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When you think about superheroes, many different things might come to your mind: powers, saving the world, capes, costumes, or even Marvel. No matter what comes to mind, there’s something special about superheroes…that they’re heroes! As Iron Man put it, “Heroes are made by the path they choose, not the powers they are graced with.”

We’ve rounded up the very best children’s books about superheroes for you to read with your littles, from your favorite, well-known heroes to new literary favorites.

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Top 10 Books About Superheroes

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Super Manny Stands Up!
Written by Kelly DiPucchio & illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
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.
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

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?

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Even Superheroes Have Bad Days
Written by Shelly Becker & illustrated by Eda Kaban
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.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-9

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.

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Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero
Written by Anne Cottringer & illustrated by Alex T. Smith
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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.
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

All the grown-ups comment that Eliot is “such a quiet little thing,” unaware that at night, when the clock strikes midnight, he becomes a superhero, and now he has received his most urgent mission yet, to help a group of scientists prevent a giant meteor from crashing into Earth.

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Even Superheroes Make Mistakes
Written by Shelly Becker & 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.

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

“Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger.”

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Even Superheroes Have to Sleep
Written by Sara Crow & illustrated by Adam Record
Thoughts from Grammy
With bold illustrations in primary colors this book has a nice variety of heroes; everyone from first responders to princesses to medical professionals to mothers. The rhyming text is consistent and keeps the pace brisk.
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

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Ten Rules of Being a Superhero
Written & 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.

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Dex: The Heart of a Hero
Written by Caralyn Buehner & illustrated by Mark Buehner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Tired of being overlooked because he is so small, Dexter, a big-hearted dog with big dreams transforms himself into a superhero.

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Superhero Instruction Manual
Written by Kristy Dempsey & 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!

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Even Superheroes Use the Potty
Written by Sara Crow & illustrated by Adam Record
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

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Books About Superheroes and Social Themes

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Even Superheroes Have Bad Days
Written by Shelly Becker & illustrated by Eda Kaban
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.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-9

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.

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Even Superheroes Make Mistakes
Written by Shelly Becker & 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.

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Dex: The Heart of a Hero
Written by Caralyn Buehner & illustrated by Mark Buehner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Tired of being overlooked because he is so small, Dexter, a big-hearted dog with big dreams transforms himself into a superhero.

Honorable Mentions
Why? book
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The Big Book of Superpowers book
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Superbuns! book
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Super Red Riding Hood book
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  1. Why? - This sweet book will appeal to anyone familiar with the universal tendency of young children to always ask WHY? When supervillain Doctor X-Ray swoops in threatening to vanquish an innocent crowd, the only one brave enough not to run away is a little girl, who asks him simply, “Why?” He is taken aback—but he answers. She keeps asking. And he keeps answering—until a surprising truth is uncovered, and the villain is thwarted. In this laugh-out-loud take on the small-and-determined-beats-big-loud-bully story, simple questions lead to profound answers in a quest that proves the ultimate power of curiosity.

  2. The Big Book of Superpowers - This inspiring book encourages kids to find their own superpower and celebrate it. Superheroes have superpowers, abilities like strength or invisibility or flight. But did you know that ordinary kids have superpowers too? From dancing to reading to persistence and optimism, all of us have a superpower that makes us special and unique, a special ability that enables us to make a difference in the world. What’s your superpower? With eighteen stories of kids with everyday superpowers, The Big Book of Superpowers will inspire kids to look inside and find what makes them extraordinary!

  3. Superbuns! - For fans of Fred Rogers in Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and Be Kind, a little bunny, who dreams of being a superhero, proves to her know-it-all older sister that kindness really is a superpower. Some superheroes can leap tall buildings in a single bound, some can crawl up a wall, some grow wolfsharp claws, and some have superhuman speed. And Superbuns? Her superpower is being kind. Super kind. She can’t help but be kind: watering a neighbor’s daisies; helping a friend cross the street; feeding a hungry goldfish. Superbuns’s older sister Blossom is a super know-it-all who doesn’t believe kindness is a superpower. Not one bit. And all this kindness is slowing them down on their way to Grammy’s house, where a yummy carrot cobbler awaits. But the sisters are being followed by a little fox, and when Blossom learns the fox is not after their cobbler but is lost, she discovers kindness really is a superpower after all.

