Ninjas: Books For Kids

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Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to ninjas. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about ninjas.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about ninjas, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Ninja Bunny to popular sellers like The Three Ninja Pigs to some of our favorite hidden gems like Ninja Red Riding Hood.

We hope this list of kids books about ninjas can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

Ninja Red Riding Hood book
#1
Ninja Red Riding Hood
Written by Corey Rosen Schwartz and illustrated by Dan Santat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Companion to the hit The Three Ninja Pigs, this fractured fairy tale is a sure-fire storytime hit.

Wolf just can’t catch a break! Ever since the three little pigs started teaching everyone Ninja skills, huffing and puffing just hasn’t been enough to scare up a good meal.

His craving for meat sends Wolf to classes at the dojo, and soon he’s ready to try out his new moves. A little girl and her tiny granny should be easy targets—right?

Not if Little Red has anything to say about it! Kiya!

Samurai Santa book
#2
Samurai Santa
Written and illustrated by Rubin Pingk
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A young ninja wants a snowball fight for Christmas, and he just might get his holiday wish in this picture book with graphic novel–inspired illustrations that celebrate the spirit of giving, Samurai style.

It’s snowing on Christmas Eve! Yukio loves snowball fights, but none of the other ninjas will play with him for fear of landing on Santa’s naughty list. Can Yukio chase Santa away from Ninja Village, or will a Samurai Santa thwart Yukio’s plan? An epic snowball fight later, one thing’s for sure: this is going to be Yukio’s best Christmas ever.

Ninja Bunny book
#3
Ninja Bunny
Written and illustrated by Jennifer Gray Olson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

How to be a SUPER AWESOME NINJA: · Rule #1. You must always work alone. · Rule #2. You must be super sneaky, especially in the most dangerous of situations. · Rule #3. A super awesome ninja must: possess incredible strength, achieve invisibility, master the skill of climbing, gain the ability to fly. . . .

Our little bunny is ready to embark on his path to becoming a ninja. But is he cut out for the ninja life? Especially if it means leaving his friends behind?

Ninja Baby book
#4
Ninja Baby
Written by David Zeltser and illustrated by Diane Goode
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

From the day she was born, Nina was a ninja baby. She obliterated her applesauce. She concealed herself at bath time. And she was training herself in advanced infiltration (of movie night). Nina wants to do everything by herself, until the day her parents bring home a Kung Fu Master (a baby brother). Now with a sibling, Nina will face the one thing she cannot do alone: be part of a family. With verve and humor, David Zeltser and Diane Goode tell the story of an unusually gifted child, and the family that is more than a match for her.

Even Superheroes Use the Potty book
#5
Even Superheroes Use the Potty
Written by Sara Crow and illustrated by Adam Record
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

It’s potty time for superheroes, firefighters, ninjas, soldiers, and KIDS!

Young ones will enjoy this funny, rhyming story that teaches great bathroom habits with the promise that all their heroes use the potty too. And the book comes with stickers and a bathroom reward chart, so good potty habits can be celebrated each time kids put the lid down, flush, and wash their hands! It’s a book-and-sticker package that will help parents achieve toilet-training harmony.

And don’t miss the companion book—Even Superheroes Have to Sleep!—to help restless kids settle in at night.

  1. 10 Little Ninjas - A charming bedtime counting book about ten sneaky little characters who aren’t ready to go to sleep… until daddy calls the sensei to send them back to bed. It may be bedtime, but these little ninjas aren’t tired. They’re sliding, swinging, and slipping out of bed! Can Daddy and the sensei ever tuck them in? Filled with mischievous fun, 10 Little Ninjas will take young readers from playtime to bedtime again and again. Kids will love the astronauts, tigers, cowboys, dragons and more!

  2. The Three Ninja Pigs - Practice makes perfect in this kick-butt fractured fairy tale. Why does this wolf think he can come to town and blow all the houses down? These three little pigs just aren’t going to take it from that bully anymore! The first starts aikido lessons—he’ll make mincemeat out of that wolf! His brother learns a little jujitsu–he’ll chop that guy to pieces! But when the wolf actually appears, it turs out these two pigs aren’t quite ready after all. Good thing their sister has been training every day to master some serious karate moves that save the day. KIYA! Corey Rosen Schwartz serves up a fun combination of smart-aleck dialogue and tongue-in-cheek rhymes that’ll have kids howling, and rising star Dan Santat’s spunky illustrations are sure to pack a punch!

  3. Bunjitsu Bunny Jumps to the Moon - Isabel is the best bunjitsu artist in her class. She can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than anybunny else. But her strongest weapon is her mind! This third Bunjitsu Bunny book follows Isabel as she makes friends, faces her fears, and more!

  4. My Life as a Ninja - Book 6 in the bestselling My Life series! Derek Fallon has expanded his taste in cartoons to the world of manga and anime. Together with his friends Carly, Matt, and Umberto, Derek has fun learning about all the cool aspects of ninja culture. When someone starts vandalizing their school with graffiti of a mischievous troll-like figure, these ninjas-in-training are convinced they’ll be able to crack the case. But it turns out that being a ninja is a lot more work than they thought, and this adventure brings about new opportunities for Derek to embarrass himself. For once, can he be the hero that saves the day? A Christy Ottaviano Book

Samurai Scarecrow book
#10
Samurai Scarecrow
Written and illustrated by Rubin Pingk
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It is Halloween, and Yukio is excited to celebrate! But whatever Yukio does, his younger sister Kashi follows. When Yukio carves a pumpkin, Kashi carves a similar one. When Yukio maps out his trick-or-treat route, Kashi maps the same one. But when Kashi goes too far, Yukio says some things he doesn’t really mean.

