Powers: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about powers?

As children start learning about different powers (super strength, invisibility, magic, reading minds, flying, super speed, etc), their imagination is growing and expanding to new heights! Introducing them to different powers through reading books allows them to explore all kind of creative stories and ideas, sparking their own thoughts for creative play and imaginative dreams for themselves.

Arabian Nights Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp book
#1
Arabian Nights Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This BabyLit version of Aladdin is beautiful! The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. There’s a pretty decent storyline in this board book, which I like.

With this sounds primer, hear the whoosh of a jinni, the rustle of a magician’s robes, the tinkle of jewels in a cave of treasures, and much more.

The Day I Lost My Superpowers book
#2
The Day I Lost My Superpowers
Written by Michael Escoffier and illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When a young superhero-in-training gets hurt, she discovers that mothers have superpowers, too.

Even Superheroes Have Bad Days book
#3
Even Superheroes Have Bad Days
Written by Shelly Becker and illustrated by Eda Kaban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-9
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book talks about how superheroes have powers that could cause them to do crazy things if they were having a bad day, but they choose to do the right thing and act like superheroes should. This is a great book to demonstrate what you can do to regulate your emotions, and I love that it shows superheroes doing this, as a good standard for kids to emulate. It’s ok to have a bad day, but it’s what you do with your emotions that matters.

All kids have trouble getting a grip on their emotions, sometimes—even young superheroes! But what do they do when they’re having a bad day? Colorful action-packed illustrations and a dynamite rhyming text reveal the many ways superheroes (and ordinary children, too) can resist the super-temptation to cause a scene when they’re sad, mad, frustrated, lonely, or afraid. From burning off steam on a bike or a hike, to helping others, this energetic picture book has plenty of fun ideas to help kids cope when they’re feeling overwhelmed.

Super Manny Stands Up! book
#4
Super Manny Stands Up!
Written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

“Manny stood up. And then he did the bravest, most courageous, kindest thing he ever could have done. He said: Stop It.” Manny is a super hero after school every day, wearing a different color cape and conquering the fiercest monsters his imagination can devise, but it turns out his invisible cape he wears to school is the most powerful. The power and confidence practice and imagination can give you, and the reminder that once you stand up for someone, others will most likely follow and back you up is comforting, and who knows when you might make a new best friend. The illustrations in this book are modern and fun, and the message is spectacular.

New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Stephanie Graegin bring a lionhearted new hero to life in this tender, sparkling story about standing up for what’s right—and finding your inner superpowers. Every day after school, Manny saves the world from formidable foes. I AM FEARLESS! I AM STRONG! I AM BRAVE! I AM POWERFUL! I AM INVINCIBLE! Zombie bears, evil cloud monsters, and alien robots with laser beam eyes are no match for Super Manny. But when Manny encounters a real-life nemesis in the school cafeteria, will he be able to summon his superhero strength to save the day?

Strega Nona book
#5
Strega Nona
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works in this classic Caldecott Honor book from Tomie dePaola. Strega Nona—“Grandma Witch”—is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical everfull pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony. He is supposed to look after her house and tend her garden but one day, when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, Big Anthony recites the magic verse over the pasta pot, with disastrous results. In this retelling of an old tale, author-illustrator Tomie dePaola combines humor in the writing and warmth in the paintings as he builds the story to its hilarious climax.

  1. The Star Thief - The constellations come to life in this imaginative fantasy adventure debut. Honorine’s life as a maid at the Vidalia mansion is rather dull, dusting treasures from faraway places and daydreaming in front of maps of the world. But everything changes when she catches two brutish sailors ransacking Lord Vidalia’s study, and then follows a mysterious girl with wings out into the night…. Suddenly, Honorine is whisked into the middle of a battle between the crew of a spectacular steamship and a band of mythical constellations. The stars in the sky have come to life to defend themselves against those who want to harness their powers. Much to her surprise, Honorine is the crux of it all, the center of an epic clash between magic and science, the old ways and the new. But can this spirited young girl bring both sides of a larger-than-life fight together before they unleash an evil power even older than the stars?

  2. Super Hair-o and the Barber of Doom - B is for Bookworm - This is such a cute book! So funny. I love that the friends figure out they’re still super, even after they lose their super hair that gave them special powers. :) Fun read!

  3. Supertruck - 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.

  4. Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero - Lemony Snickers - Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero is a fun book about a little boy Eliot who is a quiet little kid playing in his room by day and a masterful, brave superhero defending the world from injustice and danger by night. Most of Eliot’s abilities seem not to be superpowers as much as just skill—like stopping a high-powered jet on the world’s shortest runway. But Eliot must have super strength because he tows a ship to safety pulling it behind as he swims. This book is a fun book with a subtle message about not underestimating someone just because they might be a little quieter or introverted.

