I love Star Wars and luckily my husband and I are raising a new generation of Star Wars fans. My eldest son Kile is especially a fan and has been devoted to Star Wars books the past few years. These are some of his favorites and I’m sure we’ll be adding some new ones to the list after Episode VII opens this weekend.
Kile and I started this junior novelization set of the original trilogy this past summer with A New Hope and we just finished Return of the Jedi this week. This books do a great job of bringing the movies to light and Kile loves reading the Star Wars stories at his level. Some of the words are a stretch for Kile (4th grade), but it is usually just technical terms. He corrects me on my poor pronunciation of some of the Star Wars names and planets. He also likes how the pictures from the movies are in the middle of the books.
There are three books in this series now and they are written in the same format as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which are Kile’s favorite books. In this series, Roan Navachez travels from Tatooine to the Jedi Academy on Corascant to train with Yoda and other middle school students. It has a journal entry format with drawings to illustrate points and plenty of middle school angst.
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
This series is the trials and tribulation of the 6th grade Origami Rebel Alliance at McQuarrie Middle School. Dwight is a goofball and does odd things which embarrass his friend Tommy, but Dwight makes cool origami. This series is a nice combination of art, Star Wars, and school angst. Kile especially loved the directions for how to make origami Star Wars characters. I still have two origami Yodas up on our cork board.
Star Wars: The Weapon of a Jedi, a Luke Skywalker Adventure by Jason Fry
Kile said this book is good and that he likes the story. This book is set between a New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. Luke is on a mysterious planet where he must use the force to save a young girl. Kile got this book for St. Nick’s day and read it quickly on his own. He liked it so much that he wants to read it over again with me.
Star Wars Rebels: Rise of the Rebels by Michael Kogge et al.
This novel follows the characters from the popular Disney cartoon series, Star Wars Rebels including. In this novel, Ezra and Sabine outsmart storm troopers. Kile really enjoys this television series and enjoyed this book as well.
Star Wars Lego Visual Dictionary by Simon Beecroft and Jason Free
Kile has basically memorized all of the characters and space ships in this book and refers to them when watching the shows, movies, or reading other books. He also has other Star Wars Legos books that he enjoys, especially when they come with an action figure.
Lego Star Wars DK Readers by Emma Grange et al.
The boys got these books for Christmas last year from Aunt Jenn and they vastly enjoyed them. They are reading levels 1-3 and the level increases as you move through each trilogy. Daniel was in 1st grade last year and could read the level one books (and maybe level two) and Kile would read the level three to Daniel. Now this year Daniel can also read them all.
Star Wars Phonics by Quinlan Lee
Daniel got these books in kindergarten and read them all summer afterwards. He said they were interesting and are very easy books to read now that he is in second grade. My daughter Penelope is in preschool and likes to have these books read to her. Soon she’ll be reading them herself!