Are you a big fan of Star Wars and have always wanted to read more of the lore in the universe? Maybe you’ve wanted to learn more about some of your favorite characters’ backstories or see what happened behind the scenes of the Star Wars movies. Check out our picks for the best Star Wars books – with some for adults and some for kids – for great recommendations on your journey in a galaxy far, far away.
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Best Star Wars Novels for Adults
From her debut in The Clone Wars, her return in Star Wars Rebel, to her cameo in several other Star Wars media, Ahsoka Tano has long been a fan favorite in the Star Wars franchise. As the first female Jedi to be a main character, as well as the only alien female we’ve seen on that adventure in particular, she is a character loved for both her novelty and her journey as she matured into a Jedi Master.
Ahsoka gives insight into her moves following her experiences with the fallout of Order 66, leading up to her role in Star Wars Rebels. This helps to bridge the gap within canon that left you wondering where Ahsoka was between the shows.
Matthew Stover’s novelization of the film does more than just copy and paste dialogue from the film and give setting explanations – Stover elevates the overall experience of the plot and immerses readers in the Star Wars universe.
You are truly able to understand each character’s thoughts, how they form their conclusions, why certain events happened in the plot – both past and present – and dialogue is even altered to make sense in novel form.
Revenge of the Sith is definitely one of the must-reads of the Star Wars novels – if you read any of them, you must read this one.
Alphabet Squadron is the first book in a trilogy covering veteran New Republic pilots. Set right after Return of the Jedi, Alphabet Squadron sets more of a focus on the overall struggle of war rather than the traditional good vs. bad, right vs. wrong theme the Original Trilogy posed.
We follow a group of talented pilots, each with their own personality and story to tell, as they struggle to find their place in the universe in the aftermath of the Imperial Army crumbling.
Alphabet Squadron gives insight into the cost of war, the struggle to maintain peace, and what it truly means to “win” in combat.
A young adult novel, Most Wanted was released just after Solo and serves as a prequel for the film. We follow a younger Han Solo as he navigates Corellia’s criminal underworld, with Qi’ra joining in for the adventure. Most Wanted elaborates on their personal growth as well as their relationship from rivals into more.
Don’t let the YA genre throw off you older readers – the Star Wars YA novels are some of the better in the genre I’ve seen!
If you know, you know. If you don’t, Thrawn is a MUST. This New York Times Bestseller that focuses on Grand Admiral Thrawn is just *chefs kiss* and belongs in every Star Wars fan’s book collection.
If you’ve ever seen Ocean’s Eleven or enjoy heist comedy stories, Scoundrels is a standalone story about Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, and the rest of the titular group of scoundrels. Each moment in Scoundrels is memorable and comedy-filled, both about the heist but also about the antics of the scoundrels themselves.
Scoundrels is one of those stories that you may read for the plot and for the characters and their dynamics.
Best Star Wars Book for Kids
My family loves this entire series. Vader and Son has comic-style strips not unlike the Pigeon book series, each funny and relatable in their own Star Wars way. There’s also Vader’s Little Princess, Goodnight Darth Vader, even a middle-school series called Jedi Academy!
The cutest Star Wars story on the Dark Side, Jeffrey Brown’s books are great for kids of all ages, from toddlers to adults.
Featuring one of the most iconic scenes in the Star Wars films, A Jedi You Will Be celebrates The Empire Strikes Back‘s 40th anniversary as Yoda narrates Luke’s time on Dagobah. We relive the moment alongside Luke and Yoda, observing through a Giving Tree-esque art style as he discovers what it means to be a Jedi and how to use the Force.
Great for Kindergarten children or for anyone who loves traditional pencil illustration.
Remember those Goosebumps choose your own adventure stories you used to read as a kid? This reader-driven flight takes you onto the Millennium Falcon as you help Luke, Princess Leia, and R2-D2 on their mission for the Rebellion.
There are over 20 possible outcomes, so you get to reread and try to find every ending possible. Recommended for grade levels 1-3, but you can enjoy the stories together!
To take it straight from the cover of the book, “So you want to be a Jedi?” It seems cool. You can move things with you mind. Control people with your thoughts.
Oh, and the lightsabers. Yeah, those are awesome.
But it’s not all mind control and weaponized flashlights. Being a Jedi is hard work. Also, there are bad guys. Lots of bad guys. Who want to kill you.” Sounds pretty interesting, right? So You Want To Be A Jedi is the third in the series of the Original Trilogy retellings – this one actually teaches you how to be a Jedi as you read!
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