Even Superheroes Make Mistakes book
#10
Even Superheroes Make Mistakes
Written by Shelly Becker and illustrated by Eda Kaban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-9

Even superheroes slip up and err. When that happens, do they complain or give up in despair? NO! Whether they’ve nabbed the wrong guy by mistake or bashed into a planet while zooming through space, all superheroes ‘fess up their mess-up and keep on saving the world in the most super way! This follow-up to Even Superheroes Have Bad Days teaches kids another humorous lesson in overcoming adversity.

Dylan the Villain book
#11
Dylan the Villain
Written and illustrated by K. G. Campbell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

Dylan the Villain is an interesting tale of a mom and a dad that have a baby and find out he is a super villain! Unexpected? Certainly. But they love him as though he is the best thing in the world. They encourage all of his villainous activities and help him think he is the best there ever was. He believes it all, until he goes to school. We all know how that goes. There is always someone at school with whom we might compare our powers. Find out if Dylan is the very best, or not.

A surprising and laugh-out-loud showdown between two pint-sized super-villains, perfect for young fans of Despicable Me.

Dylan’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Snivels, have always told him that he is the very best and cleverest super-villain in the whole wide world. And Dylan’s confident that it’s true–until he starts school and meets Addison Van Malice. Sure, Dylan’s costume is scary. But Addison Van Malice’s is bone-chilling. And yes, Dylan’s laugh is crazy. But Addison Van Malice’s is bananas. And Dylan’s inventions are certainly super-villainous. But Addison Van Malice’s are demonic! When their teacher, Ms. Ick, announces a Diabolical Robot Building Contest, Dylan sees his opportunity to prove that he really is the most evil villain of all. But Addison’s not giving in without a fight. And so begins a competition of skill and wits that doesn’t go the way anyone expected…

Bedtime for Batman book
#12
Bedtime for Batman
Written by Michael Dahl and illustrated by Omar Lozano
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

“Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger.”

My First Book of Superpowers book
#13
My First Book of Superpowers
Written by David Katz and illustrated by Morris Katz
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

My First Book of Super Powers introduces young readers to beloved DC super heroes and their awesome powers. Just as My First Book of Girl Power introduced young fans to female super heroes and their special powers, this book tackles DC’s popular male characters. From Superman’s super-strength and X-ray vision to the Flash’s super-speed to Aquaman’s ability to live under water, this exciting board book explains how each character’s powers make him unique and enable him to make the world a safer place. Classic DC art makes this as appealing to grownups as it is to the tiniest aspiring super heroes.

Even Superheroes Have to Sleep book
#14
Even Superheroes Have to Sleep
Written by Sara Crow and illustrated by Adam Record
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Toddlers will feel better about bedtime when they learn that superheroes, cowboys, princesses, and astronauts ALL have to sleep too! It’s bedtime for superheroes . . . and KIDS! Young ones will enjoy this sweet, short, rhyming story that lulls them to sleep with the promise that all their heroes are getting tucked into bed too. It’s the perfect story to choose for a peaceful bedtime ritual. And don’t miss the companion book - Even Superheroes Use the Potty - to help teach kids good bathroom habits. “Will ease little readers to restful states.”—Kirkus

  1. Superhero Instruction Manual - 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!

  2. Ten Rules of Being a Superhero - 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.

  3. Superhero Dad - “Blazing with energy and saturated with love.” — Booklist Dad might not have a superhero mask or wear his underwear outside his pants, but his super snores can be heard a thousand miles away, he tells super-funny jokes, and he can even make super-scary monsters go away at bedtime! This vibrant, humorous, and warmhearted celebration of all the incredible things a dad can do is a fun tribute to the specialness of dads (and their superhero children!).

  4. Matilda - From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG! Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

El Deafo book
#19
El Deafo
Written by Cece Bell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her “superpower.”

Upside-Down Magic #1 book
#20
Upside-Down Magic #1
Written by Sarah Mlynowski and illustrated by Lauren Myracle
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

From New York Times bestselling authors Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins comes the hilarious and heartfelt story of a group of magical misfits. Nory Horace is nine years old. She’s resourceful, she’s brave, she likes peanut butter cookies. Also, she’s able to transform into many different animals. Unfortunately, Nory’s shape-shifting talent is a bit wonky. And when she flunks out of her own father’s magic academy, Nory’s forced to enter public school, where she meets a group of kids whose magic is, well, different. This new, offbeat series from hit authors Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins chronicles the misadventures of Nory and her oddball friends, who prove that upside-down magic definitely beats right side up.

Norse Myths book
#21
Norse Myths
Written by Kevin Crossley-Holland and illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

Discover Norse mythology through the enthralling exploits of all-powerful Odin, mighty Thor, and the trickster Loki.

