Superpower Inspiration

Inspiring quotes, illustrations, poems, and more from amazing book creators!

Looking for inspiration to find your superpower? Check out the great authors and illustrators below as they share their superpowers so you can get inspiration to find yours! Explore the Superpower Challenge and share your Superpower!

 

Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds, current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and author of Look Both Ways, shares his superpower with you!

“My superpower is… finding the superpower in others. I’m like the superhero doctor.”

.

Check out his video on our social media platforms for you to share or interact with them!

.

 

Carin Berger

Carin Berger, 2020 Children’s Book Week poster creator and author/illustrator of All of Us, shares her superpower with you!

“Dreaming is my Superpower.
For me, following my dreams, no matter how far-reaching and impossible they seem, is a superpower. It takes bravery and imagination, and helps me discover strengths that I don’t know I have, and try new things that I might even be a little afraid to try.
I hope you follow your dreams too!”

.

Check it out on our social media platforms for you to share or interact with them!

Carin Berger

.

 

 

Angela Dominguez

Angela Dominguez, 2021 Children’s Book Week Bookmark creator and author/illustrator of Pura Belpré Illustration Honor book Maria Had a Little Llama, shares her superpower with you!

“My superpower is my ability to organize. And if I could have a super-ability it would be to teleport, because sometimes you just want to give mom a hug.”

.

Check out her video on our social media platforms for you to share or interact with them!

.

 

Jon Scieszka

Jon Scieszka, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2008-2009) and author of the Astro-Nuts series, shares his superpower with you!

“When I was 7 years old, sitting in the back of my 2nd-grade classroom, I realized my superpower was that I could get inside other humans’ brains … and make them laugh.

I asked my friend Tim K. if he had heard about the duck who walked into a bar.
‘No. What happened?’ said Tim K.
I whispered, ‘He said OUCH!’

Tim K. snorted a huge laugh.
The teacher asked, ‘What is so funny?’
And I started my life of using my superpower for both good and evil.”

.

Check it out on our social media platforms for you to share or interact with them!

Jon Scieszka

.

 

Tracy Deonn

Tracy Deonn, New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King – John Steptoe Award-winning author of Legendborn, shares her superpower with you!

“My superpower is ’empathy,’ which means I am very good at understanding and sharing other people’s feelings. I use empathy when I read, watch, and listen to stories about other people’s experiences, and this helps me connect with my readers’ emotions when I write books!”

.

Check it out on our social media platforms for you to share or interact with them!

Tracy Deonn

.

 

Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2014-2015) and author of Beverly, Right Here.

“My superpower is that, sometimes, if I am very quiet and very patient, a squirrel will climb up on my shoulder and dictate a poem to me–like this one…”

.

Check out her poem on our social media platforms for you to share or interact with them!

Kate DiCamillo

.

.

 

Yuyi Morales

Yuyi Morales, 2019 Children’s Book Week poster creator and author/illustrator of Dreamers

“I think that my superpower is being brave enough to try on new things. Even if they are going to be a little difficult.”

.

Check out her video with Señor Calavera on our social media platforms for you to share or interact with them!

.

 

 

Jordan Scott

Jordan Scott, author of I Talk Like a River.

“I listen
I breathe

I listen to my lungs
breathe air from
ocean, waves,
mist and tides.”

.

Check out his poem on our social media platforms for you to share or interact with them!

Jordan Scott

.

.

 

Aram Kim

Aram Kim, 2021 Children’s Book Week bookmark creator and author/illustrator of Sunday Funday in Koreatown.

“Trying new things will broaden your world!”

.

Check it out on our social media platforms for you to share or interact with them!

Aram Kim

.

 

Mo Willems

Mo Willems, author/illustrator of The Pigeon HAS to Go to School.

“Strong of spine & adequate of binding! Always there for you! I am BOOK!”

.

Check it out on our social media platforms for you to share or interact with them!

Mo Willems

.

.

 

Gene Luen Yang

Gene Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2016-2017) and author/illustrator of American Born Chinese!

“Doodling is my superpower. Any time I feel stressed or sad, doodling makes me feel better!”

.

Check it out on our social media platforms for you to share or interact with them!

Gene Yang

.

 

 

Jessica Love

Jessica Love, author/illustrator of Julián at the Wedding.

“My superpower is that I can tell when someone is in the deep, dark place—maybe they made a mistake, or are feeling ashamed and alone, but when they are feeling like a bunch of garbage and like no one could ever love them, I know how to find them there. I can crawl into the dark place and be there with them. It doesn’t mean they leave the dark place right away, or even that it stops being dark. It just means they aren’t alone in it anymore. And being alone is the worst part.”

.

Check it out on our social media platforms for you to share or interact with them!

Jessica Love

.

 

Katherine Paterson

Katherine Paterson, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2010-2011) and author of Bridge to Terabithia

“My superpower is reading. It’s what made life possible for me, as a lonely kid, and what turned me into a writer.”

.

Check it out on our social media platforms for you to share or interact with them!

.

 

Juana Medina

Juana Medina, 2019 Children’s Book Week bookmark creator and author/illustrator of Juana & Lucas.

“There’s this superpower I’m still learning how to use. It’s potent, unlimited and accessible to ALL.

It’s quite amazing.

It can stop people in their tracks. It turns heads and opens doors; forges friendships and ends fights. Though it isn’t ALWAYS easy to comes across, it’s pretty much guaranteed to change outcomes.

KINDNESS”

.

Check it out on our social media platforms for you to share or interact with them!

Tracy Deonn

.

 

Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

“I am a loneliness savant, a phrase which here means ‘someone who is very good at loneliness.’
Even in an enormous crowd, on a bright and cheerful day, I can find a small corner of my mind where I know I am alone and separate from the world, and find the quiet delight, the happy sadness, of being lonely.”

.

Check it out on our social media platforms for you to share or interact with them!

.

.

 

More Resources and FAQs

What is Children’s Book Week and how can you join in the celebrations?

Tons of downloadable bookmarks, activities, and more for 2021 Book Week events.

Promote your 2021 Children's Book Week celebration with these tools.

Resources for our May 3-9, 2021 Book Week.

Information about our partners.

Back to top