Please welcome my guest author today, Padma Venkatraman, with an extensive list on books for kids and teens to learn about Indian culture. She has broken out her list into four categories:
- picture books
- younger middle grade
- older middle grade/younger young adult
- young adult/adult
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Books for Kids and Teens to Learn About Indian Culture
I’m honored to contribute a list of titles that help readers ‘learn about India and Indian culture.’ This list is just a starting point – and is limited (as indeed, all lists are). The titles that came to mind today are mostly fiction by Indian American authors and American publishers; obviously there are several excellent authors and publishers whose work isn’t included. In addition, most of the protagonists below appear to come from Hindu families; but in deference to the unfortunate anti-Islamic sentiment that prevails in parts of the world today, within each age category I have added at least one book that features a Muslim protagonist (from the Indian subcontinent).
Picture Books for Kids and Teens to Learn About Indian Culture
Lights for Gita by Rachna Gilmore, illustrated by Alice Priestly.
Gita, whose family has recently immigrated, discovers the true meaning of Diwali, the festival of light, when her plans to celebrate it go wrong. [picture book, ages 5 and up]