DC, LEGO DC, and Marvel are just some of the out of this world superhero characters you’ll find in this list of superhero children’s books. These board books, picture books, early readers, and chapter books promise to entertain all of you comic book, good vs. evil fans who dream of becoming a superhero one day.
If you haven’t gone to a Comic Con, I highly recommend Denver’s family-friendly Con.
Tell me in the comments which you like better — DC or Marvel. (I’m a Marvel girl myself.)
Out of This World Superhero Books for Kids
DC Super Heroes ABC 123 by David Bar Katz (ages 1 – 4)
Babies and toddlers in the DC fandom, check out this colorful board book filled with your favorite characters and DC things.
My First Wonder Woman Book Touch and Feel by David Bar Katz (ages 1 – 4)
Are you as excited as me about the new Wonder Woman movie? This board book will get even the youngest kids interested in the Wonder Woman / Diana story. They’ll love the interactive elements — the Magic Lasso, the transformation from Wonder Woman back to Diana, a mirror, and more. This is a hit for me!
DC Super Heroes On the Go! by Julie Merberg (ages 1 – 4)
This is a great book introducing super heroes to young children. It explains what super heroes do and why then asks questions of the reader. Some super heroes fly through the air, the book explains. Then it asks, “Can you fly? Can you jump really high?” (Are you picturing your kids doing this right now!? Me, too!) Or after explaining about the Flash, it asks how fast you can run. I really love this book, especially the questions that engage readers.
READ about superheroes while wearing a superhero costume!
Superhero Instruction Manual by Kristy Dempsey, illustrated by Mark Fearing (ages 4 – 8)
This book is just what you need (and me, too) because it’s not easy becoming a superhero without some tips. Step 1 is my favorite — combine your favorite color and favorite animal to get your superhero name — the Pink Python, for example. From hideouts to sidekicks to saving the world, this book has it all for budding superheroes.
The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon, illustrated by Jake Parker (ages 4 – 8)
Awesome Man is well, an awesome superhero. And the illustrations are spot-on to look very macho. But there’s more depth that you might expect in this book. While you’re wondering about Awesome Man’s alter ego and watching him “fight” (aka. hug) the Flaming Eyeball, you’ll also see a kid who needs down time and can self-soothe.
Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker, illustrated by Eda Kaban (ages 4 – 8)
This picture book reminds me of Jane Yolen’s How Do Dinosaur series in that it’s a lesson in manners and emotional intelligence. When superheroes have a bad day, they could get mad and use laser eyes to start forest fires, for example. But they don’t. Superheroes have choices so they still rescue people in need, track down bad guys, and mostly acknowledge their feelings and wait for the emotions to pass. Good lessons for our kids to learn, right!?
Do Super Heroes Have Teddy Bears? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle, illustrated by Mike Gordon (ages 4 – 8)
As these two children pretend play super hero, this sweet story shows that blankets can be capes, teddy bears can be rescued, and heroes are brave, daring, bold, caring, and kind.
Dex: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner (ages 4 – 8)
Dex wants to be a superhero which requires hard work — reading, working out, getting a special suit, and so on. And even though he’s little, Dex shows his large heart when he helps rescue the cat who bullied him before.
DC The Big Book of Girl Power by Julie Merberg (ages 4 – 8)
It’s always a good time to find new female role models. I am partial to superheroes like the choices in this girl power book. Each person featured gets a full page, colorful eye-popping spread as well as written information about who she is and what she does. Love it!!
Good Morning, Superman by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Omar Lozano (main character of color) (ages 4 – 8)
Bedtime for Batman by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Ethen Beavers (ages 4 – 8)
Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod (4 – 8 years)
Astro-Man is always alert for an alien attack. Bubble-Man blows big bubbles at bullies. Awesome!
10 Rules of Being a Superhero by Deb Pilutti (ages 4 – 8)
Even if it’s not always glamorous, Lava Boy will show YOU how to be a superhero using his special toy, Captain Magma. Funny and quite helpful!
Kung Pow Chicken: Bok! Bok! Boom! by Candi Marko (ages 6 – 9)
Gordon, a superhero chicken, and his little brother Benny must rescue an opera singer from the evil Dr. Screech. This is an entertaining comic-style story with lots of laughs!
Batman The Lazarus Plan (You Choose) by John Sazaklis (ages 6 – 9)
Save the Day: LEGO DC Super Heroes Comic Reader by Trey King, illustrated by Kenny Kiernan
Batman and Superman join Robin and Wonder Woman to fight the DC villains including Joker, Lex Luthor and Catwoman. I love the LEGO animation in this comic book — it’s easy to follow with plenty of emotional resonance.
