DC Women Kicking Ass, always on the ball when it comes to all things involving DC women, is reporting that several new kids’ books due out later this year feature Wonder Woman in a prominent role. First up is DC Comics: My First Book of Girl Power by Julie Merberg, a 20 page board book that showcases a variety of DC women with some classic José Luis García-López art. The publisher describes the book as:
A celebration of girl power for budding super heroines featuring beloved DC characters from Wonder Woman to Batgirl.
Exploring attributes from physical strength to intuition, this introduction to DC’s super heroines is also a catalog of role models for little girls. From Wonder Woman’s ability to find the truth to Black Canary’s powerful voice to Batgirl’s keen mind, readers will find much to admire.
And here’s a look at the art:
This looks really cool. I love the idea of using comic book heroines as a way to teach young readers that girls are strong and awesome, and moreover that they are strong and awesome in a variety of ways. It’s an important message that can sometimes be lost amidst the sea of princesses that dominate every sort of product aimed at little girls. Hopefully by the time the little girls who read this book grow up enough to read comic books, representations of female characters there will have continued to improve. Things seem to be getting better, but there’s still a ways to go (coffcoffStarfirecoffcoff).
There are also two Wonder Woman themed education books on the way, Wonder Woman’s ABCs and Wonder Woman: A Word Adventure! With books like that, soon your kids will be able to spell words like “Themyscira” and “Hekatoncheires” with no problem at all.
It’s great to see DC licensing their characters in products aimed at young girls. It’s easy to find anything with Batman or Superman on it, but representation for female superheroes is rather poor. Getting kids into superheroes at an early age is how you develop lifelong fans, and showcasing female characters presents little girls with heroes they are more likely to identify with and embrace. It’s smart marketing, plus it’s just good for everyone to have a superhero to look up to.