Do you kids love superheroes? With these stellar books starring female superheroes they can imagine themselves flying through the air, fighting crime and generally being awesome. Obviously, as with all books, these are female superhero books for girls AND boys! My boys loved these stories, and your kids will too.
This superhero girl book list features a selection of graphic novels, comics, traditional book formats and hybrids, so there is something for everyone no matter what their reading style. Your kids will read stories about familiar comic book heroes as well as be introduced to awesome new friends.
Below find books in two reading categories: beginning chapter books for kids ages 6 and up; and middle grade novels for kids ages 8 and up. (Note: this post contains affiliate links that may earn commission.)
Want a printable list to take to the library? You can get one at the end of the post.
Girl Superhero Beginning Chapter Books
These series are perfect for kids moving on from leveled easy readers and want to read longer books about their favorite girl superheroes.
Mia Mayem is a Superhero!
by Kara West
This is a wonderful beginning chapter book series about an 8 year old girl who finds out she is a superhero when she receives an invitation to attend an after school Program for In-Training Superheroes! Now she must figure out a way to be both a regular girl AND a secret superhero! Great fun.
The Gumazing Gum Girl
by Rhode Montijo
This book series cracked my son up. With tons of illustrations, the book's format and humor will appeal to reluctant readers. Gabby Gomez loves bubble gum but when her mom decides she has had enough, Gabby chews one more piece and when the bubble pops, Gabby is transformed into Gum Girl!
The Princess in Black
by Shannon Hale
Princess Magnolia’s secret identity has her fighting the local monsters when they harass the shepherd’s charges. Tongue in cheek humor, color illustrations, spare text and a bit of action make this a great book for early readers.
The Adventures of Jo Schmo
by Greg Trine
When she gets a mysterious package, (conveniently labelled "mysterious package for Jo Schmo"), Jo joins the family business of crime fighting. Because Jo is a 4th grader, this is a good series to hand to older kids who are still working on their reading skills and may not want to read book that "are about little kids", as many early chapter books are. There is also a lot of age-appropriate silliness.
Middle Grade Female Superhero Books & Graphic Novels
Cape (The League of Secret Heroes)
by Kate Hannigan
Three talented, intelligent comic book-loving girls are recruited to become secret superheroes during World War II. Now they must fight to stop Hitler's evil shapeshifting henchman. This exciting series is filled with references to the code-cracking women who fought behind the scenes during WWII and includes comic book panels throughout.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale
Doreen Green has unique super powers. She has the fluffy tail, teeth and powers of a squirrel! With that premise you can expect a sometimes-funny and always charming story. The narration format is interesting too. It alternates between third person accounts from the point of view of Doreen and her friend Ana Louisa, and first person observations of Tippy-Toe the squirrel.
Super Hero High series
by Lisa Yee
Each book in this series focuses on a different girl superhero attending Super Hero High. Readers meet Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Katana, Bumblebee, Harley Quinn and Batgirl. The series is not just for superhero fans, but a good choice for kids who love school and friendship stories. With a talented author like Lisa Yee, these are well-written novels your middle grade readers will enjoy.
Black Canary: Ignite
by Meg Cabot
The author of The Princess Diaries has penned this recent addition to the DC Zoom imprint of graphic novels for kids. Dinah Lance is in a girl rock band and aspires to attend Gotham City Junior Police Academy. She has, however, an usual vocal ability and has much to learn about her mother's secret past. Great fun and readers need not be familiar with the DC universe to enjoy it!
Zita the Spacegirl
by Ben Hatke
Add the Zita series to your pile of female superhero books! Zita rushes off to space in order to save her friend who has been abducted by aliens. Space turns out to be inhabited by some seriously bizarre, but entertaining, creatures. There is a bit of a Wizard of Oz like feel to Zita's quest and the series is tons of fun.
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare & Natacha Bustos
My husband, who is the source of all comic book knowledge around here, recommends this title! Lunella Lafayette is an 8 year old super genius who carries the "inhuman" gene, meaning she will mutate if exposed to the exposed to the Terrigen Cloud. After a t-rex and some cave people are transported to the present day, Lunella and Devil Dinosaur team up to fight the Neanderthals. This particular book is the first 6 issues of the Moon Girl comic books.
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