What better way to inspire children than by fostering a lifetime love of reading? Barnes & Noble is thrilled to be celebrating Children’s Book Week – an annual literary event that’s not only a celebration of books, but also of connection – a way to unite children (and their grown-ups) with books, authors, and illustrators to showcase the wonder and joy of reading.
Take the Superpower Challenge! Discover a new passion or reaffirm a current interest by exploring books and activities across various categories. And we have the perfect book recommendations to get you started. Let’s find your superpower!
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STEM and Science: Dive into science and STEM with activities and books that highlight technology, engineering, math, natural science, and more.
- Ada Twist, Scientist & Iggy Peck, Architect (Questioneers Collection Series) by Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
- The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
- What We’ll Build: Plans For Our Together Future by Oliver Jeffers
- How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk, Sara Palacios (Illustrator)
- Bill Nye’s Great Big World of Science by Bill Nye, Gregory Mone
- Kate the Chemist: The Awesome Book of Edible Experiments for Kids by Kate Biberdorf
- Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs
- We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly
- Genius Experiment (Max Einstein Series #1) by James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Beverly Johnson (Illustrator)
Social Activism: Explore all the ways you can make positive change in society and find a cause you want to fight for.
- Her Right Foot (American History Books for Kids, American History for Kids) by Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (Artist)
- Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai, Kerascoet (Illustrator)
- I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy, Elizabeth Baddeley (Illustrator)
- Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
- Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson, Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Illustrator)
- Rebel Girls Lead: 25 Tales of Powerful Women by Rebel Girls
- Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi, Sonja Cherry-Paul (Adapted by), Rachelle Baker (Illustrator)
- Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
- Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée
- Dress Coded by Carrie Firestone
- George by Alex Gino
The Arts: Explore the arts including theater, dance, visual art, crafts, and writing.
- Trying by Kobi Yamada, Elise Hurst (Illustrator)
- My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World by Malcolm Mitchell, Michael Robertson (Illustrator)
- Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds
- Bunheads by Misty Copeland, Setor Fiadzigbey (Illustrator)
- Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss, Marjorie Priceman (Illustrator)
- Try Not to LOL by Rob Elliott
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
- Drama by Raina Telgemeier
- Chance to Fly by Ali Stroker, Stacy Davidowitz
- Katarina Ballerina by Tiler Peck, Kyle Harris, Sumiti Collina (Illustrator)
Community Engagement: Connect with your community and the people in it.
- Last Stop on Market Street (Newbery Medal Winner) by Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
- Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates, Juniper Bates
- Sincerely, Emerson: A Girl, Her Letter, and the Helpers All Around Us by Emerson Weber, Jaclyn Sinquett (Illustrator)
- Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki
- Welcome Wagon: A Cubby Hill Tale by Cori Doerrfeld
- Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
- Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes
- Simon B. Rhymin’ by Dwayne Reed
- Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, Judy Pedersen (Illustrator)
Identity and Culture: Learn about your own culture and the cultures of others as well as exploring who you are as a person and what is important to you.
- The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be by Joanna Gaines, Julianna Swaney (Illustrator)
- I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
- Every Night Is Pizza Night by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, Gianna Ruggiero (Illustrator)
- Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Méndez, Jaime Kim (Illustrator)
- In My Mosque by M. O. Yuksel, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
- New Kid (Newbery Medal Winner) by Jerry Craft
- Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
- Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
- American as Paneer Pie by Supriya Kelkar
Fitness and Sports: Get up and get moving!
- Hike by Pete Oswald
- Cannonball by Sacha Cotter, Josh Morgan (Illustrator)
- She Persisted in Sports: American Olympians Who Changed the Game by Chelsea Clinton, Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator)
- Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon by Simran Jeet Singh, Baljinder Kaur (Illustrator)
- I Am Yoga by Susan Verde, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)
- Scholastic Year in Sports 2021 by James Buckley Jr.
- Ghost (Defenders Track Team Series #1) by Jason Reynolds
- The Crossover (Newbery Medal Winner) by Kwame Alexander
- Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
- Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson
Environment and the Climate: Focus on learning about and making positive change for the earth.
- Everything Grows by Raffi, Nina Mata (Illustrator)
- The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
- We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
- The Water Princess by Susan Verde, Georgie Badiel, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)
- What Is Climate Change? by Gail Herman, Who HQ, John Hinderliter (Illustrator)
- Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
- Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
- The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman
The Humanities: From literature to history, anthropology to archeology.
- If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall
- A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston
- Becoming a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
- This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World (Easy Reader Books, Children Around the World Books, Preschool Prep Books) by Matt Lamothe
- History Atlas: Heroes, Villains, and Magnificent Maps from Fifteen Extraordinary Civilizations by Thiago de Moraes
- Timelines from Black History: Leaders, Legends, Legacies by DK, Mireille Harper (Foreword by)
- Countries of the World: Our World in Pictures by DK
- The Bookwanderers (Pages & Co. Series #1) by Anna James, Paola Escobar (Illustrator)
Mental Health and Wellness: Focusing on wellness of mind and spirit, identify and express emotions and explore your own thoughts and feelings.
- The Whatifs by Emily Kilgore, Zoe Persico (Illustrator)
- The Feelings Book / El libro de los sentimientos by Todd Parr
- It Will Be OK: A story of empathy, kindness, and friendship by Lisa Katzenberger, Jaclyn Sinquett (Illustrator)
- Don’t Hug Doug: (He Doesn’t Like It) by Carrie Finison, Daniel Wiseman (Illustrator)
- The Boy with Big, Big Feelings by Britney Winn Lee, Jacob Souva (Illustrator)
- 13 Things Strong Kids Do: Think Big, Feel Good, Act Brave by Amy Morin, Jennifer Naalchigar (Illustrator)
- Do Your Best Every Day to Do Your Best Every Day: Encouraging Words from John Cena by John Cena, Susanna Harrison (Illustrator)
- The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self by Katty Kay, Nan Lawson (Illustrator), Claire Shipman, JillEllyn Riley
- Guts by Raina Telgemeier
- The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead
Follow along in the fun with the official hashtag for Children’s Book Week #BookWeekSuperpower and join in the conversation wherever you are!
Virtual Events: Here’s a look at what’s coming to a screen near you this week.
Tuesday, May 4th at 7PM ET
Live on B&N Facebook & YouTube and on Channing Tatum’s Facebook & YouTube – Join Channing Tatum as he reads and discusses THE ONE AND ONLY SPARKELLA . BONUS: Purchase the book on bn.com and get an exclusive Sparkella print, while supplies last!
Saturday, May 8th at 3PM ET **Ticketed Event**
Live on Zoom Webinar, Tickets via Eventbrite – Join us as we welcome Goosebumps creator and bestselling author, R.L. Stine for a live virtual event to discuss THRILLS AND CHILLS. You must purchase a ticket on Eventbrite to join this event at https://bnrlstine.eventbrite.com.