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REVIEW: Superheroes Are Everywhere by Kamala Harris


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Title: Superheroes Are Everywhere

Author: Kamala Harris

Illustrator: Mechel Renee Roe

Published: January 8, 2019

Theme:  Empowerment

Character Origin: Human

Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 40

Ages: 3-7 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure:

Synopsis:  Before Kamala Harris became a district attorney and a United States senator, she was a little girl who loved superheroes. And when she looked around, she was amazed to find them everywhere! In her family, among her friends, even down the street–there were superheroes wherever she looked. And those superheroes showed her that all you need to do to be a superhero is to be the best that you can be.

In this empowering and joyful picture book that speaks directly to kids, Kamala Harris takes readers through her life and shows them that the power to make the world a better place is inside all of us. And with fun and engaging art by Mechal Renee Roe, as well as a guide to being a superhero at the end, this book is sure to have kids taking up the superhero mantle (cape and mask optional).

My thoughts…

This was an enjoyable read. I loved how young Kamala recognized that superheroes could be found in everyday people most of which are within our own families. What a great message to send to kids. This book is not for early readers but could be enjoyed as a read aloud. The banners reinforce the characteristics of heroes and grab the readers attention. The “Code” at the is a really cute touch.

“I promise to be the very best me I can be!”

Roe’s illustrations were lively and appropriate. Harris asks a question of the reader after describing a person that personifies each heroic trait. This approach in storytelling engages the reader and allows for a guided conversation at the end. I like approach, especially with younger kids. The flow of the text was off to me. I loved the message but something was missing. I hope that the kids that read this book can see the heroic traits that are in the people around them–not just on T.V.

My rating…