Monday, March 1

10 Children's Book to Read on Star Wars Day

May 4th of each year is the unofficial celebration of all things Star Wars.  Since 1979, fans of the Star Wars franchise... including yours truly... gather together with friends and families to rewatch their favorite Star Wars movies and talk about galaxies far, far away.  May the 4th was chosen as the date for this because of its wordplay on the well-known catchphrase... May the Force be with you.  (May the Fourth... May the Force...)

Listed below are ten children's books to get your students and children excited about Star Wars Day.  Most of the books are traditional storybooks, but there are some books from other genres on the list as well...  including a cookbook, a STEM activity book, and even a kid's coding book.  Enjoy!

May the Fourth of every year is Star Wars Day.  Here is a list of 10 children's Star Wars books to help your children celebrate the day! Fiction, cookbook, STEM. Kindergarten through 3rd grade. #kellysclassroomonline

This is an updated version of a blog post I wrote in 2015.  
Disclosure: Affiliate links to Amazon are included in this post.

1. Star Wars: A Jedi You Will Be by Preeti Chhibber

Learn how to use the Force in this hilarious and adorable picture book narrated by everybody’s favorite Jedi Master, Yoda! Touch down on the swampy planet of Dagobah alongside Luke Skywalker to learn from Jedi Master Yoda how to use the Force. The Jedi path is far from easy, but with Yoda's wise words, Padawans of every age can take their first step into a larger universe. After all, size matters not...

🍎 Title: Star Wars A Jedi You Will Be
🍎 Author: Preeti Chhibber
🍎 Illustrator: Mike Deas
🍎 Publisher: Disney Lucas film Press
🍎 Date: October 6, 2020
🍎 Pages: 48

Star Wars: A Jedi You Will Be by Preeti Chhibber

2. Star Wars: The Mandalorian by Brooke Vitale

This Level 2 reader introduces young fans to the memorable heroes and villains from the smash-hit television series on Disney+, Star Wars: The Mandalorian! With dynamic full-color art and a story geared to help with reading, kids will love identifying their favorite characters from the series, from the Child to Cara Dune to the mysterious Moff Gideon. Includes stickers!

🍎 Title: Star Wars: The Mandalorian
🍎 Author: Brooke Vitale
🍎 Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
🍎 Date: December 1, 2020
🍎 Pages: 32

Star Wars: The Mandalorian by Brooke Vitale

3. Star Wars ABC-3PO: Alphabet Book by Calliope Glass and Caitlin Kennedy

Experience the ABC's like never before
With galactic friends who are hardly a bore.
From Akbar to Zeb, this nice little primer
Will teach you and make you an excellent rhymer.
So, Padawans, prepare, get ready, get set
To learn the ways of the Force--and the alphabet!

🍎 Title: Star Wars ABC-3PO: Alphabet Book
🍎 Authors: Calliope Glass and Kaitlyn Kennedy
🍎 Illustrator: Katie Cook
🍎 Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
🍎 Pages: 48

Star Wars ABC-3PO: Alphabet Book by Calliope Glass and Caitlin Kennedy

4. Goodnight, Darth Vader by Jeffery Brown

It's time for a Star Wars bedtime story in a galaxy far, far away, and Darth Vader's parenting skills are tested anew in this delightful follow-up to the breakout New York Times Star Wars books bestsellers Darth Vader and Son and Vader's Little Princess. In this Episode, the Sith Lord must soothe his rambunctious twins, Luke and Leia—who are not ready to sleep and who insist on a story. As Vader reads, the book looks in on favorite creatures, droids, and characters, such as Yoda, R2-D2, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Maul, Admiral Ackbar, Boba Fett, and many others as they tuck in, yawn, and settle down to dream. As ever, Jeffrey Brown's charming illustrations and humor glow throughout, playing on children's book conventions to enchant adults and kids alike. This Star Wars book makes a fun, unique pregnancy gift, a new Dad gift, or a funny new parent gift!

🍎 Title: Goodnight Darth Vader
🍎 Author: Jeffery Brown
🍎 Publisher: Chronicle Books
🍎 Date: July 22, 2014
🍎 Pages: 64

Goodnight, Darth Vader by Jeffery Brown

5. The Star Wars Cookbook for Kids BB-Ate: Awaken to the Force of Breakfast and Brunch by Lara Starr

Awaken your inner Force with 29 intergalactic breakfast recipes. Fuel up with Hans Soloatmeal, battle hunger with Admiral Ackbar, and so much more! These easy-to-make, mouthwatering recipes feature characters and scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And photographs featuring Star Wars figurines re-creating epic moments from the films provide an extra helping of humor.

