The Ultimate List of Books about Superheroes

Updated Mar. 28, 2019

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.

Super Manny Stands Up! book
#1
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?

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.

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

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.

Even Superheroes Have to Sleep book
#4
Even Superheroes Have to Sleep
Written by Sara Crow and illustrated by Adam Record
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
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.

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
#5
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.

Dex: The Heart of a Hero book
#6
Dex: The Heart of a Hero
Written by Caralyn Buehner and 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.

Superhero Instruction Manual book
#7
Superhero Instruction Manual
Written by Kristy Dempsey and illustrated by Mark Fearing
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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

Ten Rules of Being a Superhero book
#8
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.

Even Superheroes Use the Potty book
#9
Even Superheroes Use the Potty
Written by Sara Crow and 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.

how to be a superhero book
#10
how to be a superhero
Written by Sue Fliess and 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!

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."

DC Super Heroes ABC 123 book
#12
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.

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.

Even Superheroes Make Mistakes book
#14
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.

The Adventures of Captain Underpants book
#15
The Adventures of Captain Underpants
Written and 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.

El Deafo book
#16
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."

Potty Superhero book
#17
Potty Superhero
Written and illustrated by Parragon Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Every little superhero needs to use a potty, he just needs to know how to go!

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