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Happy Holi: 6 Books for kids on the festival of colors

On this Auspicious festival day of Holi, share the story behind this festival of colours; the myths associated and the cultural significance through these books for kids on Holi. These books are easy to read with an interesting story talking about Indian culture and traditions associated with the festival of colours- Holi. So, do read them to your child and let them explore the festival and learn about the why’s and Hows’ of the celebration too.

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1. Celebrate Holi With Me

This is a very interesting book by Shoumi Sen which brings out this ancient story along with all the fun elements of Holi. This is something that is appealing to kids. She uses a lot of words in Hindi like – abeer, gulal, pichkari making the reading joyous and fun way.

the book is about a girl named Riya and her friends who immerse everyone in our spectacular carnival of colours, Holi. Along with learning the story of Prahlad, why we celebrate Holi, and all the myths associated with Holi. The book has beautiful illustrations and an easy storyline making it easy for kids to understand.

You can buy these books for kids on Holi here- Celebrate Holi with me.


2. Festivals of the World- Holi

Another wonderful book I recommend would be the festivals of World Holi. by Om editorial world. This is a part of series of all the festivals celebrated in the world. The easy flowing language along with colourful illustrations makes the book interesting and readable. The book explains why we celebrate the Holi and how it is celebrated in different parts of the country. The story is presented in a very attractive and wonderful way that even toddler or preschoolers would love to hear the stories and go through the pages.

You can buy these books for kids on Holi here- Festival of the World- Holi


3. Amma, Tell Me About Holi

Another vibrant book for kids to make them aware of our Indian culture, traditions and celebrations is Amma Tell me about Holi. The book is a part of the informative “Amma Tell Me” book series by Bhakti Mathur, read our review of Amma, tell me about Ganesha here.

This is another book to introduce the festival of Holi to your kids, in a fun and non-preachy way.

Amma Tell Me About Holi by Bhakti Mathur is a story where the Amma (mother) tells various stories to his little boy related to the festival of Holi. It’s a tale of lots of what we have experience as childhood fun, naughtiness and colours. Also, about Radha, Krishna and their near and dear ones. So all in all, its a fun-filled story with rhyming words, beautiful illustrations.

You can chec these books for kids on Holi here- Amma, Tell me about Holi


4. Rani Celebrates Holi

Rani celebrates Holi by Anita Badhwar is a perfect book for preschoolers to explain to them about the colourful festival of holi during the springtime.

The Story is about a  little Princess Rani a pet parrot Hari and an elephant called Bindi. .Rani and Hari are happy to celebrate the Indian festival of colours, Holi. But her pet elephant bindi isn’t because he hates to get messy. How Bindi gets convinced to participate and ends up enjoying Holi is what the story is all about. With colourful water, colour powders and balloons on the way, the description is engaging for ids.

A really cute story with animals is definitely loved by kids of all ages. 

You can check these books for kids on Holi here- Rani Celebrates Holi.


5. Let’s Celebrate Holi

Lets celebrate Holi by Vivek Kumar Ajanta Chakraborty Janelle Diller is a story about  Maya, Neel and their pet squirrel Chintu. The story evolves as these three visit their cousin Ameya in India to celebrate Holi. Through this book, the kids can learn about the vibrant and significant cultural elements of Holi.


This book brings us the story of Holi through the eyes of two kids, Maya and Neel who are accompanied by their pet Chintu. They visit their cousin Ameya who stays in India, just in time for the festival of Holi. The book starts off with the story of Prahlad and Holika,  moves on to explain why and how the festival was celebrated initially, and how gradual changes were made to the celebration over time.

Both the kids Maya and Neel understands the concept of Holi by witnessing customs, reading books and through friendly interactions. After learning all they could about the festival, Maya and Neel go shopping to equip themselves with balloons, ‘gulaal’ and ‘pichkari’ to enjoy with friends and relatives.

The Illustrations of this Holi book for kids are amazing to keep the kids and parents occupied and entertained. The language of the book is simple and easy for kids to read and understand. A highly recommended book, if you stay abroad and want to keep your kids informed about Indian culture and traditions.

You can check these books for kids on Holi here- Let’s Celebrate Holi.


6. Dev and Ollie: Colour Carnival 

As the name suggests the main characters of the book Dev and Ollie: colour carnival by Shweta Aggarwal is Dev and Ollie the pet owl. The Story is about how they arrive in India to celebrate Holi and how Dev, does not like getting mucky. The book teaches children in a fun way about the cultural significance of the festival with wit and simplicity.

Dev is a young boy who doesn’t like games that gets messy like painting, muddy puddles or playing in the sand. Ollie And Dev’s magical owl wants to show him a new world of colour and how messy can be fun too. The book explains the festival Holi through the eyes of a boy Dev and an Owl Ollie who were travelling to Delhi, but crash-landed to Agra and experience the colourful festival of Holi. 

This Holi book for kids has really wonderful illustrations which can help hold the interest of kids and explain to them the traditions and fun way to enjoy festivals.

You can check these Holi books for kids here- Dev and Ollie

Hatching and Cross Hatching shading techniques for drawing

Check this fun cardboard pitchkari (water Gun) we made for Holi using the hatching shading technique.


Do let me know if you have read any of these kids book on Holi. If yes, which one is your child’s favourite.

Also, feel free to share any other book which you think is good enough and should be a part of this list. Would love to hear your suggestions and try out.


Till then,

Keep Reading and Wish you a vesy Happy Holi.



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