Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Review of Do Super Heroes Have Teddy Bears?

Carmela LaVigna Coyle's latest children's book, Do Super Heroes Have Teddy Bears? features a little boy and a little girl with blankets as capes tied around their necks. Doesn't that bring back childhood memories? The little sister is asking her big brother all kinds of questions about how to be a super hero. She wants to know things like whether or not super heroes have teddy bears and what kinds of things they can do. He basically tells her that they can do anything that they want. He also teaches her that super heroes are responsible and kind. They take ownership of their mistakes and do what they can to make them right again. They also get to share secrets with each other. Their parents even get involved for a little bit of guidance.

I love the lessons that the book teaches. All kids are capable of being super heroes, especially when they are being what we call good citizens in my classroom. This book shows them how to do that. I like that the parents empower their children to do the right thing, while still having fun with them. I also like how at the end it says that no two super heroes are alike. It's important to be your own hero.

Too often, young children only associate super heroes with fighting and getting rid of the bad guy. This book provides a much more meaningful definition, to which all children should aspire. It will speak to young children and can inspire them to come up with their own ways of becoming super heroes.

I also enjoyed the flashbacks to my childhood that this book gave me, as I used to teach my younger sister the ways of the world. Cute story!

I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review of this title.


  1. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for taking the time to write a review, Andrea!! I'm super glad you liked the book.