Best Children's Books About Superpowers

86+ Children's Books About Superpowers

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
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

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
#2
Super Hair-o and the Barber of Doom
Written and 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.

Even Superheroes Use the Potty book
#3
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.

Draw-It-Yourself Adventures: Superhero Saga book
#4
Draw-It-Yourself Adventures: Superhero Saga
Written by Andrew Judge and illustrated by Chris Judge
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Welcome to Doodletown, where readers create the story! Team up with Doodletown's Hiro Itazuragaki (which means "doodle" in Japanese) as he takes over the duties of a missing superhero and has to stop an evil villain from destroying the town's supply of drawing paper! Young readers can sketch, doodle, and draw their way through the story with different options for arriving at the conclusion. And when they're finished, it's easy to go back to the beginning and create a whole new superhero saga. From author Andrew Judge and his brother Chris Judge, illustrator of Danger is Everywhere, comes a brand-new hybrid chapter book series full of fun prompts and silly jokes that are sure to entertain kids and have them reaching for the next book!

Norse Myths book
#5
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.

Ladybug Girl book
#6
Ladybug Girl
Written by Jacky Davis and illustrated by David Soman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

The first hardcover picture book in the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series, which encourages independence and creative play, and celebrates imagination for every preschool child! When Lulu puts on her ladybug costume, she becomes Ladybug Girl, a superhero who uses her imagination to have adventures right in her own backyard. Her dog, Bingo the basset hound, is always by her side and the two prove that they are not too little to explore nature, build forts, and make their own big fun. For fans of Fancy Nancy and Toot and Puddle, the Ladybug Girl series honors individuality, creativity, and a love of the outdoors!

Dylan the Villain book
#7
Dylan the Villain
Written and 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…

Matilda book
#8
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 Magic Finger book
#9
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….

Dragon Healer book
#10
Dragon Healer
Written by Lucy Coats and illustrated by Brett Bean
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

When the god of war leaves his smelly, unhappy battle dragon with Demon, he must figure out a way to cure the beast without his magic medicine box.

Hound of Hades book
#11
Hound of Hades
Written by Lucy Coats and illustrated by Brett Bean
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Having proven himself capable of caring for the mythical creatures that dwell on Olympus, eleven-year-old Demon is summoned by the great god Hades to the Underworld to tend to Cerberus, the three-headed dog Guardian of the Underworld, which has been beaten by Demon's nemesis, Heracles.

The Unicorn Emergency book
#12
The Unicorn Emergency
Written by Lucy Coats and illustrated by Brett Bean
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

When he returns to Olympus from Asgard, Demon must calm a groggy volcano monster while figuring out what is wrong with the unicorns.

Beast Keeper book
#13
Beast Keeper
Written by Lucy Coats and illustrated by Brett Bean
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Eleven-year-old Demon had never met his father, the god Pan, until the day he was whisked away to the stables of Olympus and charged with looking after all of the mythical creatures there, a task which is complicated by the tempestuous gods and goddesses and Heracles, who keeps killing the immortal beasts.

Zeus's Eagle book
#14
Zeus's Eagle
Written by Lucy Coats and illustrated by Brett Bean
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Will Demon's latest quest bring down the wrath of Zeus? Demon's life on Mount Olympus has never been busier. Thanks to the awful heroes down on Earth, he has a whole slew of injured beasts to care for. And worse still, the goddess Psyche wants Demon to "borrow" Zeus's prized eagle for an urgent mission. But is her task worth the risk of offending the king of the gods?

Mightier Than the Sword book
#15
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.

Centaur School book
#16
Centaur School
Written by Lucy Coats and illustrated by Brett Bean
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Demon has always counted on his magical medicine box to help him cure the sick beasts on Mount Olympus. But Chiron, his new healing master, insists Demon learn to find the cures on his own. Demon's new skills are soon put to the test when he must save an ailing phoenix--or face the wrath of its fiery guards!

Gods of the North book
#17
Gods of the North
Written by Lucy Coats and illustrated by Brett Bean
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Odin, the ruler of the Asgardians, has an important mission for Demon. Goldbristle, the gods' prized shining boar, is losing his light. Now Demon must travel to Asgard in the North to search this cold, snowy land for anything that might cure this beast.

Steeds of the Gods book
#18
Steeds of the Gods
Written by Lucy Coats and illustrated by Brett Bean
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Demon is getting used to his role as the official Beast Keeper to the gods on Mount Olympus. The gods are getting used to him, too--until Helios and Poseidon decide to involve him in a feud! The two gods are planning a race to see which of their steeds are the fastest. Both vengeful gods have requested Demon's help, but he can choose only one.

