Teach Kids About Diwali

Now is the time to teach kids about Diwali.  The main festival is celebrated on Wednesday, November 7 but Diwali actually last five days and the first day starts today! You would know that if you read the book I am profiling below!  Simon and Shuster sent me the latest in their series Celebrate the World and it is a wonderful way to teach children about a variety of cultures.

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Title: Diwaliteach kids about diwali

Author: Hannah Eliot

Target: Kindergarten-Grade 2

Series: Yes

What this book is about:

This book teaches kids about the festival of Diwali.  Children will learn about this Hindu tradition which celebrates hope over despair.  They will learn the role of the goddess Lakshmi and what each of the five days of the festival entails.  From working together to clean the home to celebrating the lifelong bond of brothers and sisters, when Diwali is over, blessing have been granted for a happy new year!

Why I love this book:

  • I love that the publisher uses illustrators who represent the culture for which they are creating pictures.  Who better to provide a visual representation of Diwali, or any of the celebrations in the series for that matter, than someone who has experienced them?
  • How many kids really understand the festival of Diwali?  Other than calling it the festival of lights, I will wager that few have more than that cursory understanding of the celebration.  How lovely to provide children with a book that showcases the holiday honored by more than a billion people worldwide!

Who this book is for:

Great for all kids.  If your children enjoyed other books in the series such as Dia de Los Muertos, this one should be a hit.  The one problem with this series continues to be that it is in board book format, although the information is better suited for grades 1-2.  Would rather see this as an early reader series.

Final thoughts:

Love that they have included Hindi words in the text.

To purchase this book:

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