with. They didn’t look like her or her family. When she began teaching in 2011, she tried looking for books that would represent the diverse backgrounds of all of her students. As the years passed, she was not very successful on her book hunt.
Kuljinder always dreamed of writing children’s books, but somehow life always got in the way. After having her first child, Kuljinder was driven to change the lack of representation of Sikh protagonists in books. She wanted her children to grow up seeing themselves and their families in the stories they read. When the whole world shut down due to COVID-19, Kuljinder was finally able to focus on what she always dreamed of doing: writing children’s books.
Stay tuned for more books to come!