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Read On, Young Padawan: Superb Star Wars Books for Kids of All Ages

by Tom Burns

Read On Young Padawan

A while back, I spent a few brief days being known to the world as the “Princess Leia Dad.” My 7-year-old daughter and I dressed up as Han Solo and Princess Leia for Halloween — at her request, she was Han and I was Leia — and little did I know that the pictures of our costumes would go minor-league viral, placing me on national TV squeezed into a makeshift Carrie Fisher dress.

What did I learn from that experience? 1). People love seeing pudgy dads in dresses, and 2). People LOVE “Star Wars.” Which you already know. With the release of “The Force Awakens” and the prospect of multiple new “Star Wars” movies on the horizon, it’s impossible to deny how excited fans are about returning to the world of George Lucas’s most famous creation.

And, even if you’re not a SW fan, it’s hard to argue with the impact “Star Wars” has had on our cultural mythology. For better or worse, “Star Wars” has become one of those foundational stories, the kind that gets passed down from generation to generation. (It even has its own holiday — May 4th has become the official “Star Wars Day,” thanks to the better-than-average pun “May the 4th Be With You.”)

If you want to help your kids awaken the Force, or just introduce them to the literary side of “Star Wars,” here are some fantastic books that should delight padawans of all ages.

What other great “Star Wars” reads would you add to this list?