May the 4th Be With You!

May 4th is the official, unofficial Star Wars day building off of the catch phrase in the movie, “May the force be with you.” It started in 1977, when the first movie was released, and has caught on with Star Wars fans around the world. In 2013, Disney officially observed the holiday with activities and events at their parks. You can find special recipes, games, activities, crafts, trivia and more by visiting their website starwars.com/star-wars-day. The Children’s department at the library has a lot of great books to check out and celebrate all things Star Wars. Here are just a few.

Can anything scare Darth Vader? As Darth Vader walks along a lonely path on a moonlit night, a wolfman, a vampire, a ghost, and a witch all jump out and try to scare him, but don’t succeed. Darth Vader is NOT afraid of anything. Or is he?

This wonderfully illustrated book takes the reader through a hilarious conversation between the narrator and Darth Vader. Kids and adults alike will laugh at the dark humor and one-liners in this fun book with a surprise ending.

From the publisher “This incredible, original story captures all of the humor, awkwardness, fun, and frustrations of middle school — all told through one boy’s comics, journal entries, letters, doodles, and newspaper clippings. The setting? A galaxy far, far away…Roan’s one dream is to leave home and attend Pilot Academy like his older brother, father, and grandfather. But just as Roan is mysteriously denied entrance to Pilot School, he is invited to attend Jedi Academy — a school that he didn’t apply to and only recruits children when they are just a few years old. That is, until now…This inventive novel follows Roan’s first year at Jedi Academy where, under the tutelage of Master Yoda, he learns that he possesses more strength and potential than he could have ever dreamed.”

Jedi Academy by Jeffery Brown
The Mandalorian: Junior Novel adapted by Joe Schreiber

For more serious fans of the Star Wars universe, check one of the many novels based on the ever expanding adventure. One of the newest Star Wars novels is The Mandalorian Junior Novel. This book is based off of the Disney show by the same name and takes the reader into the first season of the show. It is a well written, easy read that dives into the story of a lone bounty hunter known as the Mandalorian and The Child he must protect. The junior version of the novel is engaging and accessible for middle grade students and would be a great book for reluctant readers.

Did you ever want to have a light saber duel? How about create your own rocket to launch? Then check out Star Wars Maker Lab. You can create your own land speeder, make an Ewok catapult, and even play around with the “force.” The projects in this book encourage young artists, engineers, and scientists to use their imagination to make wonderful inventions and learn new skills inspired by Star Wars. The skill levels range from easy to harder and many activities have a “Why not try?” suggestion to inspire young inventers to try new things.

Star Wars Maker Lab by Liz Lee Heinecke

One of the best mash-ups of all time has been the marriage of Lego and Star Wars and this book takes it to the next level. Using Lego that you have on hand, plus a few mini-figs, you can make mazes, pencil holders, games, light sabers, mosaics, and movie scenes. This book also gives you ideas on how to repurpose Lego Star Wars sets into other amazing Star Wars creations. There are over 200 activities and ideas for all building skill levels.

Be sure to stop by the library to check out all the Star Wars books we have to commemorate “May the 4th Be with You” or even “Revenge of the 5th” (May 5th). There are board books for our youngest readers, picture books, emergent readers, graphic novels, juvenile novels, nonfiction books that tell about the movies, and digital resources for those who like eBooks. We even have books for teens and adults so everyone in the family can enjoy!

Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

Happy Reading!!

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