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Author Visit: Holi Special a a Festival of Colors from India

Glimpse into Holi - The Festival of Colors from India/ Holi themed songs for festival vocabulary/ Interactive, fun-filled book reading of 10 Gulab Jamuns/ Q&A

Sandhya Acharya

45 Minute Program



- Springtime means the Festival of Colors in India. I will begin the session with a glimpse into Holi and what families do to celebrate it in India and all over the world.
- I will lead children in singing some Holi themed songs as we introduce new words and vocabulary about the festival
- One of the best parts of Holi is enjoying all the delicious sweets including Gulab Jamuns! We will then join Idu and Adu in an interactive book reading of 10 Gulab Jamuns.

10 Gulab Jamuns: Idu and Adu are very excited. Mamma has made delicious Gulab Jamuns but has asked them to wait for the guests. But of course, it is very hard for them to stay away. The Gulab Jamuns begin to disappear. What will the guests eat? The story includes STEM elements, as well as the kids, count the disappearing Gulab Jamuns.

About the Author

Sandhya Acharya is a Children’s Book Author and writer who grew up in Mumbai, India, and now lives in Santa Clara, California. Her articles and short stories have been featured in Washington Post, NPR(KQED), India Currents, Peacock Journal, and Aaduna, among others. Her book, 10 Gulab Jamuns, combines a multicultural storyline, diverse, engaging characters, STEM elements, and humor in one impactful package. It has positive reviews in Publishers Weekly, Booklist Online, American Pacific Asian Librarians Association (APALA), Midwest Book Review, and many more. It has also been included as part of the curriculum of Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI, U.S. Department of Education grantee.

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