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Inspiring children to find their superpower

Children's Book Week 2021 promotes reading as a "superpower." To celebrate Children's Book Week, Esther of Mrs Brown's Book Box has chosen books that help children find their own superpower as this week's #8BrilliantBooks theme. Here's our selection of picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult fiction to inspire and encourage readers. Click on the links in the titles to see a longer review for each book.

Picture Books

Today I'm Strong by Nadiya Hussein and Ella Bailey helps children find their voice, even when feeling intimidated. The Old Boat by Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey shows children the positive impact they can have on the world around them. Imagine by Patricia Forde and Elīna Braslina demonstrates how the imagination is a superpower and how it can be used to overcome fears. The Balcony by Melissa Castrillón encourages young people to connect with and be empowered by nature. The Littlest Yak by Lu Fraser and Kate Hindley proves that even the smallest among us can be big on the inside.


Chapter Books (7+)

Do Not Disturb the Dragons by Michelle Robinson and Sharon Davey inspires readers to pursue their dreams and defy any limits placed upon them by others.


Middle-Grade (9+)

Books are instrumental to the plot of The House at the Edge of Magic by Amy Sparkes, which celebrates the magic that's found in all libraries, not just the enchanted ones.


Young Adult (12+)

Reading is Henry's superpower The Dark Lady by Akala, which is set in Elizabethan London. At a time when only a privileged minority have access to books, Henry's ability to understand texts in any language is his ticket to freedom.


This post was shared as part of #8brilliantbooks on Instagram, created by Esther of @mrsbrownsbookbox and Laura of @loveableliterature. Take a look at their brilliant #Bookstagram pages for more reading inspiration. Use the hashtag and tag Esther and Laura in your posts if you'd like to get involved and share #8brilliantbooks yourself. A new theme is announced every Monday.


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