  4. Super Red Riding Hood - 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.

Books About Superheroes and Superpowers

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Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero
Written by Anne Cottringer & illustrated by Alex T. Smith
Thoughts from 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.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

All the grown-ups comment that Eliot is “such a quiet little thing,” unaware that at night, when the clock strikes midnight, he becomes a superhero, and now he has received his most urgent mission yet, to help a group of scientists prevent a giant meteor from crashing into Earth.

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Even Superheroes Have to Sleep
Written by Sara Crow & illustrated by Adam Record
Thoughts from Grammy
With bold illustrations in primary colors this book has a nice variety of heroes; everyone from first responders to princesses to medical professionals to mothers. The rhyming text is consistent and keeps the pace brisk.
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

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DC Super Heroes ABC 123
Written & 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.

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Potty Superhero book
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Even Superheroes Use the Potty book
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Superhero Dad book
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Spider-Man: Far From Home: Spider-Man Swings Through Europe book
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  1. Potty Superhero - Every little superhero needs to use a potty, he just needs to know how to go!

  2. 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.

  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. Spider-Man: Far From Home: Spider-Man Swings Through Europe - 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!

Books About Superheroes and Imagination

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Super Manny Stands Up!
Written by Kelly DiPucchio & illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
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.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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?

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

“Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger.”

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Captain Awesome And The Trapdoor
Written by Stan Kirby & illustrated by George O’Connor
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Eugene tries to track down a toy thief in this twenty-first Captain Awesome adventure.

Eugene is sure someone has been stealing all his old toys. Will the trap door he discovered lead him to the answer?

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Captain Awesome chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

Honorable Mentions
The Amazing Adventures of Bumblebee Boy book
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The Neighbors book
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The Last Battle book
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Sweet Dreams, Supergirl book
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  1. The Amazing Adventures of Bumblebee Boy - From the creators of the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series comes a story about sibling cooperation and play featuring a member of the Bug Squad, Bumblebee Boy! When Sam is Bumblebee Boy, he likes to fly alone, using his imagination to battle dragons, pirates, and tigers. Sam’s little brother, Owen, would like to play with him, but Owen doesn’t have a cape or a mask, and Bumblebee Boy doesn’t need his help. But when more aliens than Bumblebee Boy can handle land on the moon, will he be able to defeat them by himself? Through their imaginary adventures, Sam and Owen discover just how much fun a brother can be, and learn that there are times to play alone and times to play with others.

  2. The Neighbors - As a young girl climbs the seven stories to her own (very boring!) apartment, she imagines what’s behind each of the doors she passes. Does the door with all the locks belong to a family of thieves? Might the doorway with muddy footprints conceal a pet tiger? Each spread reveals—in lush detail—the wilds of the girl’s imagination, from a high-flying circus to an underwater world and everything in between. When the girl finally reaches her own apartment, she is greeted by her parents, who might have a secret even wilder than anything she could have imagined!

  3. The Last Battle - Two ordinary objects turned a pair of brothers into superheroes. Now they’re banding together with their neighbors to take down the evil Trench once and for all in the final volume of this graphic novel trilogy. Tuck and Hudson have figured out how to wield the superpowers they got when their mom bought them an ordinary-looking pair of scarves and an umbrella at a yard sale. But Trench, their supervillain archnemesis, is only getting more powerful. Slowly, the brothers have discovered the others in their town who have superpowered objects from that same yard sale. Now Tuck and Hudson, along with their friend Elvira and their squirrel sidekick, Steen, are leading a band of heroes in the fight against Trench. This final volume of the graphic novel adventure series features the heroes’ last stand, with plenty of twists and turns along the way.

  4. Sweet Dreams, Supergirl - A young Supergirl fan faces her most elusive adversary - sleep! As darkness falls, a young girl attempts to catch some Z’s while DC Comics’ SUPERGIRL tracks down an elusive enemy. With super hero traits, like BRAVERY, PATIENCE, and PERSISTENCE, they’ll both turn sleepless nights into sweet success and sweet dreams. Along with Omar Lozano’s action-packed art, bestselling author Michael Dahl (Bedtime for Batman, Good Morning, Superman, and Be a Star, Wonder Woman) delivers an imaginative bedtime book for fangirls and fanboys alike.

