Happy Diwali! A Book for Multicultural Families

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


*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 children’s picture book 🪔 “Happy Diwali”. Hear how “Happy Diwali” 🪔 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 🪔 in their own unique way, with dazzling and authentic illustrations. Your kids may recognize themselves in it!

7 𝙏𝙞𝙥𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙥𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙣 𝙘𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙗𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙙 𝙛𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙡𝙮:

🪔 Use festivals and food to hook kids into the Indian experience

🪔 Meet kids where they are

🪔 Keep their interest by letting them choose how to engage - don’t impose

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

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

🪔 Level your expectations - we can’t recreate the experience of the homeland but we can hit the highlights

🪔 Take time off - use your leave for religious holidays to give yourself time to prepare

Buy the book from Amazon or from independent bookstores near you. If you are in the DC metro area, stop by “𝐇𝐨𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐲 𝟒 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬!”, an independent children’s bookstore at 𝟭𝟱𝟱𝟱 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁, 𝗔𝗹𝗲𝘅𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗿𝗶𝗮 𝗩𝗔 to pick up your copy. 

@pippinmathur @sanyukta_snaps 


Check out our bilingual resources for South Asian children:

bilingual books, vocabulary cards and worksheets. 


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