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Children’s Book Week: Reading is a Superpower

Children’s Book Week takes place two times a year, and is the perfect time to recommit to nurturing a love of reading in children. This year’s theme is “Reading is a Superpower!” Reading is an opportunity for children to expand their hearts and minds - to empathize more with others, affirm their own identities, and learn about the world around them and what is possible in the future.

We have selected some of our favorite superhero inspired children’s books to share with the young readers in your life. We have also compiled a collection of resources to use both at home and school, including bookmarks, reading challenges, and ways to connect with others. We especially love the “superpower challenge” that helps children identify what their superpowers are - click here for lesson ideas and resources rooted in topics like STEM, social activism, mental health and wellness, physical fitness and sports, and more.

We hope that these books give the children in your life the extra boost of confidence to pursue reading and books that make them feel joyful, and affirm and reflect the world around them. Each of these books will make any child feel like a superhero!

You can find these recommendations and more on our Bookshop page.

Picture Books

Superheroes are Everywhere

Author: Kamala Harris | Illustrator: Mechel Renee Roe | Publisher: Philomel Books

This book is a wonderful jumping off point for discussing what it means to be an everyday superhero, in all the big and little ways - being a friend, showing kindness, standing up for what feels right, and making the world a better place. It chronicles the life of the Vice President Kamala Harris, and reminds children to look to the people around them to see the good. It also includes a “Hero Code” at the end of the book that encourages children to be the best they can be.

My Voice is a Trumpet

Author: Jimmie Allen | Illustrator: Cathy Ann Johnson | Publisher: Flamingo Books

My Voice is a Trumpet is a beautiful new release that teaches children that all voices have the power to make change - loud ones, quiet ones, ones that communicate with hands or written words. It is particularly powerful for all kids to know that you do not have to change anything about who you are to be a superhero. The illustrations in this story are also authentic and inclusive of all types of people. This encouraging book is a must have for home and school libraries.

Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too)

Author/Illustrator: Keith Negley | Publisher: Flying Eye Books

Don’t be fooled by the macho superhero on the front cover - this book is all about challenging gender constructs related to males and masculinity. The bright and lively illustrations showcase a variety of “tough guys,” like ninjas, astronauts, knights and race car drivers, processing their feelings. The overall message is that everyone has feelings, and it is always okay to show them.

Lucia the Luchadora

Author: Cynthia Leonor Garza | Illustrator: Allyssa Bermudez | Publisher: POW! Kids Books

Lucia is full of moxie and spunk. She is brave and fun, and more than disappointed when the boys on the play yard tell her that girls cannot be superheroes. Her abuela teaches her about luchadoras, or mask-wearing wrestlers popularized in Mexico, and they hatch a brilliant plan to help Lucia stand out. This story chronicles how one child has the power to disrupt limiting gender constructs for a whole group, and save the day in the process!