New Children’s Book Explores India’s Spring Festival, Holi – Book by Amita Shah

Through the eyes of a young boy, children and adults learn about the Indian tradition of Holi, the festival of colors, a popular festival that follows the full moon in March each year. During the celebration, people welcome spring by throwing colored powder or water on each other. The boy can’t wait for spring and the celebration to begin, so he starts using his colored powders even before the festival starts.

It’s Time for Holi! details the rich traditions of Holi, reminding all that a new season leads to brighter days. The story, told with alliteration and rhyme, comes to life with Diane Lucas’ lovingly drawn illustrations. Young children will enjoy cuddling up for a good story and hearing about the colors and flowers spring brings.

Author Amita Roy Shah, who is completing her doctorate in education in curriculum and teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University, works as an educational consultant for educational publishing companies. The book was inspired by her research on the experiences of South Asians living in the United States. She worked as a teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District and as a curriculum designer developing educational material for children in pre-K through fifth grade.


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it’s time for holi!

Amita Shah

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-160844-943-9             22 pages            $13.95 US


Available at Ingram,, Barnes & Noble
and fine bookstores everywhere


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