A Mighty Girl's top picks of Mighty Girl superhero books for National Superhero Day!
When danger threatens, Mighty Girl superheroes get ready to don their capes and masks and set out to save the day! While superheroes like Wonder Woman have been around for decades, in recent years writers, illustrators, and publishers have realized how many girls around the world have been waiting to see superheroes who look like them. And between long-time favorite superhero characters, new reimaginings of existing stories, and original characters whose stories are all their own, there have never been more choices for girls of all ages!
In this blog post, we're sharing our favorite superhero stories starring girls and women, from early chapter books to trade paperbacks collections of comic series to prequel novels telling untold parts of a character's story. These stories are full of action and adventures, with Mighty Girl superheroes who rely on brains as well as brawn when it's time to fight for justice!
For Wonder Woman fans, you can also find more books as well as toys, clothing, and other resources celebrating this iconic superhero in our blog post Wonder Woman Rises.
Mighty Girl Superhero Stories
Batgirl races to the rescue in her first Step into Reading book! From her secret identity as Barbara Gordon to her work helping to protect the people of Gotham, this book provides a great introduction to this iconic superhero. Young children will love learning about this keen and clever heroine in a Step 2 reader, which uses basic vocabulary and short sentences that are perfect for emerging readers, featuring a shiny foil cover and shiny stickers! For more books and toys featuring the brave Batgirl, visit our Batgirl Collection.
When the boys at the school playground tell her that "girls can't be superheroes," Lucía suddenly doesn't feel so mighty in her long red cape. Then her grandmother lets her in on a family secret: Lucía comes from a long line of luchadoras, bold and valiant women from the Mexican lucha libre wrestling tradition! Lucía returns to the playground with a bold new identity that has the whole class buzzing. But when she witnesses an injustice in action, Lucía faces a moral quandary: does she break the sacred rule not to reveal the identity behind her mask, or does she do whatever it takes to support someone in need? Full of energy, this fun book gently tackles sexism, bullying, and the importance of standing up for people around you.
No one would guess that the perfectly princess-y Magnolia is actually monster-fighting hero The Princess in Black! These funny, action-packed early chapter books follow Princess Magnolia as she conceals her identity from a snooping Duchess, throws the perfect party (despite monstrous interruptions), and tangles with an unexpectedly adorable monster horde. This boxed set collects the first three books, The Princess in Black, The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party, and The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde. Books 4 to 6 are available in The Princess in Black: Three Monster-Battling Adventures.
14-year-old Doreen Green is facing a few more challenges than the typical teenager who’s just completed a cross-country move! Doreen has the powers of a squirrel but feels like a caged animal in her new home. After she stops a group of troublemakers in her neighborhood, Doreen decides to embrace her powers and become a full-fledged Super Hero. But when a real-life Super Villain appears, is the newly minted Squirrel Girl ready for the major leagues? This fun new novel, a prequel to the current Squirrel Girl comic line, features a hero with infectious optimism and enthusiasm, plus a blend of real-life teen problems and superhero challenges. Fans of this novel can check out the sequel 2 Fuzzy 2 Furious.
The DC Super Hero Girls is introducing a new generation of kids to Wonder Woman by reimagining her as a high school student! Wonder Woman has never left her island, but if she wants to be a superhero, she'll need to train at Super Hero High. But high school provides some challenges, both expected — excelling at classes and trying out for the Super Hero Super Triathlon — and unexpected — roommate troubles and going to school with boys when she's never even seen one before! Fast-paced, funny, and full of familiar high school scenarios, tweens will love imagining Wonder Woman as a girl just like them.
Lunella Lafayette is a preteen supergenius with a dangerous secret: she harbors the Inhuman gene, which could turn her into something monstrous if she contacts terrigen mist. She's also learned that it takes more than big brains to change the world. When Lunella stumbles across a red-scaled dinosaur that's been transported from the past, she ends up forming an unlikely partnership with the beast. But can she stop a cult of thugs called the Killer Folk, avoid the mist, and still keep up with a mundane day of school? This first volume introduces a fascinating new heroine (and her equally fascinating partner) into the broader Marvel universe. For more of Moon Girl's story, check out Cosmic Cooties and The Smartest There Is.
With her mysterious squirrel powers, Doreen Green, a.k.a. Squirrel Girl, finally has her own comic series. In this volume, which collects issues 1 to 5, Doreen is moving out of the Avengers mansion — along with her squirrel sidekick, Tippy Toe — to start a computer science degree at the university. But trouble seems to follow her, and soon she’s up against Kraven the Hunter, Whiplash, and even the mighty Galactus, all while dealing with classwork, crushes, and all the other business of college! Fans of this lighthearted superhero story can also check out the second volume, Squirrel You Know It's True.
Daring pilot Captain Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, is back! When Danvers takes on a mission to return the alien Rocket Girl to her homeworld, she finds herself in the middle of an uprising against the Galactic Alliance — and when the villain tries to blackmail Danvers, and set the Avengers against her, it's time for a little payback. After all, it's nothing Earth's Mightiest Hero can't handle! This exciting story arc continues in Stay Fly and issues 12 - 15 in Alis Volat Propriis.
16-year-old Kamala Khan has always adored superheroes — particularly her idol Ms. Marvel — so she's shocked when she develops superpowers of her own and finds herself stepping into the famous suit! Learning to wield her new powers is challenging, however, especially as she tries to balance the expectations of her strict Pakistani immigrant parents. Kamala will have to find the confidence to be herself if she’s truly going to come into her own as the new Ms. Marvel. This volume collects issues 1 to 5 of the Ms. Marvel series; you can find more volumes in our Ms. Marvel Collection.
The unthinkable has happened: the God of Thunder is no longer worthy to lift Mjolnir, which lies abandoned on the moon. But with Frost Giants invading Earth, a mysterious female figure raises the hammer and is transformed into the all-mighty Thor! But with the Asgardians allow this mystery woman to wield the power of thunder, or will they call on dangerous allies to see the hammer returned at any cost? Volumes 1 to 5 of this comic series are collected in this paperback; fans can continue the story — and discover the identity of the woman holding Mjolnir — in the second volume, Who Holds The Hammer?.
On Victor Doom's Battleworld, a team of female superheroes protect a utopian island nation! Led by She-Hulk, the group — which includes Medusa, Dazzler, Nico Minoru, and more — doesn't seem to have much in common, but when push comes to shove, these heroes are loyal to one another and determined to fight for justice. This volume introduces the A-Force, including new superhero Singularity, to young adult readers; their story continues in Hypertime and Rage Against the Dying of the Light.
Diana is eager to prove herself to her warrior sisters, but when she breaks Amazon law to rescue a mere mortal, her judgement is called into question. Alia Keralis, it turns out, is a Warbringer: directly descended from Helen of Troy and therefore destined to cause conflict and misery. But Diana isn't willing to leave Alia to her fate, and together the young women will have to face both mortal and divine enemies if they are going to save both the human world and the Amazons themselves. This coming of age novel, set before the events of the Wonder Woman movie, will whet young readers' appetites for more of Diana's adventures.