BOOK REVIEW: Not All Superheroes Wear Capes

Disclaimer: This book was given in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Author: Alecia Heffner
Illustrator: M. Ridho Mentarie
Published by Melanin Origins, LLC Sept 1, 2018
Age recommended: 4-8 
SYNOPSIS: Not All Superheroes Wear Capes is a children's book designed to teach African American students the opportunities available to them in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. This inspiring book combines positive images of African Americans engaging in exciting careers with a powerful message of how these individuals help others in their daily life.
What is a superhero? The definition of a superhero is:


a benevolent fictional character with superhuman powers, such as Superman.

In this book we learn that not only do they all wear capes, but that they aren't all fictional characters. One thing they have in common, they're here to protect you! "They help us feel better when good feelings go away."

 [Image via Instagram]

Nurse practitioners
Physical therapists

My favorite part of the book is that it goes beyond the different types of careers in the medical field. It provides words of encouragement, as well as inspire youth to enter in these fields, and how.

You TOO can do this, and here's how...

The illustrations provide a great message - representation matters! 

I would recommend Not All Superheroes Wear Capes because it provides an in depth look into STEM careers, beyond simply being a doctor. 


[Image via Instagram]

To connect with author, Alecia Heffner (pictured above), check out The Stem Initiative on Instagram. Alecia is also the founder of The Stem initiative - "an organization geared toward providing mentorship and scholarships for students of color interested in Stem." - via 



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