My kid is fixated on Star Wars books. How can I get him to diversify?

Lots of kids go through a Star Wars phase (or an American Girl phase, or a Pokemon phase, or … you get the point). And there is no shortage of reading material to keep fans of certain characters and franchises happy.

Unfortunately, a lot of reading material based on what are essentially branding opportunities for the licenser are not super high-quality. If your kid is adamant about pursuing a certain subject matter, though, don't sweat it too much. It's normal for kids to experience periods of intense fascination with specific subjects. Be happy they're reading, try to seek out better stuff with your school or your local librarian's help, and know that it will eventually pass.

Of course, you can always keep trying to coax your kid into other areas. Picking up on a kid's interest in Star Wars, you could try additional sci-fi, fantasy, or space and alien books. And there's always Origami Yoda.

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Kid, 12 years old

Actually, there is a high diversity of novels based on Star Wars, enough for a lifetime. They range in age level from just-learning-to-phonetically-read to adult. Some of these books are even great quality. I'm more of a Trekkie, but there was one book that I enjoyed greatly with excellent plot and characters. If you're adamant on getting your child off of SW, then have them read sci-fi.