Bunjitsu Bunny vs. Bunjitsu Bunny book
#11
Bunjitsu Bunny vs. Bunjitsu Bunny
Written by John Himmelman
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

The further adventures of Isabel the Bunjitsu Bunny, packed with action and Zen-inspired wisdom—a fun chapter book with two color illustrations throughout Isabel is the best bunjitsu artist in her class. She can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than anybunny else. But her strongest weapon is her mind. Bunjitsu Bunny vs. Bunjitsu Bunny, the fourth book in this series by John Himmelman, follows Isabel as she makes friends, faces her fears, and fights her toughest opponent yet—herself! Read the whole Bunjitsu Bunny series: Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny Bunjitsu Bunny’s Best Move Bunjitsu Bunny Jumps to the Moon Bunjitsu Bunny vs. Bunjitsu Bunny Praise for Bunjitsu Bunny Jumps to the Moon: “Isabel does a good job of approaching every challenge with spunk and determination, and manages to do the right things under the circumstances. . . . As part of the Bunjitsu Bunny series, this book is appropriate for children who are beginning to read chapter books, and the stories are fun to read aloud to younger children.” —Childrens Literature Praise for Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny: “Cleverly wrapped in an entertaining package, the zen-type morals are edifying but not preachy and serve to genuinely enrich the stories.” —The Horn Book, starred review “A series of Zen lessons touched with gentle humor.” —Kirkus Reviews “Delightful . . . reminiscent of Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad stories or Jon Muth’s ever-popular Zen Shorts.” —School Library Journal

Black Belt Bunny book
#12
Black Belt Bunny
Written by Jacky Davis and illustrated by Jay Fleck
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

From the author of the bestselling Ladybug Girl series, this hilarious, empowering picture book about a little black-belt who faces a new challenge is perfect for fans of The Three Ninja Pigs, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, and I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato

Black Belt Bunny is fast and strong and has seriously awesome moves—from front-kicks to back-flips to air-chops. Then he’s faced with something new, something every bunny must learn, something he might not be as good at: He has to make . . . a salad. Black Belt Bunny tries to escape. He even disguises himself with a fake mustache. But when he finally hops to it, he discovers that his seriously awesome moves come in pretty handy, and that—in a funny twist that puts the narrator in the hot seat—he isn’t the only one who has to try new things.

Hensel and Gretel, Ninja Chicks book
#13
Hensel and Gretel, Ninja Chicks
Written by Rebecca Gomez and Corey Rosen Schwartz and illustrated by Dan Santat
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

New from the team behind The Three Ninja Pigs and Ninja Red Riding Hood

These ninja chicks are anything but chicken!

When Hensel and Gretel’s dad gets snatched by a fox, the sisters put their ninja skills to work to track him down before he can be stir-fried.

But are these two little chicks ready to take on a dark tangled forest, a tricky house made of corn bread, and an even trickier fox?

This plucky pair isn’t giving up without a fight! Kiya!

Pedro the Ninja book
#14
Pedro the Ninja
Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Tammy Lyon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

After watching a ninja cartoon, Pedro dreams of being a ninja himself. Luckily, his dad gets him karate lessons. With hard work and a little practice, maybe Pedro can become ninja star, just like the ones he sees in the movies! A glossary and reading questions make this title a black-belt level book.

  1. North Pole Ninjas: MISSION: Christmas! - With accompanying “Santa’s sensei” stuffed toy and envelope containing 10 perforated cards of Christmas missions.

  2. Ninja! Attack of the Clan - Maxwell is a strong, courageous, silent ninja who wants somebody to play with, but it seems Mama, Papa, and little sister Cassy are all too busy.

  3. Kick! Jump! Chop! - In a tale reminiscent of The Gingerbread Man, Sensei bakes a Ninjabread Man to spice up the sparring in his dojo, and the new cookie is undefeated until a fox appears.

  4. Ninja Claus! - “In this third book in the Ninja! series, Maxwell pits his ninja skills against Santa Claus”—

The Secrets of Ninja School book
#19
The Secrets of Ninja School
Written and illustrated by Deb Pilutti
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Ruby’s homesickness spreads to other students at Master Willow’s School for Ninjas, she uses all of the skills she has learned to help them feel better. Includes instructions for making a dragon toy two different ways.

Hello Ninjas! book
#20
Hello Ninjas!
Written by Joan Holub and illustrated by Chris Dickason
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

New from beloved author Joan Holub, Hello Ninjas! is a fun, playful board book about sneaky ninjas! Hello mask Hello boots Hello ninjas wearing suits Ninjas ten point to the sky A challenge from the samurai! Perfect for reading out loud, Joan Holub’s hilarious text and Chris Dickason’s lively illustrations will have little ones learning and laughing as they try to find all the sneaky ninjas hidden on each page. A clever, interactive approach to first concepts, this board book series also introduces important “next-step” concepts like counting in a hilariously engaging way.

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