Maya and Leela Present: Dances of India is a beautiful cultural children’s book representing the dances, rhythm, and music from India. My child is enthralled by this book because it has two of his favorite elements in children’s books: animals, and music. Each animal is a dancer performing with instruments, and drawing you in with the colorful illustrations.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of reviewing it.  I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. All opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links, if you make a purchase through this link I will receive a small monetary compensation. Thank you! 


This book is perfect to expose your child to India’s culture through music, and dance. What I love about this book that it offers so many cultural learning opportunities for children.  You can research and make the instruments, or sway, dance or jump with the dance.  We also enjoyed looking for India in the map, and learning more about his 1st grade teacher’s culture. She’s from New Delhi, India.
We enjoyed this book so much that we’re actually going to gift a copy to our son’s teacher who we know will truly enjoy this book with her own children at home.
Maya and Leela have done an excellent job, and this book is a keeper!


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  1. That is so cool that he has a real-life connection to this book. I bet he will love giving it to his teacher. 🙂

  2. I'm so glad your son loved the book and that he feels connected to it! Thanks for your wonderful review and for joining us for Multicultural Children's Book Day!

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