If you are looking for books to read aloud, read together or discuss in your family, we are here to help. Books Matter is ADL’s collection of picture books, chapter books and young adult literature that address issues of identity, diversity, bias, bullying and hate.
Each month, our featured Book of the Month comes with two discussion guides: one for the classroom and one for the home. Our parent/family discussion guides include conversation starters, talking points, related books and additional resources.
November 2021: Binny's Diwali
Binny wakes up happy but nervous. It is her day to share about Diwali, the Festival of Lights! She is excited to talk to her class about her favorite holiday. But she struggles to find the words. Taking a deep breath, she tells her classmates about the fireworks that burst like stars in the night sky, leaving streaks of gold and red and green. She shares with them delicious pedas and jalebis. And she shows them clay lamps, called diyas, which look so pretty all the children ooh and aah. Includes detailed information about the Hindu festival of lights in the back.
AUTHOR(S): Thrity Umrigar
ILLUSTRATOR(S): Nidhi Chanani
AGE GROUP: 4–8