Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is one of the biggest and most popular celebrations in India. The festival commemorates the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. And, is celebrated with a tremendous amount of fanfare all over the country. Families clean their homes, decorate them with lights and lanterns, and exchange gifts with loved ones. And of course, no Diwali celebration would be complete without plenty of delicious food! If you’re looking for a way to introduce your kids to this special holiday and its customs, one great option is to read them a book about Diwali. Here are some of our favorites:
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BOOKS ABOUT FESTIVAL OF LIGHT – DIWALI
Diwali, Festival of Light
by Rina, Singh
The author takes you on a global journey to see how this ancient festival is celebrated around the world. The book shares personal experiences and recipes from her own family holiday traditions during Diwali, which celebrates light over darkness in all its forms!
by Sehgal, Kabir and Sehgal, Surishtha
To the tune of “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe,” count from one to 10 and back again while learning about the customs that make Diwali a joyous occasion. The festival of Diwali takes place during autumn harvest, and its celebration symbolizes the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. Kids will love this colorful insight at the Festival of Lights, which features delicious foods, intricate henna artwork, and exciting firework displays.
by Divya, Karwal
Deepak is having the worst-ever Diwali! Not only his dad has forgotten to get him sparklers, there are no fairylights in sight. And after hearing about Rama & Sita from a Hindu mythological story he’s convinced that Ravana -the demon king- is after him. With beautifully illustrated images this book tells an engaging contemporary tale which will hold your attention through until its conclusion.
by Chitra, Soundar
As family and friends come together during Diwali, rangoli is decorated on the floor and flowers are hung around the door. The festival is a time for celebration as people light candles and diyas to fill their homes with festive lights. This book provides a lovely introduction to the Hindu festival of lights.
AMMA, TELL ME ABOUT DIWALI
by Bhakti, Mathur
The two brothers Klaka and kiki celebrate Diwali, lighting diyas and firecrackers, dressing up in new clothes, and getting their mom to answer their countless questions – Why do we celebrate Diwali ? What is the significance of worshipping God Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi on Diwali ? And listening to the story of King Rama exile and his return to his Kingdom ? This book is a good way to introduce your children to the stories behind Diwali.
Let’s celebrate 5 days of Diwali
by Vivek Kumar
Join Maya, Neel, and their adorable buddy Chintu the squirrel on an adventure as they discover everything there is to know about this well-known Indian festival of lights, Diwali, including Dhanteras, Diwali sweets, Rangoli artwork, fireworks, and the unique sibling connection of Bhai Dooj.
While these books are a great introduction to Diwali for children, there are many other excellent resources out there to explore the holiday in more depth. If you’re looking for more resources on Diwali, check out our Diwali coloring page and STEM – Diwali Light up card craft to do with kids!
Diwali is just one of the many wonderful holidays that children can explore through books. At our website, you can find a wide range of children’s books about different holidays and celebrations. From Mother’s Day to bedtime books for toddlers, there are grade-level books perfect for every reader. So take some time to explore our selection and find the perfect book for your child.
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