Looking for Diwali Books for Kids?
Then you have landed at the right place. 🙂 Because in this post, I have shared 5 Books About Diwali for Kids that you must check out!
In this post you will find:
- Diwali Books for Toddlers / Preschoolers / Kindergartners
- Diwali Books for NRI kids, or kids new to the Festival & Culture
- Diwali Books that share the Religious Reasoning for the Festival
- And finally – Diwali Picture Books, as well as Diwali Coloring Books
1. AMMA TELL ME ABOUT DIWALI by BHAKTI MATHUR
If you can get only one book about Diwali for your kids, make it this one.
Because this book – Amma Tell Me About Diwali is a wonderful little package that covers all the highlights of Diwali.
– It starts with sharing a perfect, happy & festive Diwali day to highlight the celebrations.
– Then recaps the Ramayana in about 9 pages & 14 short paragraphs to share the reason for the celebration.
– And finally ends with a story about Goddess Lakshmi, which has a beautiful moral that highlights the importance of honesty & hard work for kids.
All in all: This book is a perfect little package that celebrates the festival, shares the reason behind the festivities – and all with the help of FANTASTIC ILLUSTRATIONS!!
Which is why, needless to say, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!
2. DIWALI – CELEBRATE THE WORLD by HANNAH ELIOT
This is a perfect introductory book that highlights the celebrations & festivities during the 5 days of Diwali.
Especially perfect for toddlers, as it’s a board book, and they’ll love the colorful illustrations!
Though it’s a great read for older kids as well, Indians & non Indians alike. In-fact this would be the perfect book to take & read to your kids class (especially if you are living outside India) to introduce them to the festival.
Also, this particular book doesn’t get into religion, just the festivities & celebrations on and around Diwali.
For the religious reasoning for the festival, you can check out Amma Tell Me About Diwali.
3. LIGHTS, CAMERA, DIWALI! by AMITA ROY SHAH
In this book, Diya, an Indian American kid, shares how she and her family celebrate Diwali every Fall.
Which is why, it’s very conversational in tone, as Diya takes the readers through the family celebrations for Diwali – from cleaning the house & making ladoos to receiving gifts & seeing the beautiful fireworks!
A great read for all kids, but especially perfect for Indian American kids, or Indian kids living out of India, as they will be able to relate with the references & illustrations!
Oh and this book comes with a besan ladoo recipe at the end!
4. THE DIWALI GIFT by SHWETA CHOPRA & SHUCHI MEHTA
This book essentially covers one aspect of Diwali – the GIFTS!!
Now admittedly, in the grand scheme of things – gifts are among the more frivolous things associated with Diwali. But if you are a kid – it’s probably your #1 THING. And understandably so. And this book captures the kids excitement for Diwali gifts really well.
Suno, Dekho & Jaano are 3 monkeys (kids) who are eagerly waiting to open the mysterious present grandma sent them. Throughout the book, they take turns guessing about what it could be, and day dreaming about what they want it to be, until they finally get to open their present on Diwali day.
And it’s this grand reveal that me and my son have contradictory feelings about. He loved it, and I.. was underwhelmed. I mean the present itself was great, especially from an adult’s point of view. It’s just that in the context of this story – it felt OFF, and the story itself needed something more – to give context and/or closure.
And since the whole point of this book was to indulge the kids excitement for gifts (at-least that’s what it felt like to me), I don’t know how most of the kids would feel about this particular gift. But then again, the kid in MY house LOVED it, so who am I to complain? Maybe I am just old & grumpy now. 😛
Oh and I have to mention that this book has fantastic illustrations. My favorite was the Indian grandma monkey! Too cute!
All in all: This is a cute & fun book for kids, but don’t let this be the only Diwali book in your collection. Because while it’s fun to indulge the kids with gifts during Diwali, it’s important for them to know that Diwali is so much more than the gifts they receive.
5. LET’S CELEBRATE 5 DAYS OF DIWALI by AJANTA CHAKRABORTY & VIVEK KUMAR
In this book, Maya & Neel, two Indian American kids, living in US, travel back to India for Diwali, to visit & celebrate Diwali with their aunt.
And the book, while written from Maya & Neel’s POV, is essentially designed as a beginner’s guide on Diwali – covering everything from Dhanteras, Choti & Badi Diwali to Naya Saal & Bhai Dooj celebrations.
It seems to be geared more towards a non Indian (or even NRI) audience, as a crash course on Diwali for beginners, complete with a pictorial summary page of the 5 days at the end, and a notes section where the kids can write their own Diwali story & share their Diwali drawing.
The only thing I found odd about this book was that the whole story was being shared in a vacuum of sorts, where 2 little kids travel from US to India (seemingly alone) to visit their aunt (who is seemingly alone too), and no other family is mentioned, while Diwali is a festival that is meant to be celebrated with families gathering together.
That being said, I still feel that a book like this has merit for the total beginner, or even for someone who knows very little.
It’s an especially great read for NRI kids, and a great book for NRI parents to take & read to their child’s class to introduce them to the festival. Makes for a cool gift too!
If there is only one book that you want to pick from this lot, then I recommend you pick up the Amma Tell Me About Diwali – because it is the most well rounded book on the festival, which also shares the religious reasoning behind the festival.
And if you need to take a book to read to your kids class, the board book on Diwali from the Celebrate the World Series is your best bet. Doesn’t get into religious reasoning, focuses on the festivities, which might be more appropriate & interesting for a diverse set of kids.
I have done my best to share some of the Best Books on Diwali for kids, that I have come across. But if you know of other books, please do share them in the comments. I will love to check them out, and it will be helpful for everyone who is looking for more books about Diwali for their kids. Especially since there aren’t many books in this sub-genre to begin with.
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