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Super books for Superhero Day (5-8)

Captain Valiant and Me: Revenge of the Black Phantom

15 May is Superhero Day! Dust off your cape and wear your underpants on the outside of your trousers in celebration of the day dedicated to heroes - in whatever form.

To mark the day, we've assembled a team of super books to make a super booklist for readers aged 5-8. These books feature a range of heroes - from everyday people at school to cats in outer space!

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See our list for teens

  • Superkid

    Author: Claire Freedman Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Superkid

    Author: Claire Freedman Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

    When his X-ray eyes spot someone in trouble, Superkid is always ready to save the other children from all kinds of horrors - from …

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  • Spy Toys

    Author: Mark Powers Illustrator: Tim Wesson

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Spy Toys

    Author: Mark Powers Illustrator: Tim Wesson

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 9+

    A group of super-intelligent, computerised toys are destined for the crusher because they have faults that make them unsuitable fo…

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  • Superhero Mum

    Author: Timothy Knapman Illustrator: Joe Berger

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Superhero Mum

    Author: Timothy Knapman Illustrator: Joe Berger

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

    No one is more heroic for the little girl featured in this retro Pop Art-styled picture book than her playground-chasing, cake-mak…

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  • Spynosaur

    Author: Guy Bass Illustrator: Lee Robinson

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Spynosaur

    Author: Guy Bass Illustrator: Lee Robinson

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 8+

    Spynosaur is a dazzlingly dapper dinosaur, with one mission: to make crime extinct. This action-packed adventure features comic-st…

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  • Juniper Jupiter

    Author: Lizzy Stewart

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Juniper Jupiter

    Author: Lizzy Stewart

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

    Juniper Jupiter is a real-life superhero, but something is missing. What is a hero without an amazing sidekick? An utterly wi…

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  • Supertato

    Author: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

    Interest level: 3-6

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  • Supertato

    Author: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

    Interest level: 3-6

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    It’s night-time in the supermarket and all is quiet and still. But wait. Something has escaped from the freezer, something with ev…

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  • Mighty Small

    Author: Timothy Knapman Illustrator: Rosie Reeve

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5

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  • Mighty Small

    Author: Timothy Knapman Illustrator: Rosie Reeve

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5

    Max Small has the perfect name, because he's a tiny mouse. But Max is convinced that actually he is a superhero.

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  • Superworm

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Superworm

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

    Superworm is a hero with a difference. Super-long and super-strong, he's always on hand to help out the other creatures - until th…

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  • Superbat

    Author: Matt Carr

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  • Superbat

    Author: Matt Carr

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    Pat the bat is bored. Everyone else is asleep, but Pat doesn’t want to be like everyone else, he wants to stand out. He dreams of …

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  • My Super Sister

    Author: Gwyneth Rees Illustrator: Lydia Monks

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • My Super Sister

    Author: Gwyneth Rees Illustrator: Lydia Monks

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 7+

    Sensible Emma and her naughty little sister Saffie love having superpowers. The only problem is that Mum and Dad don't want anyone…

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