We have a history with Star Wars books. My husband has always been a Star Wars geek. But our family’s obsession with Star Wars began a couple of years ago with Star Wars books. My husband purchased the book 5-Minute Star Wars Stories. He read it every night to the kids. Then we watched every movie, again and again. And, eventually we took a Disney Cruise with Star Wars Day at Sea. In June we had the opportunity to enjoy a few Star Wars experiences at Disney World.
After our local bookseller, The Bookworm, was kind enough to recommend some other summer reads for kids, it made me think that maybe it was time to come full circle. I reached out again this time with the request for recommendations of Star Wars books for kids. With one of our kids about to enter kindergarten we are going to need to foster a love of reading for him too. It is very possible that Star Wars books could become his passion just like the Harry Potter books are for our daughter.
Following is a curated collection of what we think are the best Star Wars books for kids. It includes books that have been beloved by our family, as well as books recommended by our local bookseller. Note, while this article contains some Amazon links (as well as links to our local bookseller) we always prefer to shop locally. Don’t hesitate to walk into your local bookstore and ask the for recommendations.
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For anyone who is anxiously awaiting Season 2 of The Mandalorian, The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian could help make the time pass faster. It takes fans behind the scenes of the first ever live-action Star Wars television series. Filled with concept art, sketches, and interviews with key cast, crew, and creatives, including executive producer/showrunner/writer Jon Favreau and executive producer/director Dave Filoni, The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian will provide readers with an exclusive look at a whole new universe of Star Wars characters, locations, and vehicles.
Covering more than 2,500 characters, creatures, planets, vehicles, Droids™, weapons, technology, and more from the Star Wars™ universe, this visual tour is the ultimate compendium for the epic saga and beyond. Take a stunning visual tour of Star Wars with DK’s comprehensive pictorial guide to the galaxy far, far away!
This Big Golden Book is full of amazing aliens and creatures from the Star Wars universe! From Ewoks to Wookiees, from banthas to wampas, this Big Golden Book is packed with stories about all the awesome aliens and creatures from the Star Wars saga! Featuring stunning retro stylized illustrations, this book is perfect for Star Wars—and Big Golden Book—fans of all ages!
This book, Star Wars: 5-Minute Star Wars Stories, was one of the first to introduce our kids to the exciting world of Star Wars. It is an ideal book to read before bed as the stories are fairly short and include illustrations. Here your kids will imagine Jedi Master Yoda having a lightsaber showdown with the dreaded Count Dooku; Luke Skywalker and the Rebels racing against time to destroy the Death Star; and the brave Rey making a new friend when she meets the droid BB-8.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi™: The Visual Dictionary is the definitive guide to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, revealing the characters, creatures, droids, locations, and technology from the new film. Packed with 100+ images and information as penned by Star Wars™ scribe Pablo Hidalgo, it’s a must-have for all fans who want to go beyond the movie experience.
It’s midnight and the moon is full, but Darth Vader isn’t scared.OF COURSE I AM NOT SCARED. Nothing can scare Lord Vader CORRECT. Not monsters or witches or ghosts, and especially not the dark.So what is Darth Vader scared of? Read on in Adam Rex’s hilarious and spooky Star Wars tale to find out YOU WILL LEARN NOTHING.
Acclaimed, “New York Times” best-selling author Adam Gidwitz delivers a captivating retelling of Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back like you’ve never experienced before, infusing the iconic, classic tale of good versus evil with a unique perspective and narrative style that will speak directly to today’s young readers while enhancing the” Star Wars “experience for core fans of the saga. This is one of the Star Wars books I’ll be heading out to buy.
This thrilling Young Adult novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends. These friends, Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these two star-crossed lovers reunite? Or will duty tear them–and the galaxy–apart? Star Wars: Lost Stars also includes all-new post-“Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” content. It also has hints and clues about the upcoming film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” making this a must-read for all Star Wars fans.
The galaxy is at war. Although the Rebel Alliance has won a few battles against the Empire, hope is fading. The Empire is about to finish building the greatest weapon the galaxy has ever seen-the Death Star. The rebels’ only chance to defeat it now lies in the unlikely hands of a princess, a scoundrel, and a farm boy. . . .Acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Bracken delivers a captivating retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope like you’ve never experienced before.
Other Books Star Wars Fans are Sure to Love
Zita’s life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of an eye. When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go. But Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero. Before long, aliens in all shapes and sizes don’t even phase her. Neither do ancient prophecies, doomed planets, or even a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita’s quest.
Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a talking fox, a giant robot—and two ordinary children on a mission. After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather. But the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals. Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all. And Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.
This highly acclaimed adventure series about two friends desperate to save their doomed city has captivated kids and teachers alike for almost fifteen years! The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must race to figure out the clues before the lights go out on Ember forever!
It was a dark and stormy night. Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.
Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become known as Muad’Dib. And of a great family’s ambition to bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream. A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award. It formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.
Two hundred years after migrating into space, mankind is in turmoil. When a reluctant ship’s captain and washed-up detective find themselves involved in the case of a missing girl, what they discover brings our solar system to the brink of civil war, and exposes the greatest conspiracy in human history. Leviathan Wakes is the breakneck science fiction adventure that launched the epic bestselling Expanse series.
Zack Lightman has never much cared for reality. He vastly prefers the countless science-fiction movies, books, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. And too often, he catches himself wishing that some fantastic, impossible, world-altering event could arrive to whisk him off on a grand spacefaring adventure. So when he sees the flying saucer, he’s sure his years of escapism have finally tipped over into madness. Especially because the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of his favorite videogame, a flight simulator callled Armada–in which gamers just happen to be protecting Earth from alien invaders.
Star Wars Memes
While you are at it, checkout these Star Wars memes that my friend Patty at No Guilt Fan Girl has curated. My 6-year-old son was looking over my shoulder as I was reading her post. He specifically requested that I print the “May the Fourth be with Ewe” meme. He found it particularly funny.
Have you read any of these Star Wars books? Are there other Star Wars books you would recommend? Tell us in the comments below.