Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, High Definition (HD) provides the best picture and audio experience for the videos. However, we also support Standard Definition and lower quality versions for devices and platforms that cannot play HD content.

Superbook Academy is available instantly through online streaming, rather than downloading. You can stream all of the videos, print the Leader Guides, and other resources for every course with your subscription.

As you preview the activities in the Leader Guides, you may skip the sections you do not want to use and print the sections you wish to include in your presentation. Text within individual sections cannot be edited.

There is no additional material on the DVDs. The supplemental DVDs are available for people to purchase if they do not have WiFi or if they prefer to use a DVD player instead of streaming the videos.

Please note the DVDs include videos only, and do not contain the Leader Guides, printable crafts, and resources that are only available online.

All videos on the supplemental DVD for each course are also instantly available for streaming with your subscription. There is no additional material on the DVDs. The supplemental DVDs are available for people to purchase if they do not have WiFi or if they prefer to use a DVD player instead of streaming the videos.

Note that the DVDs include videos only, and do not have the Leader Guides, printable crafts, and other supplemental resources that are only available online.

The curriculum’s Leader Guides feature easy-to-follow interactive scripts that can be used with groups of children or an individual child. Most games are designed for four or more children but can be adapted for fewer participants. The curriculum is designed for Grades 1-6, but older students may also appreciate the content in the Bible Background videos, Signposts videos, and Bible lessons.

We are sorry to see you go! If you are having technical issues, please give us the change to make it right by filling out a support ticket.

To cancel your subscription anytime:

  1. Click on MY ACCOUNT
  2. Navigate to: Subscriptions
  3. Click “Cancel”

Creating a teacher is as easy as copying the unique link displayed under your membership-account and emailing it to each teacher that will use the program.

  1. Log in to your Superbook Academy account.
  2. Select My Account/Account Details.
  3. Click on the Sponsored Teacher Link button.

After the page is loaded, there will be a link that can be emailed to a limited number of your teachers. If more teachers are needed, please contact us.

Each teacher’s account is unique and can only be edited by the teacher.

You can view the list of teachers sponsored by your account under Academy Subscriptions.

If you wish to remove a teacher from your account contact support.

Navigate to /my-account/edit-address/billing and fill out the Billing Address form.

You must be the Church Administrator to change any address.

  • Goto My Account/Addresses/
  • Click on Edit next to Shipping Addresses.
  • Enter Shipping Information
  • Click “Save Address”
  1. Click on the LOGIN button in the top menu bar.
  2. Enter your username or email address and password.
  3. Click Login.

All of the content in Superbook Academy is instantly available for streaming with your online subscription. If you do not have Internet access—or if you prefer to show videos using a DVD instead of streaming—supplemental DVDs of the videos may be purchased for an additional charge of $15 and shipped to you. Note that the DVDs feature video content only and do not include Leader Guides, printable crafts, and other supplemental resources that are only available online.

DVDs for all courses are available for purchase within the subscription account management portal or the academy dashboard.

DVDs to U.S. Addresses:

  • A supplemental DVD—with video content only—is $15 per course (3 lessons).
  • Allow 5–7 business days for delivery after purchase.
  • Regular shipping is free; expedited shipping is available for an additional cost.

DVDs to Canadian Addresses:

  • The donation amount per DVD is $15 U.S.
  • Shipping is free via the U.S.P.S. International First Class service.
  • Expedited shipping is available for an additional cost.

To change an existing password:

  1. Click on MY ACCOUNT and select Account Details from the list.
  2. Fill out the Password Change form.

If you have forgotten your password:

  1. Click here: I lost my password
  2. Enter your username or email and a new password will be sent to you.
  • After receiving a sponsored teacher code, the teacher will be prompted to provide a valid email address and asked to create a password.
  • After a teacher uses the code, their name will appear on the sponsored code page under your Admin account.
  • Teachers automatically gain access to all episodes.

Your subscription includes unlimited access to all our courses!

