Do you remember the first book you had fallen for? Falling in love with books is easy when one is young! So why not gift your child his first love this Diwali? It is the best way to cultivate the habit of reading at a tender age and make them avid readers as they grow up. The amazing graphic illustrations and brilliant colours that these children’s books present appeal to the little ones and also the adults alike.
So, here is the list of some children books you can gift your child this Diwali:
1. Diwali: A Cultural Adventure by Sana Sood
Illustrated by: Rubina Hoda
Age Level: 6-9
This book is a lovely reason for you to snuggle-read with your little readers as you take them through the wonderful adventure of Ramayana. The story has been enriched with full page illustrations, brilliant colours and lovely rhymes that are sure to appeal your little ones. Needless to say you might get ‘One more time please!!!’ after you finish reading.
2. Celebrate Diwali With Sweet Lights And Fireworks By National Geographic
Ages 6 – 9 years
There is no better way to introduce your child to the most auspicious festival than this beautiful book by National Geographic! The attractive, vivid and rich photographs show how the festival of lights is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world.
3. Lights For Gita by Rachna Gilmore
Illustrated by: Alice Priestley
Age Level: 6-9
This brilliantly illustrated book by Alice Priestley tells you the story of a little girl Gita, who feels homesick in her new home and anticipates the joy of celebrating Diwali in her new surroundings. At the end of the story she realises that Diwali is not about filling the darkness by lighting firecrackers, rather it is more about filling inner darkness with our own light!
4. The Diwali Gift by Shweta Chopra & Shuchi Mehta
Illustrated by Anna Koan
Age Level: 6-9
The beautiful artwork by Anna Koan not only introduces little readers to our festival of lights but also amuses them with its funny storyline. It is a tale of tradition, fun and lot of curiosity! It keeps your child engrossed with the funny story of three monkeys – Suno, Dekho and Jaano, who discovers a mysterious package, a Diwali Gift that arrives just in time, making them excited and curious about what package holds in it.
5. Amma Tell Me About Diwali by Bhakti Mathur
Illustrations by Maulshree Somani
Age level: 6-9
This book is sure to make you feel nostalgic with its storyline, reminding you of your childhood. It is a magical story recited by Amma to her children Klaka and Kiki when they insist her to tell them about Diwali. She recites two stories – the celebration of the Prince Rama of Ayodhya after his return from the war and about Laxmi, the wealth goddess worshipped during Diwali.
6. Lots Of Lights by Kavita Sahai
Illustrations by Vladividal
Age Level: 3-6
This fun book explains the importance of each day of Diwali celebration to the young readers with its vibrant and colourful illustrations of cute little Elephant called Hati. It allows your children to understand the Indian culture in a fun way, ultimately making them better global citizens. It turns out to be very helpful, especially for Indian parents residing in western countries to introduce their children to the Indian festival of lights.
7. The Story Of Divaali by Verma Jatinder
Illustrations by Nilesh Mistry
Age level: 6 and above
It is a retelling of the story Ramayana, where the good triumphs over evil, love over hate and light over dark! Rhythms and language of the story inadvertently makes you read it aloud. Every single page of this book has engrossing illustrations and brilliant colours that adorn this absorbing retelling of the story.
8. Rangoli: An Indian Art Activity Book by Suma O’Farrell
Age Level: 6-9
Diwali is not just about crackers, lights and sweets! It is also about nourishing that creative ‘kid-a’ in your little kalakars. Give wings to their creativity with this beautiful Rangoli colouring book! It introduces your kid to the popular art of our country – Rangoli. The book guides the child by giving step by step examples and encourages them to explore various possibilities of drawing Rangoli with the help of dot grids.
These books are great gifts that help to inculcate love for reading and introduce your child to our rich Indian culture! So, grab one, grab more and see your child grow…