My oldest daughter loves heroes and superheroes. Whether real or fictional, believable or fantastical, she seeks them out and reads all she can about them. She’s the girl that comes home with books about ancient Greek gods, almanacs, and graphic novels about superheroes.
Because of her interest in them, we’ve amassed a large batch of books about heroes. Here are the best ones on our shelves.
The Book of Heroines: Tales of History’s Gutsiest Gals by Stephanie Warren Drimmer
From National Geographic Kids comes this incredible collection of stories about women from history and modern times that have shattered glass ceilings, challenged the status quo, and changed the world. My daughter read this book and she told me all about the women in it. She especially loved the stories about Emma Watson, Mulan, Annie Oakley, and Amelia Earhart.
This is a wonderful book if you’re looking to inspire your daughter or are simply looking for good books about strong women. It features everyone from Taylor Swift to Condoleezza Rice to Malala Yousafzai, plus women (real and legendary) from history. It’s a fascinating look at the role women have played in history, science, social issues, and education.
The Book of Heroes: Tales of History’s Most Daring Dudes by Crispin Boyer
Also from National Geographic Kids and the companion book to The Book About Heroines, this book delves into the lives of famous men throughout history. Of course, not just any famous men, but the men who set aside their fears, chased their dreams, and broke the mold. In this book, you’ll find the expected heroes like Martin Luther King Jr. and George Washington. You’ll also see less familiar heroes like Dr. Kent Brantly who contracted Ebola while working in West Africa and became the first human to test the drug ZMapp, which saved his life. There are even heroes you might not think of as heroes, like John Lennon and Spartacus.
DC Super Hero Girls series by Lisa Yee
I’m sure you’ve seen this series around, seen the toys, or let your kids play with the toys. My kids and I read the first three books in the series, and we plan on continuing once Katana’s book comes out in July. For a house full of superhero obsessed girls, this series is a must!
Big Book of Superheroes by Bart King, illustrated by Greg Paprocki
I won this book in a giveaway for my oldest daughter who happens to LOVE superheroes. She was a little too young when I won it, but she read the whole thing cover to cover a few weeks ago. It’s a hilarious and practical guide to becoming a superhero. Of course, you shouldn’t take any of the advice seriously or you might end up hurting yourself. But for my little superhero fan, it was the perfect book to fuel her fantasies and make her laugh.
HiLo series by Judd Winick
This action-packed, hilariously funny graphic novel series is about a supernatural boy that falls out of the sky. My kids love the HiLo series and always ask to get them from the library. There are three books in this series and they’re definitely worth getting for your kids. They’ll love them!
These are the best books about superheroes and everyday heroes on our shelves. What are your favorite books about heroes? Let me know in the comments!