With new Superhero movies and TV shows coming out all of the time it is no wonder that kids love to see their favorite superhero in action but there are superheroes amongst us as well. Don’t forget the everyday heroes that we encounter on a daily basis such as parents, other family members, teachers, police officers, firemen and many other pillars of the community. Let’s celebrate some of those heroes within some great books. Here are some of a few great books that kids will enjoy.
Do Super Heroes Have Teddy Bears? Author: Carmela LaVigna Coyle Illustrator: Mike Gordon
This is an adorable book about kids dressing up and pretending to be super heroes. They do everything from create capes out of their blankies, to making spaceships and finding a good place to hide. This is a wonderful story on how kids can use their imagination in whichever way they see fit. The story poses a question on one page and then answers on the following page in a rhyming manner. The full page illustrations are great for kids and adults to enjoy. The message at the very back is also a nice touch (Be your own hero!). This is a great book for toddlers and preschool age children.
Part-time Princess Author: Deborah Underwood Illustrator: Cambria Evans
This is a fun story about a child that is a girl by day and princess by night but she is not an ordinary princess she saves the castle and makes friends with the dragons. This is a great book because it showed a “princess” in a different perspective and makes her out to be the hero of the kingdom. It also showed that she was able to do a lot of different things both normal and heroic like play leap frog in the mud and help put out fires in the kingdom. I especially liked how she invited the dragon to tea to make him feel better. Overall it was a very creative story and one that children will continue to enjoy. This is a great book for boys and girls alike.
My Mom Has X-ray Vision Author: Angela McAllister Illustrator: Alex T. Smith
Matthew thinks that his mom is a super hero because she always knows what he is up to even when she is not there to see him do it. Matthew finally asks his friend Emily if Mom’s can have X-ray vision and she says she will ask her brother because he reads all of the super hero comics so he would know.
Ten Rules of Being a Superhero Author: Deb Pilutti
There are rules to being a superhero like always respond to a call for help, use your powers in a good way, of course superheroes need snacks, and every superhero needs a sidekick (because it’s more fun when you are saving the day with someone else). This is a great book that shows kids how they can have fun and really use their imagination. This is a very simple book but really does a good job illustrating the different ways of helping people and spending the day doing “hero” things. This would be a great book for toddlers and preschoolers especially if they want to pretend/be a superhero.
The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man Author: Michael Chabon Illustrator: Jake Parker
Awesome Man is simply awesome. He fights bad guys and hugs trains and talking jell-o. He also has a secret identity that completely fools the bad guys. However, when his nemesis escapes he gets really angry and has to cool his anger off by returning to his fortress to calm down and then once he is calm and recharged he goes back after the bad guys. This was a fun story that kids will enjoy and a lot of them will like the twist at the end. Something that children may not understand is that there is quite a bit of similes that Awesome Man uses to describe how awesome he is. He describes his cape as red as a rocket and he can fly as high as a satellite. The illustrations are very well done and really compliment the story. Children of all ages will enjoy this one.
Want more superhero themed books? Come check out your local library. Don’t forget you may find wonderful hero books in the non-fiction collection too when you look up pillars of the community like police officers and firefighters. Not only are there tons of books waiting to be discovered but there are programs that your local libraries have, like storytime. These wonderful programs give kids the opportunity to hear more wonderful and new stories that they may not normally hear. There are always plenty more to discover.
This summer the Round Lake Area Library’s Summer Reading Theme is Every Hero Has a Story. The Summer Reading Program kicks off at the Round Lake Area Library on June 6th with a big celebration so come and join in the fun. Also look for other Superhero themed programs throughout the summer. Don’t forget that all libraries have Summer Reading Programs so look forward to having lots of fun at your local library all summer long.
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