Childhood is a magical time when even the stuff of the day-to-day is exciting and the ordinary often seems extraordinary. A part of this magic is that with just a little imagination, we all might be found to possess true superpowers!
This isn't the first or last book where a child delightedly discovers her own superpowers. But it may be just about the driest, funniest, and sweetest, where the discovery is handled with humor and charm.
One of the book's true pleasures is that it's a girl who discovers her own extraordinary abilities, and when her powers fail, as they must, she discovers them in her mom. All of which leads to a lovely intimacy between the two.
In order to be a real superhero, you have to follow some important rules:
Rule #1: A superhero must ALWAYS respond to a call for help.
Rule #2: Saving the day is messy. But everyone understands.
In this handy guide, Captain Magma and his trusty sidekick, Lava Boy, take young readers on an adventure to learn all ten rules of being a good superhero.
KA-POW! Here’s a mighty new Little Golden Book about a boy superhero!
A boy asks Captain Mighty what it takes to become a hero. There’s a costume to choose and a power to develop. But most of all, it takes smarts and heart! It’s not long before the boy defeats the local villain, Turbo Troll, and earns his new name: the Silver Cyclone! This rollicking read-aloud will be a hit with kids and grown-ups alike!
When Superheroes don’t get their way,
when they’re sad, when they’re mad, when they’ve had a bad day . . .
. . . they COULD super-tantrum, they COULD but they DON'T,
because REAL Superheroes just WOULDN'T—they WON'T!
All kids have trouble getting a grip on their emotions, sometimes—even young superheroes! But what do they do when they’re having a bad day? Colorful action-packed illustrations and a dynamite rhyming text reveal the many ways superheroes (and ordinary children, too) can resist the super-temptation to cause a scene when they’re sad, mad, frustrated, lonely, or afraid. From burning off steam on a bike or a hike, to helping others, this energetic picture book has plenty of fun ideas to help kids cope when they’re feeling overwhelmed.
Anyone can be a superhero and this guidebook will show you how! Just follow six easy steps and you’ll be saving the world in no time.
Join an aspiring hero as he selects a secret identity, chooses a power, and much, much more. But be warned: it isn’t easy being super. And sometimes the greatest acts of heroism need a helping hand to get off the ground.
Kristy Dempsey’s rollicking text, coupled with Mark Fearing’s expressive, cartoon-style illustrations will have readers laughing all the way to infinity and beyond!
Dexter the dog is so little that Cleevis the tomcat bullies him. But little Dex has dreams—big dreams. He wants to be a superhero. So he reads all the comic books he can, builds his muscles, and even orders a hero suit. Suddenly, even Cleevis needs his help! Dexter has determination, spirit, and heart as he proves, above all, that no matter how little you are, you can still do very big things.
Follow along as two ragtag, everyday super heroes don capes to play in the mud, save their stuffed animals from certain peril, conquer the vegetables at dinner, and overcome darkness at night.
Are super heroes always brave and daring?
We’re brave and bold and kind and caring.
After five successful books in the “Princesses” series, Carmela LaVigna Coyle now turns her attention to an all new childhood fantasy in this wonderful new story about imagination and play. Every little boy and girl has a super hero somewhere inside just waiting to come out. Tie on your cape (blankies recommended) and join the adventure.
P.S. Do super heroes have teddy bears? Why, yes, they do!
Silly and zany, and armed with the most unusual skills, the cast of superheroes that fill these pages will make learning your ABC's an out-of-this-world experience.
Meet Bubble-Man, who blows big bubbles at bullies; Laughing Lass, who laughs loudly at lawbreakers; and many more hilarious and irresistible characters from renowned comic-book illustrator Bob McLeod.
Every super hero gets his powers from somewhere. The young hero of this book, Rocco, thinks his abilities come from his shock of red hair, and the longer it gets, the stronger he becomes. He even has a posse of super friends with wild hair of their own. Our hero is unstoppable--until the day he's dragged to the super evil villain's lair and robbed of his powers. How will he face his friends? Will he ever regain his super hero-ness? A girl who has been watching all along offers the gang a chance to save the day and get their groove back.
With bold images that burst with energy from white backgrounds and narration as earnest as Superman himself, SUPER HAIR-O AND THE BARBER OF DOOM is a feel-good and funny book for emergent comic book fans and parents who grew up on them.
It's a quiet, peaceful evening, and all is well at Farmer Frank's Right? Wrong! Two villainous figures dart from shadow to shadow, sneakig toward the farmer's house. Who will put a stop to these burglars before it's too late? Three power parkers, that's whol! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... SUPERSNOUTS! Hamlet, Snoutbuster, and Kernel Hog prove that hooved heroes in tights are better than any burglar alarm in this hilarious picture book.
This is the diary . . . of a fly.
Even though she's little—just like her best friends, Worm and Spider—Fly wants to be a superhero. And why not? She walks on walls, sees in all directions at once, and can already fly!
Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss, the team behind the #1 New York Times bestsellers Diary of a Worm and Diary of a Spider, reach hilarious heights with their story of a little fly who's not afraid to dream big. Really big.
Duck and his long-suffering friends Frog, Sheep and Goat take off on their latest unforgettable adventure. A runaway kite is all it takes the resulting chaos makes Super Duck ideal for reading and laughing out loud. Alborough s timeless sense of humor and rhyme bursts from the pages, and will have the youngest super heroes shouting along.
By day, Eliot is quiet. He reads his books, feeds his goldfish, and watches Mr. Smith wash his car. "Eliot is such a quiet little thing," say all the grown-ups. But the grown-ups don't know that when the clock strikes midnight . . . Eliot is a SUPERHERO! Eliot's midnight adventures include saving a crowd from lions that escaped from the zoo, hanging from helicopters and finding lost teddy bears for babies. Then one night, Eliot receives an urgent message from the world's most important scientists and he embarks on his most important mission ever--saving the world.
One day while playing in his room, Joe hears a cry for help from his parents downstairs. In an instant he's Superhero Joe and it's up to him to save the day!
The first hardcover picture book in the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series, which encourages independence and creative play, and celebrates imagination for every preschool child!
When Lulu puts on her ladybug costume, she becomes Ladybug Girl, a superhero who uses her imagination to have adventures right in her own backyard. Her dog, Bingo the basset hound, is always by her side and the two prove that they are not too little to explore nature, build forts, and make their own big fun.
From the creators of the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series comes a story about sibling cooperation and play featuring a member of the Bug Squad, Bumblebee Boy!
When Sam is Bumblebee Boy, he likes to fly alone, using his imagination to battle dragons, pirates, and tigers. Sam’s little brother, Owen, would like to play with him, but Owen doesn’t have a cape or a mask, and Bumblebee Boy doesn’t need his help. But when more aliens than Bumblebee Boy can handle land on the moon, will he be able to defeat them by himself?
Through their imaginary adventures, Sam and Owen discover just how much fun a brother can be, and learn that there are times to play alone and times to play with others.
Awesome Man can shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs, fly as straight asan arrow, and hug mutant Jell-O! Even villains like Professor Von Evil and the Flaming Eyeball are no match for this caped crusader.
But Awesome Man also has a secret. . . . Can you guess what it is?
The first picture book from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon perfectly captures the fantasy life of young superhero fans.
Here's a picture book with a humorous new twist on what happens when red riding hood meets the hungry wolf in the woods. In this telling, our heroine Ruby loves red berries, her red boots and especially the red cloak her grandma made for her. ?When Ruby puts on her red cloak, she becomes ... SUPER RED RIDING HOOD!? Sent by her mother to collect some raspberries from the clearing in the woods, Ruby reminds herself that she isn't frightened by the chill from the darkness, the loud tapping of the woodpecker or the snapping of a twig underfoot, because ?SUPER RED RIDING HOOD is never scared!? But the final test comes when she encounters a towering wolf with a growling tummy. It will take all of Ruby's superhero skills to get him to leave her alone!
Author-illustrator Claudia Dávila has crafted an upbeat, modern-day fairy tale sure to delight the pre-reader set. The emotions of the little girl in the red cloak and red boots are the centerpiece of every colorful drawing, and some pages feature more than one scene to speed up the visual action. This is a great read-aloud story full of drama, with a positive message about not judging others too quickly, as well as character education lessons on being generous, brave, compassionate and respectful. It also offers an empowering example to both girls and boys of a strong character standing up for herself against a bully.
Traction Man—wearing combat boots, battle pants, and his warfare shirt—comes in a box, but very quickly finds the way into the imagination of his lucky boy owner. This superhero searches for the Lost Wreck of the Sieve as the boy makes a game of doing the dishes, and later in the bathtub, he conquers the Mysterious Toes that are stealing his pet, the brave little Scrubbing Brush. These are just a few of the action-packed adventures played out by the boy and his new toy that may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but can vanquish all manner of villains lurking around the house. Mini Grey’s story in words and pictures is an irresistible invitation to the private world of a child’s play.