To access a course, use the Click to Enter this Course button.

All Superbook Academy courses are available instantly online with monthly or yearly subscription.

Streaming Superbook Academy works with many different levels of broadband, so the speed and bandwidth of your Internet connection may impact your viewing experience.

Also, the number of devices connected to your broadband can impact your internet speed. High Definition videos use more bandwidth than lower-quality videos.

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Superbook Academy strikes the perfect balance between attention-grabbing media and hands-on ministry. Exciting videos are shown during Large Group to engage and captivate the children, followed by lots of time for personal interaction in Small Group, where teachers develop warm relationships with students as they nurture their faith in Christ.

All videos are shown during Large Group, which lasts about 30 minutes. The longest video—the full Bible story video shown during Lesson 1—is about 20 minutes long. All other videos are much shorter, ranging from 2 to 10 minutes in length. These include the Bible Background and music videos shown in Lesson 2, and the Signposts and The Salvation Poem music videos shown in Lesson 3. Plus, the Condensed Bible Story video (about 10 minutes) may be shown in Lessons 2 and 3 if any children missed the full Bible story in Lesson 1.

No videos are shown during Small Group, which lasts about 30 minutes and can expand up to 60 minutes with Additional Activities.

Each lesson includes Large Group and Small Group. Additional Activities are optional.

  • Large Group (for Grades 1-6 combined): about 30 minutes.
  • Small Group (for Grades 1-3 and 4-6): about 30 minutes.
  • Additional Activities (extra games, object lessons, crafts, and Bible studies if you have extra class time): up to 30 minutes.
  • Combined, all of these provide materials for up to 90 minutes.
  • If you have less than an hour for class, you may easily trim an activity.

It’s great that you already own some Superbook DVDs! However, the Bible story videos are just the beginning of what is included in Superbook Academy. For each three-lesson course, you will also want to show your students all the other exciting videos that are exclusively available with your subscription to Superbook Academy, including:

  • The Bible Background video, showing the archaeological, historical and cultural context of each course
  • The Signposts video, revealing how each Bible story points to Christ and how He fulfills biblical prophecy
  • The Condensed Bible Story video, which can be shown in Lessons 2 and 3 for children who missed the full Bible story video in Lesson 1
  • The Salvation Poem music video, presenting God’s plan through Jesus in a way children can easily understand
  • Original music videos, and more.

Plus, your subscription to Superbook Academy includes instant online access to a growing number of courses, with each lesson featuring Leader Guides for Large Group, Small Group, and Additional Activities. For all of these reasons, the Academy materials are not available separately

Please contact our Technical Support Team for assistance by filling out the Contact Us form.

Superbook Academy English courses are currently being translated into Spanish and select courses are available with your Superbook Academy subscription:

A Superbook Academy subscription is required to access the Superbook Academy lesson content.

As long as you have internet access and a printer at home, you can prepare lessons for offline viewing with the following steps:

  1. Login to Superbook Academy and access the course you wish to teach and print the lessons and resources.
  2. Purchase a supplemental DVD for the course you wish to teach or save videos to your Vimeo app and use your mobile device.

Please be aware the DVDs do not have the Leader Guides, printable crafts, and other supplemental resources that are only available online.

Superbook Academy primarily uses the New Living Translation (NLT), along with the Contemporary English Version (CEV) and the New King James Version (NKJV). The free Superbook Bible app (superbook.cbn.com/app ) and Superbook Online Kids Bible (superbook.cbn.com/bible ) both automatically open to the NLT.

Superbook Academy church curriculum is designed for elementary school age children in grades 1-6. All grades stay together for Large Group, the opening celebration. After Large Group, they may divide into Small Group classes for Grades 1-3 and 4-6. Some smaller churches opt to keep all students together for both Large and Small Group.

