Happy Diwali! A Book for Multicultural Families


Happy Diwali Book. Courtney Pippin Mathur. Diwali in USA. Multicultural families Diwali. Mixed families Diwali.

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*A new picture book for multicultural South Asian families*

Anita interviews new author Sanyukta Mathur and illustrator Courtney Mathur (sisters in law!) about their new childrenโ€™s picture book ๐Ÿช” โ€œHappy Diwaliโ€. Hear how โ€œHappy Diwaliโ€ ๐Ÿช” went from a concept to an actual book, the challenges and support they had along the way, and why they decided to tell this story.This radiant book portrays a day in the life of a multicultural Indian American family celebrating Diwali ๐Ÿช” in their own unique way, with dazzling and authentic illustrations. Your kids may recognize themselves in it!


7 ๐™๐™ž๐™ฅ๐™จ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™˜๐™ช๐™ก๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™– ๐™—๐™ก๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š๐™™ ๐™›๐™–๐™ข๐™ž๐™ก๐™ฎ:


๐Ÿช” Use festivals and food to hook kids into the Indian experience

๐Ÿช” Meet kids where they are

๐Ÿช” Keep their interest by letting them choose how to engage - donโ€™t impose

๐Ÿช” Teach & involve non-Indian family members all parts of the tradition so they can take part and pass down

๐Ÿช” Make it work - no podi for rangoli? Use sidewalk chalk! Buy premade clay diyas and paint!

๐Ÿช” Level your expectations - we canโ€™t recreate the experience of the homeland but we can hit the highlights

๐Ÿช” Take time off - use your leave for religious holidays to give yourself time to prepare

Buy the book fromย Amazonย or from independent bookstores near you.ย If you are in the DC metro area, stop by โ€œ๐‡๐จ๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ’ ๐๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ฌ!โ€, an independent childrenโ€™s bookstore at ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฑ ๐—ž๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜, ๐—”๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฎ ๐—ฉ๐—” to pick up your copy.ย 

@pippinmathurย @sanyukta_snapsย 

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Check out our bilingual resources for South Asian children:

bilingual books, vocabulary cards and worksheets.ย 

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| BK Interview 12 |

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