What's On Our Bookshelf? 3 Picture Books That Empower, Inspire Kids

Our kids can't get enough of 'I am Wonder Woman' and more!

By Macaroni KID July 11, 2023

If you're parents like us, you know the incredible power of books to empower and inspire kids. So we're turning to our bookshelf to share three empowering picture books that are favorites with our own kids ... and that we don't mind reading night after night! These three books are not only fun to read, but also help instill a sense of empowerment in young readers, encouraging them to embrace their own unique abilities and soar to new heights:

I am Wonder Woman

By Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

The world needs powerful girls, and who better than Wonder Woman to teach your child to embrace her own strength and power?

Young superhero fans will love meeting Wonder Woman in this inspiring picture book, new from the team behind the New York Times bestselling Ordinary People Change the World series. 

I am Wonder Woman is a great stepping stone to get kids interested in nonfiction biographies, and keeps them entertained with comic-book-style illustrations of Wonder Woman’s life story, a timeline of key moments in her history, inspiring character traits to aspire towards, and more. 

Readers will meet Princess Diana of Themyscira, from her beginning on the island nation of Themyscira to her becoming Wonder Woman on Earth, armed with her Lasso of Truth and indestructible bracelets. There's nothing more powerful than a strong girl!

Looking for even more inspiring superhero picture books? Don’t miss I am Batman and I am Superman for more iconic fictional tales of heroism.

You Will Do Great Things

By Amerie, illustrated by Raissa Figueroa

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Amerie authored this beautiful book. Its lyrical text is filled with positive affirmations and encouragement to pursue your dreams, no matter how big or small they may be. The rhyming words make it a perfect confidence-building read-aloud for any parent looking to instill confidence and a sense of limitless possibility in their child.

What's My Superpower?

By Aviaq Johnston, illustrated by Tim Mack

Nalvana has friends with super speed (who always beat her in races), friends with super strength (who can dangle from the monkey bars for hours), and friends who are better than her at a million other things. Nalvana thinks she must be the only kid in town without a superpower. 

But then her mom shows Nalvana that she is unique and special, and that her superpower was right in front of her all along.