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Happy Holi!

Holi — “the Festival of Colors” — is here! The festival has roots in several Hindu legends (most significantly one about the love between deities Krishna and Radha) and is a time to welcome spring, celebrate friendships, forgive wrongs, and start anew.

Here are two brand-new books featuring the holiday for very young children:

They are bringing some much-needed color and cheer to our office on this very gray March day! Ditto today’s cute Google Doodle.

We highly recommend that you check out Kitaab World‘s “Top Picks for Holi” booklist, where you’ll find more about the two titles above as well as a handful of others for preschool and primary readers. (And we can’t forget a shout-out to our friends at the Boston-based publisher Bharat Babies, whose mission is to create “developmentally appropriate books that tell the stories of India’s heritage for children from birth through elementary school.”) We welcome your recommendations of Holi-themed books as well!

Holi, hai!

For more recommended picture books and fiction by and about South Asian and South Asian American people, see “Reading for Diwali 2017.”

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