Hulk to the Rescue by Adam Davis (ages 6 – 9)
A beginning reader based on the “Age of Ultron” movie.
I Am Ant-Man by Tomas Palacios (ages 6 – 9)
Beginning readers learn about Ant-Man and how he must protect his suit.
Spider’s New Costume by Thomas Macri, illustrated by Pat Ollie (ages 6 – 9)
Spider-Man received a slick new and dangerous costume.
X-Men Days of Future Past by Thomas Macri, Disney illustrators (ages 6 – 9)
In this 48-page Level 3 Reader, the X-Men most band together with their future selves in order to save the world!
One of our favorite graphic novels, Zita the Spacegirl, is a true friend who not only saves her best friend but the galaxy!
Captain Awesome by Stan Kirby (ages 6 – 9)
Can Eugene aka. Captain Awesome, comic-book and superhero fan, save the town from villains without revealing his secret identity? Totally funny — and a good action-packed adventure series.
Scarecrow’s Nightmare Maze Batman & Robin Adventures by J.E. Bright, illustrated by Luciano Vecchio (ages 6 – 9)
This is not a graphic novel; it’s an illustrated beginning chapter book that is action-packed and slightly scary. Scarecrow has taken over the corn maze where a group of terrified teenagers are trapped. It’s up to Batman and Robin to stop Scarecrow and rescue the teens. If you’re a fan of DC Comics, or even if you’re not, you’ll find this to be a great superhero adventure story.
LEGO DC Superheroes Last Laugh Comic Reader #2 by Trey King, illustrated by Kenny Kiernan
(ages 6 – 8)
LEGOs star in this comic book story about the DC villains versus the DC superheroes. I love how fun these are to read. More LEGO DC comic books here.
Iron Man Read-Along Storybook and CD (ages 6 – 9)
When Tony tries to set things right with his inventions, his inventions are turned against him. In order to survive, Tony invents and builds himself a high-tech suit of armor and promises to use this technology to help those in need as Iron Man.
Marvel Storybook Collection (ages 6 – 9)
I just found this newly published Marvel collection and thought it was great — it’s six stories together that were previously published individually from Thor to Ant-Man to Avengers to Guardians of the Galaxy. The illustrations are NOT like the movie images on the cover but comic book style. The narration text is not comic book style at all but insets of narration and dialogue. Just in case you wanted one of the other, I wanted to be clear. That being said, the text is probably around 2nd or 3rd grade reading level.
Meet The Marvel Super Heroes
I like this handy dandy encyclopedia of Marvel’s super heroes — it’s a great book to pour over as you get to know the Marvel universe. I appreciate it’s text to picture to white space ratio — it’s not too busy, and the illustrations are fantastic.
DC Super Hero Girls series by Lisa Yee
I thought these were lacking in character development and plotting but many other readers love them. (These are narrative, not comic books! If you want the comic book series, check out Shea Fontana’s series here.)
Marvel Avengers Phase One Novels Boxed Set by Alex Irvine (ages 8 +)
Boxed Set includes: Phase One: Captain America, Phase One: Iron Man, Phase One: Thor,Phase One: The Incredible Hulk, and Phase One: Marvel’s The Avengers. I haven’t read these but if they’re like the Phase Two books by the same author, they aren’t on my favorites list.
Phase Two: Captain Maraca: The Winter Soldier by Alex Irvine (ages 8+)
Honestly, I just didn’t find the writing all that compelling in this novelization. Which is the case with the other books in this Phase Two series — Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man. So, only buy if you think your child would be SO into the character that it doesn’t matter if the writing falls flat.
The G-Man Super Journal Awesome Origins by Chris Giarrusso SCI-FI (ages 8 – 12)
Superman Science: The Real-World Science Behind Superman’s Powers by Agnieszka Biskup and Tammy Enz (ages 8 – 12)
The authors found a great hook to make science cool — superman. Learn about flight, sight, speed, and strength all within the framework of superman. Text boxes accompanied by color photographs, illustrations, and backgrounds make this a digestible and interesting nonfiction science book. (Also check out Batman Science to learn about engineering vehicles, body armor, wings, and more.)
Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Lieu (ages 12+)
A few years ago this was published to high praise. This is the superhero story about the origins of the Green Turtle, a 1940’s masked Asian-American man. I loved everything about this man who is a reluctant vigilante! His overbearing mother pushes him to become a hero and is disappointed in him, thinks him a failure. There’s a cool element of Chinese mythology (the turtle spirit) that comes into play, affecting Hank, who steps up to fight the Chinatown gangs, a hero at last.