“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney. Agree?

 

With festive season round the corner, all the parents out there will surely get some time to spend with kids and books this holiday. When it comes to festivals kids questions are endless, Why do we light this lamp, why do we offer these laddoos, why do we decorate this idol? So to keep them hooked, here are some leading authors and their books related to festivals and gods. From lovely read-alouds to fun and festive stories, these brand new freshly packaged stories are the perfect way to enjoy the holidays.

Ganesha- Hearing, Seeing, Smelling, Touching and Tasting

This is a perfect picture book for babies and toddlers illustrated and written by Swamini Supriyananda. Through this beautifully designed picture book, babies are introduced to the beloved god Ganesha and five senses – Hearing, Seeing, Smelling, Touching and Tasting. Amazing book that every parent must read to their little ones.

Suitable for: Below 3.
Author Name: Swamini Supriyananda.
Publication: Chinmaya Bala Katha.

Ganesh 

Do you know why Lord Ganesha is elephant headed? Or why he has only one tusk? Did your little one ever asked you these questions? If yes, then you should definitely read this book for them which clarifies all their doubts about the god of wisdom and his faithful assistant Mushika, a rat. A fun retelling of the most popular stories of Ganesh, accompanied by beautiful illustrations that bring life to stories.

Suitable for: 3 – 6.
Author Name: Subhadra Sen Gupta.
Publication: Penguin Books.

Ravana Remedy 

An Informative book for kids of age group 6 to 9, which talks about the history of Ravan- the king of Lanka. How they evolved with changing times, their importance and relevance, etc. The narration by Suddhasattwa is in a story-like format which is quite impressive.

Suitable for: 6 – 9.
Author Name: Suddhasattwa Basu.
Publication: Navbharath Times.

Celebrate Durga Puja With Me

This book is part of ‘From The Toddler Diaries’ series and Durga Puja as experienced by 3 year old Riya. This beautifully portrayed ‘5 Days of Durga Puja’ by Shoumi Sen will surely keep your child interesting throughout the story as it describes every day of Navaratri. Easy to read and 3-6 year old kids.

Suitable for: 3 – 6.
Author Name: Shoumi Sen.
Publication: CreateSpace Independent.

Durga The Feminine Force 

Evil demon Mahishasura, defeats all the gods and takes control of Amaravati. That is when all the gods come together and create a woman using the best parts of all their powers, this woman to be called a Devi Durga. Read this book for your little one through which they will get to know how Devi Durga fought against all forms of evil.

Suitable for: 3 – 6.
Publication: Om Books Editorial.

Amma, Tell me about Durga Puja

This fascinating picture book by Bhakti Marur will surely be a visual treat to kids. Using simple language and vibrant images Amma, tell me about Durga Puja will surely attract kids and leaves them with a best of best reading experience.

Suitable for: 0 – 3.
Author Name: Bhakti Mathur.
Publication:  Anjana Publishing.

Diwali: A Cultural Adventure

Diwali is the story of a brave hero, an evil villain, and an epic battle. Here’s how Ram defeated darkness. If you want your child to know about why Diwali and how it is celebrated, then you should definitely read this book for them.

Suitable for: 3 – 6.
Author Name: Sana Hoda Sood.
Publication: Mascot Books.

Lord Rama

World was being terrorized by the King of evil Ravana. Lord Vishnu appeared as Rama to vanquish the demon and restore the peace on earth. Lord Rama, an embodiment of truth, virtue, an ideal son, husband and above all an ideal king. Lord Rama by Om Books Editorial team is written in a lucid language keeps your little one’s mind engaging.

Suitable for: 3 – 6.
Publication: Om Books Editorial.

Diwali is a fun-filled festival for kids and elders. They love burying crackers and eating lots of sweets. Amma, Tell Me About Diwali” is a charming and informative children’s book. Stories written in the form of rhymes and brilliant visuals will surely attract your kids.

Suitable for: 3 – 6.
Author Name: Bhakti Mathur.
Publication: Anjana Publishing.

Tell Me About Festivals of India

When it comes to Indian festival days childrens questions are endless. To answer all their questions gift this amazing book by Anurag Mehta. A package of interesting mythological tales and vibrant illustrations, the significance of the major festivals of India are well explained.

Suitable for: 6 – 9.
Author Name: Anurag Mehta.
Publication: Nita Mehta Publications.

Do give these books a try but as I always say, these are some of the books that the mommy me enjoyed reading with her little one. It may happen that your junior won’t like some or all the books from this list and that’s perfectly fine. Every child has his/her own preferences, let’s just respect their choices and read them what they want.
Books to read with your little one this festive season
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