Over five pages of front matter, a boy playing with blocks is transformed into "American Eagle," shown in full superhero glory on a colorful two-page illustration. From there, alternating spreads switch back and forth between realistic scenes of the boy, his friend, and his little brother–all dressed in superhero costumes–and their imaginary world. When "Bug Lady" asks "American Eagle" for help, the children are shown playing in his house. However, a page turn reveals the larger-than-life duo flying across town as full-grown action stars. Things go too far when the children knock over a bookcase, then hear the ominous "thoom thoom thoom" of Mom's approaching footsteps. In the end, an honest apology and a promise to clean up proves to be a satisfyingly heroic conclusion. Dialogue bubbles work with the cartoon illustrations to add light bits of humor to the action. The youngsters make dramatic statements ("With one mighty blow the wall tumbles like toy blocks"), but also slip out of character ("Mom says no hitting!") just as real kids would. The shifts between real life and fantasy are effective. The regular scenes are neatly framed within single white-bordered pages, while the contrasting superhero pictures fill spreads to their edges with motion and bold color. The result is an appealing splash of adventure, neatly placed within the recognizable world of children's daily lives.–Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR
So sorry that this is little late. Also because I've been working so ridiculously hard on the fabulous Hillary Homzie's and my upcoming webinar that really is like a free mini-course, I didn't have time to do my usual Mondays with Mira. Instead, I want to share a bit about what we'll be doing in the webinar, which is the little webinar that grew and grew, and got better and better. It's called 7 Things Every Writer Must Know To Succeed (No matter what your genre) because we provide examples for all different ages and include both fiction and non fiction.
We'll be sharing about the creative, structural, and practical aspects of writing, as well as how to position yourself to maximize your chances of publication. It really is a treat and it's FREE!!!!
We want to share our love for kidlit and kidlit people with lots of incredibly useful information, resources, and prizes this coming Saturday the 25th at 11AM Pacific/2PM Eastern. And don't worry it will be recorded if you can't make it live.
We truly hope that you can join us.
Sending gobs of goodness and love,
Mira and Hillary
Besides being a master teacher, Hilllary Homzie is the author of the middle grade novel, THE HOT LIST (Simon & Schuster/M!X) which Booklist says “captures the angst of young teen friendships and fragile identities.” She’s also the author of the middle grade novel, THINGS ARE GONNA GET UGLY (Simon & Schuster/M!X), a Justice Book-of-the-Month, which was just optioned by Priority Pictures, and the QUEEN OF LIKES (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin M!X, April 2016) as well as the humorous chapter book series, ALIEN CLONES FROM OUTER SPACE (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin), a Children's Book-of-the-Month Best Books for Children among other children's books. Besides teaching at the Children's Book Academy, Hillary is a visiting professor of children’s literature and writing at Hollins University.
Dr. Mira Reisberg is a best-selling children's book creative, a former university professor who taught children's literature courses, a former children's literary agent, an editor and art director, and the Director of the Children's Book Academy. She loves teaching, mentoring, and helping her students publish wonderful books. So far her former students have won just about every award except the Coretta Scott King award and their books have sold millions of copies.
But what I also found is a hidden gem of a book that I think children's writers will love.
The first few chapters are really geared more toward education. However, chapters 5 and 6 are what hold valuable information.
Chapter 5: Fiction Lesson Sets: Ten Texts, Thousands of Possibilities
Chapter 6: Nonfiction Lesson Sets: Moving from Narrative to Informational Writing
Although these are only two chapters of the book, they actually take up over half of the book.
Shubitz basically takes ten recently published picture books and deconstructs them through multiple lenses. As an educator, the point is that we use picture books as our "mentor texts" to show students how the real published authors accomplish successful writing. And isn't that what we as potential children's authors do as well? (If you're smart, you do.)
Take a look at all the ways she analyzes these mentor texts. These charts showcase the lessons included for each type of craft move.
So if you are a writer wanting to become more effective in show don't tell, she gives you eight different lessons from eight different picture books that showcase this craft move.
If you are a nonfiction writer wanting to see how what effective leads and endings look like, she highlights ten different lessons with ten different picture books. (And actually it's twenty because leads and endings are separate.) And each type of lead and ending are different. For example a lead can open with a simile, or one that opens by developing setting, or an imagine type of lead, or a lead that opens with a letter to the reader.
Each lesson follows a structure:
Power Craft Move: (Such as Lead, Ending, Precise Words etc...)
Name the Craft: (Such as which type of leads: Simile, Developing a Setting, Imagine)
Why authors do this: (She explains the specific reason why authors would use this exact craft move.)
How to do this: (This part tells you which part of the book to study so you can see how the author does this.) This section also always ends with a part called "Invite the students" and includes questions to ask the students so they can begin thinking about how they can try this craft move.
For more information about Craft Moves and to preview the book online check it out at Stenhouse Publishers.
If you'd like to hear me sound even more Australian than usual because of a wicked cold, and learn about a wonderful picture book that you may not have heard about, do watch this short video. For writers, it shows one way of writing for children about an historical event that is both creative and soulful with dramatic pacing. The story is about intergenerational love, history and the founding of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra all with a light and fun touch. Written by Tami Shem-Tov & Rachel Sandbank and illustrated by Avi Ofer, it's two thumbs up from me, Dr. Mira Reisberg!
Mondays with Mandy or Mira consists of Mandy Yates and Mira Reisberg. Mira is the founder of the Children's Book Academy and was so impressed with Mandy when she was a student in one of the interactive courses, that she invited Mandy to share the blog. Mandy has as an MFA in creative writing from Spalding University and has been published multiple times in Highlights Magazine. We hope you enjoy and find our offerings helpful.
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