Superheroes and villains squared off Thursday, not against each other, but with athletes.
The battle was far from literal, but it was, in fact, literary, as it took place during a Naperville READS assembly at Longwood Elementary School in Indian Prairie Unit District 204.
Fourth-graders were asked to dress as superheroes or villains, while fifth-graders were asked to wear sports gear for the pep rally-style presentation featuring books by three authors.
The fourth-grade team cheered for author Jeramey Kraatz, whose book "Cloak Society: Villains Rising" involves heroes and villains. Their fifth-grade counterparts, from both Longwood and Brookdale elementary schools, rooted for author and former football player Tim Green, whose book "Perfect Season" focuses on sports.
The third author, Peter Lerangis, who penned "Seven Wonders: Lost in Babylon" served as master of ceremonies for the assembly, one of several the past three days at schools in District 204 and Naperville Unit District 203 as part of the 13th annual Naperville READS program.
Anderson's Bookshop helped bring 12 children's authors from the HarperCollins Class Acts program to town for the annual program, which concluded Thursday evening with a free public event featuring six of the writers.