Kiddosphere: Star Wars Reads Day
Star Wars Reads Day is October 10th, but this annual celebration of Star Wars books has turned into a month-long celebration! Now that the franchise has been reignited, the amount of Star Wars books has exploded (the quality of the books for children and teens has greatly improved as well). My last Star Wars post was back in December (and in May before that), but we have even more awesome books to tell you about!
I am not a Star Wars Rebels viewer, but I know many of our patrons do watch the series. (From what I know and seen, Ahsoka is pretty cool.) It’s also quite impressive (or should I say, most impressive) that E.K. Johnston is the author of this first YA novel about Ahsoka.
Claudia Gray is the author of the fabulous Lost Stars (among other things), which quickly became a favorite for Star Wars fans of all ages, so her Leia-centric novel (not YA, unlike Lost Stars) was eagerly anticipated. Bloodline sees Leia as she grapples with the fact that Darth Vader is her biological father and the dangers that threaten to destabilize the fragile peace that was established after the Empire was defeated. A must read for Leia fans! (Adult fiction)
Aftermath was the first Star Wars novel I read (I’m late to the Star Wars adult fiction world); I wasn’t sure if I would really care about reading Star Wars characters that were not in the movies, but Chuck Wendig got me hooked (Star Wars characters–except for Luke, who at the moment is not featured in the post Return of the Jedi literature–are prominent throughout the story, but are not the central characters)! Aftermath: Life Debt is even better, with Han Solo and Leia being very central to the events. The final book in the trilogy will be released in early February. (Adult fiction)
Don’t expect too many books about Rey until her past is fully revealed, so Rey’s Survival Guide will probably be it for a while (other than easy readers that retell events in The Force Awakens). Boys and girls have both enjoyed this heavily illustrated volume (it’s written in script; I haven’t read the entire thing because it drives me crazy).
If you can’t deal with the script in Rey’s survival guide, check out Star Wars: Before the Awakening, which reveals limited information about the origins of Finn, Rey, and Poe Dameron. (Poe’s recent comics will be released as a bound volume in the near future; his heritage has already been revealed in post-Return of the Jedi comics, so his background is not being kept secret).
Th ever-popular Star Wars Character Encyclopedia has been updated to include new characters introduced in The Force Awakens and Star Wars Rebels.
The Star Wars comic book collections continue to be very popular, so I add them when they are bundled into a collection. Arriving soon will be Star Wars: Darth Vader 3: The Shu-Torun War, Star Wars: Vader Down, and Star Wars 3: Rebel Jail .
We are celebrating Star Wars Reads Day during our What’s Up Wednesday programs on October 19th (4-5 PM at all libraries).
But, wait! There’s more!
When I sent my orders for new fall/winter books, I was determined not to order any more titles for those seasons unless I came across something extraordinary. Well…I did:
Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep (not necessarily fall related, but squirrel stories are often part of fall learning themes and story times)
Wonderfall follows a tree throughout the seasons, so this can be enjoyed year round!
Yellow Time has received superb reviews and looks gorgeous.
Mary Engelbreit retells the Nativity events in the guise of a children’s Christmas pageant. Hello. How could we not have this? CANNOT WAIT. A Night of Great Joy is beautifully multicultural (as are other Engelbreit creations) and should be extremely popular; reviews have noted that she includes little mishaps and surprises that inevitably happen when young children are on stage. (Also see The Christmas Pageant for a sweet rendition of a children’s Nativity pageant.)
So many outstanding books are coming our way!
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Jennifer Schultz, Youth Services Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library