Best Children's Books About Heroes

69 Children's Books About Heroes

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
This Is the Firefighter book
#1
This Is the Firefighter
Written by Laura Godwin and illustrated by Julian Hector
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

The fire alarm sounds. The firefighter jumps in the truck and races to a daring rescue! Get ready for an adventure as Laura Godwin and Julian Hector celebrate one of our bravest everyday heroes in this board-book edition for little hands. Praise for This is the Firefighter (hardcover edition) "With its swift action, catchy verse, and appropriate palette (red, white, blue, and flame), this should find good use among preschool vehicle enthusiasts and new readers as well as in the 'community helpers' unit." -The Horn Book

Supertruck book
#2
Supertruck
Written and illustrated by Stephen Savage
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

When the city is hit by a colossal snowstorm, only one superhero can save the day. But who is this mysterious hero, and why does he disappear once his job is done? Find out in this snowy tale about a little truck with a very big job, the second of Steve Savage's vehicle-based picturebooks.

The Wall book
#3
The Wall
Written by Eve Bunting
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A boy and his father come from far away to visit the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington and find the name of the boy's grandfather, who was killed in the conflict.

Superhero Instruction Manual book
#4
Superhero Instruction Manual
Written by Kristy Dempsey and illustrated by Mark Fearing
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Anyone can be a superhero and this guidebook will show you how! Just follow six easy steps and you’ll be saving the world in no time. Join an aspiring hero as he selects a secret identity, chooses a power, and much, much more. But be warned: it isn’t easy being super. And sometimes the greatest acts of heroism need a helping hand to get off the ground. Kristy Dempsey’s rollicking text, coupled with Mark Fearing’s expressive, cartoon-style illustrations will have readers laughing all the way to infinity and beyond!

Ten Rules of Being a Superhero book
#5
Ten Rules of Being a Superhero
Written and illustrated by Deb Pilutti
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

An instruction manual for aspiring superheroes that follows the adventures of action-figure Captain Magma and his sidekick/owner Lava Boy as they outsmart a villainous dinosaur, evade a bee, and save a worm from certain destruction.

Courage book
#6
Courage
Written and illustrated by Bernard Waber
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

There are many kinds of courage. Big acts of courage and the everyday kinds that normal, ordinary people exhibit all the time, like "being the first to make up after an argument," or "going to bed without a nightlight." Bernard Waber explores the many varied kinds of courage and celebrates the moments, big and small, that bring out the hero in each of us. Now a lap board book. There are many kinds of courage. Big acts of courage and the everyday kinds that normal, ordinary people exhibit all the time, like "being the first to make up after an argument" or "going to bed without a night-light." Bernard Waber explores the many varied kinds of courage and celebrates the moments, big and small, that bring out the hero in each of us. Now a lap board book.

Draw-It-Yourself Adventures: Superhero Saga book
#7
Draw-It-Yourself Adventures: Superhero Saga
Written by Andrew Judge and illustrated by Chris Judge
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Welcome to Doodletown, where readers create the story! Team up with Doodletown's Hiro Itazuragaki (which means "doodle" in Japanese) as he takes over the duties of a missing superhero and has to stop an evil villain from destroying the town's supply of drawing paper! Young readers can sketch, doodle, and draw their way through the story with different options for arriving at the conclusion. And when they're finished, it's easy to go back to the beginning and create a whole new superhero saga. From author Andrew Judge and his brother Chris Judge, illustrator of Danger is Everywhere, comes a brand-new hybrid chapter book series full of fun prompts and silly jokes that are sure to entertain kids and have them reaching for the next book!

The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare book
#8
The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare
Written by Shannon Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Princess Magnolia is excited. Excited and nervous. She’s going to the Interkingdom Science Fair today to present her poster about seeds and plants, and when she arrives, she sees that her friends are there too! Princess Honeysuckle made a mole habitat, Princess Sneezewort has built a blanket fort, and Tommy Wigtower has a talking volcano that’s saying “EAAAAT!” Wait, what? A surprise goo monster makes this a job for the Princess in Black, and the Princess in Blankets is on the scene to lend a hand. But will two masked heroes be enough to save the science fair? A little scientific problem-solving—and a lot of princess power—will make the sixth entry in the New York Times bestselling series a smash hit.

