The Best 14 Books About Powers

Updated Mar. 28, 2019

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.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone book
#1
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Written by J. K. Rowling
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Malala's Magic Pencil book
#2
Malala's Magic Pencil
Written by Malala Yousafzai and illustrated by Kerascoet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

This shows magic in a whole new light. It is a true story of a young girl from Pakistan. She watched a show of a young boy that had a magic pencil. Whatever he drew with his magic pencil appeared. She wished she had one so she could draw things like a new ball for her and her brothers to play with. She wished for beautiful dresses for her mother and buildings for her father. She was very selfless in her wishes. Then one day she saw some very poor children and it changed her outlook on life. She realized how blessed she was to get to go to school. She wanted this for other children and started to write about it. This became magic to her and to others as people started listening to her story.

Malala's first picture book will inspire young readers everywhere to find the magic all around them. As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true. This beautifully illustrated volume tells Malala's story for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed Malala to hold on to hope even in the most difficult of times.

Arabian Nights Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp book
#3
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
#4
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.

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.

Dylan the Villain book
#6
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…

Even Superheroes Have to Sleep book
#7
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

My First Book of Superpowers book
#8
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.

DC Super Heroes ABC 123 book
#9
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.

What's My Superpower? book
#10
What's My Superpower?
Written by Aviaq Johnston and illustrated by Tim Mack
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-18

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.

Matilda book
#11
Matilda
Written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

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!

The Star Thief book
#12
The Star Thief
Written by Lindsey Becker
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

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?

El Deafo book
#13
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."

The Magic Finger book
#14
The Magic Finger
Written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

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….

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