Today I am honored to have a guest writer on my blog – Sadaf Siddique of KitaabWorld, an independent online bookstore focused on the discovery and distribution of South Asian childrens’ books, toys and games. Learn more about this company in the section at the end of this post.
Now, get ready to learn about Buddha Purnima and discover some excellent children’s literature relating to this festival!
Children’s Books to Celebrate Buddha Purnima
by Sadaf Siddique
Buddha Purnima is the anniversary of Lord Buddha’s birth as well as a celebration of his enlightenment and death. Many countries observe Buddha’s birthday in different ways.
In South Asia it is mainly celebrated in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Burma and Bhutan. Buddhists remember the basic beliefs of Buddhism, read the Buddha Sutra and distribute kheer (rice pudding).
Here is our collection of books on Buddha that are sure to enlighten you!
Buddha Stories: This beautifully illustrated book in blue and gold recounts ten classic moral tales from the Buddha. A treasure to be passed on from generation to generation.
My Friend is Buddhist: A wonderful introduction to Buddhism and its beliefs from the perspective of a child. From learning about the Eightfold Path, Four Noble Truths, prayers, reincarnations, karma and meditation, this book is a must-read!
When the Buddha Was an Elephant: 32 Animal Wisdom Tales From the Jataka: These stories of Buddha’s past lives are powerfully depicted to help children learn about mistakes that all humans make, and ways to learn a more enlightened way of living.
Buddha at Bedtime: This modern retelling of ancient Buddhist tales gives parents a great way to guide their children’s moral compass in a non-preachy way. Teach your child Buddhist principles along the way!
The Barefoot Book of Buddhist Tales: An enthralling collection of Buddhist folktales from India, China, Japan and Tibet explores important aspects of Buddhist thought.
Thich Nhat Hanh: Buddhism in Action: Spiritual Biographies for Young Readers : This book written by Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh teaches children about being brave, caring and happy in their lives.
In Search of the Thunder Dragon: The beauty and traditions of Bhutan wrapped in an adventure filled with dragons and unravelling the mysteries of the Buddha.
The Buddha’s Apprentice at Bedtime: Tales of Compassion and Kindness for You to Read with Your Child: These tales from the Buddhist folk traditions cover life lessons and Buddha’s teachings to help children learn to find their own ways to deal with difficult situations with confidence.
KitaabWorld is an independent online bookstore focused on the discovery and distribution of South Asian childrens’ books, toys and games. It was launched in the fall of 2016 by its founders, Gauri Manglik and Sadaf Siddique, who are passionate about making South Asian children’s literature more accessible and easily available in the US.
In many languages, the word ‘Kitaab’ means book – our mission is to connect the world to South Asia, one book at a time, hence the name “KitaabWorld”.
Kitaabworld stemmed from a need for representation of diverse and inclusive books about South Asian children and young adult literature in the mainstream. We curate books from around the world which feature traditional, contemporary and re-imagined stories on and about South Asia. Our selection of books showcases an authentic representation of the diverse elements of South Asian culture as well as mirror the realities of growing up in the South Asian diaspora.
Our products reflect the vast and diverse region with books from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar,Nepal,Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka. The South Asian diaspora comprises of over a billion people, at least 20 languages and many religions including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism and Sikhism.
Even today many traditions still remain a part of people’s daily lives. Our products reflect key elements of our culture such as art, dance, food, folk tales, history, religions, mythologies and traditions. We also focus on preserving South Asian languages by providing parents and language teachers resources to teach children these languages in a fun and engaging manner.