Today is the 2nd annual Star Wars Reads Day!
What’s the deal? Pretty simple, really: celebrate reading and Star Wars, all at the same time! Lucasfilm and a number of its print licensees, Dark Horse Comics, and other groups are coming together to sponsor or put on various activities: stuff for the kids, book signings and author readings, costumed players hanging out for photo ops, and all that good stuff. Lots of places around the country–bookstores, comic shops, toy stores and craft centers to name just a few examples–are observing what looks now to be an annual tradition.
Unlike last year, I wasn’t able to find anything near stately Ward Manor to which I could take the kids. When I said as much over on Twitter, a very helpful social media guru for DK Publishing pointed me to a “kids activity home kit” that the Star Wars website has made available in color, black and white, and Spanish.
That and other info, including a complete list of events by state, is available on the Star Wars Reads Day site: Star Wars website.
Yes, there are those who will dismiss this as tacky commercialism disguised as “doing something for the kids,” but hey: anything that encourages a kid to pick up a book is a good thing.
Besides, one of the titles they happen upon might very well be the Greatest Star Wars Book. Ever.
As I mentioned last year, Star Wars novels were among the first “grown-up” books I started reading around the age of ten or so, right around the time the first Star Wars movie was in theaters. This includes “George Lucas’s” novelization of the movie’s screenplay, and I also was reading Marvel’s Star Wars comics which continued the story after the film (“Beyond the Movie! Beyond the Galaxy!”), and I still remember how excited I was when I stumbled across Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, the first Star Wars tie-in spin-off novel.
Yep. Fun times.
My kids–thankfully–are big readers, and they like Star Wars. Yes, they have a few Star Wars toys, and among their various books are a few Star Wars titles aimed at their age group, which we’ve enjoyed together. The girls actually were bummed when I had to tell them that my plans to take them to one of the events got short circuited when I discovered there was nothing planned anywhere near us. So, we’re adapting with one of those activity kits, and we’re watching the fourth season of The Clone Wars, which I just picked up on Blu-ray.
It’s a hard life, but we manage.
(And I still want to know why we can’t get something like this going for Star Trek….)
May the books be with you.