My Diwali Light (Hardcover)
Devi loves the Diwali season. It’s a time to wear her favorite red bindi and eat samosas until she bursts! Make mithai and design rangoli with her papa. And paint diyas with her nani—a reminder to shine her light brightly all year long.
This joyful story, with vibrant collage illustrations, follows one girl’s Diwali traditions as her family celebrates their favorite holiday with the ones they love.
Raakhee Mirchandani is an award-winning writer and editor. She is the author of My Diwali Light, Hair Twins, Super Satya Saves the Day, and She Persisted: Kalpana Chawla. When she isn't writing, Raakhee is either organizing her bookshelves, running races to raise money for kids with cancer, or admiring her many Diwali decorations, many of which she leaves up all year round. She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, with her husband and daughter. She invites you to follow her on Instagram @RaakstarWrites or visit her online at raakstarwrites.com.
Supriya Kelkar grew up in the Midwest, where she learned Hindi as a child by watching three Hindi movies a week. She is the author of Bindu’s Bindis, American as Paneer Pie, That Thing about Bollywood, and Strong as Fire, Fierce as Flame, among others, and the illustrator of American Desi and My Diwali Light. She has also worked on the writing teams for several films. She invites you to visit her online at supriyakelkar.com.
“[A] vibrant account of a close-knit family and community. MY DIWALI LIGHT should be part of all sets of books about traditions and cultures.”—Booklist
"Mirchandani equates Diwali with collectivity, showing that the joy of the holiday can be shared with family and friends inside and outside of the culture."—SLJ
"Mirchandani’s simple, elegant text explains the holiday, vividly bringing to life a family that loves coming together to share traditions, while Kelkar’s bold use of color (particularly shades of purple, blue, and green) makes the illustrations pop….A warm, heartfelt ode to Diwali and the joys of family."—Kirkus