Even before Little Mirchi was born I started collecting South Asian Inspired books on culture, celebrations and festivals. In fact, I even wrote a post on my running list of books that I planned to purchase for our home library.
Saving you the legwork, KitaabWorld does all the searching and curating for you, bringing you a one stop shop with a large selections of South Asian books varying from age, subject and festivals. We asked the founders Gauri & Sadaf to tell us about the inspiration behind KitaabWorld and give us their picks of Diwali books by age.
What was your inspiration for KitaabWorld?
Gauri was concerned about the lack of adequate South Asian influence in her children’s life, and yet found it hard to find resources that would help. She shared her concerns with other moms, and noticed that many felt the same way. She bounced ideas off with her longtime friend Sadaf, and felt that there should be a way for parents to easily find resources to connect with and teach their kids about South Asian culture. Many brainstorming and chai sessions later, they realised that this would also be of value to teachers, authors, publishers and librarians.
As they worked on KitaabWorld, we discovered a whole new world of fun and engaging South Asian books, global authors and wonderful stories, only they weren’t easily accessible in the US. They strived to solve that problem by creating KitaabWorld, a one-stop shop for South Asian children’s books, toys and games. They curate, you choose!
KitaabWorld is a passion project that grew out of our desire to expose our children to fun and engaging books and toys related to South Asia. Our aim is to open up a window to stories – some old, some new but definitely ones that expand one’s worldview. We hope that all children catch a glimpse of themselves reflected in these books. -Gauri and Sadaf, co-founders, KitaabWorld
Simple yet delightful stories that introduce your young ones to mithai, fireworks and diyas. These wonderfully illustrated tales flip 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.
*BONUS* 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!
KitaabWorld is offering our Love Laugh Mirch readers 10% off their purchase. Use code LLM10 at checkout!