Having to raise my brother and I outside of India my parents had to make extra efforts to teach us about our culture, language and religion. When you live in India, you just know when the festive season is around the corner, shops start putting out their finest pieces, it’s blasted across televisions and street signs, families start hosting big dinners and mothers get busy in the kitchen. Due to the zero commercial influence in the States, my parents would have to make up for it at home by making it a big deal. They would tell us colorful stories from their childhood, cook our favorite foods, and get us involved in fun and festive help tasks. My dad had a shelf in his library dedicated to Indian books and comics, just so he could teach us the culture in a ‘fun’ way. Years later I still find myself indulging in those books every time I go home to visit my parents.
Even before Little Mirchi was born I started a running list of Indian inspired books that I wanted to add to our home library for her to learn and read from. My hope is that she too will learn and hold on to the memories the way I cherish the books my Dad collected for us when we were kids. Sharing some of my favorite books that teach children about Indian culture, festivals and language below. I’ll be adding to this list as I come across more Indian inspired fun reads. If there are any children’s books in your collection that you think should be on the list, please share in the comments section!
- Amma, Tell Me About Holi
- Amma, Tell Me About Krishna
- Amma, Tell Me About Diwali
- Amma, Tell Me About Ramayana
- Amma, Tell Me About Ganesha
- Amma, Tell Me How Krishna Defeated Kansa
- Amma, Tell Me How Krishna Fought The Demons
15. Lots of Lights
17. The Diwali Gift
22. Chaat and Sweets
**Added after original publish**
32. Chachaji’s Cup
35. India ABC’s
30 Children’s Books on Indian Culture & Festivals