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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.

The Day I Lost My Superpowers book
#1
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
#2
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
#3
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?

Super Hair-o and the Barber of Doom book
#4
Super Hair-o and the Barber of Doom
Written and illustrated by John Rocco
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from 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!

Every super hero gets his powers from somewhere. The young hero of this book, Rocco, thinks his abilities come from his shock of red hair, and the longer it gets, the stronger he becomes. He even has a posse of super friends with wild hair of their own. Our hero is unstoppable--until the day he's dragged to the super evil villain's lair and robbed of his powers. How will he face his friends? Will he ever regain his super hero-ness? A girl who has been watching all along offers the gang a chance to save the day and get their groove back. With bold images that burst with energy from white backgrounds and narration as earnest as Superman himself, SUPER HAIR-O AND THE BARBER OF DOOM is a feel-good and funny book for emergent comic book fans and parents who grew up on them.

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. 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.

  2. Even Superheroes Make Mistakes - 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.

  3. Dylan the Villain - 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.

  4. 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!

Ten Rules of Being a Superhero book
#10
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.

Bedtime for Batman book
#11
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."

Super Red Riding Hood book
#12
Super Red Riding Hood
Written and illustrated by Claudia Davila
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Ruby loves to play superhero, so when her mother gives her a ñmissionî that takes her into the deep, dark woods, Ruby throws on her red cloak to become ƒ Super Red Riding Hood! Nothing can scare her „ except maybe coming face-to-face with a big bad wolf. What would a superhero do? A story of guts and girl power, this is a fun update on a familiar tale.

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man book
#13
The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man
Written by Michael Chabon and illustrated by Jake Parker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Awesome Man can shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs, fly as straight as an arrow, and hug mutant Jell-O! Even villains like Professor Von Evil and the Flaming Eyeball are no match for this caped crusader. But Awesome Man also has a secret. . . . Can you guess what it is? The first picture book from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon perfectly captures the fantasy life of young superhero fans.

Spider-Man: Far From Home: Spider-Man Swings Through Europe book
#14
Spider-Man: Far From Home: Spider-Man Swings Through Europe
Written by Calliope Glass and illustrated by Andrew Kolb
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Swing alongside Spider-Man as he travels through Europe! Whether he's riding in a gondola through the Venice canals or breaking out all his best moves to get a reaction from the Queen's Guard in London, Spider-Man is determined to have the best vacation ever. Full of vibrant and hilarious original art, this picture book shows off the various European locations seen in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and is told from Peter Parker's unique point of view. Perfect for curious young readers who love Super Heroes, the book also has hidden characters and details from Spidey's world. You never know what-or who-you might find!

  1. Captain Marvel What Makes a Hero - Introduce the young reader in your life to the inimitable, expectation-destroying, glass ceiling-shattering, world-saving female Super Heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from Captain Marvel and Shuri to Gamora, Black Widow, Nebula, and more, in this beautifully-illustrated picture book aimed at the young reader set. Fans of all ages will be thrilled by this adventure that celebrates the strength, intelligence, and ingenuity of the women who are vital to MCU's best stories, distilled into a child-friendly package.

  2. Be a Star, Wonder Woman! - As a new day dawns, a young girl faces the ultimate challenge: school! Follow along as she demonstrates her greatest superpower (sharing), overcomes her worst fear (the playground),and conquers her archenemy (the spelling test). With courage, kindness, and other heroic traits of DC Comics' Wonder Woman, she'll turn a difficult school day into an AMAZING ADVENTURE! Along with Omar Lozano's bright, bold illustrations, bestselling author Michael Dahl (Bedtime for Batman and Good Morning, Superman) delivers an imaginative read-aloud for your littlest super heroes.

  3. Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime! - Instead of fighting each other, Jinx and her little brother The Doom spend their days fighting crime, protecting the planet, defending the innocent, and taking lunch breaks.

  4. Even Superheroes Use the Potty - It’s potty time for superheroes, firefighters, ninjas, soldiers, and KIDS! Young ones will enjoy this funny, rhyming story that teaches great bathroom habits with the promise that all their heroes use the potty too. And the book comes with stickers and a bathroom reward chart, so good potty habits can be celebrated each time kids put the lid down, flush, and wash their hands! It’s a book-and-sticker package that will help parents achieve toilet-training harmony. And don’t miss the companion book—Even Superheroes Have to Sleep!—to help restless kids settle in at night.

Good Morning, Superman! book
#19
Good Morning, Superman!
Written by Michael Dahl and illustrated by Omar Lozano
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird. It's a plane. It's the... SUN! When morning comes, a young boy must prepare for his day, faster than a speeding bullet. Follow along as he leaps tall buildings (jumps out of bed) in a single bound, dons his heroic uniform (his clothes), and faces his greatest weakness (Kryptonite-colored toothpaste). Then it's up, up, and away to daycare! The perfect companion to the best-selling author Michael Dahl's Bedtime for Batman, this official DC Comics picture book will have Superman fans young and old delighting in their morning routines. Includes a morning routine checklist.

The Runaway Robot book
#20
The Runaway Robot
Written by Rachel Ruiz and illustrated by Steve May
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Harry's latest invention--a Superhero Robot programmed to do chores--malfunctions, and the robot goes out of control, creating chaos at school.

What's My Superpower? book
#21
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.

The Wild Field Trip book
#22
The Wild Field Trip
Written by Rachel Ruiz and illustrated by Steve May
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

While on a school field trip to the zoo, Harry accidentally allows the monkeys to escape their habitat, and he thinks he can fix the mess using one of his superhero inventions.

Superhero Mom book
#23
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!

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