Amazing Unexpected Superheroes

Little girl in a superhero cape
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Beyond the DC and Marvel universes, superheroes that you might never expect exist. You'll want to leap tall buildings in a single bound and run faster than a speeding bullet to your neighborhood library for these books for preschoolers.

A superhero's life isn't all fun, games and being "basically awesome." It can be stressful vanquishing villains all day, so it helps to have an alter ego and someplace safe to relax. Learn how one superhero unwinds in The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon, the author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.

The Adventures of Sparrowboy tells of a paperboy troubled by all the negative headlines in the newspapers he delivers. But when he becomes Sparrowboy, much like his favorite flying superhero, he can make his world a better place.

When all the usual superheroes can't get the job done, it's time to call the most unexpected hero of all. Send for A Superhero! blends traditional comic book panels with a wry sense of humor. Look for the twist on what it takes to be a superhero in this super read.

Look! It's a shoelace! It's a noodle! No, it's Superworm! Bouncy rhyming text brings this unexpected superhero to life, as he transforms himself into a lasso, a jump rope and a fishing pole to help his bug and toad friends. When evil Wizard Lizard puts Superworm under a spell, his resourceful friends save the day!

What would your superpower be?

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