Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of the best cartoons in the last two decades, and some argue even more. Avatar aired from 2005 to 2008 on Nickelodeon TV channel and became a huge part of popular culture. Of course, besides the cartoon, with the popularity of animated TV show, came other Avatar forms of media for fans to enjoy, like graphic novels, video games, and more. Books became one of the media that the creators of Avatar published as well, and offered fans a wider spectrum of Avatar: The Last Airbender world.
To fully understand Avatar: The Last Airbender storyline, and if you want to “absorb” as much of Avatar content as you can, reading books in order is really important. In this article, we will list Avatar: Last Airbender books in order to read.
Avatar: The Last Airbender Books List In Order
- Chronicles of the Avatar
- Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Lost Scrolls Series
- Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Earth Kingdom Chronicles
- Sozin’s Comet: The Final Battle
Avatar: The Last Airbender books are mostly connected to the show itself – which means some books should be read during a particular season as a filler and explanation of some events in the cartoon further. We will not include books that were released as prequels to The Last Airbender movie because, well, the movie was bad and forgettable. Even though, books related to the live-action movie were confirmed mostly canon, we will not list it on this list since these next books are strongly connected to the original show. The Last Airbender movie was underwhelming at best, and we will mention it at the end of the article for interested.
We will include in our list only books and novels of Avatar: The Last Airbender universe and exclude artbooks and similar pieces of media since those were usually intended as interactive Avatar content, that do not bring something different. The scrapbooks from Avatar: The Last Airbender contain letters and short stories usually after the Hundred Year War, and we will mention them at the end of this article.
Avatar: The Last Airbender Books In Order (Fully Explained)
1. Chronicles of Avatar
- The Rise of Kyoshi is the first novel of the Chronicles of the Avatar series and the first installment in the two-part series written by F. C. Yee, which follows the story of Avatar Kyoshi’s early life and takes place 396 years prior to the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Following the story during the teen and young adult years of Avatar Kyoshi, readers find out about her journey of becoming the strong and merciless pursuer of justice who is remembered for centuries after her death. The story also explores her bisexuality and we meet her biggest love, Rangi.
- This book is quite interesting since we actually do not know that much about other Avatars before Aang – only Roku and Kyoshi at times were explored in the main animated series. The Rise of Kyoshi also explains in detail the state of the world at that time, and how different nations lived from what we see in the main story.
- The Shadow of Kyoshi is the second novel of the Chronicles of the Avatar series which picks up two years after the events of the previous book. The book follows the story of Avatar Kyoshi trying to keep peace across the Four Nations and how she and her allies are going to handle a dangerous threat from the Spirit World. This book truly lets Kyoshi blossom into Avatar we know from the animated series – her humble beginning is transforming into a seasoned, justice-seeking Avatar, who does not bow to anyone.
- The Dawn of Yangchen is the third book of the Chronicles of Avatar and this time, the book focuses on the life of the airbending Avatar, Yangchen. This is the first book that covers the story of Avatar Yangchen where we find out her struggles but also fierce will and feeling for justice to bring balance to the world.
- Yangchen’s sense of justice and her becoming the face of wisdom in the Avatar world will become quite important to her successors in centuries to come, especially during Aang’s story. Her values and reforms are studied even today, which only shows how good of an Avatar she was. Her novel is actually coming out on July 19, 2022.
2. The Lost Scrolls
As the name of the series suggests, this series covers stories from Avatar: The Last Airbender animated TV show. There are covering stories from each season and serve as a filler to the main seasons/books and stories. What’s also important to mention, these books are confirmed by the Avatar series creators as canonical books.
- The Lost Scrolls: Water – We know that the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender is Book One: Water. It follows Katara, Sokka, and Aang on their journey through the Four Nations where they recall their stories. Katara recalls her discovery of Avatar Aang in the iceberg, Sokka remembers his childhood when he stumbles upon his father’s old friend and Aang recounts his lessons with the waterbending master in the North. All in all, a cool book to read after watching season one of the Avatar: The Last Airbender TV show.
- The Lost Scrolls: Earth – This book ties into the second season of the show called Book Two: Earth, where Katara recalls how she inspired a group of earth benders imprisoned on the Fire Nation ship to take a stand, Sokka recounts a tale of the Great Divide (there is an episode of the same name in the TV show as well), and Aang explains how he outsmarted a skilled earthbender, King Bumi.
- The Lost Scrolls: Fire – This one ties into the thirds season of the show called Book Three: Fire, where Katara describes how Aang outwitted General Zhao and the Fire Navy, Aang talks about how he finally accepted his destiny, and Prince Zuko Talks about how he once captured and lost the Avatar.
- The Lost Scrolls: Air – According to the book’s synopsis, this one contains all knowledge about Air Nomads. Aang revisits his old monastery, Katara finds out about Aang’s mysterious past and Sokka talks about how he saved the Northern Air Temple.
