Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is Superbook?

    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 Emmy® 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.

  • What is the return or refund policy?

    Superbook Academy’s refund policy is based on the type of subscription you purchase. For annual subscriptions, the 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 more information and to request a return or refund, call 1-800-591-3821.

  • What is the scope and sequence for Superbook Academy church curriculum?

    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.

    To review the Scope and Sequence, Click here Scope and Sequence.

  • Is a Spanish Version of Superbook Academy Available?

    Superbook Academy is currently being translated into Spanish. Please check Superlibro.TV for updated information about the Superbook DVDs and curriculum.

  • What other languages are under development?

    Superbook Academy is being translated into other languages. Announcements will be posted on SuperbookAcademy.com when courses are available for purchase.

  • How do I log on?

    Navigate to superbookacademy.com/my-account/

    Enter your username or email address and password.

    Click Login.

  • How do I reset my password?

    Navigate to superbookacademy.com/my-account/edit-account/ and fill out the Password Change form.

    If you have forgotten your password click on lost your password and enter your username or email and a new password will be sent to you.

  • What is in a Superbook Bible story video?

    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.

  • What materials are included in each course?

    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.
  • How is the lesson time divided between videos and teaching?

    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.

  • How do I cancel my subscription?

    Navigate to: superbookacademy.com/my-account/subscriptions then click “Cancel"

  • How do I enter or update my billing address?

  • How do I enter or update my shipping address?

    You must be the Church Administrator to change any address. Login by going to the website SuperbookAcademy.com and

    • goto on My Account/Addresses/
    • click on Edit next to Shipping Addresses.
    • enter Shipping Information
    • click "Save Address"
  • What Bible versions are used?

    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.

  • Can I download Superbook Academy church curriculum?

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

  • Which web browsers and devices can be used to stream Superbook Academy videos?

    Superbook Academy streaming is compatible on 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.

  • How fast does my Internet have to be?

    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.

    Click here to test your streaming bandwidth

  • Are the videos streamed in High Definition (HD)?

    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.

  • I am having technical issues with streaming Superbook Academy videos on a particular web browser/device. Can you help me?

    Please contact our Technical Support Team for assistance at 800-591-3821, or complete the Contact Us form by clicking here Contact Us.

  • How do I create a new teacher’s account?

    Copy the unique link displayed under your membership-account and email it to each teacher that will use the program.

  • My church does not have Internet access; can we still use Superbook Academy?

    Yes, you can easily use Superbook Academy without Internet access. Simply purchase a supplemental DVD for any course you wish to teach, and you can show the videos using the DVD instead of streaming. (A Superbook Academy subscription is required for DVD purchase.) To access the Leader Guides, login to your account from an Internet-enabled device to view and print the lessons.

    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.

  • I have some Superbook: Church Edition modules; how are they different from Superbook Academy church curriculum?

    Superbook: Church Edition was the first version of the curriculum, with 13 modules (courses) available for separate purchase. Superbook Academy is a new, improved version of the curriculum that offers subscribers instant streaming access to all of the material in the original 13 courses, plus 13 new courses, with more added on a regular basis.

    Other advantages to Superbook Academy include:

    • 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.

    Multilingual options, as Superbook Academy is being translated into other languages.

  • How do I edit a teacher’s information?

    Each teacher 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.

  • What is taught in Small Group for each lesson?

    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.

  • When would I use Additional Activities?

    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.
  • How long does each lesson last?

    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.
  • Can I edit or customize the Leader Guide?

    As you preview the activities in the Leader Guides, you may hide the sections you do not want to use so you only see (or print) the sections you wish to include in your presentation. Text within individual sections cannot be edited.

  • Does every classroom need WiFi or a DVD player?

    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.

  • Do the supplemental DVDs have extra material that is not 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.

  • What happens in Large Group for each of the three lessons in a course?

    • 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.
  • How do I order supplemental DVDs?

    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. A Superbook Academy subscription is required for DVD purchase. DVDs can only be shipped to U.S. and Canadian addresses.

    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 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.
  • Can I order just one course?

    You can’t order just one course because your subscription to Superbook Academy gives you full access to all of its online courses. You can subscribe to Superbook Academy for just one month for only $24.99 by clicking here Monthly Subscription

  • Will I need to find or purchase lots of extra materials for games and lessons?