Books About Superheroes and Girls And Women

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My First Book of Superpowers
Written by David Katz & 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.

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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.”

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Captain Marvel What Makes a Hero
Written by Pamela Bobowicz & illustrated by Eda Kaban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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.

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Be a Star, Wonder Woman! book
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The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate book
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Superhero Mom book
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Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian book
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  1. 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.

  2. The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate - The Princess in Black investigates when a monster disrupts her playdate with Princess Sneezewort, but she’ll need the help of her friend to catch the shapeshifting creature.

  3. Superhero Mom - 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!

  4. Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian - A super-secret operative saves the world from a diabolical threat through her ability to brandish just the right book at just the right time in this delightfully silly superhero tale illustated by Eisner Award-winner and Caldecott Honoree Vera Brosgol. When an evil genius has a diabolical plan to destroy every book on the planet, who has the tome-toting page power to thwart his dastardly scheme? Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian! She’s got the gadgets. She’s got the disguises. And she’s always got the right book at the right time. It’s a good thing, too, because Lyric McKerrigan is the world’s last hope! Jacob Sager Weinstein and Vera Brosgol introduce a smart and crafty heroine who is part comic-book hero, part reader extraordinaire, and wholly awesome.

Books About Superheroes and Imagination And Play

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Ten Rules of Being a Superhero
Written & 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.

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how to be a superhero
Written by Sue Fliess & illustrated by Nikki Dyson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A boy asks Captain Mighty what it takes to become a hero. There’s a costume to choose and a power to develop. But most of all, it takes smarts and heart! It’s not long before the boy defeats the local villain, Turbo Troll, and earns his new name: the Silver Cyclone! This rollicking read-aloud will be a hit with kids and grown-ups alike!

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Goodnight, Little Superhero
Written by Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alea Marley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-6

In this cheerful rhyming picture book, BabyLit author Jennifer Adams bids sweet dreams to the youngest readers who identify as superheroes by day and tender, sleepy children by night. With vibrant art from illustrator Alea Marley, Goodnight, Little Superhero is sure to send little ones flying into dreams of superpowers galore.

Goodnight cape and goodnight sidekick.
Goodnight mask and badge and tights.
Goodnight world outside your window.
You are safe and sound tonight.

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Doodle Cat Wears a Cape book
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Good Morning, Superman! book
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Yasmin the Superhero book
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Meet the Heroes . . . and the Villains, Too! book
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  1. Doodle Cat Wears a Cape - He can perform all kinds of superhero acts, like catching humans when they fall from trees and firing furballs at top speed. But will Doodle Cat’s superpowers work when his friend is sad? Maybe he’ll have to try something new. Filled with Doodle Cat’s signature exuberance and joy…

  2. Good Morning, Superman! - 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.

  3. Yasmin the Superhero - Yasmin gathers a cape and mask and sets out to find a villain to defeat with her “super powers”—however there are no villains hiding on her block, just neighbors who need a little help.

  4. Meet the Heroes . . . and the Villains, Too! - Introduces the PJ Masks revealing each member’s super power and those of the villains they fight. On board pages.

Books About Superheroes and Family

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Superhero Instruction Manual
Written by Kristy Dempsey & 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!

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The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man
Written by Michael Chabon & 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.

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The Day I Lost My Superpowers
Written by Michael Escoffier & 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.

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Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime! book
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Max and the Superheroes book
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Awesome Man: The Mystery Intruder book
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Peter Powers and the Swashbuckling Sky Pirates! book
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  1. 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.

  2. Max and the Superheroes - Max is crazy about superheroes, like all his friends, but the one he loves most is Megapower—especially when she turns into his Mommy and gives him a goodnight kiss.

  3. Awesome Man: The Mystery Intruder -

  4. 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.

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Books About Superheroes and School

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The Adventures of Captain Underpants
Written & illustrated by Dav Pilkey
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen.

