You know around this part of the internet we love children’s literature. Diwali is a Hindu (and also other Indian religions) festival of lights that is celebrated in the fall. It lasts 5 days and is a major holiday. If you are talking bout holidays in your classroom, here’s some books that highlight Diwali. (Full disclosure: some affiliate links but it won’t change your price. No pressure!) For more books, check out the The Ultimate Music Ed Book List.

1. Diwali (Celebrate the World)

Author: Hannah Eliot
Illustrator: Archana Sreenivasan
ISBN: 978-153441990
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This pretty book explains the holiday.

2. Prince of Fire: The Story of Diwali

Author: Jatinder Verma
Illustrator: Nilesh Mistry
ISBN: 978-1782853077
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A short chapter book better for older elementary students.

3. Diwali in My New Home

Author: Shachi Kaushik
Illustrator: Aishwarya Tandon
ISBN: 978-1506484075
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This is a book about an immigrant child celebrating Diwali and teaching her new neighbors about it.

4. Lighting a Lamp: A Diwali Story (Festival Time Series)

Author: Jonny Zucker
Illustrator: Jan Barger
ISBN: 978-0764126703
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A short book explaining the holiday.

5. It’s Diwali!

Author: Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal
Illustrator: Archana. Sreenivasan
ISBN: 978-1534453654
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Set to the rhyme 1,2, buckle my shoe, this is a beautiful book explains elements of the celebration.

6. Binny’s Diwali

Author: Thrity Umrigar
Illustrator: Nidhi Chanani
ISBN: 978-1338364484
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This book is about a girl, Binny, sharing about Diwali with her class.

I hope this gives you some ideas!

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