The Princess in Black book
#9
The Princess in Black
Written by Dean Hale, Shannon Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Hiding her secret identity as a monster-fighting superhero, Princess Magnolia interrupts her fancy tea with the unsuspecting Duchess Wigtower to stop a big blue monster from endangering her kingdom's goats. By the author of the Newbery Honor-winning Princess Academy.

Zeus's Eagle book
#10
Zeus's Eagle
Written by Lucy Coats and illustrated by Brett Bean
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Will Demon's latest quest bring down the wrath of Zeus? Demon's life on Mount Olympus has never been busier. Thanks to the awful heroes down on Earth, he has a whole slew of injured beasts to care for. And worse still, the goddess Psyche wants Demon to "borrow" Zeus's prized eagle for an urgent mission. But is her task worth the risk of offending the king of the gods?

The Unicorn Emergency book
#11
The Unicorn Emergency
Written by Lucy Coats and illustrated by Brett Bean
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

When he returns to Olympus from Asgard, Demon must calm a groggy volcano monster while figuring out what is wrong with the unicorns.

Dragon Healer book
#12
Dragon Healer
Written by Lucy Coats and illustrated by Brett Bean
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

When the god of war leaves his smelly, unhappy battle dragon with Demon, he must figure out a way to cure the beast without his magic medicine box.

Gods of the North book
#13
Gods of the North
Written by Lucy Coats and illustrated by Brett Bean
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Odin, the ruler of the Asgardians, has an important mission for Demon. Goldbristle, the gods' prized shining boar, is losing his light. Now Demon must travel to Asgard in the North to search this cold, snowy land for anything that might cure this beast.

Zack Delacruz book
#14
Zack Delacruz
Written by Jeff Anderson and illustrated by Tad Carpenter
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-13

Zack Delacruz is unnoticed at his middle school--and that's just the way he likes it. But a school assembly, a typhoon of spit, and an uncharacteristic moment of bravery are all it takes to change everything. Suddenly Zack is in charge of the class fundraiser. Worse, his partner is the school's biggest bully! If they don't sell all the chocolate bars, there will be no dance for the sixth grade. Zack never wanted to be a hero, but with his classmates' hopes on the line, can he save the day?

Flashlight Night book
#15
Flashlight Night
Written by Matt Forrest Esenwine and illustrated by Fred Koehler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Flashlight Night is an ode to the power of imagination and the wonder of books. Three children use a flashlight to light a path around their backyard at night; in the flashlight’s beam another world looms. Our heroes encounter spooky woods, a fearsome tiger, a time-forgotten tomb, an Egyptian god, a sword-fighting pirate, and a giant squid. With ingenuity, they vanquish all, then return to their tree house—braver, closer, and wiser than before—to read the books that inspired their adventure.

The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party book
#16
The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party
Written by Dean Hale, Shannon Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Inconvenient monster alarms, a sparkly array of princess guests, and spot-on slapstick pacing make for a party readers will celebrate. Today is Princess Magnolia’s birthday party, and she wants everything to be perfect. But just as her guests are arriving . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! Princess Magnolia runs to the broom closet, ditches her frilly clothes, and becomes the Princess in Black! She rushes to the goat pasture, defeats the monster, and returns to the castle before her guests discover her secret. But every time Princess Magnolia is about to open her presents, the monster alarm rings again. And every time she rushes back—an inside-out dress here, a missing shoe there—it gets harder to keep the other princesses from being suspicious. Don’t those monsters understand that now is not a good time for an attack?

Dragon's Green book
#17
Dragon's Green
Written and illustrated by Scarlett Thomas
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

"The first book in a middle grade series about three young heroes who go on a quest to save a collection of magical books from an evil villain who plans to dominate the world"--

Jack book
#18
Jack
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Beloved author-illustrator Tomie dePaola’s take on traditional “Jack tales”—in which a young hero ventures out to seek his fortune and gains it through luck or pluck—is perfect for preschoolers. His hero’s reward is a wealth of animal friends who increase in number—and volume—as the story progresses. When Jack sets out to see the world and find a place of his own, he’s surprised to attract a following of enthusiastic animal friends eager to join him on his quest. Jack and his entourage all have high hopes that they will find just what they are looking for as they travel on their merry way. Children will delight in the cumulative chorus of animal sounds as the pages get more and more crowded with the residents of this delightful kingdom.

