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12 Colorful Children's Books on Holi

February 11, 2022

Holi, a festival of colors, is a spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal. It is celebrated to rejoice the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring and as a Thanksgiving for a good harvest. It lasts for two days starting on full moon day somewhere between February and March. The first day is known as ‘Holika Dahan’ and the second day as ‘Rangwali Holi’.

There are many interesting factors about Holi which are shared by our authors through their books! 

1. Holi Hai by Chitra Soundar

Recommended Age 6+ Years

Gauri is excited to splash colors on everyone for Holi. But when she doesn’t get her favorite color, Gauri gets mad. Will she find a way to overcome her anger and join in the festivities? Gauri feels upset and doesn't want to participate in the festivities. Her grandfather then tells her about the story of Prahlad, Holika and the significance of the fire burnt on the eve of Holi. This beautiful book by Chitra Soundar is different from the usual picture books on Holi in the sense that while it celebrates the exciting festivities of Holi, it also gets to the true meaning behind the celebration and relates it to a child's emotions so beautifully. 

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2. Celebrate Holi With Me by Shoumi Sen

Recommended Age 3+ Years


Author Shoumi Sen brings out this ancient story in her book to go along with all the fun elements of Holi, which will appeal to most kids. She uses a lot of Hindi words like – abeer, gulal, pichkari to name a few. This made the reading more fun. Plus the book is so colorful, that any child will love it.

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3. Holi Colors by Rina Singh

Recommended Age 0+ Years

A beautiful board book that gives your little one a vicarious front-row seat to a Holi celebration, Holi Colors is filled with stunning photographs and words that will move you and strengthen your bond with your baby on this festive and colorful occasion. The board book is so vibrant, and fun and can also be used to teach colors. 

This book is part of our Toka Peanut Box for February 2019! The box comes with a curated, age-appropriate activity.

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4. Amma, Tell Me About Holi

Recommended Age 3+ Years

Who doesn't love an "Amma Tell Me" book? Bhakti Mathur's series of books are marvelously written and also so informative. They introduce the major Hindu festivals and figures to young readers and are perfect for families wanting to share stories of Hinduism with their children or for educators looking for resources on the Hindu culture for their students.

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, and Diwali, and on the Hindu gods Krishna, Hanuman, and Ganesha.

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5. Dinku's Colorful Holi 

Recommended Age 3+ Years

After a fight with his sister over Holi colors and toys, Dinku dreams that he’s a Holi superhero, fighting with Dina to save Dinopur’s toys. But, even though he wins, he discovers why forgiveness is important.

We love this beautiful story that revolves around the Holi celebration. It is fun, unusual, and imaginative and the kids will have a blast reading it!

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6. The Jai Jais' Festival Series: Holi by Sunita Shah and Rishi Handa

Recommended Age 6+ Years

The Jai Jais Festival series is an exciting new series from the Jai Jais to teach children of all diversities about the popular Hindu festivals of Holi and Diwali.  They retell the ancient tales in a modern way for children to remember and understand why these festivals are celebrated all over the world.

This colorful and beautifully narrated book tells the story behind Holi. It is based on the tale of Prahlada, who through his devotion to Lord Vishnu survived his father’s evil ways. Prahlada through his devotion to Lord Vishnu survived his father’s evil ways.

The Jai Jais bring the ancient tale to life with magical and modern illustrations which engage children around ages 5-8 years and beyond. This is a great story for all children to learn about the Hindu festival! 

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7. Dev and Ollie Color Carnival

Recommended Age 6+ Years

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Enjoy this lovely read-aloud from the author of the book Shweta Aggarwal.

Dev is a curious young boy who doesn’t like messy games like muddy puddles, playing in sand, or painting except for football.

Ollie, Dev’s magical night owl wants to show him a new world of color, how Holi is celebrated, and how these messy games can be fun. So they both start their journey one night to the beautiful land of Delhi. However, instead of landing in Delhi, they crash-land in Agra. But Holi is celebrated all over India, so they both start to explore Agra and they bump into kids playing with color balloons.

So did Dev like Holi? Did he start to enjoy all messy and mucky games?

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8. Let's Celebrate Holi

Recommended Age 5+ Years

 

This book brings us Holi through the eyes of two kids, Maya and Neel, (accompanied by their pet Chintu) who visit their cousin Ameya in India, just in time for Holi. They are all set to turn their pristine white clothes into souvenirs of celebrations.

Starting off with the story of Prahlad and Holika, the author moves on to explain why and how the festival was celebrated initially and the gradual changes made to the celebration over a period of time. Maya and Neel understand the concept of Holi by witnessing sequential customs, reading books and through friendly interactions/inquiries. After imbibing all they could about the much-awaited festival, Maya and Neel stride to the market and equip themselves with ‘gulaal’, ‘pichkari’, and balloons to enjoy with friends and complete strangers too. Of course “Everyone is your friend on the day of Holi”. ‘Gujia’ and ‘Thandai’ during ‘Holi Milan’ in the presence of the enchanting moon- Oh mouth-watering!!

9. Festival of Colors by Surishtha and Kabir Sehgal, Vashti Harrison

Recommended Age 3+ Years

  

Don't miss this bestselling picture book about Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors, the mother-son writing duo, Surishtha Sehgal and Kabir Sehgal. The book is about Mintoo and Chintoo, siblings who gather with their friends and family to celebrate an entire day filled fun and color. Beyond the excitement, it also dives into the deeper significance of Holi and the importance of relationships    

10. It's Time for Holi

Recommended Age 5+ Years

Winter is when everything is white from the white, white snow. When spring is near red roses bloom, blue birds sing and green grass grows. And we celebrate the arrival of spring and of color with Holi celebrations with friends and family.

A simple story from the eyes of an Indian American boy and his Holi celebrations.

11. Rani Celebrates Holi!

Recommended Age 2+ Years

Rani is an Indian Princess with a pet parrot Hari and an elephant called Bindi. Everyone is excited to play Holi except Bindi the elephant because she hates to get messy. How Bindi gets convinced to participate and ends up enjoying Holi is what the story is about.  

12. Why Holi? by Riyanka Khanna

Recommended Age 5+ Years

My daughter loved this book by Riyanka Khanna, which is part of her 'Why Series.' The author wrote these books with the intention of introducing readers to mythology in a fun way. This book is about why Holi is celebrated and the story of Prahlad.  The story is about King Hiranyakashyap who was an evil king and who tried to kill his own son. The story presents in a child-friendly manner, with a sense of fun and rhythm. Check it out! 

Wish you all a very Happy Holi!

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