The most rewarding part of my job as a school librarian is finding the perfect book for students who claim they do not like to read. After my usual response, Think of a book as a really long text message,” I conduct a mini interview of their interests and start my search. My book recommendations are not just books I enjoy —they are the books my students love.
I did the traditional thing with falling in love with words, reading books and underlining lines I liked and words I didn’t know. It was something I always did. — Carrie Fisher
Star Wars has attracted fandom across generations. You may think your children are too young to read about the complex relationships and adventures, but they certainly know about Star Wars and are intrigued with its imaginative characters, creatures and settings.
While tapping into your child’s creativity, the Origami Yoda books by Tom Angleberger (Grades 3-6) introduce the Star Wars characters and personalities through entertaining school stories involving origami puppets. In school, Tommy and his friends notice Dwight’s new origami puppets seem to have a mind of their own. Do they have magical powers or are they controlled by Dwight? Each book includes instructions on how to make Star Wars origami puppets.
•The Strange Case of Origami Yoda;
•Darth Paper Strikes Back;
•The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee;
•The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett;
•Princess Labelmaker To The Rescue;
•Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus; and a bonus activity book:
•ART2-D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling.
Check out origamiyoda.com/ for instructional origami videos and upload a photo of your finished product.
“I love the Origami Yoda books. I would recommend this series to other students who like Star Wars. I also suggest you read them in order. These are great books to read for fun.”— Gary Mrozinski, sixth grade
“I think the Origami Yoda series is awesome. One of the things that was really cool was that they show you how to make origami Star Wars characters at the end of the books.” — Declan Gladek, sixth grade
Attention parents: meet Ryan Britt
“I was 10-years-old when Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars novel — Heir to the Empire — came out. I remember having to be put on a waiting list at my local library to read it. In Star Wars tradition, it was part of a trilogy of books and I remember being crazy excited when the library called my house and told me I could come pick up the next installment; Dark Force Rising. Something about holding those books, big hardcovers with lush dust jacket art changed me forever. Bantam (the publisher of Star Wars books at that time) hired Tom Jung to do the art for those covers, and he’d done art for the Star Wars movie posters, so, holding the book was like getting your own mini-version of a Star Wars movie. But, those books were, in some way, a bigger deal than the films. Books create such a personal relationship with the reader and if a 10-year-old kid can feel like he has a personal relationship with something as magical as Star Wars, that’s life-changing.”
If you are an adult “geek,” you’re welcome for this introduction. Ryan is a New Yor City writer and sci-fi guru whose passion is everything geeky — from Star Wars and Star Trek to robots and dinosaurs. His book Luke Skywalker Can’t Read: and Other Geeky Truths consists of a collection of essays that explore his geeky childhood and references to today’s pop culture — a must read! Visit ryanbrittwriter.com/ to learn more about Ryan and links to his articles on Inverse.com.
More Star Wars titles to check out:
Star Wars Guardians of the Whills by Greg Rucka (Released May 2): Grades 5-9
Star Wars Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston: Grades 8-12
Star Wars Rebel Rising by Beth Revis (Released May 2): Grades 7-12
Luke Skywalker Can’t Read: and other geeky truths by Ryan Britt: