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Star Wars Reads Day, Take II

In a galaxy not so far away, librarians everywhere are beginning to plan once again for Star Wars Reads Day.

Saturday, October 5, 2013 is Star Wars Reads Day II.

Last year, Christie and I participated and we blogged about our experiences and shared some programming ideas.  Star Wars Reads Day is a great way to tap into popular culture and reach out to your tweens and teens so you can get them into your library and reading.  That’s our goal: to nourish growing minds so that they grow up to be thoughtful, free thinking persons doing positive things in the world.

This year, Scholastic is introducing a new book for tweens called Star Wars Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown.  Brown is the author of Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess. Jedi Academy is part graphic novel, part traditional narrative and taps into the growing trend of Wimpy Kid-like reads for this age group.  Readers are loving this format at my library and I can’t get enough of them, so I am definitely thank for this fun, new addition to the format.  The book follows Roan, a boy who has been invited to attend the mysterious Jedi Academy.  I really liked the Inside Your Lightsaber diagram and Stuff Yoda Said This Week pages.

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In the immortal words of Yoda: “Read, You Will” (I saw it on a poster once)

5 Fun Star Wars Reads for Tweens:
Star Wars Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger (first in the series)
The Star Wars Visual Encylopedia from DK Publishing
Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles
Angry Birds Star Wars


  1. My library will be participating for the first time this year and I am soooo excited. I am, also, broke. I'm not even kidding. I have to throw this today with no money. I have sent out (begging) letters to most of the publishers who make SW books hoping for some swag to give out and/raffle off. I have messages out begging for cosplayers to come pose with the kids. Have you guys read the FB page for this event? People are mad mean. Most of them are griping that the places that they went (mostly bookstores and libraries) didn't have what they expected and they are griping about it! I know we can't please everybody all of the time, but I appreciate you guys posting any and all tips you've picked up along the way.
    Thanks! Kristie

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