This summer, the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge has a superhero theme, because as we all know reading gives you superpowers. The thing is that those superpowers can be really strong (if a child loves reading and reads often), but they can also be kind of dormant — superpowers that a reading hero hasn’t yet discovered.
Good news for parents: You can help bring out the sleeping superpowers with just the right books. How? Because one of the best ways kids make connections with books is to see themselves and their life reflected in them. This is just one reason why we need diversity in books. Diverse books don’t just act as a window to the world — they're a mirror that reflects our own life.
This list isn’t a list of unlikely superheroes, because as we all know (though the movies might show you otherwise), being powerful doesn’t have to mean looking like a man of steel. You can be any size, gender, race, or speak any language and still have great superpowers. Now, read, read, read and away!
Check out these nine diverse superhero books for kids. (And one bonus book at the end!)
The Adventures of Sparrowboy by Brian Pinkney
Nikki Powergloves - A Hero is Born by David Estes
Superhero by Marc Tauss
I Am Truly by Kelly Greenawalt
The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off by Jacqueline Jules
The Purim Superhero by Elisabeth Kushner
My Mom Has X-Ray Vision by Angela McAllister
Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod
BONUS BOOK!!!: My First Book Of Girl Power by Julie Merberg
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