There are so many ways to share the story of Diwali whether it’s through conversations with elders, moms or even in the classroom. Sometimes kids will tell us their favourite parts of Diwali and some little ones may want to hear the story of Diwali each year and smile at parts they love the most. There are a wealth of books out there that tell the story of Diwali and these can make all the difference when storytelling this year while your diyas are lit and you gather for a celebration.
Here are some of our favourite books (in no particular order) that share the story of Diwali with different ages in mind:
Written by Deborah Heiligman, published by National Geographic in 2006. This is a great book for young ones who like to see pictures that really tell the story. In the book, the author shares the meaning of the celebration of Diwali but also adds The informative back matter includes Diwali recipes, a glossary, a Diwali card game, a map, and a resource list of books and Websites. Also included is a note to parents and teachers form the book’s consultant, Dr. Vasudha Narayanan. Deborah is the author of 30 books for children and teens. This book is part of her series Holidays Around the World which looks at many other holidays including Ramadan and Hannukah. The book explains the different ways people celebrate, depending on their religion and where they live.
Age 7 and up
This book shares the story of Diwali via the three Curious Monkeys Suno, Dekho and Jaano as they discover the most auspicious, wonderful Diwali Gift. When a mysterious package arrives just in time for Diwali, the three monkeys embark on a journey to find the most special gift of all. I
3. Let’s Celebrate Diwali
This story is written by teacher, mom and author, Anjali Joshi. The story tells the tale of Harini who wants to share the story of Diwali in school. She finds that she’s not alone in celebrating Diwali and during her journey she learns about Hindu, Sikh, Jain, and Buddhist Diwali traditions.
This book takes a traditional look at the story of Diwali. Prince Rama and his wife Princess Sita, and his loyal brother Prince Lakshmana determined to restore peace and justice, have their plans take an unexpected turn when Ravana kidnaps Sita. Only with the help of Hanuman, God of the Winds, Jatayu, King of the Birds, and many other fearless friends can Prince Rama and his companions defend Ravana.
5. Let’s Celebrate the 5 Days of Diwali
We all know about the the 12 days of Christmas and this book shares the story of the five days of Diwali. In this series from Bollywood Groove, readers can join Maya, Neel and their pet squirrel, Chintu, as they visit their Aunty Eesha in India to celebrate 5 Days of Diwali.The book takes readers through Dhanteras (day 1), Choti Diwali (day 2), Diwali (day 3), Saal Mubarak (day 4) and Bhai Dooj (day 5). The book includes a pictorial summary of Diwali
This board book for young readers is filled illustrations from Archana Sreenivasan and helps young ones learn that the five days of Diwali are a time to celebrate the special bonds between siblings, and rejoice in the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. The book shows each of the traditions celebrated during Diwali in a fun way.
7.Rani Saves Diwali
In this book written by masalamomma, Anita Bhadhwar which is the first in her ‘Rani Princess’ series, the palace’s royal decorator has an accident, so Rani comes up with a plan to ensure that the Diwali decorations are completed before puja. With the help of Hari (Rani’s pet parrot) and her lady-in-waiting, Jaya, the decorations (lights, diyas, rangoli) are finished just in time for puja.
8. Lights for Gita
Gita’s family has recently emigrated from India, but she has already made friends in her new home. Today, she is looking forward to her favourite holiday – Divali, a festival of lights. But Gita’s plans soon fall apart and she becomes homesick. A great way to share the story of the sentiment of Diwali.
9. Twinkle, Twinkle Diwali Lights
This book is a new read by the amazing Desi Babies group and illustrated beautifully. This book is the perfect introduction to the celebration of Diwali. The unique illustrations capture the bright colours, twinkling lights, and glittery fireworks that are a part of this festive holiday.
This book is on the Hindu American Foundation’s recommended reads and is also great for young readers and parents for a ‘storytime’ on Diwali. It shares the story of Diwali simply. A two-page spread at the back of each book contains information for parents, and includes suggestions on ways to communicate the holiday’s meaning to kids.
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