You’re never too young to dive into a galaxy far, far away! The Star Wars universe is much more than just films. Fans are lucky enough to have live-action series, cartoons, and books to keep them endlessly entertained. And this also applies to all the Padawans out there, too!
Sure, there are hundreds of books that we adults can dive into. But did you know that there are plenty of books for all the Younglings and Padawans out there, too? From adorable picture books to enthralling YA novels, there’s a little something for kids of all ages.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the best Star Wars books for kids!
Star Wars: ABC-3PO
Written by Calliope Glass and Caitlin Kennedy, illustrated by Katie Cook
For extra small younglings just starting their Star Wars path, you can’t go wrong with Star Wars: ABC-3PO! They can learn the way of the Force and the alphabet at the same time, with the likes of everyone’s favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away. Each letter introduces someone or something from the Star Wars universe, along with a little rhyme to go with it.
Star Wars: A Jedi You Will Be
Written by Preeti Chhibber, illustrated by Mike Deas
I love the whimsical illustrations in this book, and chances are, your kids will, too. A Jedi You Will Be is narrated by Master Yoda himself, who is ready to train in the ways of the Force. The book takes readers to the swampy planet of Dagobah, where they can learn the ways of the Jedi alongside Luke Skywalker. Parents who are fans of The Empire Strikes Back will certainly have no problem reading this one over and over again!
Star Wars: C-3PO Does NOT Like Sand!
Written by Caitlin Kennedy, illustrated by Brian Kesinger
Everyone’s favorite droids are heading to Tatooine on a special mission for the Resistance. Unfortunately, the gold protocol droid must take after his creator, Anakin – because he does NOT like sand! In this adorable book, C-3PO does his best to keep the secret mission on track, but how can they focus when there are banthas to befriend and pod races to cheer on?
Star Wars: I Am a Padawan
Written by Ashley Eckstein, illustrated by Shane Clester
Ahsoka Tano became a fan-favorite on The Clone Wars, and she’s seeing even more interest now that she’s getting her own live-action series. For kids that just can’t get enough of this Force-sensitive Togruta, she has her own Little Golden Book! In Star Wars: I Am a Padawan, Ahsoka Tano learns the ways of the Jedi from Anakin Skywalker, Yoda, and Obi-Wan kenobi.
And if the author’s name seems familiar, that’s because it was kind of written by Ahsoka Tano herself – Ashley Eckstein voiced the character in The Clone Wars and Rebels.
World of Reading Star Wars Boxed Set: Level 1
This is actually a box set of six books featuring characters like Darth Vader, Leia, BB-8, and Finn and Poe. As with other World of Reading books out there, these books are designed to help your Padawan on their reading journey. Level 1 books are designed for beginners that are just learning to read. They have easy-to-follow text full of sight words paired with colorful illustrations, as they keep your kid interested with Star Wars characters they love.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian: A Clan of Two
Written by Brooke Vitale
It would be a grave mistake not to include any books featuring characters from The Mandalorian. Even kids who have never seen an episode of the hit series know exactly who Din and Grogu are! And kids love the adorable Grogu. This book, aimed at ages 5 to 8, retells some of the most exciting moments from the show, and you’ll find characters like Cara Dune, IG-11, and Moff Gideon in here too. The Mandalorian: A Clan of Two also comes with stickers, which is definitely a bonus!
Star Wars: Who’s Who in the Galaxy Character Storybook
Written by Ella Patrick, illustrated by PowerStation, Pilot Studio, and Leigh Zieske
The Star Wars galaxy is so expansive that it might be hard for kids to keep all those characters straight! If you’ve got a kid who just can’t get enough and wants to know every character, Star Wars: Who’s Who in the Galaxy is the perfect choice. It features simple text and illustrations to introduce all the key players from the entire Skywalker Saga.
Jedi Academy: Revenge of the Sis
Written and illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Amy Ignatow
This book is from the Jedi Academy series of graphic novels, aimed at readers 8 to 12 years old. Revenge of the Sis follows Christina Starspeeder, a legendary Padawan and sister to Victor Starspeeder. She’s graduated from the Jedi Academy at Coruscant, but now she’s starting over at a new school: the more advanced Jedi Academy at Jedha City. She used to be at the top of her class, but now, can she step it up at the new school?
Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: A Finn & Poe Adventure (Choose Your Destiny)
Written by Cavan Scott, illustrated by Elsa Charretier
I love “choose your own adventure” style books! It’s a fun way to let readers really become part of the story. In The Rise of Skywalker: A Finn & Poe Adventure, kids can join Finn, Poe, and BB-8 as they tackle a special mission for the Resistance. There are over 20 different possible outcomes, and of course, plenty of choices to make along the way.
If your kid is really eager to become part of the action with these kinds of books, there are three others available, too: Luke & Leia, Han & Chewie, and Obi-Wan & Anakin are also part of the series.
Star Wars Adventures
Various authors and illustrators
The Star Wars Adventures series is a great place for kids to get started when it comes to graphic novels set in the Star Wars galaxy. Unlike the Marvel comics, this comic book series is aimed at younger audiences. There are plenty of them to choose from, too, so it’s unlikely that your Padawan will run out of reading material for a long time.
The issues feature stories that encompass the entire Star Wars universe, so you’ll find everyone’s favorite characters from all three trilogies. Some are self-contained stories, while others are serialized mini-epics.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark
Written by Lou Anders, Tom Angleerger, Preeti Chhibber, Zoraida Cordova, Jason Fry, Rebecca Roanhorse, Anne Ursu, Sarah Beth Durst, Yoon Ha Lee, Greg Van Eekhout, E. Anne Convery. Illustrated by Ksenia Zelentsova
As you can probably guess by the title, The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark is based on and inspired by the animated television series The Clone Wars. This anthology features eleven different short stories from different authors. There are also illustrations by Ksenia Zelentsova.
Because it takes place during The Clone Wars, kids will find all their favorite characters featured in the animated series: Ahsoka, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Count Dooku, Darth Maul, and more.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Cobalt Squadron
Written by Elizabeth Wein, illustrated by Phil Noto
New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Wein gives us more Rose Tico, and her gunner sister, Paige! The Last Jedi: Cobalt Squadron centers on the courageous bomber pilots and technicians of the Resistance’s Cobalt Squadron, as they try to bring aid to a planet blocked off by the pesky First Order. Will they be able to deliver supplies to the people in need, without falling victim to the First Order?
Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage
Written by Justina Ireland, illustrated by Petur Antonsson
The High Republic timeline takes place 200 years before The Phantom Menace when the Galactic Republic was at its height. It’s also the golden age for Jedi, a time when they were significantly more active throughout the galaxy. There are plenty of stories to be told during the High Republic era, especially considering it has yet to be seen on screen yet.
A Test of Courage is one of the first High Republic-era novels released for younger readers. In it, Vernestra Rwoh is a new Jedi Knight, but her first assignment is to watch a 12-year-old while on their way to a space station dedication. Things go awry when bombs go off aboard the cruiser, and they make an emergency landing…
Star Wars: Myths & Fables
Written by George Mann, illustrated by Grant Griffin
As the name of this book suggests, this isn’t a straightforward story about our favorite Star Wars characters. Instead, it is a collection of myths and fables from the Star Wars universe. It feels like a book that comes from a galaxy far, far away, instead of being a book about it. Perhaps Luke Skywalker read it during his younger days on Tatooine.
Inside are nine original stories full of thrilling adventures and cautionary tales. “Whether they are true or simply echoes of things that once came to pass, no one can be quite certain.”
Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Spark of the Resistance
Written by Justina Ireland, illustrated by Phil Noto
Set between the events of The Last Jedi and the Rise of Skywalker, this novel gives us more Rey, Poe, Rose, and BB-8. They are finishing up a simple assignment to retrieve supplies for the Resistance when they receive a distress call.
Ignoring their orders to return immediately, Spark of the Resistance sees Rey and the others head to Minfar to answer the call. Despite being outnumbered, they will face stormtroopers, flying creatures, and a Star Destroyer to keep the people of Minfar safe from the First Order.