Dionysus and the Land of Beasts book
#19
Dionysus and the Land of Beasts
Written by Tracey West and illustrated by Craig Phillips
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Zeus and his friends discover another Olympian who might be able to help in their quest to defeat King Cronus in this Heroes in Training adventure. With a clue from their trusty oracle, Pythia, Zeus and his Olympian friends are off to the “Land of Grapes,” where they discover a festival. The headline act is Dion and the Goat Guys, and Zeus has a funny feeling this Dion guy might be one of them. Athena points out that this Dion guy is the right age, and he’s definitely not acting like a regular kid. Finally, Dion and the Goat Guys take a break, and Zeus and the other Olympians approach him. Zeus informs him that he and the others are Olympians, and they think Dion might be one too. Dion (short for Dionysus, he tells them) starts to brag that he wouldn’t be surprised, because he has awesome talents and magic powers. Before the Olympians can ask him about his powers, some of the crowd members start to throng the Olympians. Are they really Olympians? Are they really going to defeat King Cronus? Dion looks kind of peeved about this, and the next thing the Olympians know, they are in a field somewhere, puzzled and not sure what happened. What kind of magical powers does this Dion kid actually have? And will he be more of a help—or a pain—in their ultimate quest to defeat King Cronus once and for all?

Zeus and the Dreadful Dragon book
#20
Zeus and the Dreadful Dragon
Written by Tracey West and illustrated by Craig Phillips
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Zeus and his friends try to free Briar, Kottos, and Gyes from Tartarus so they can finally beat Cronus once and for all in this Heroes in Training adventure. The fourteen Olympians and Ron are headed toward Olympus. Ron is telling them the rumors that the Titans have all escaped Tartarus and are gearing up with Cronus for a final battle with the Olympians. When they reach the sea, Oceanus attacks them by surprise. They are almost washed away by a tidal wave when mysterious woman appears and saves them. It is Gaia, the wife of Uranus—and grandmother to Zeus and most of the Olympians. Gaia is on the side of the Olympians, partly because she believes that they will be better for the planet than Cronus, but also because she is angry with her son. He has imprisoned his three brothers: Briar, Kottos, and Gyes. She says if the Olympians free them from Tartarus, they will help the Olympians defeat Cronus. But can the three brothers be trusted? And can the Olympians defeat Cronus once and for all?

Hermes and the Horse with Wings book
#21
Hermes and the Horse with Wings
Written by Tracey West and illustrated by Craig Phillips, Tracey West
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Zeus and the Olympians are tasked with finding a magical horse in this Heroes in Training adventure. When Zeus meets a young boy named Hermes, he claims to have their next quest from Pythia, the Oracle at Delphi. But he wants something for the information: Zeus must hand over the winged sandals he took from Perseus after their last battle. What he doesn’t know is that Perseus had stolen those sandals from someone…Hermes! Could those sandals be another magical object? When Hermes starts to fly, Zeus knows they have found another Olympian for their group—and Hermes lets Zeus know their next adventure will be to “find the force that sings.” Since Pythia never tells them exactly the right words (her glasses tend to get a little foggy), they figure out that they are supposed to find “the horse with wings.” With the help of a reluctant Hermes and another new boy named Ron, the Olympians are off in search of a winged horse­—with a few surprises along the way!

The Sandman and the War of Dreams book
#22
The Sandman and the War of Dreams
Written by William Joyce
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-11

When Pitch and Katherine go missing, the Man in the Moon recruits the sleepy but clever Sandman to aid the Guardians' cause in an adventure that finds them struggling to convince their new member to accept a more optimistic perspective. By the creator of the best-selling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies book
#23
Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies
Written and illustrated by William Joyce
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-11

When orphaned Katherine learns that the teeth collected by the scorned Tooth Fairy contain memories of childhood, she enlists the help of the Guardians to get her tooth back and remember her parents.

I Am Fartacus book
#24
I Am Fartacus
Written by Mark Maciejewski
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

When Chub leads his cadre of middle school misfits in an effort to bring down the evil empire led by his nemesis Arch, he inadvertently becomes the school hero.

Miriam and Pharoah's Daughter book
#25
Miriam and Pharoah's Daughter
Written by W C Bauers and illustrated by Marta Costa
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Tiny Bible Tales, a series of board books, shares the stories of the Bible’s bravest heroes with gentle, rhyming text and gorgeous illustrations. To save baby Moses, Miriam and her mother place him in a basket and set him adrift on the river. As Miriam watches from the reeds, she hopes that someone will find and rescue him. And someone does–Pharaoh’s daughter! This board book combines quiet, rhyming text with simple and colorful art to tell one of the Bible’s most treasured stories.

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