There is also The Lost Scrolls Collection available containing already mentioned books, with cool content from the TV show.
3. The Earth Kingdom Chronicles
This is a six-part series of books based on Book Two: Earth, which is the second season of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Each book is told from a different character’s point of view.
- The Tale of Aang
- The Tale of Azula
- The Tale of Toph
- The Tale of Sokka
- The Tale of Zuko
- The Tale of Katara
These books are written in diary format in the first person, which makes them unique and immersive to the readers. Every book has ninety-six pages of content.
After these six books from different perspectives, there was another book collection connected to the series, called Journey’s Through the Earth Kingdom, which includes four books – Aang, Azula, Toph, and Sokka talk about their journey through the Earth Kingdom, and reveal details from the series that we have not seen before.
4. The Ready-to-Read
The Ready-to-Read series is a collection of books based on the Avatar: The Last Airbender television series, from which the first two were based on the events that happened during Book Three: Fire. Books that are included in the collection are:
- Aang’s School Days – this book is literally an adaptation of the episode from Book Three: Fire called “The Headband”. During their blending into Fire Nation, Avatar Krew stumbles around a lot of adventures, which usually get them into trouble. In particular, Aang, who once got mistaken for a Fire Nation school kid, and was sent into attendance as a Fire Nation student. At first, he loves it – Aang enjoys cool things you can do in school including learning and hanging out with other children. However, things get complicated when he realizes what Fire Nation children are learning in schools. His beliefs do not match with his and find himself in a difficult situation.
- Sokka, the Sword Master is an adaptation of the episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender from the season called Book Three: Fire. More precisely, in the episode “Sokka’s Master”, where Sokka feels disappointed that he is not a bender like his friends. In true Sokka fashion, he decides to become Master Swordsman and seeks out the Fire Nation Master himself, Piandao. He learns pretty quickly through a series of exercises Piandao puts him through and Sokka impresses him. After showing his talents with a sword, Sokka feels bad about lying about his identity to his master and tells Piandao that he is from Southern Water Tribe. Hearing that, Piandao challenges him to duel to settle their score.
- Love Potion #8 is specific for not being the direct adaptation of the episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender, but a standalone book in the Ready-to-Read series. Avatar Krew decides to celebrate their first Love Feast with their friends, the singing nomads, that we met in the episode called the Cave of Two Lovers. After drinking a berry juice, more specifically, the Love Potion #8, which makes them confess their feelings to each other. As it usually is, nothing goes smoothly for the Avatar Krew – after denying confessed feelings and blaming it on the potion, singing nomads have something else on their minds.
5. Sozin’s Comet: The Final Battle
This book represents an adaptation of the final arc and showdown of the Avatar: The Last Airbender TV show between Avatar Aang and Fire Lord Ozai. The book brings us a different point of view of the characters in the show and their thoughts on the final battle between Aang and Ozai, and how it affected them. Sozin’s Comet: The Final Battle is separated into four parts and the chapters include While on the Ember Island, Aang’s Disappearance, Coronation of the Phoenix King, Reunion of Zuko and Iroh, and The Final Battle.
A cool book for fans who want to find out more about the final showdown of the show and prepare themselves for stories after the Hundred Year War.
How Many Avatar: The Last Airbender Books Are There?
As we stated at the beginning of this article, there are more books available besides these ones. Accessory books are one of them and contain cool trivia about the Avatar world. There are six available at the moment.
Artbooks are next, and as the name suggests, these contain official concept art, design works, and behind-the-scenes commentary by series creators with other pieces of production work. There are four available official artbooks for Avatar: The Last Airbender series, with one being released with the sequel of the show, The Legend of Korra.
Besides the content from the animated series, there is a live-action movie from 2010 called The Last Airbender. The creators released books and stories to promote the film and provided us with some stories we did not know about before. Movie novelizations have some canon elements but the fans do not rate them that well – the film was just really bad and forgettable. Some stories are cool for reading and available. If you’re interested, definitely check them out.
Lastly, there are scrapbooks. This media represents books of blank pages in which can be added items like sticking cuttings, drawings, or pictures. For Avatar: The Last Airbender specifically, there are three available scrapbooks including the Four-Nation recipes, explained legacies, and more.
If we include every single format of the book available for Avatar: The Last Airbender, there are 26 various books in total available. There are 16 books available for reading with The Dawn of Yangchen being released on July 19, 2022, and four book collections.
All in all, Avatar: The Last Airbender has a lot to offer, and if you are starved of the Avatar content, there is a lot of reading to do. The next article will include comic books and graphic novels so stick with us for that.
This is the end of the article. We looked through all books available for Avatar: The Last Airbender for you to read, and put them in order to read. Thank you for reading, and until the next time!