Storytime: “Amma, tell me about Diwali”

Just in time for Diwali, the kids at Children’s Library learned about the origin of the festival of lights. We picked Bhakti Mathur’s “Amma, Tell me about Diwali” for our Saturday storytime. The little ones avidly listened to the stories and excitedly spoke about how they would celebrate Diwali with firecrackers and rockets, just like Klaka in the story. We were delighted when a few children raised their concerns about destroying the environment in the name of festivities. As responsible adults, we answered their questions and encouraged them to celebrate green Diwali. Surprisingly, most of them had already heard portions of the narrative from their grandparents, and we all memorized and discovered the missing incidents by reading this story. Finally, we learn that the only diyas we should light throughout our lives are those of honesty and commitment. We then played a fun word game called Complete me! How fiercely competitive the children were in their attempts to predict the words. Finally, we prepared for Diwali by constructing paper diyas and lighting them with joy and laughter.