Back to School Reading for Kids of All Ages

Aaron Goins | September 3, 2012

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It’s that time of year again.  The summer holidays are over and it’s time for the kids to head back to school.  This can be a sad time for kids because their vacation is over, but it should also be an exciting time because they will be learning all new things this year!  A great way to get kids excited for school and learning is to get some fun reading material into their hands.  They are going to be doing book reports, why not use Star Wars themed books?  Here are some fun Star Wars books for readers of all ages.

Star Wars ABC

Star Wars ABC

This book might not be for school age children but it is never too early to get your kids into learning their letters.  And learning letters is even more fun when using characters and places from the Star Wars universe.  We all know E is for Egg, but E is also for Ewok!  Star Wars ABC will keep the attention of your preschool age children with large, colorful pictures and bold text.  This sturdy cardboard book will also stand up to the most destructive of toddlers and will be in your child’s library for years to come.

Darth Vader and Son

Darth Vader and Son
Here is a book that can be enjoyable for both kids and adults.  Imagine that Darth Vader actually played the father role to a young Luke Skywalker.  What would that be like?  Darth Vader and Son looks at this humorous alternate universe.  The book is filled with full color illustrations depicting Luke and Vader in the everyday situations that any father and son may find themselves in but with a Star Wars twist.  Read this one along with your kids and you may find yourself laughing just as much as they are.

I Want to be a Jedi

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For kids who are just starting to break out and read books on their own DK Books has a number of great Star Wars books to choose from.  These books are designed for newer readers, with larger text and many cool pictures.  I Want to be a Jedi will walk young readers through everything it takes to be a Jedi Knight including sections on special powers, lightsaber combat, and the Jedi Code.  This is a must read for any aspiring Jedi.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Origami Yoda
Dwight is a young boy who is seen as strange by his peers.  When he shows up to school one day with a paper Yoda puppet on his hand things get stranger.  The puppet begins to give out wise advice that gets the children wondering if the advice is coming from “the loser” Dwight or if the Yoda puppet actually has magical powers.  This is a great book for kids in 3rd through 6th grade.  Any elementary school kid will be able to relate with the characters and the situations they find themselves in.  It is a fun book that is less than 200 pages that will teach lessons of friendship and acceptance.  Oh, and there are of course instructions on how to create your very own origami Yoda.

The Clone Wars: Secret Missions

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When it comes to books for older kids there are so many to choose from.  The author whose name is probably associated most with Star Wars young readers novels is Ryder Windham.  Any novel written by him is a safe bet for your teenager.  And if they love The Clone Wars TV series they will probably love his Secret Missions series.  These books follow the adventures of the young Padawan Nuru Kungurama, a blue-skinned Chiss, during the epic Clone Wars.  This is a series of four books that are filled with action and adventure and feature familiar characters and brand new ones as well.  The stories are so compelling that, although the books are designed for younger readers, they can be enjoyed by adults as well.

There are so many great Star Wars books for kids and this list just scratches the surface.  Next time you are in your local library or book store, go to the Star Wars section with your kids and see what you can find and don’t forget Star Wars Reads Day on October 6th! Reading Star Wars can make reading that much more fun!

You can follow Aaron on Twitter (@avgoins) or check out his other Star Wars and geek posts at StarWarsReport.com and TheOrange.co

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