🍎 Author: Lara Starr
🍎 Photographer: Matthew Carden
🍎 Publisher: Chronicle Books
🍎 Date: January 23, 2018
🍎 Pages: 60

The Star Wars Cookbook for Kids BB-Ate: Awaken to the Force of Breakfast and Brunch by Lara Starr

6. Star Wars Maker Lab: 20 Craft and Science Projects by Liz Lee Heinecke and Cole Horton

A combination of fun activities and intergalactic experiments will teach your budding Padawan how to become a Master of science, in both the real world and the Star Wars galaxy!  Have you ever wanted to move things without touching them like a Jedi can? Or maybe explode a balloon with a beam of energy? Now you can! Learn the basics of science by traveling through the Star Wars galaxy.  This book is perfect for budding scientists and Star Wars aficionados alike. The 20 projects are full of fun facts for kids, colorful diagrams, and easy-to-follow instructions that cover a range of topics that will enthrall and entertain. Star Wars Maker Lab is filled with science and science fiction for readers between ages 9-12.

🍎 Title: Star Wars Maker Lab
🍎 Authors: Liz Lee Heinecke and Cole Horton
🍎 Publisher: DK Children
🍎 Date: July 3, 2016
🍎 Pages: 128

Star Wars Maker Lab: 20 Craft and Science Projects by Liz Lee Heinecke and Cole Horton
 

7. Star Wars Choose Your Destiny: A Han & Chewie Adventure by Cavan Scott

Jump inside the Millennium Falcon and help Han and Chewie as they journey across the galaxy on a simple smuggling job. But nothing is ever simple with Han Solo, and when things go wrong, Han pretends to be Jabba the Hutt to save himself, Chewie, and the Millennium Falcon. And that's when things go from bad to worse! With over twenty possible outcomes, readers will have to think like a true smuggler to keep Han and Chewie safe from Imperial TIE fighters, Mandalorian mercenaries, and so much more! With so many different story paths, the adventures never end!

🍎 Author: Cavan Scott
🍎 Illustrator: Else Carretier
🍎 Publisher: Dinsey Lucasfilm Press
🍎 Date: April 17, 2018
🍎 Pages: 144

Star Wars Choose Your Destiny: A Han & Chewie Adventure by Cavan Scott

8. Star Wars: The Legendary Yoda by Catherine Saunders

In DK Star Wars readers, stunning photographs combine with engaging age-appropriate stories, creating a multilevel reading program guaranteed to capture children's interest while developing their reading skills! In Star Wars: The Legendary Yoda, Yoda is the focus of this exciting Level 3 reader. Inside, rich vocabulary and challenging sentence structure, as well as an alphabetical glossary and comprehensive index, will help fans learn more about the wisest and mysterious Jedi Master of them all.

🍎 Author: Catherine Saunders
🍎 Publisher: DK Children
🍎 Date: March 18, 2013
🍎 Pages: 48

Star Wars: The Legendary Yoda by Catherine Saunders

9. Star Wars Coding Projects: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Coding Your Own Animations, Games, Simulations and More by Jon Woodcock

Star Wars Coding Projects is a step-by-step visual guide to designing and coding in Scratch. The setting is as big as your imagination. Your favorite Star Wars characters will guide you through fun projects, animations, and games as you learn how to create and code. Draw your own Star Wars-inspired sprites to use in the projects. You're the director as you navigate the spaceship you've designed through the asteroid belt you imagined as you go on the jetpack adventures you brought to life. Learn essential coding skills, share the sprites you drew with friends, and even challenge your pals to beat your high scores in the games you designed. Each project lists the sprites you'll have fun creating through simple, numbered steps that are fully illustrated and easy to follow. Coding games have never been so fun, with Star Wars characters to guide you.

🍎 Author: Jon Woodcock
🍎 Publisher: DK Children
🍎 Date: October 3, 2017
🍎 Pages: 96

Star Wars Coding Projects: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Coding Your Own Animations, Games, Simulations and More by Jon Woodcock

10. I Am a Princess: A Little Golden Book by Courtney Carbone

Read all about brave Princess Leia, the hero of the Rebel Alliance, as she joins forces with Luke Skywalker and Han Solo to battle Darth Vader and the evil Galactic Empire! Featuring stunning retro illustrations, this book is perfect for Star Wars—and Little Golden Book—fans of all ages.

🍎 Title: I Am a Princess
🍎 Author: Courtney Carbone
🍎 Illustrator: Heather Martinez
🍎 Publisher: Golden Books
🍎 Date: July 26, 2016
🍎 Pages: 24

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