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Dylan the Villain
Written & illustrated by K. G. Campbell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

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…

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Captain Awesome for President
Written by Stan Kirby & illustrated by George O’Connor
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

In the twentieth Captain Awesome adventure, Eugene decides to run for class president! After much thought (actually, really not that much), Eugene has made a big decision. He’s decided to run for class president! But there’s a hitch. Meredith Mooney, a.k.a. Little Miss Stinky Pinky, has also decided to run! Since Eugene can’t reveal to his classmates his identity as Captain Awesome, he has to figure out some other way to prove to them that he’s the one for the job! With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Captain Awesome chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

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Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers: Color Edition book
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The Offenders: Saving the world, while serving detention! book
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Super Turbo and the Fire-Breathing Dragon book
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Super Turbo Vs. Wonder Pig book
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  1. Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers: Color Edition - When we last saw George and Harold, they were headed to jail for the rest of their lives. What could be worse? How about being pulled from prison by a time-traveling tyrant named Tippy Tinkletrousers?!!? Now the boys are taking a trip back in time to the carefree days of kindergarten, when the scariest thing they had to face was not evil mad scientists or alien cafeteria ladies but a sixth-grade bully named Kipper Krupp, the nephew of their clueless school principal. And because George and Harold don’t invent Captain Underpants until they’re in fourth grade, the clever kindergartners are on their own. Will their brains be enough to beat the bully?!!?

  2. The Offenders: Saving the world, while serving detention! - Bullies beware! A freak accident gives five middle school bullies super powers. But instead of being able to transform into cool super-beings, they take on the characteristics of the kids they bully. Sure their abilities may be at an all-time high, but do they really have what it takes to save their school when their self-esteem is at an all-time low? “Creative, funny, and engaging – this book presents a unique look at the dynamics of bullying. With a diverse cast of characters, the book illustrates that bullying affects everyone – and that the students who are bullying can change their behavior and make their school a more positive place.” — PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center

  3. Super Turbo and the Fire-Breathing Dragon - In the fifth, Super Turbo book, there’s a new animal in school and the class pets are convinced she’s a fire-breathing dragon! You know Turbo as the hamster sidekick from the Captain Awesome books. But ever wonder what actually goes on when the last school bell rings and Turbo is left to his own devices? He’s SUPER TURBO and he’s here to fight evil in and out of the classroom! There’s a new class pet at Sunnyview Elementary. And since all the students seem so excited about this new pet, Turbo can’t wait to meet her. Until he realizes that she’s a fire-breathing dragon! Now the Superpet Superhero League must figure out what this new pet is really doing in the school. And if she’s evil…can the superpets stop her? With easy-to-read language, illustrations, and comic panels on almost every page, the Super Turbo chapter books are perfect for emerging readers!

  4. Super Turbo Vs. Wonder Pig - “When Wonder Pig starts to act strange, Super Turbo gets suspicious. Is it possible that the superhero guinea pig is actually working undercover for the evil rat Whiskerface?”—

Books About Superheroes and Inventions

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Camp Hero Double Trouble
Written by Gina Bellisario & illustrated by Jessika von Innerebner
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-8

Ellie is excited to go to Camp Hero, where the motto is: Where Super Friendships are Made! But when Ellie’s cabinmates, superhero twins Mona and Leona, give her the cold shoulder, Ellie decides to use her parents’ latest invention to get them to like her. The invention works too well, and the twins start fighting over Ellie! Can Ellie stop their double trouble and find out why they weren’t friendly to her in the first place?

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The Runaway Robot
Written by Rachel Ruiz & 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.

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The Wild Field Trip
Written by Rachel Ruiz & 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.

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Freddie Ramos Stomps the Snow book
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Freddie Ramos Springs Into Action book
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The Superhero Project book
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The Recess Bully book
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  1. Freddie Ramos Stomps the Snow - When a freak spring blizzard buries Starwood Park, Freddie works with Mr. Vaslov to clear the sidewalks using a new invention—Zapato Power snowshoes! But not even the snow can stop a thief from causing trouble in the neighborhood. Can Freddie solve the case, even if it means helping Erika, the Starwood Park bully?

