By: Courtney Moore, Youth Programming Associate
Are you a Jedi? Have you dedicated your life to the light side of the Force? May 4th, May the Fourth Be With You, is a day dedicated to all things Star Wars. Are the Jedi not quite your style? Many fans show their dark side on May 5th, Revenge of the Fifth, a day celebrating Sith Lords and Star Wars anti-heroes. After all, the Dark Side has Cookies!
May 4th might be considered the best day to jump into the epic adventure of Star Wars, but its never too late to begin. Below are some books that are great for beginners as well as veteran fans.
No matter which side of the Force you choose, remember that the Force is like Duct Tape. It has a Light side and a Dark side, and it holds the Universe together!
Picture Book Collection
The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight by Tony DiTerlizzi
Retells Luke Skywalker’s journey from a Tatooine farm boy to a Jedi Knight, as he learns how to use the Force in the battle against the Empire. In this picture book collection filled with brilliant pictures, young children can follow Luke’s adventure right from the very beginning.
Easy Reader Collection
Meet the Rebels by Sadie Smith
Introduces some of the characters from the series “Star Wars Rebels,” a television show, set between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. It follows the former Jedi Kanan Jarrus and his ragtag crew aboard the starship Ghost as they struggle against the evil rule of the Galactic Empire.
Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
Roan’s one dream is to leave home and attend Pilot Academy like his older brother, father, and grandfather. But just as Roan is mysteriously denied entrance to Pilot School, he is invited to attend Jedi Academy–a school that he didn’t apply to and only recruits children when they are just a few years old. That is, until now…
LEGO Star Wars: the Visual Dictionary by Simon Beecroft
Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and more are brought to life with dozens of little-known facts and hundreds of photos, as are accessories, vehicles, weapons, and even the Death Star. Learn about the history, manufacture, and construction of the minifigures of the “Star Wars” galaxy, and come away a LEGO® Jedi Master.
Star Wars: Complete Vehicles by Kerrie Dougherty
For any fan who wants to explore the inner workings of the spaceships and vehicles of all six Star Wars movies, comes this fascinating expanded edition of a fan favorite, now with new cross-section artworks and a wealth of new photos.
Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary by David West Reynolds
From characters like Darth Maul and Yoda, to places like Naboo and Dexter’s Diner, to creatures like Jabba the Hutt and Ewoks, Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary chronicles every character, weapon, starship, droid, creature, and alien in the Star Wars universe.
Youth Books Referencing Star Wars
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown
What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if ‘Luke, I am your father’ was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic re-imagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other– except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith.