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Diwali Books

Diwali Hinduism

We are so excited by all our Diwali finds that we can't wait to share it with you! What better way than stories to get kids, young and old excited about Diwali, the festival of lights.

Here are our picks by age.


We’ve selected some simple yet delightful stories that introduce your young ones to mithai, fireworks and diyas. These wonderfully illustrated tales flit between the age-old traditions and the building excitement for the festival of Diwali!

Amma Tell Me About Diwali written in rhyming verse, sets the stage for the remembering why we celebrate Diwali as well as makes the excitement (yes, and firecrackers) in the air feel so real!

Lots of Lights is perfect for toddlers and brings light and cheer and the colorful spirit of Diwali to your door!

Rani Saves Diwali is a story about a young princess who saves the day to make Diwali special for all her friends!

Hurray for Diwali is a lovely story of the magic through the day to get to the fun parts and festivities ahead.

Lights, Camera, Diwali Smile! It’s time to capture all the fun-filled activities throughout the day with Dia and her camera!


 For learning about the traditions and mythology behind the celebrations, here are some great books to introduce children to the stories and spirit behind Diwali

Diwali A Cultural Adventure tells the story behind Diwali in a wonderful an age-appropriate way that engages young and old. It ends with a very positive message for the young ones to remember!

Let’s Celebrate Diwali Join Harini as she learns about Hindu, Sikh, Jain, and Buddhist Diwali traditions.

Shalu, Diwali Festival of Lights shares the meaning of Diwali and shows you the how one light can guide you back home.  

Holidays around the World: Celebrate Diwali brings to life Diwali's traditions, food, and celebration rituals for those who are not so familiar with them. A great book to share with a school teacher or a friend to introduce them to the joy of Diwali.

Celebrations in my World - Diwali  Learn how Diwali is the triumph of good over evil. This budget friendly and authentic book makes a great donation to a school or public library to spread some Diwali love!

As you grow older, one can appreciate that there are many different versions of the same story. See how things can differ depending on your point of view with these amazing books!

Ramayana - A Divine Loophole The whimsical illustrations add a lovely texture to this new re-telling of the ancient tale.

Ram and Sita - The Path of Flames This book describes the magical adventure Lord Rama takes to rescue Sita in a easy to understand manner.

Sita’s Ramayana  The Ramayana as told by the central female character explores the traditional story of the Ramayana from a different perspective as well as the cost of war.

Hanuman’s Ramayan Did you know that Hanuman had his own version of the Ramayana? Read about why it never made out in the public!

Festival of Lights Read this story about the great epic Ramayana told through the eyes of a child.

Bilingual pick

Deepak’s Diwali - Even though Deepak’s Diwali doesn’t starts off just right, it ends with a bang! Read this book in English and Hindi - another great way to brush up their Hindi!

New Finds

My Diwali Coloring Book - A fun way to get children into the spirit of Diwali!

This blog post was written in collaboration with Love, Laugh, Mirch, and first appeared here.

Check out our downloadable guide to fun Diwali story times

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