  2. Freddie Ramos Springs Into Action - Freddie has shoes that give him super speed. It’s hard to be a superhero and a regular kid at the same time, especially when your shoes give you even more power! Freddie needs an on/off switch for his super speed, so Mr. Vaslov, who created the shoes, decides to invent a remote control, but he gets more than he planned. When his young neighbor’s ball goes missing, Freddie uses his new powers to find it…and Mr. Vaslov!

  3. The Superhero Project - Second-grader Harry, who loves superheroes and thinks he knows all about them, misunderstands a school assignment and presents a new a superhero invention to his class.

  4. The Recess Bully - The new student in Harry’s second grade class is ruining recess by being a bully—can one of Harry’s superhero inventions help him befriend the bully and save recess?

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Books About Superheroes and Rescues And Rescuing

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Super Spooked
Written by Gina Bellisario & illustrated by Jessika von Innerebner
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-8

Although she has battled supervillains, Ellie has recently become scared of the dark, so when she is invited to a Halloween sleepover at her best friend’s house she is apprehensive—but when the villainous Fairy Frightmare sprinkles the girls with bad dream dust, trapping them all inside their nightmares, Ellie must squash her own fears to rescue her friends.

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Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes
Written by Chris Smith and Greg James
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Since becoming Kid Normal, Murph Cooper and the Super Zeroes – fellow students with arguably less-than-useful talents like the ability to conjure tiny horses from thin air – have been catching bad guys all over the place. But being a hero isn’t easy, especially when you can’t tell anyone about your epic adventures and your classmates still don’t believe you’ve got what it takes. And then, far away in a top-secret prison, the world’s most feared supervillain breaks his thirty-year silence. His first words? “Bring Kid Normal to me!” This supervillain was responsible for stealing the powers from some of the greatest Heroes Alliance members of all time. Does Murph have what it takes to bring him down? With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this laugh-out-loud story proves that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

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Mightier Than the Sword
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Wildly funny and inventive, this interactive book pulls you, the reader, into the action. Yes, YOU! You wake up in the fictional land of Astorya, where stories from our world come to life. You’re a real human being (we assume), and in this fictional world, that makes you a superhero. Armed with your trusty pencil you have the power to create: what you write, draw, or scribble in the book becomes part of the story! Only you can rescue Prince S. from the evil Queen Rulette. Aided by the Couriers–a French stoat with dangerous dance moves, a giant dung beetle, a fire ninja, a Pegasus-centaur-cowgirl and a super-intelligent femalien chameleon–you must write, draw, and puzzle your way through a hilarious adventure that is unique to every reader! And most importantly, you must prove that the pencil is mightier than the sword.

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Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers book
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Kid Normal book
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Freddie Ramos Zooms to the Rescue book
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Into the Night to Save the Day! book
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  1. Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers - When we last saw our heroes, George and Harold, they had been turned into evil zombie nerds doomed to roam a devastated, postapocalyptic planet for all eternity. But why, you might ask, didn’t the amazing Captain Underpants save the boys from this frightening fate? Because Tippy Tinkletrousers and his time-traveling hijinks prevented George and Harold from creating Captain Underpants in the first place! Now, having changed the course of human history forever, they’ll have to figure out a way to CHANGE IT BACK!

  2. Kid Normal - When Murph Cooper begins his new school several weeks into the year, he can’t help but feel a bit out of his depth. And it’s not because he’s worried about where to sit, making friends, and fitting in. It’s because his mom has accidentally enrolled him at a school for superheroes. And unlike his fellow students, who can control the weather or fly or conjure tiny horses from thin air, Murph has no special abilities whatsoever. But Murph’s totally normal abilities might just be what the world needs. Because not far away is a great big bad guy who is half man and half wasp, and his mind is abuzz with evil plans . . . and when he comes after the best and the brightest, it’s up to Murph to be the real hero. With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this laugh-out-loud story proves that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

  3. Freddie Ramos Zooms to the Rescue - A very unusual squirrel is spotted in and around Starwood Elementary School, and when Freddie uses his Zapato Power to chase it, he finds more than one opportunity to be a hero.

  4. Into the Night to Save the Day! - Go into the night to save the day with Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko in this 8x8 storybook based on PJ Masks, the hit preschool series airing on Disney Junior! It’s a Cat-astrophe! When Romeo kidnaps Amaya and Greg and steals their pajamas, it’s up to Catboy to save his friends! But can Catboy do it on his own, or will it take teamwork to save the day? PJ Masks © Frog Box / Entertainment One UK Limited / Walt Disney EMEA Productions Limited 2014

Books About Superheroes and Friendship

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

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.

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Bug Girl: Fury on the Dance Floor
Written by Benjamin Harper and Sarah Hines Stephens & illustrated by Anoosha Syed
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

In the sequel to “Bug Girl, “ two girls with superpowers must defend their town when a villain unleashes her fury at the school dance. This funny and action-packed superhero story is filled with illustrations and sidebars featuring real bug facts.

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Bug Girl
Written by Benjamin Harper and Sarah Hines Stephens & illustrated by Anoosha Syed
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Sarah Hines Stephens and Benjamin Harper’s Bug Girl is a funny and action-packed middle-grade superhero adventure with a beautifully designed two color interior and sidebars featuring real bug facts! Amanda Price adores all things bug-related—from spiders to mantises—like, seriously loves them. Unfortunately most of her fellow sixth-graders do not share her invertebrate obsession. They’re grossed out by it. Especially Amanda’s ex-best friend, Emily, who thinks Amanda is creepy weird. But when mysterious invaders menace the town of Oyster Cove and take both Amanda and Emily’s mothers captive, Amanda unexpectedly develops amazing insectile powers! Newly equipped with antennae and a glistening exoskeleton she uncovers a secret that changes everything. Now Amanda has to act fast or her town and her mom are doomed! There’s just one complication…she needs Emily’s help. Suddenly Amanda’s worst enemy becomes her best ally, but working together may be even harder than saving their town from being squashed like a . . . well . . . BUG GIRL. She’s got the buzz. An Imprint Book “Bearing all the campy hallmarks and high drama of a classic superhero romp, this entertaining . . . tale also features interesting entomological tidbits throughout.” —Kirkus Reviews

Honorable Mentions
Mia Mayhem Breaks Down Walls book
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First Day of Groot! book
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Mia Mayhem Learns To Fly! book
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Juniper Jupiter book
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  1. Mia Mayhem Breaks Down Walls - Mia is determined to be the best in her strength-training class, so she can learn how to lift cars, and climb super tall buildings! But when her own super strength gets the better of her, she ends up causing absolute mayhem. Will Mia be able to rebuild the walls she broke down, one-by-one? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Mia Mayhem chapter books are perfect for emerging readers.

  2. First Day of Groot! - You’ll find adventure at every turn. Now, come on, quick-it’s time to learn! Just like the rest of us, Groot’s learning that there’s a first time (and a first day!) for everything. Follow Rocket and Groot as they set off across the galaxy learning new lessons, developing new skills, and making new memories with friends along the way. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 17.1px; font: 13.0px Helvetica; color: #000000}p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 13.1px; font: 13.0px Helvetica; color: #000000} With so many new experiences on the horizon, Groot’s sure to have a first day rooted in spectacular fun, heroics, and everything in between. Don’t be late for this thrilling adventure with the mightiest heroes from Earth and beyond! Told in rhyme and accompanied by colorful and action-packed illustrations, First Day of Groot! is the perfect story to help little learners get excited about first-time experiences.

  3. Mia Mayhem Learns To Fly! - In this second adventure of the brand-new Mia Mayhem chapter book series, Mia learns to fly! When Mia gets placed in a beginner’s flying class with kindergarteners, she struggles and is ready to give up! But luckily, with help from her best friend, Eddie, and the superschool’s most talented flier, Mia finally learns how to get off the ground. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Mia Mayhem chapter books are perfect for emerging readers.

  4. Juniper Jupiter - Juniper Jupiter is a real life superhero. It’s no big deal. She’s super brave, super fast, super strong, super smart, and she can even fly, but something is missing. What is a hero without an amazing sidekick? It turns out that lots of people want to be a superhero’s sidekick, but none of them are quite right. They’re too big, too scratchy, too weird, too scared, or WAY too prepared . . . will Juniper ever find the perfect one? This is a fun and feisty story about friendship and learning to value what you already have.

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