  • Lesson 1:  Children are introduced to the SuperTruth, which is the lesson’s theme. They see a short introductory video where Chris, Joy and Gizmo—the modern-day characters in Superbook—face a dilemma to which any child can relate. After a brief discussion, the full Superbook Bible video is shown, followed by the introduction of the SuperVerse, a prayer, and dismissal to Small Group.
  • Lesson 2: Children view the Condensed Bible Story, a music video, plus a Bible Background video exploring the archaeological, historical and cultural context of the story. Students are also introduced to the SuperTruth and SuperVerse for the lesson before praying and going to Small Group.
  • Lesson 3: Children view the Condensed Bible Story, the Salvation Poem video, and a Signposts video showing how the story points to Christ, or how He fulfilled biblical prophecy. Students are also introduced to the SuperTruth and SuperVerse for the lesson before praying and going to Small Group.

Each course includes a set of three lessons focused on one Bible story, complete with videos and teaching materials. Each of the three lessons can last from 60 to 90 minutes, depending on class time available.

Every Superbook Academy course is based on one Superbook episode. Each animated video features modern-day friends Chris and Joy, along with their comical robot, Gizmo, who face some type of dilemma that any child can relate to. For example, they are confronted by a bully, they are tempted to cheat on a test, they disobey their parents, or they get lost on a hike. That’s when Superbook takes them back in time to meet a Bible hero who faced a similar type of problem. By seeing how that person faithfully deals with the difficulty, the children are equipped and empowered by God’s Word to overcome their own challenge.

Each video is shown in two sections during Large Group of Lesson 1. The opening dilemma, in which Chris, Joy and Gizmo face a modern-day challenge, lasts about 3 minutes. After a discussion, the full Bible story and resolution is shown, lasting about 19 minutes. A condensed Bible story video (lasting about 10 minutes) is available in each course, to show in Lessons 2 and 3 for any children who missed the full Bible story in Lesson 1.

Superbook Academy curriculum is a multiyear Bible study program for Grades 1-6, based on the Superbook Bible animation series. Superbook has been a powerful tool to share God’s Word with the children of the world since 1981. Now, with Superbook Academy, your children’s ministry will bring the Bible to life for the next generation in a way that’s accessible, understandable, and entertaining.

In 1981, The Christian Broadcasting Network created a children’s animated Bible series as part of an outreach to the nation of Japan. Little was it realized what impact the series would have in Japan and throughout the world.

Research performed during and after the outreach showed that this series was an unprecedented success. Superbook, also known as Animated Parent and Child Theater, is an anime television series produced by Tatsunoko Productions in Japan in conjunction with The Christian Broadcasting Network in the United States. During its launch in Japan, it is estimated that over 4 million people watched each weekly episode of Superbook on television, resulting in the Bible becoming the best-selling book in that country.

From Japan, the Superbook series went on air throughout the world from Asia to North America. By 1989, in the midst of economic and political turmoil, Superbook began broadcasting in the Soviet Union to astounding results and aired during prime time on the Soviet National Channel. CBN received over 6 million letters from children, introducing a whole new generation to the Bible. Even today, the Superbook Kids Club is one of the highest-rated live-action children’s programs in Ukraine.

Since first airing in Japan, the series has now been broadcast in over 100 countries, translated into over 40 languages, and viewed by over 500 million people.

CBN is producing a reimagined, computer-generated version of Superbook. The goal is to produce a new series that will honor the life-changing legacy of the original, and reintroduce it to the new, media-
savvy generation.

This new series is created by an award-winning team whose credits include Disney’s The Lion King, Mulan,and Beauty and the Beast. It has the potential to reach even more lives than the original series with powerful lessons that present spiritual truths and maintains biblical accuracy.

For each of the three lessons in a course, children may divide into Small Group classes for Grades 1–3 and 4–6. If the combined group is small, all children may stay together for Small Group time. Each Small Group Leader Guide includes material for about 30 minutes of class time, featuring:

Fun game to reinforce the Bible story and engage the students
Bible teaching with discussion questions and suggested answers
Discipleship Challenge to encourage children to put the lesson into practice
Group activity to learn the SuperVerse
Guided prayer time
If you have additional class time or wish to change any parts of the main lesson for Small Group time, you may choose from alternative options in the Additional Activities Leader Guide. These include extra games, object lessons, crafts and Bible studies that can take up to an additional 30 minutes of class time.

