Diwali is nearly here and reading Diwali books to my kids is one of my favorite parts of the holidays. Their eyes light up with wonder and they want to read the stories over and over again. Here’s a list of books you can grab in time for Diwali this year.
‘Twas the Night Before Diwali by Zenia Wadhwani
On the eve of Diwali, the jalebis, chum chums and gulab jamuns are piled high! But who is the surprise guest that shows up? And where, oh where, are the mithai? Enjoy this South Asian rendition of a familiar holiday poem and the introduction of a new character to the much celebrated festival of lights, Diwali.
Diwali Day by Preeti Singh
Come experience Diwali – a beautiful festival of India, from a little boy’s eyes. He talks about Diwali and all the fun things he does with his family and friends. Watch him help his parents decorate the house with diyas, help mom make rangoli, pray to Goddess Laxmi and enjoy fireworks with his friends, among many other fun Diwali activities.
Read to your little ones and teach them about this wonderful festival of lights. Watch your little ones eyes light up as they experience Diwali through lovely illustrations and a fun simple narration from a boy their age. They can relate to many Diwali activities the little boy experiences.
Let’s Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali! (Maya & Neel’s India Adventure Series, Book 1) by Ajanta Chakraborty
Go on an adventure with Maya, Neel and their cute little partner, Chintu the squirrel, as they learn all about this famous Indian festival of lights including Dhanteras, Diwali sweets, Rangoli drawings, fireworks and the special sibling bond of Bhai Dooj.
The Celebration of Diwali by Shelly Garg
The Celebration of Diwali is a beautiful hardcover children’s book that presents an abridged version of the Indian epic poem, Ramayana. The book shares the story of why and how Diwali (the Indian New Year) is celebrated. In brief, the Ramayana is the story of a crown prince’s exile to the forest; and then details his adventures and ultimate triumph of good over evil before his eventual return home. The holiday of Diwali is the celebration of his homecoming. By featuring an abridged version of the poem, readers experience the basics of the story and then learn some of the most common traditions that center around how the holiday is celebrated in households around the world. Each page features a vivid and detailed illustration that stimulates the imagination and brings the story to life! Whether you are learning about your own culture, or learning something new about a culture you are excited to learn about, The Celebration of Diwali book will introduce you to a world of wonder!
Amma, Tell Me About Diwali! By Bhakti Mathur
Brilliant firecrackers lighting up the night, diyas twinkling like stars – what a sight! This is Diwali, in all its glory, As told to little Klaka – a magical story.First the celebration of Prince Rama and his homecoming, His victory over Ravana, the evil demon King.Next a story of Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth who rewards her true devotees with fortune and health.
Binny’s Diwali by Thrity Umrigar
Binny woke up happy but nervous. It was her day to share about Diwali, the Festival of Lights! Binny is excited to talk to her class about her favorite holiday. But she struggles to find the words. Taking a deep breath, she tells her classmates about the fireworks that burst like stars in the night sky, leaving streaks of gold and red and green. She shares with them delicious pedas and jalebis. And she shows them clay lamps, called diyas, which look so pretty all the children ooh and aah.
Diwali the magical diyas by Anitha Rathod
This Diwali, Jay and Tina make 101 clay diyas and cannot wait to light them all. Diwali is only a day away and the diyas are taking their own sweet time to dry up. Will they be ready in time? Will Jay and Tina celebrate the festival with the bright lights of their diyas?Learn the legend behind the most celebrated festival in India and understand the rituals and traditions associated with Diwali. The book brings you a magical story and the mythological significance of Diwali celebration. Come, let’s celebrate Diwali with Jay and Tina as they prepare and look forward to celebrating this special day with their family.
Diwali (Celebrate the World)
Each autumn we gather with our friends and family and light our brightest lanterns. It’s time for Diwali, the festival of lights! In this lovely board book with illustrations from Archana Sreenivasan, readers learn that the five days of Diwali are a time to pray for a bountiful season, celebrate the special bonds between siblings, and rejoice in the victory of light over darkness and good over evil.
Lights, Camera, Diwali! By Amita Roy Shah
Dia receives a camera as a Diwali gift and uses it to capture her memories of this special day. She takes photos of her family decorating clay lamps, creating unique rangoli designs, preparing sweets called ladoos, setting off firecrackers and more! This captivating story also helps children learn why Diwali is celebrated. While Dia explores the rituals of Diwali with her camera, children learn about a Prince named Rama who was exiled into a forest for 14 years. After fighting off a demon, he is welcomed back into his city with a “row of lights.” Children learn about how Diwali teaches us that light will overcome darkness and good will conquer evil.