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Surrey resident’s children’s book sheds light on Type 1 Diabetes

Pre-orders available, book ‘Think Big’ releases in June
Langley teacher Rashda Munawar’s new children’s book releases in June this year. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

A Surrey resident’s newest book Think Big aims to fill a gap in children’s literature representing Type 1 Diabetes.

After her daughter was diagnosed with the condition, Rashda Munawar sought to incorporate subtle inclusion to the story.

“I aimed for subtle inclusion so that children managing diabetes can feel acknowledged and understood without feeling singled out,” Munawar explained.

“Representation is crucial. Every child deserves to see themselves reflected in the stories they read. That’s why I’m passionate about normalizing conditions like diabetes in children’s literature.”

Her other goal of the book was to introduce concepts of learning and embracing growth to children, and addressing the stuck feelings some people experience.

“Through Maria’s journey (main character), young readers will discover that confronting fears is the first step toward success. And that ‘FAIL’ simply means ‘first attempt in learning.’ My intention is to empower them as they navigate obstacles, [while] fostering resilience and self-awareness along the way,” Munawar said.

As a Grade 7 teacher at HD Stafford Middle School in Langley, Munawar is hopeful readers find joy in her book and utilize it as a guide for navigating their own emotions.

“This book emphasizes the value of embracing mistakes gracefully and overcoming fears through thoughtful reflection,” she said.

Think Big is available for pre-order on Amazon and Munawar’s website,, until April 7.

It officially releases in June this year, and will also be on stands at local bookstores and libraries.

Further resources for parents and educators will be shared to Munawar’s Facebook page and Instagram.

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