This is part of a series on writing booklists about holidays beyond Christmas. To read more about it, you can see it here.
Welcome to our list of favorite Diwali books! This holiday was a favorite of mine to research because of the colors involved with Diwali, making the illustrations in every book so fun! Here are my top four:
Festival of Colors by Kabir and Surishtha Sehgal
I love how this book is simple and on a child’s level, while still incorporating the Diwali jargon and vocabulary. It is also very inclusive of multiple races, showing that Diwali can be enjoyed by many!
Lots of LIghts: A Story About Diwali by Kavita Sahai
This one is fun because elephants are the main characters that walk kids through what Diwali is, again, on their level.
Rani Saves Diwali by Anita Badhwar
A princess saving Diwali! Such a fun book with cute illustrations.
Binny’s Diwali by Thrity Umrigar
Binny is trying to tell her class about her favorite holiday, Diwali. And her peers love it!
What other Diwali books do you love reading to your class? How do you observe Diwali in your classroom or school?
It’s almost time for Halloween! How are you celebrating in your town or school? Does it look different for you, or are things fairly similar?
I can’t let a holiday go by without sharing my favorite books for the season! It’s just not in me. Here are my favorite Halloween books.
The Legend of Spookley The Square Pumpkin. Maybe I love this book because my first-grade teacher (read about her here and how she gave me a love for books!) read this to our class on Halloween. But the message behind it is still great.
Piggie Pie by Margie Palatini
Room On The Broom by Julia Donaldson
It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown By Charles M. Schulz because how do you say no to a classic?!
Pete The Cat: Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean. I think there’s a special element of fun when a beloved, well-known book character celebrates the same holiday you do.
The Dead Family Diaz by P.J. Bracegirdle: it teaches about Day of the Dead from a unique perspective from the dead world side instead of the living world. It will also make you wonder if maybe the movie Coco stole some ideas and influence from this book….?
What are your favorite Halloween books to read to your class?