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Courage in Being a Superhero Can Help With Fear as Told in Colorful Picture Book and Story for Young Readers

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

You Can Be a Superhero and Still Be Scared

Picture book for young readers for encouragement in the world we live in now

Picture book for young readers for encouragement in the world we live in now

Superheroes Can Be Courageous and Still Be Scared

Kate Thompson's Superheroes Don't Get Scared...Or Do They? is a perfect choice for a fun read with a life lesson for our children in today's world. Our children need resources for coping with fears and picture books like this one can open a conversation about fear and coping skills.

Maisie Brown has trouble with feeling nervous and fearful. She would like to be bravelike the superheroes that she finds in books. She believes that all of the superheroes never feel fear. Mom tells her about one of the superheroes who has a fear of jelly! Mom has another example of a superhero who is afraid of being in the dark. Is it really possible for a superhero to be afraid of bugs? Maisie discovers that being brave cannot happen unless you first feel fear. She learns that facing your fear turns you into a superhero that you want to be.

Clare Elson contributed her talents as an illustrator with brightly colored and funny illustrations that tell Maisie's story. The illustrations fill each page with hilarious activities that the superheroes engage in when they are confronted with something that sparks their fear. Kate Thompson writes with large text for easy reading and emphasizes important words in bold black text for young readers to take notice of. The text is also written in rhymes for learning fun rhyming skills.

Superheroes Don't Get Scared...Or Do They? was published by Viking Publishing, a division of Penguin/Random House, and is recommended for ages 4-8. It has an ISBN of 978-0-593-35261-8.


Bright Colors and Funny Illustrations Give Appeal to This Book

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Bring Maisie and the Superheroes Into Your Classroom for Life Lessons and Fun


Teachers who teach in early education often have the opportunity to open discussions with their young students about fear in today's world. Picture books were always my go-to resource for introducing topics to my young students. Young readers have a high interest in the superheroes that they find in books and Maisie's story about superheroes and their fears can spark interest for overcoming fears. Young readers will learn the life lesson that it is ok to feel fear. Without fear, there can be no brave superheroes.

*Read Superheroes Don't Get Scared...Or Do They? in a story time session. Call attention to the fact that Maisie Brown feels scared and not so brave at all.

*Engage your young students in a discussion of their fears. What are they afraid of? You might find that some of their fears are very real because of the world that they live in now.

*What are some of the silly things that the superheroes are afraid of?

*Provide drawing paper, crayons, and markers for children to draw something that they are afraid of. Engage children in drawing illustrations of their favorite superhero from cartoons or comic books.

*Offer the opportunity for children to wear their favorite superhero costume to school on a day to enjoy feeling like a superhero.

*Engage children in a discussion of the kinds of superheroes that we find in our communities. Police, firefighters, and first responders are real-life superheroes for our children. Engage children in a discussion of these superheroes and the things that they might fear.

*Invite a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or any first responder to your class to speak about their job as a superhero in the community. Invite them to talk to children about the fears that come with being a first responder. How do they cope with their fears when performiing their jobs as a first responder?

*Have a class party to celebrate the superheroes from the community. Party stores often have plates, napkins, and cups that are appropriately decorated with superheroes. Request cupcakes that feature superheroes from your local bakery.

© 2022 Cindy Hewitt

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