Iconic Random House Little Golden Books Line Retells Star Wars Films for the First Time

It’s funny the things that you remember from your childhood.  Some things just leave an impression on you for various reasons.  I think that’s a major reason why Star Wars means so much to so many people.  For some of us, watching A New Hope just blew our little child minds and we’ve never been the same.  For others, it was The Phantom Menace.  For yet another group it’s The Clone Wars.  In the same vein, I absolutely remember countless children’s books with a gold spine.  I saw them everywhere and had several myself.  I can’t even tell you what books they were, but I can tell you they had a gold spine.

Given all that, it’s pretty cool that Random House will be expanding its line of Little Golden Books to tell the Star Wars saga as children’s books.  I’m really enjoying the focus on making Star Wars accessible to children in a variety of ways.  Yes it’s always been a saga for kids, but for really young kids some parts of the films can be a bit much.  I’m looking forward to these books and appreciate yet another way to share my love of Star Wars with my kid.

Entertainment Weekly posted the cover art of the books earlier today.  I’m loving the Star Wars-themed spines!  Head over there to see all six images and check below for additional details.

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Random House Children’s Books publishing plan set to begin releasing on July 28, 2015, and includes one title for each film in the saga

New York, NY, July 9, 2015—The iconic Little Golden Book format will extend its collection of titles to include retellings of the epic Star Wars movies for the first time ever, as announced today by Barbara Marcus, President and Publisher, Random House Children’s Books. On July 28, 2015, the first six Star Wars Little Golden Books will be released, including illustrated retellings of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. Chris Angelilli, Vice President, Editor-in-Chief, Director of License Publishing, Random House Children’s Books, will oversee the publication of these six titles.

All Star Wars Little Golden Books will feature a custom gold spine that includes popular characters from the Star Wars universe.

These books will introduce young readers to the iconic film series that ranks among the top five highest-grossing film franchises of all time, and will be welcome additions for adult collectors and fans.

“We are thrilled to contribute to the Star Wars galaxy with these Little Golden Book retellings,” said Marcus. “Bringing together these two beloved and popular brands is a significant moment, and we look forward to sharing these epic stories in classic Little Golden Book form.”

Launched in 1942, Little Golden Books revolutionized children’s book publishing by making high-quality picture books available at affordable prices. More than 60 years later, many of the original Golden Book titles are still wildly popular.

“The Star Wars franchise has woven itself into the hearts and minds of generations of fans, many of whom read Little Golden Books as children,” said Jeanne Mosure, Senior Vice President, Group Publisher, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “We’re very excited to be incorporating Little Golden Books into our overarching strategy so parents can now introduce their own children to the wonders of the galaxy through this classic format.”

On September 1, 2015, Random House will release a boxed set of the six initial Star Wars Little Golden Books titles.

Random House Children’s Books is the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, ebooks, and apps, the imprints of Random House Children’s Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. The company’s website, Kids @ Random (randomhousekids.com), offers an array of activities, games, and resources for children, teens, parents, and educators. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE

By Courtney Carbone; Illustrated by Heather Martinez 

RH Children’s Books; Golden Books | On sale July 28, 2015

Hardcover: 9780736435420 | $4.99 / $5.99 (Can.) | 24 pages | Ages 2-5

Ebook: 9780736435437 |On Sale August 25, 2015|  $4.99 / $5.99 (Can.)

STAR WARS: ATTACK OF THE CLONES

Illustrated by Ethen Beavers

RH Children’s Books; Golden Books | On sale July 28, 2015

Hardcover: 9780736435468 | $4.99 / $5.99 (Can.) | 24 pages | Ages 2-5

Ebook: 9780736435475  |On Sale August 25, 2015|  $4.99 / $5.99 (Can.)

STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH

By Geof Smith; Illustrated by Patrick Spaziante

RH Children’s Books; Golden Books | On sale July 28, 2015

Hardcover: 9780736435406 | $4.99 / $5.99 (Can.) | 24 pages | Ages 2-5

Ebook: 9780736435413  |On Sale August 25, 2015|  $4.99 / $5.99 (Can.)

STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE

By Geof Smith; Illustrated by Caleb Meurer

RH Children’s Books; Golden Books | On sale July 28, 2015

Hardcover: 9780736435383 | $4.99 / $5.99 (Can.) | 24 pages | Ages 2-5

Ebook: 9780736435390  |On Sale August 25, 2015|  $4.99 / $5.99 (Can.)

STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

By Geof Smith; Illustrated by Chris Kennett

RH Children’s Books; Golden Books | On sale July 28, 2015

Hardcover: 9780736435444 | $4.99 / $5.99 (Can.) | 24 pages | Ages 2-5

Ebook: 9780736435451 |On Sale August 25, 2015|  $4.99 / $5.99 (Can.)

STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI

By Geof Smith; Illustrated by Ron Cohee

RH Children’s Books; Golden Books | On sale July 28, 2015

Hardcover: 9780736435482 | $4.99 / $5.99 (Can.) | 24 pages | Ages 2-5

Ebook: 9780736435499 |On Sale August 25, 2015|  $4.99 / $5.99 (Can.)

 

THE STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK LIBRARY

Various; Illustrated by Golden Books

RH Children’s Books; Golden Books | On sale September 1, 2015

BX/Hardcover: 9780736434706 | $29.94 / $35.94 (Can.) | Ages 2-5

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