Holi Picture Books for Elementary Teachers in 2023

February and March is a great time to discuss and explore Holi because it always falls somewhere within these months. This post shares Holi Picture Books that you can use for this purpose. All of the picture books on this list lend themselves to this topic really well. Take a peek below to learn more about these Holi Picture Books!

Festival of Colors by Surishtha Sehgal and Kabir Sehgal

This story celebrates and honors the Indian holiday of Holi. Celebrated in the early Spring, this holiday welcomes new beginnings and is filled with colors!

Two children teach readers about this holiday by gathering natural flowers and grinding them into powders. Their family, friends, and neighbors then all dress in white and the powder is thrown. 

Join Chintoo and Mintoo as they get ready for the festival of color, Holi!

Check out these Festival of Colors teaching resources and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging read aloud lessons!

Festival of Colors book companion
Festival of Colors book and writing activity

Holi! Hai! by Chitra Soundar

Gauri was excited to celebrate the upcoming holiday of Holi. But when she does not choose her favorite color, yellow, she becomes very upset. Gauri’s grandparents explain the legend of the holiday, which is all about overcoming anger with love.

Gauri reflects on this legend and finds joy in the color she choose. She gathers petals, grinds them, and creates the powder for the holiday.

The next morning, her family wakes up to celebrate Holi. They spread the colors, and have a picnic, reflecting on this first day of spring that represents new beginnings.

Check out these Holi! Hai! teaching resources and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging read aloud lessons!

Holi Hai!
Holi Hai activities

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In closing, we hope you found this list of Holi Picture Books helpful! They are part of our Starts With a Story collection. If you want to get more book ideas to read aloud to your elementary students, then grab this reading freebie. It includes read aloud books lists, reading logs, and reading challenges for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom teachers. It will have you covered for the entire school year, as well as the summer months! Grab this free elementary reading packet now!

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