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Diwali Book Club

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

This week's choices have been suggested by some of the well-read folk at 'Kids Books for a Better World' who have shared their favourite books for celebrating this beautiful festival. Diwali is called the Festival of Lights and is celebrated to honor Rama-chandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu). It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana.

If you want to celebrate Diwali at home you'll need lots of extra colour and lights! There's lots of clever battery-operated 'candles' and tea lights available as well as breaking out your beloved Christmas fairy lights early.

Children can decorate colorful Diwali cards to give or send to family and friends too. And, if you want to get connected to others celebating this festival virtually, head to Virtual Diwali Festival of Lights where they have a host of digital entertainment to enjoy and join in with.

Diwali battery operated tea lights from etsy

In the meantime, here's those all important book recommendations...

1 Celebrate Diwali - Maya & Neel's India Adventure series

Ajanta Chakraborty & Vivek Kumar

Maya & Neel’s India Adventures are written with the mission to raise multicultual kids! Written by 1st generation Indian immigrants, who have dedicated the past decade to spreading multiculturalism through their local dance & culture company as well through this book series whose extreme popularity has taken even us by surprise. You know about the 12 Days of Christmas. But do you know about the 5 days of Diwali, India's Festival of Lights?

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. Alsoo available for kids who want to get busy is an actitvity book by the same authors. Suitable for ages 3 and up.

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2 The Diwali Gift

By Shweta Chopra and Shuchi Mehta

One, two, three, whatever could it be? Join 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 friends can hardly contain their excitement! Sparklers? Bangles? Diyas? Whatever could it be? Discover the most special gift of all in this tale of tradition, curiosity, and fun!

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3. Amma Tell Me About Diwali

By Bhakti Mathur

An informative and charming series of books for children that explains the major Hindu festivals to young readers. Written in rhyme with vivid, captivating illustrations, this series brings Hindu mythology to its readers in a fun and non-preachy way. The Series has ten books on the festivals of Holi, Diwali, and on the Hindu gods Krishna, Hanuman and Ganesha.

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4. Crayola Diwali Colors

Perfect for preschoolers (...and beyond) who will love the beautiful pictures to colour in their own way.

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5. Let's celebrate Diwali

Anjali Joshi | Illustrator: Tim Palin

Harini is excited to share her Diwali story during circle time at school. She quickly learns that she's not the only one with a story to share! Join Harini as she learns about Hindu, Sikh, Jain, and Buddhist Diwali traditions.

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6. Binny's Diwali

by Thrity Umrigar, Nidhi Chanani

A beautiful celebration of Diwali for young children. 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 them about the fireworks, the delicious pedrasand jalebis, and the clay lamps called diyas ... there are so many wonders to see! Her favourite holiday is the Hindu festival of lights called Diwali, and now that they know all about it, all her friends love it too!

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This is just a small selection of ideas, for more tips from the group go to Kids books for a better world on facebook. And don't forget we've got lots of great Book Club picks for diverse and inclusive stories for you children on a number of themes...

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