No videos are shown during Small Group.

Superbook features two friends named Chris and Joy, along with their comical robot, Gizmo.

In each episode, they face some type of dilemma to which any child can relate. For example, they are confronted by a bully, they are tempted to cheat on a test, they disobey their parents, or they get lost on a hike. That’s when Superbook takes them back in time to meet a Bible hero who faced a similar type of problem. By seeing how that person faithfully deals with the difficulty, the children are equipped and empowered by God’s Word to overcome their own challenges.

Superbook Academy is specially designed for churches and children’s ministries to dig deeper into the exciting Bible stories that are presented in Superbook episodes. Each Superbook Academy course is based on one Superbook episode and also features other videos that are exclusive to Superbook Academy—such as the Bible Background video, Signposts video, The Salvation Poem (Gospel presentation) video, music videos, and more. Every course includes three full lessons—each lasting from 60 to 90 minutes—with Leader Guides featuring easy-to-follow scripts for Large Group, Small Group, and Additional Activities.

Each lesson features:

Large Group: The opening celebration for Grades 1–6 combined features the welcome, presentation of all videos for the lesson, introduction of the SuperTruth (lesson theme) and SuperVerse (Bible verse), and prayer. Large Group lasts about 30 minutes.

Small Group: Children may divide into classes for Grades 1–3 and 4–6. (If the combined group is small, all children may stay together for Small Group time.) Here, children explore the lesson through creative games, object lessons, crafts, Discipleship Challenges (encouraging children to put God’s Word into practice), group activities to learn Bible verses, and guided prayer time. No videos are shown during Small Group time. Each Small Group Leader Guide includes material for about 30 minutes of class time.

Additional Activities: If you have additional class time or wish to change any parts of the main lesson for Small Group, you may choose from alternative options in the Additional Activities Leader Guide. These options include extra games, object lessons, crafts, and Bible studies that together can take up to an additional 30 minutes of class time.

The GizmoNote is a printable take-home page for each lesson that highlights what was learned in class.

Superbook Academy’s refund policy is based on the type of subscription you purchase.

  • For annual subscriptions, a refund is pro-rated.
  • Refunds are not available for monthly subscriptions.
  • If a supplemental DVD is defective, we will gladly exchange it for another DVD of the same title.
  • For additional information or to request a return or refund, please use the contact form.

Superbook Academy is a multiyear Christ-centered Bible study resource that focuses on stories from Genesis through Revelation. Each course focuses on one Bible story and includes three lessons.

Lesson 1 identifies the primary Bible message in the episode. A Discipleship Challenge (practical application) is introduced to help children personalize and incorporate scriptural principles into their everyday lives throughout all three lessons of the course.
Lesson 2 focuses on the message as it relates to the world both historically and today.
Lesson 3 highlights how the message ultimately comes full circle in God’s plan of sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior.

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Superbook Academy strikes the perfect balance between attention-grabbing media and hands-on ministry. Exciting videos are shown during Large Group to engage and captivate the children, followed by lots of time for personal interaction in Small Group, where teachers develop warm relationships with students as they nurture their faith in Christ.

Each leader guide includes small group activities of Game, Teaching, SuperVerse, and Prayer as part of the core lesson.


After the Prayer section, you will find additional activities that you can either add to your class experience or use instead of core activities. It’s your choice!

