Diwali, the festival of light is celebrated widely across India and abroad. Symbolically, this festival promotes the enlightenment of the body and the soul. Why not gift kids with some good books that will help them develop an exemplary character and illuminate the world with the knowledge they will gain.
1. “Lights For Gita”
In this full-color illustrated book by Rachna Gilmore and Alice Priestley (Illustrator), Gita, an immigrant child from India celebrates Diwali for the first time in her new home in the West. “When she lights the wicks on the family’s oil-filled “diyas”, Gita realizes that no matter where they live, they can always drive away the darkness with light.” A wonderful picture-book for children above 5.
2. “Diwali: Hindu Festival of Lights”
This book by Dianne M. MacMillan is high on facts but low on visual appeal. An excellent resource book for school children on the history, culture, beliefs, practices, and people of India, it gives the young reader a well-rounded picture of the real meaning of Diwali.
3. “Lighting a Lamp: A Diwali Story”
Here is a simple and delightful introduction to Diwali – suitable for the very youngest child – from the Festival Time Books series by by Jonny Zucker, Jan Barger Cohen (Illustrator). Follow a family as they make rangoli patterns, light diyas, and watch a brilliant fireworks display to celebrate their amazing festival of light.
4. “Diwali” by Denise M. Jordan
A simple introduction to the customs and traditions connected with the Hindu celebration of Diwali.
5. Celebrate Diwali
This National Geographic Children’s Book by Deborah Heiligman brings to life the holiday’s traditions, food, and celebration rituals.
6. “Diwali” by Christina
Mia Gardeski- A simple introduction to the customs and traditions connected with the Hindu celebration of Diwali.