Diwali comes with a simple but heavy message: good triumphing over evil. Explaining this to your kids can be challenging because you want to sound meaningful and not dumb it down. Luckily, there are numerous books for small children on the market these days that explain the details of Diwali. Not only do many of these books address the mythology and religious relevance around it but also the cultural significance of the celebrations.
Lucky for you, we’ve selected the 7 books particularly worthy of mention and the best part is they are easily available on Amazon. You only have two weeks because this year, Diwali is on October 19. Our suggestion: get to the shopping!
Diwali books to buy on Amazon
1. “Let’s Celebrate Diwali” by Anjali Joshi
We love the multiculturalism of the book. Though it’s about Diwali, it’s not only through the lens of Hinduism, as most conventional books. The book follows the character Harini and her learning about Hindu, Sikh, Jain, and Buddhist Diwali traditions.
2. “Amma, Tell Me About Diwali” by Bhakti Mathur
“Amma Tell Me” is a part of a series that introduces young readers to Hinduism. The illustrations pop and the storytelling isn’t preachy. It’s engaging in its rhyming sing-song writing.
3. “The Diwali Gift” by Shweta Chopra, Shuchi Mehta
The storybook centers around 3 curious monkies Suno, Dekho, and Jaano and their adventures in discovering a Diwali gift. This book is the winner of the Mom’s Choice Award.
4. “Diwali, the Festival of Lights (Shalu)” by Nick Sharma
This book explains the meaning of Diwali and why diyas are lit. It goes beyond that, too, and includes activities and lessons which makes it engaging and educational.
5. “Let’s Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali!” by Ajanta Chakraborty, Vivek Kumar
Kids learn about the five days of Diwali: Dhanteras (day 1), Choti Diwali (day 2), Diwali (day 3), Saal Mubarak (day 4) and Bhai Dooj (day 5). Culture, food, and language are also discussed in this book, making it a must-read for youngins wanting to learn more about their roots.
6. “Diwali: A Cultural Adventure” by Sana Sood
This book is an easy to follow introduction to what Diwali is and why people observe it. This is particularly a good starter book for young readers who you want to get excited about the virtues of the festival.
7. “Ved And Friends Celebrate Dussehra And Diwali” by Diksha Pal Narayan
Ved and Friends celebrate Dussehra and Diwali. Whats more is this book provides multiple family activities at the end of the book. Many readers have commented how well-researched these collection of stories are. The illustrations are bound to keep kids interested as well.