The Plan



Kiki’s Blankie by Janie Bynum
Mighty Max by Harriet Ziefert
My Mom Has X-Ray Vision by Angela McAllister
Princess Super Kitty by Antoniette Portis
Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Ten Little Heroes”
One little, two little, three little heroes
Four little, five little, six little heroes
Seven little, eight little, nine little heroes
Ten heroes ready to fly!
(count down)
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Action Rhyme: “Superman”
Put your hands way up high (raise arms up in air)
Like Superman flying across the sky (assume flying position)
Fly to the left, now fly to the right (lean to your right, then left)
Now show me your muscles with all your might,(make arm muscles)
Now Superman’s putting his suit away (bring arms down slowly)
So he can go flying another day (rest hands in lap)
Credit: Sunflower Storytime

Action Song with Applesauce!: “Did You Ever See a Hero?”
Did you ever see a hero, a hero, a hero,
Did you ever see a hero, flying in the sky?
Fly this way and that way and this way and that way
Did you ever see a hero, flying in the sky?
(putting on their cape, saving the day, going home)
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Fingerplay: “Five Superheroes”
Five superheroes ready to fly,
Here comes a villain. Stop that guy!
This superhero can save the day.
Off he/she flies – up, up, and away!
Credit: Jbrary


We had these leftovers masks from a long ago Halloween program and I just repurposed them to be superhero masks. I brought out a bunch of stickers and let the preschoolers go to town. They had a great time! My greatest compliment is one of my kids insists on wearing his mask any time his family comes to the library.

How It Went

Thursday morning
This was a smaller crowd on Thursday morning. And that meant that I wound up only reading two of the books: “Superhero ABC” and “Kiki’s Blankie” since I wasn’t getting a lot of participation during the books from the kids. They absolutely LOVED “Five Superheros” from Jbrary and my flannelboard song. I bought some clip art off of Etsy to make the flannelboard and I absolutely love how it turned out.

Friday morning
This storytime was dominated by 4 & 5 year-old boys. I’m sure you can imagine what a dream come true superhero storytime was for them. Their favorite book was “Mighty Max.” Since it was a mostly boy crowd, I did read “Princess Super Kitty” especially to show them that girls can be superheroes too. (It’s also why I bought clip art with girls and boys.) This group really enjoyed when I put a cape on Applesauce and sang “Did You Ever See a Hero?”

12 comments on “Superheroes!

  1. Mary Kennedy
    April 16, 2014 at 8:38 am #

    VERY excited to do this storytime! But who is Applesauce? 🙂

    • Katie
      April 20, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

      Applesauce is my storytime mascot! You can see a picture of him in this post: Band-Aids, and he’s a Folkmanis golden retriever puppy.

  2. Shelley Leicht
    May 28, 2015 at 9:31 am #

    I am so thankful for your blog 🙂 I use it often and get such wonderful inspiration and ideas. Thank you!

    • Katie
      September 15, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

      Thank you so much for reading!

  3. Heather
    December 7, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

    I’m looking at doing a superhero themed storytime too, so this is great! It’s probably obvious, but I can’t figure out what tune the “Did You Ever See a Hero?” song goes to.

  4. Cat
    July 20, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

    “Super” excited to be doing this theme for our toddler storytime session this fall. The kids will be making superhero capes from old t-shirts, (the neck will be velcroed together to prevent any accidents). I seriously don’t know who is more excited, me or the kids!!! thanks for all the great ideas…


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