Binny's Diwali

Category: Book
Illustrated By: Chanani, Nidhi
By (author): Umrigar, Thrity
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Religious
  JUVENILE FICTION / Religious / Hindu
  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Religion & Faith
Audience: children/juvenile
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Published: September 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 40
Size: 10.31in x 10.29in x 0.38in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*Binny woke up happy but nervous. It was her day to share about Diwali, the Festival of Lights!

Binny 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.Featuring a heartwarming story by Thrity Umrigar, enchanting illustrations by Nidhi Chanani, and detailed information about the Hindu festival of lights, Binny's Diwali is a holiday treat.
Review Quote*

"A fresh, contemporary telling of an ancient tradition in a modern context... This colorful, cheerful book will easily find its home among similar books about school, celebrations, and sharing traditions." -- Booklist

Praise for When I Carried You in My Belly by Thrity Umrigar:

"Umrigar's story celebrates a mother's love, her daughter's individuality, and the contributions of extended family." -- Publishers Weekly

"Will strike a chord with both new mothers and children, who love to hear about their beginnings. The ending spreads tug heartstrings." -- Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani:

"Chanani masterfully turns the complex immigrant narrative into a magical and captivating work of art." -- The New York Times

* "This dazzling blend of realistic fiction and fantasy is perfect for fans of characters who have to overcome obstacles on their way to growing up." -- School Library Journal, starred review

Biographical NoteThrity Umrigar loves cats and puppies and kids and sparklers and starry nights and ice cream and summer vacations and festivals. When she is not eating ice cream and playing with cats and dogs, she daydreams and writes award-winning books for adults and kids, including the picture books When I Carried You in My Belly and Sugar in Milk. Thrity lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and treasures the letters she receives from young readers. You can find her at

Nidhi Chanani likes to dream kind and creative dreams. She's the author of the graphic novel Pashmina and the bilingual board book Shubh Raatri Dost/Good Night Friend, as well as the illustrator of the picture book I Will Be Fierce. Nidhi draws and dreams in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, child, and cat. Find more of her work at