20 Superhero Books for Kids

9781580898447When you think of superheroes, those that immediately come to mind are probably Batman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman…but we have compiled a fantastic list of Reading Bug staff favorites that are not your ordinary licensed characters!

I began compiling this list when I came across one of my favorite new picture book titles coming this Fall 2018, Max & the Superheroes in which (spoiler alert!) the greatest superhero of all is Max’s mom!  We all know that moms ARE superheroes, of course!

Superheroes come in many forms, so find a new favorite here:

Ages 2-5


Jinx and Doom Fight Crime

Siblings who used to fight with each other find a new way to get along and play…fighting crime together!


The Astonishing Secrets of Awesome Man

Even Superheroes Have Bad Days

Interstellar Cinderella 

Ladybug Girl & Bumblebee Boy

Ages 6-8


Super Turbo Saves The Day

You know Turbo as the crime-fighting hamster from the Captain Awesome books.  Turbo isn’t just any hamster…he’s here to fight evil in and out of the classroom such as flying ninja squirrels, a gang of evil rats, giant Eraser Dude, and more!


Peter Powers & His Not So Super Powers

Captain Awesome 

Superhero Harry

Super Fairies to the Rescue

Ages 8-12


Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

Doreen Green must start at a new school, make new friends, and continue to hide her tail. Yep, Doreen has the powers of . . . a squirrel.  She saves cats from trees, keeps the sidewalks clean, and dissuades vandalism.  Can Doreen balance being a teenager AND a superhero? Or will she go NUTS?


How To Be A Supervillain

Superhero Handbook

Cosmic Commandos (graphic novel)

The Shadow Hero ( graphic novel ages 11+)

Ages 13+


The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie’s every waking thought. But when she discovers she’s a celestial spirit who’s powerful enough to bash through the gates of heaven with her fists, her perfectionist existence is shattered.



Renegades by Marissa Mayer
Hero by Perry Moore