Diwali is not only a time for celebrations but also for get-togethers, events & fun activities! It is known as the festival of lights and is celebrated across the country to applaud the success of good over evil.
In this pandemic time, The Festival of Lights has kids home, away from all academic activities, and that is a good reason to get them involved in reading mythological and cultural stories of India.
Here are some must-read interesting books on Diwali you might want to explore with your children to teach them about Diwali. Go on and make Diwali a fun family celebration.
1. Amma, Tell Me about Diwali! – Bhakti Mathur
Bhakti Mathur’s popular Amma Tell Me series of books is the perfect way to get introduce your child to various festivals and mythological stories.
Amma in the story also delves into the multiple dimensions to festivities that include remembering Lord Rama and his triumphant return to Ayodhya on Diwali day. And finally ends with a story about Goddess Lakshmi, when children are subtly reminded of the value of honesty, handwork and dedication.
2. Rama and Sita: The Story of Diwali – Malachy Doyle
This beautiful board book teaches toddlers and preschoolers about Rama and Sita and the story of Diwali. Rama and Sita happily lived in the forest until one-day demon Ravana kidnaps Sita. Can Rama rescue her?
This book with stunning colourful illustrations is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Ideal for ages: 6+
3. Diwali (Celebrate the World) – Hannah Eliot
It’s time for Diwali, the Festival of Lights! This delightful board book series Celebrate the World highlight special occasions and holidays across the globe. This is a perfect introductory book that highlights the celebrations and festivities during the 5 days of Diwali. 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 (especially if you are living outside India) to introduce them to the festival.
4. Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Diwali – Ladybird
Grab this book for kids who are crazy about Peppa pig! This is a fun board book that focuses on how families come together, dress up, share good food and gifts during Diwali. Supercute for toddlers! (Age: up to 3 yrs)
5. Lots of Lights – Kavita Sahai
Lots of Lights is a fun Diwali story that explains each day of Diwali celebration. This story is about two sweet elephants, Ram and Sanvi who are buzzing with excitement because Diwali is coming! The elephants act as enthusiastic guides, leading readers through the different elements of the Diwali celebration. This is a great read for preschoolers and early elementary kids.
6. The Diwali Gift – Shweta Chopra
This Winner of Mom’s Choice Award book is about Suno, Dekho, and Jaano, three adorable monkeys who love learning new things and discover the most special gift of all… in this tale of tradition, curiosity, and fun! Through the experience, the three monkeys learn more about the special celebration of Diwali.
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