It is impossible to escape the influence of The Mandalorian. The Child has become such a ridiculously ubiquitous in today’s pop culture that even people who don’t know anything about Star Wars can recognize “Baby Yoda.” I mean, walk through practically any store in any town in the country and you will most likely see the Child peeking out at you from somewhere.
The Mandalorian (and especially The Child) have captivated people of all ages. And now the story of The Mandalorian’s first season is heading to print for a variety of young readers at various reading levels. Whether your young Star Wars fan is still in early readers or tackling more complex chapter books there is something available for everyone!
Star Wars: The Mandalorian – Clan of Two
A picture book that streamlines the basic plot of Season One, Clan of Two is a great introduction to the series for the youngest Star Wars fans among us. It explains the basics enough for kids whose parents may not have let them watch the Mandalorian yet to understand what is going on while skipping over some of the darker, scarier moments. It’s also a fun way for the kids and parents to revisit the series and explore familiar characters and stories without having to sit down for eight hours to rewatch the series. The illustrations are fantastic and will definitely appeal both to young readers and their parents. Plus the book comes with two sheets of adorable stickers! And what kid doesn’t love stickers!?
Star Wars: The Mandalorian: Allies and Enemies
Allies and Enemies is a World of Reading Level 2 early reader release perfect for independent readers who want to know a bit more about The Mandalorian. Much like A Clan of Two, Allies and Enemies covers a lot of the basics and gives just enough information that kids – whether or not they’ve actually been able to watch the Mandalorian or not – can understand a good bit of the story. Allies and Enemies is largely a collection of short descriptions of characters who have either made friends with the Mandalorian or come to odds with him and the Child. Now and again a page or two in between helps flesh out the plot a bit. Less narrative than A Clan of Two, it’s still going to appeal to young readers who are excited about reading a Star Wars book on their own. The illustraions are the same as those in A Clan of Two but are presented differently – there are, however, some new stickers in this one!
Star Wars: The Mandalorian (Junior Novel)
The Mandalorian Junior Novel follows in a proud tradition of chapter book adaptations of Star Wars films and stories. Adapted by Joe Schreiber who also wrote a few Star Wars Legends novels and the Solo junior Novel, it’s a great read for young Star Wars fans – especially those who may fall into the “reluctant reader” category. The prose is very approachable and perfect for the mid-to-late elementary crowd. There are also some full-color photos in the middle! Young readers who have seen the show will enjoy the little extra added depth and the opportunity to revisit the series.
These are just a few of the Lucasfilms Books that you can discover over at the Disney Books website! If you’re interested in a little bit more The Mandalorian fun, check out the poster books for both Season One and Season Two. And if you’re looking for some newer stories and worlds to explore, check out the young reader additions to the Star Wars: The High Republic line of books.
And don’t worry parents – there’s an adult original novel tie-in to The Mandalorian coming later this year!