The Video Leader Guide is tailored for the large group time with your class and contains all the video clips and discussion points. The Game, Teaching, SuperVerse, and Prayer are all part of the core lesson. After the Prayer section, you will find additional activities that you can either add to your class experience or use instead of core activities. It’s your choice!
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Each Superbook Academy course includes:

  • Three complete lessons that can be used once a week for Sunday school, children’s church, Bible clubs, or midweek services; three days in a row, such as for homeschool or vacation Bible school (VBS); or even all on one day, for a retreat.
  • Every course features its own Bible story video, Bible Background video, Signpost video, and music videos.
  • Each of the three lessons include easy-to-follow Leader Guides for Large Group, Small Group, and Additional Activities.
  • Each Leader Guide features clear instructions, simple lists of materials, and teaching scripts with class questions and sample answers. New teachers may use the easy-to-follow scripts, while veteran teachers may choose to present the lessons in their own words.
  • Clear teacher instructions, Bible memory verses and ample activities, games, and beautifully designed printable materials.
  • Original professionally produced music videos featuring the Superbook dancers and/or animation from the Bible story, providing children an opportunity to learn to worship the Lord.
  • A Discipleship Challenge that asks children to put biblical principles into practice for all three lessons, helping them become not only hearers but doers of God’s Word.
  • Multi-screen compatible enables you and your students to watch Superbook videos from any connected device—tablets, laptops, smart TVs, and smartphones.
  • Teacher Dashboard that allows teachers to plan, prepare, and present lessons from any Internet-connected device on any screen, with no special software to install.
  • Student interaction, with videos promoting class participation through fun quizzes and countdowns, plus Small Group lessons featuring lots of questions and discussions to keep kids engaged.
  • Multilingual options, as Superbook Academy is being translated into other languages.
  • Each lesson includes Large Group and Small Group. Additional Activities are optional.
    • Large Group (for Grades 1-6 combined): about 30 minutes.
    • Small Group (for Grades 1-3 and 4-6): about 30 minutes.
    • Additional Activities (extra games, object lessons, crafts, and Bible studies if you have extra class time): up to 30 minutes.
    • Combined, all of these provide materials for up to 90 minutes.
    • If you have less than an hour for class, you may easily trim an activity.

Superbook Academy is currently being translated into the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Bahasa
  • Español
  • Farsi
  • Français
  • Hindi
  • Hebrew
  • Ukrainian
  • Romanian
  • Portuguese
  • Polish

If you have additional time during Small Group or wish to change any parts of the main lesson, you may choose from alternative options in the Additional Activities Leader Guide. These include extra games, object lessons, crafts, and Bible studies for up to 30 additional minutes of class time.

Each lesson includes Large Group and Small Group. Additional Activities are optional.

Large Group (for Grades 1-6 combined): about 30 minutes.
Small Group (for Grades 1-3 and 4-6): about 30 minutes.
Additional Activities (extra games, object lessons, crafts, and Bible studies if you have extra class time): up to 30 minutes.
Combined, all of these provide materials for up to 90 minutes.
If you have less than an hour for class, you may easily trim an activity.

After logging in, click on the My Courses button on the top menu bar to view all courses. Superbook Academy lessons and activities can be accessed by entering the course you wish to teach.

Click on the Leader Guide in each lesson to begin teaching.

Superbook Academy is geared to keep the attention of today’s media-savvy kids. It is perfect for Sunday school, church school, Bible clubs, and midweek gatherings, and it’s also easily adaptable for vacation Bible school, homeschool, community outreaches, and other special events. The curriculum is well suited for churches of all sizes.

Superbook Academy streaming is compatible with the following web browsers and devices:

  • Web Browsers
    • Internet Explorer 9.0 and up
    • Google Chrome
    • Firefox
  • Media Streaming Devices
    • Samsung Smart TV
    • Google TV
  • Mobile Devices and Phones
    • iPhone® 5.0 and up
    • Android® 4.0 and up
    • iOS® 4.3 and up
    • iPad®

Use AppleTV, Google Chromecast or an HDMI cable to connect your mobile device or computer to a large-screen TV to play the videos.

The materials needed for games and lessons are quite simple. You can probably find most of them in your kitchen pantry or your church’s broom closet! Leader Guides feature beautifully designed printable crafts and supplemental materials to help make the lesson more meaningful for your students.

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