Disclosure: This post contains reviews of some books that were sent to me free of charge for review.
Everything in our house lately has to do with superheroes. When Buddy gets in the car after pre-K, he gives me an immediate run down of which kids in his class were pretending to be which superheroes. It is amazing to me how he and his friends negotiate their roles each day.
On Wednesday when he got in the car, the following conversation ensued:
B: My friend H was Spiderman today because he likes that he can throw webs. If you were a superhero, what power would you want to have?
Me: Well, what power would you want?
B: I think I’d like to be invisible.
Me: That’s neat! I think I’d want to be able to teleport. That means I could travel somewhere without getting in a car or plane.
B: Oh, I want to do that, too…AND be invisible.
Conversations like these happen daily, and given both of the boys’ interest and motivation towards learning more about their favorite superheroes, we have incorporated these characters into our read aloud times each day. We have found the boys are not particularly interested in generic superheroes – instead, they want to hear about specific, familiar “guys.”
Over the last months we have curated a collection of superhero books fit for a preschooler or elementary-aged superhero fan. Many of the books mentioned below are under $4! That means you can probably afford a couple of books for your little superhero. Our list of recommended books is as follows:
Batman: Meet the Superheroes Featuring Superman and Wonder Woman – Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman work together to defeat an evil dragon.
Captain America: This is Captain America – Learn all about Captain America. A good “first book” for kids just learning about the character backgrounds.
Spiderman: Spidey’s New Costume – Spidey gets a new look in this book, but readers will need to figure out if the powers this costume provides are meant for good or evil.
Spiderman 3: Meet the Heroes and Villains – Learn all about Spiderman’s friends and enemies in this book. Another good “starter” book for kids.
LEGO DC Universe Superheroes: Ready for Action – This is an interesting book because it talks about the characters using expository text structures – a format more common for nonfiction. Kids who like to learn about things more than hearing stories would likely enjoy this book.
Story and Reference Books
Super Adventures: Read-and-Play Storybook – This is the most often read book in our house at the moment. It features 4 stories of the superheroes Wolverine, Hulk, Iron Man, and Spiderman. The stories are simple and enjoyable for my 3 and 5 year old. They also enjoy the mobile app included with the purchase of the book which narrates the story to the kids as they read along.
X-Men: An Origin Story – The story behind Professor Charles Xavier and how the X-Men (e.g., Wolverine, Storm, and Cyclops) came into existence.
Meet the Marvel Superheroes – A dictionary of sorts of the Marvel superheroes. Great information in a beautiful layout, but we had to explain to the kids that we couldn’t read it cover to cover before bed – too long for that. This is more of a browsing book.
I Can Read! Phonics: Batman 12 Mini-Book Set – 12 mini books packed with sight words and targeted phonics patterns to teach young children how to read. They come in a cute carrying box – my kids love toting these around.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – For proficient readers, this book is the story of how Captain America, the Black Widow, and Falcon uncover a serious plot that could affect people around the world.