Ninjas are as popular as ever with kids. The Lego Ninjago series is a big hit in our libraries, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still have a following, (especially in my house, Ella LOVES the TMNT.) Here is a list of picture book and juvenile fiction ninja titles published most recently:
Ninja Bunny by Jennifer Gray Olson.
A little rabbit tries to follow the rules in order to become a "super awesome ninja," but discovers that his book is wrong about one very important thing.
My Grandma's a Ninja by Todd Tarpley ; illustrated by Danny Chatzikonstantinou.
When Ethan's grandma suggests they take a zip line to school, Ethan realizes that his grandma is a little different. In fact, she's a ninja! Ethan is soon the hit of the school when his grandma drops from the ceiling at show-and-tell, and teaches the kids karate moves and how to do backflips in slow motion. But when his grandma deflates his team's soccer ball, everyone is upset--including Ethan. Why can't he just have a regular grandma? But when Ethan tries out his new karate moves during the championship game, he's happy that his grandma isn't ordinary.
Little Kunoichi, the Ninja Girl by Sanae Ishida.
Little Kunoichi, a young ninja in training, is frustrated. Inspired by tiny Chibi Samurai's practice and skills, she works harder than ever--and makes a friend. Together, they show the power of perseverance, hard work, and cooperation when they wow the crowd at the Autumn Festival.
Dojo Daycare by Chris Tougas.
One morning, six young ninjas are dropped off at Dojo Daycare. As soon as their ninja moms and ninja dads have left: KABOOM! KAPOW! The ninja boys and girls kick, push, punch, and quickly turn the place upside down in a full-blown ninja riot. Try as he might, the hapless master can't control the children, and the disaster plays out through lunchtime and story time. No one heeds the master's repeated mantra of honor, kindness, and respect-- until one little ninja steps up and rallies his ninja pals to undo all that they have done, just in time for pickup.
Ninja Boy Goes to School by Nathan D. Wilson.
A little boy explains what it's like to go to school--when you're a ninja.
Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop!by Todd Tuell ; illustrated by Tad Carpenter.
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text reveal a young ninja who uses his special moves to sneak up on the family dog, take a cookie from his brother, and escape Granny's kisses, but before day is done he meets his match.
Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz.
In this twist on "Little Red Riding Hood," a certain wolf trains to be a ninja in order to catch his prey, but he is not the only one mastering a martial art.
Ninja!by Arree Chung.
A ninja must be strong, courageous, and silent! He creeps through the house on a secret mission. There may be obstacles! But have no fear--a true ninja can overcome all challenges.
But not only primary readers are interested in Ninja stories! Check out these great titles for the older readers in your life!
Get Mooned by Kevin Serwacki and Chris Pallace.
Best friends and ninjas-in-training Joey and Johnny are sent on a special mission to investigate their rival ninja school's use of advanced technological weapons.
The Sweetest Heist in Historyby Octavia Spencer ; illustrations by Vivienne To.
On a trip to New York City to visit Randi's aunt, the ninja detective trio explores Randi's old neighborhood in Brooklyn, where they uncover an art heist involving Fabergé eggs. Except no one will believe them. So they'll just have to catch the criminals in the act.
The Ninja Librarians : the Accidental Keyhand by Jen Swann Downey.
Dorrie and her brother Marcus accidently open a portal to Petrarch's Library, where they discover a secret society of warrior librarians who travel in time, protecting the world's greatest thinkers from torture and death for sharing knowledge and ideas.
So what do you think?? Any of these ninja books sound like something your child would like to read??
Special thanks to HCPLC for helping to curate this great list!