Diwali children’s books are a wonderful way to learn about or observe a holiday that is recognized by millions of people all around the world. Diwali is a Hindu festival that celebrates the triumph of good over evil. It’s also called the “Festival of Lights” because part of the celebrations include lighting candles and clay lamps all over the house, symbolizing the light within. The festivities are spread out over several days filled with family, food and joy. This year, it’s from October 23 – October 27.

Children’s books on Diwali cover all of the merry aspects of this special occasion. These stories are engaging and beautifully illustrated for little ones. Cultivating a diverse library for your kiddos can start with honoring the different traditions around the world. Check out these picture books that can help foster a love of different cultures and understanding in your child.

7 Diwali children’s books to add to your child’s story time rotation

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Baby's First Diwali

Familiar favorites to mark the tradition and bright images create an engaging board book for little ones.

Ages: 0-2

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Diwali Lights by Rina Singh

Beautiful images and lyrical prose come together in this lovely board book.

Ages: 0-2

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Diwali by Hannah Eliot

Learn alongside your little one with this charming board book teaches all about the magic of the season.

Ages: 0-4

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Let's Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali! by Ajanta Chakraborty and Vivek Kumar

Maya, Neal and their cute little squirrel are learning about five days of festivities in this engaging picture book.

Ages: 2-6

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Archie Celebrates Diwali by Mitali Banerjee Ruths

Archie invites her friends to her family’s annual Diwali party in this picture book that teaches little ones all about the festival.

Ages: 3-7

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Shubh Diwali! by Chitra Soundar

Read along as the characters light the lamps and get ready to ring in the new year, in this book that celebrates the Festival of Lights.

Ages: 4-7

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Binny's Diwali by Thrity Umrigar

Binny shares all of the sweetness of her family’s traditions with her classmates in this lovely children’s book on Diwali.

Ages: 4-8