    Superbook Academy is designed to be used by churches of all sizes around the world—so 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! Plus, the Leader Guides feature beautifully designed crafts, posters, and other supplemental materials that are quick to print and will help make the lesson more meaningful for your students.

  • What is the basic premise of each Superbook episode?

    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.

  • I already own the regular Superbook DVDs. Can I just purchase the Superbook Academy materials and not the videos?

    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

  • Does Superbook Academy work in a homeschool setting?

    Superbook Academy is an excellent resource for homeschooling. 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.

  • Does Church Edition work in a homeschool setting?

    Depending on the size of your homeschool family or co-op and how often you gather, Superbook: Church Edition may be a good solution for your group.

  • What are Digital Downloads?

    When you order Superbook: Church Edition modules, you will be given access to download all the
    module materials directly from the Superbook: Church Edition website.

  • What is the difference between Superbook Academy and the regular Superbook DVDs?

    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.

  • What is the return policy?

    There is a 100% satisfaction guarantee for Superbook: Church Edition. Full refunds are issued within 30 days of the purchase. Call 1-888-846-2376 to request a refund.

  • What are some upcoming courses?

    Other courses will be released on a regular basis, including:

    • Ruth
    • Tower of Babel and the Day of Pentecost
    • The Birth of John the Baptist
    • Isaac and Rebekah
    • Naaman and the Servant Girl
    • Samuel and the Call of God
    • The Good Samaritan
    • David and Saul
    • Nehemiah
    • Elisha
    • Lazarus
    • Solomon
    • Miracles of Jesus, Part 2
  • What are the titles to upcoming modules for Superbook Academy Years 2 and 3?

    Year 2 Titles

    • Jonah
    • Joseph and Pharaoh’s Dream
    • The Fiery Furnace!
    • Rahab and the Walls of Jericho
    • Esther—For Such a Time as This
    • John the Baptist
    • Paul and the Shipwreck
    • Job
    • Noah and the Ark
    • Gideon
    • Peter’s Denial
    • The Prodigal Son
    • The Tower of Babel

    Year 3 Titles

    • Ruth
    • Elijah and the Prophets of Baal
    • Birth of John the Baptist
    • Isaac and Rebekah
    • Naaman and the Servant Girl
    • Samuel
    • David and Saul
    • Nehemiah
    • Elisha
    • Lazarus
    • Solomon
    • Miracles of Jesus, Part 2
    • The Good Samaritan
  • How do I subscribe to Superbook Academy?

    All Superbook Academy courses are available instantly online for a monthly subscription of $24.99, or an annual subscription of $249.88—which is a savings of over $50 (two months free) per year. Subscribe now by clicking here Sign up for subscription.

  • What is the general format for each lesson?

    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.

  • What is a course?

    Each course in Superbook Academy 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.

  • Where can Superbook Academy be used?

    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.

  • What grades are included in Superbook Academy church curriculum?

    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.

  • What is Superbook Academy church curriculum?

    Superbook Academy church curriculum is a multiyear Bible study program for Grades 1-6, based on the Emmy-nominated Superbook Bible animation series. It is designed for children’s ministries such as Sunday school, children’s church, and Bible clubs; and is easily adaptable to individual needs, such as VBS, homeschool, midweek services, and special events.

    This dynamic combination of Superbook’s world-class animation and curriculum provides churches with a program that presents of biblical truths to children in an accurate and engaging way, providing a tremendous visual grasp of the stories and teachings from the Old and New Testaments. Since 1981, Superbook has been a powerful tool to share God’s Word with the children of the world. Now, with Superbook Academy, your children’s ministry will be equipped and empowered to bring the Bible to life for the next generation in a way that’s accessible, understandable, and entertaining—all at the same time.

  • Where are the lessons?

    Academy lessons and activities have moved from Dashboard to Courses on the new site.

  • How do I select a course?


  • What is the Small Group lesson?


  • What is the Large Group lesson?


  • What is the GizmoNote?


  • How do I see my teachers?

    After receiving a sponsored teacher code, the teacher will be prompted to provide a valid email address and asked to create a password. The code will not work if it is used more than 5 times. 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 as opposed to the older method of meticulously adding courses to each and every one of them.


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