Celebrate Diwali with these two wonderful children's books

Whether you already mark Diwali or want to know more about this special festival celebrated by over ONE BILLION people across faiths, then this picture book and activity guide will make the perfect prize. 



On 2 November 2021, the five-day festival of Diwali begins, with the main day of celebration happening on the 4th. It's a spectacle of light and colour, and of special significance to Hindus – but also Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists – all over the world. Lamps are lit, fireworks are released, and families feast on food together!

If Diwali is already a big date in your family year, then you will love these new books that offer a different focus on the festival and will help get children excited and involved in all of the celebrating to come. 

All About Diwali: Things to Make and Do by Swapna Haddow, illustrated by Aditi Kakade Beaufrand, is a beautiful activity book filled with crafts and recipes, plus activities and facts about the Diwali celebrations. It's guaranteed to keep young ones entertained (and mouths watering, at the thought of potato curry and almond halwa). 

The Best Diwali Ever by Sonali Shah, illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat, is instead a gorgeous and relatable story about an older and younger sibling, and how younger siblings can be annoying but ultimately make life wonderful and fun. The picture book sets this story during Diwali and weaves in lots of wonderful details.

Both books can be enjoyed by children who have never celebrated Diwali and want to know more about the richness of this festival and its customs. 

Answer the question below before the closing date of 11pm on Tuesday 30 November to win both books. 

Win two glorious Diwali children's books

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