Reading Star Wars: Our Favorite Star Wars Books
Star Wars day, May the Fourth is quickly approaching. I thought I would share some of my daughter’s favorite Star Wars books and some upcoming releases that she is waiting for.
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Darth Vader & Son Series
Jeffrey Brown’s Darth Vader & Son series is sure to be a big hit with any parent who is a Star Wars fan! The original two books Darth Vader & Son and Vader’s Little Princess show cartoon images of Darth Vader as a father to young Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. With a Star Wars twist on many familiar parenting situations, they are sure to delight. We bought these books a couple of years ago and after reading our copies, several friends have gone out and bought their own copies.
Jedi Academy Series
Jeffrey Brown also created the Jedi Academy series of books. With a combination of text and graphic novels, my daughter loved this series. In the course of writing this, I discovered that there is a fifth book in the series, Stranded on Planet Strip Mall, available in July. I’m placing my pre-order now.
Origami Yoda Series
The Origami Yoda Series by Tom Angleberger is one of my daughter’s favorite chapter book series. The book features Origami Yoda and other paper crafted figures such as the Fortune Wookie created by middle school students. My daughter loved that the books included origami instructions for the central characters. The series concluded in 2014, although I’d love to see a book based on the new series – perhaps featuring Kylo Pen.
While not Star Wars, if your child is a Marvel fan, he has a new Rocket & Groot series. My daughter loved the first book, Stranded on Planet Strip Mall. I just discovered a second book, Keep on Truckin’ came out at the beginning of April.
Force Awakens Lead-ins
In fall 2015, several series of middle reader books were released just in time for Force Awakens. First, there was the retelling of the original trilogy.
There were also the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens books. These featured Luke, Han, and Leia with stories that happen in between the original trilogy movies. The final book in the series covers the lives of Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron before Force Awakens.
My daughter loved both sets of books.
The Last Jedi Lead-Ins
These Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi seem to follow a similar pattern to the Force Awakens books. They are scheduled for fall releases. I am assuming that they are also middle readers and pre-ordering them for my daughter. I am hoping that the price of Phasma decreases before publication.
They are also releasing a Level 2 reader for younger children.
There will also be a coloring book and craft books coming this fall.
Little Golden Books
We love Little Golden Books. While my daughter has outgrown then, we have bought several of the Star Wars books for my niece. Earlier this month, my 2 year old niece was obsessed with the Return of the Jedi book. Also, she kept pointing to the Revenge of the Sith book on the cover asking for that one. They don’t have it. My husband is very curious to see how they made that movie into a Little Golden Book.
Star Wars Reference Books are always a big hit in my family. From the Character Encyclopedias to the LEGO Figure Guides to the Ship Cross-Sections, my husband, daughter (and her friend) can spend hours pouring over these books.
Do your kids have any favorite Star Wars books? I’d love to hear of any other Star Wars books, particularly for Middle Readers or Young Adults that I can share with my daughter.
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