Curiosity House: The Fearsome Firebird book
#22
Curiosity House: The Fearsome Firebird
Written by Lauren Oliver and illustrated by H. C. Chester
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

In this third book in the exceptional Curiosity House mystery series by bestselling author Lauren Oliver and mysterious recluse H. C. Chester, four children must uncover the evil Nicholas Rattigan’s newest dastardly scheme, wage war with a rival freak show, and deal with a spy who may have infiltrated their happy home. Sam, Philippa, Thomas, and Max have just started to recover from their capture and subsequent escape from Rattigan. But the children’s lives don’t stay quiet for long. A slew of bank robberies is terrorizing the city. And when Professor Farnum, the ringmaster of the museum’s now immensely popular flea circus, is charged with murder, the search for the real killer uncovers a plot much bigger than any individual crime—a plot that can only be the work of Nicholas Rattigan. This is the third book in the series and contains even more exciting marvels, such as: A nefarious spy within the museum A very unfortunate flea circus The heavenly Georgie Rawls, from the original cast of Last Chance A beautiful and mysterious tattooed lady It continues not to have: A comprehensive review of the top ten toothbrushes A heaping bowl of sugarless cereal A long and boring family vacation A handmade, scratchy wool sweater Learn more about the series online at www.thecuriosityhouse.com

DC Super Heroes ABC 123 book
#23
DC Super Heroes ABC 123
Written and illustrated by David Katz
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Like the super-selling MY FIRST SUPERMAN, MY FIRST BATMAN, and MY FIRST WONDER WOMAN books, SUPER HEROES A,B,C, 1,2,3 will appeal to comic book-fan Dads; lovers of bold, classic art; and their babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers A is for Aquaman and B is for Batmobile in this cool, colorful board book that’s sure to make reading time lots of fun for dads. DC’s super heroes—from Superman and Batman to Green Lantern, the Flash, Wonder Woman, and many other favorites—illustrate the alphabet and numbers for budding fans. The classic comic book art makes this a great-looking package.

  1. The Magic Finger - From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG comes the story of a young girl with an incredible power! To the Gregg family, hunting is just plain fun. To the girl who lives next door, it’s just plain horrible. She tries to be polite. She tries to talk them out of it, but the Greggs only laugh at her. Then one day the Greggs go too far, and the little girl turns her Magic Finger on them. When she’s very, very angry, the little girl’s Magic Finger takes over. She really can’t control it, and now it’s turned the Greggs into birds! Before they know it, the Greggs are living in a nest, and that’s just the beginning of their problems….

  2. Peter Powers and the Swashbuckling Sky Pirates! - Everyone in the Powers family has super awesome superpowers-except Peter. That’s why he’s been working hard to improve his ice talents and is more powerful than ever. But when a group of sky pirates come to town, they steal everyone’s abilities-including Peter’s. Without superpowers, Peter is about to discover whether he’s as cool as he thought he was or if he was letting his powers define him. Can he help his family, save his friends, and battle the diabolical sky piratesor is his goose cooked? Featuring an extra-special power-packed final chapter that will shock readers! This title is the sixth chapter book in a new series of exciting stories about a young boy who has some rather crummy superpowers. Each story is full of humor, action, and fun, but the charm can be found in the heartfelt message about the power of family, friends, and having confidence.

  3. Peter Powers and the Sinister Snowman Showdown - Everyone in Peter Powers’s family has super awesome superpowers—except Peter. All he can do is make ice cubes and freeze stuff. But it’s his favorite time of year, so who cares?! There’s nothing like the holidays to put people in a good mood! But after Mr. Powers vanishes without a trace, other things in Boulder City start to disappear too. Now, it’s up to Peter and his best friends, Chloe and Sandro, to search out who has a sinister heart of ice. Can the trio face the army of snowmen alone, or will the holidays be ruined for everyone? This title is the fifth chapter book in a new series of exciting stories about a young boy who has some rather crummy superpowers. Each story is full of humor, action, and fun, but the charm can be found in the heartfelt message about the power of family, friends, and having confidence

  4. What's My Superpower? - Nalvana feels like all of her friends have some type of superpower. She has friends with super speed (who always beat her in races), friends with super strength (who can dangle from the monkey bars for hours), and friends who are better than her at a million other things. Nalvana thinks she must be the only kid in town without a superpower. But then her mom shows Nalvana that she is unique and special, and that her superpower was right in front of her all along.

Superhero Mom book
#28
Superhero Mom
Written by Timothy Knapman and illustrated by Joe Berger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

All moms are amazing, and the mom in this story is no exception. She doesn’t wear a cape or fly around, but she runs for the bus so fast it feels like flying; uses her superstrength to carry her daughter’s boots, coat, bag, and scooter; and can make bumps and bruises better with just a kiss. Maybe moms really do have superpowers!

My So-Called Superpowers book
#29
My So-Called Superpowers
Written by Heather Nuhfer
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The first book in a quirky and funny coming-of-age series follows a girl whose emotions physically manifest themselves for the whole world to see. Veronica’s story is sure to resonate with readers who feel desperate to fit in. Illustrations.

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