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Top 7 Diwali Books for Children: Traditional and Fabulous Picture Books

September 20, 2022

Looking for traditional books that tell your child how and why Diwali is celebrated? We have you covered! All these 7 best Diwali books for kids will bring light into your homes and introduce your child to the Indian Festival of Lights.

1. Kahaani Purani 

Age: 0 to 3 years


With its stunning design and beautiful retelling, Kahaani Purani by Pridhee and Alicia D'Souza is a superb interactive board book that narrates the story of Rama and Sita. It is perfect for Diwali and just right for your little ones to recite! 

Kahaani Purani

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2. Amma, Tell me about Diwali  

Age: 3 to 5 years

Amma tells little Klaka a magical story about Diwali. This book attributes the origins of Diwali to return of Rama after His victory over Ravana completeing his 14 years of exile. It also has a lovely story of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, love, prosperity, fortune and beauty.

Amma, let's look at the preview of the book, down below!

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3. Amma, Tell me about Ramayana

Age: 3 to 5 years

One of the biggest epics ever written -- the Ramayana! From the birth of Rama to the defeat of Ravana, the exile, the love, the pain, loyalty, the treachery and the essence of all that makes the great epic, is now summarized in a small, beautiful poem for children written by the incomparable Bhakti Mathur and brought to life by the illustrations of Maulshree Somani. 

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4. Festival of Light: Deepavali Legends from Around India 

Age: 6 to 8 years

Can you guess who defeated Narakasura? Hint -- it wasn't Krishna! It was a woman. 

This book was our pick for the Toka Explorer October box in 2018 and it still remains one of our favorite books on Diwali! Festival of Light narrates amazing Deepavali Legends from around India. The author Radhika Sekar retells the different legends and stories behind why we celebrate Diwali in different parts of India. The book starts with the story of Krishna's wife, Satyabhama defeating Narakasura. Then comes the story of Yama and Yami and why Bhai Dhooj is celebrated and many more such Diwali stories! The tone of the book is playful and keeps the young ones interested in the stories and asking for more. A great book for school going kids who are into chapter book reading!

You can also buy this book as part of our amazing Diwali box but hurry, we have only a few boxes left!

Interested? Well, here is a sneak video peek into the book!  

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5. Lights for the Blue Prince  

Age: 6 to 8 years

This book is the story of Prince Rama, the Blue One, and the heroic effort to rescue his beautiful wife from the clutches of the evil ten-headed king, Ravana. The story of Prince Rama, a jewel among men, is a popular tale that has been retold since ancient times. It is said to bring blessings to those who listen to it.

It is one of the many legends associated with the celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. From simple shadows cast on a cave wall to elaborate shadow puppetry, man has tried to tame shadows to tell a tale. This book has been inspired by shadow puppet theatre, an ancient form of storytelling, and incorporates the use of traditional Indian shadow puppets and silhouettes to tell the story.

Take a peek into the pages of this gorgeous book.

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6. The Jai Jais' Festival Series: Diwali

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.

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7. Let’s Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali 

Recommended age: 3 years + 

Diwali, albeit one of the biggest festivals in India, is celebrated differently by different parts of India. Growing up, for us Diwali was just for one day and involved waking up before sunrise, taking an oil bath and wearing new clothes. Then it was off to burst some crackers, temple and eating! As a South Indian in Mumbai, I knew Diwali lasted way longer for other communities than it was for us and I was always confused about which day was which when my friends explained. The book Let’s Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali lays it out neatly for me from Dhanteras, Choti Diwali, Diwali, Saal Mubarak, and Bhai Dooj.  The book even has a fun and lovely road map that sums up the days, with beautiful illustrations! 


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