Saves the World! book
#19
Saves the World!
Written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The irresistible new series by the author-illustrator of Mr. Men Little Miss. Molly knows what she wants to be when she grows up: a superhero. It's a great plan. She could save the world. But with Molly, mischief is never far away! In this second book of a new series, Molly wants to be a superhero, but before she can start her new job she has to answer some important questions. What powers will she have? Who are her enemies? What's her costume like? While Molly has a great imagination, and anything is possible, one thing is for sure: this will definitely end in mischief. A laugh-out-loud story for sharing, with bold, fun illustrations, this book celebrates a larger-than-life little girl learning a valuable lesson in appreciating what you've already got (unless he's your younger brother!).

Sif and the Dwarfs’ Treasures book
#20
Sif and the Dwarfs’ Treasures
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

From the authors of the Goddess Girls series comes the second book in a brand-new series steeped in Norse mythology, magic, adventure, and friendship. Twelve-year-old Sif is goddess of the harvest, with her abilities woven into her long, blonde hair. She also has special prophetic powers—she is a seer—but is reluctant to share them after a mishap years ago caused a big rift in a friendship that meant a lot to her. And Sif is determined to not let that happen again! But when the mischievous Loki cuts her hair in a horrible prank gone wrong, Sif orders Loki to fix it. Without her hair, the crops in the land of Midgard—which supplies the wheat for food in Asgard Academy as well—are in danger of dying off. With Sif and Freya, Loki goes to ask for help from the dwarfs, specifically, the sons of Ivaldi who are all skilled blacksmiths and strikes a bargain with them. They hammer and spin gold into fine golden strands along with a spear and a ship that will grow to full size once in water. On his way back through the cave, Loki gets an idea for how to get more treasures by playing one set of dwarfs off against another. Envious of the work of the sons of Ivaldi, the dwarfs Brokk and Eitri say they can do better. Loki replies that he doesn’t think they can and that, furthermore, he’ll stake his head on it. Is that a bet that Loki will regret? And will Sif be able to restore her magical powers to prevent the drought in Midgard?

Bumblebee Boy Loves... book
#21
Bumblebee Boy Loves...
Written by Jacky Davis and illustrated by David Soman
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Pair this sweet board book with Ladybug Girl Loves to create the ideal gift for any young adventurer. Part of the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series, this board book introduces the littlest readers to the adventures and imagination of Bumblebee Boy Bumblebee Boy is Ladybug Girl’s best friend, Sam, and he loves SO many things. He loves driving the Beemobile and jumping high over a whole city. He loves to draw, and he knows he can save the whole world with his superhero skills. Most of all, Bumblebee Boy loves to share a book and a snuggle with his little brother, Owen. Adventure is never more than a blink away for Bumblebee Boy!

Superhero Dad book
#22
Superhero Dad
Written by Timothy Knapman and illustrated by Joe Berger
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

"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!).

Even Superheroes Have to Sleep book
#23
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

Bucky and Stu Vs. the Mikanikal Man book
#24
Bucky and Stu Vs. the Mikanikal Man
Written and illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

It’s the adventure of a lifetime when best friends—and self-proclaimed superheroes—defeat bad guys of their own invention. It’s wonk ’em time when Bucky and Stu have to stand up to Phat Tyre, TrashMan and Hose-Nose. No matter that the bad guys are all made out of household items that Bucky and Stu have assembled themselves—these bad guys don’t stand a chance against the boys’ power moves. Still, it’s quite a surprise when their latest villain, the giant Mikanikal Man, gets zapped during a lightning storm and comes to life! The battle—and thrill—of a lifetime ensue. Full of surprises and laughs, this upbeat, action-packed story celebrates imagination, creativity, and friendship in even the most unexpected forms. Cornelius Van Wright’s hilarious illustrations are full of surprises and are perfect for portraying the high-speed antics of two enthusiastic boys.

The Alien Next Door 5: Baseball Blues book
#25
The Alien Next Door 5: Baseball Blues
Written by A.I. Newton and illustrated by Anjan Sarkar
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

In the fifth book of the Alien Next Door series, Zeke, Harris, and Roxy all try out for the baseball team, but Zeke can't resist using his powers to help him play better than everyone else. It's baseball season, and Zeke, Harris, and Roxy all decide to try out for the team. Zeke doesn't quite know how to play baseball, but his powers allow him to pitch and hit better than anyone else! But Harris thinks that what Zeke is doing is cheating, since none of the other players have his powers, and he's also concerned that someone might discover Zeke's an alien. But Zeke doesn't see a problem with this, causing tension in their friendship. Can Zeke and Harris save their friendship, or will they strike out?

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