Here's a selection of some colorful books for children on "Diwali" - the greatest festival of the Hindus, celebrated across the world.
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.
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.
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.
This National Geographic Children's Book by Deborah Heiligman brings to life the holiday's traditions, food, and celebration rituals.
The story of Diwali as told to Klaka by his Amma - from the celebration of Prince Rama's homecoming, his victory over Ravana, the evil demon king, to the a story of Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, who rewards her true devotees with fortune and good health.
A simple introduction to the customs and traditions connected with the Hindu celebration of Diwali.