Our Favorite Ninja Picture Books

Monday, December 5, 2016

Not all ninja books are created equal, trust us. So we've done the leg work for you and rounded up 9 of our favorites, plus some equally awesome ninja crafts.

The Books 

1. The Boy Who Cried Ninja Tim has a problem, no one believes him, this may be because his version of the truth is more spectacular than his parents can handle. For example, when his mom asks him what happened to the last slice of cake, he tells her the truth, "It was a ninja." The resolution of this truth vs. reality tale is pretty humorous and left all of our little readers smiling.

2. Little Kunoichi The Ninja Girl We love that this book features a girl as a ninja. Little Kunoichi lives on a super secret island and goes to a super secret ninja school where she is not exactly the star student. She befriends a young samurai and together they prepare to dazzle their peers at the Island Festival. The illustrations are beautiful, full of color and whimsy, and oh so lovely to study as you learn what Little Kunoichi has prepared for her impressive festival debut.

3. Samurai Santa: A Very Ninja Christmas If you've been waiting for a book that combines Christmas and ninjas, wait no longer. Samurai Santa is the story of young ninja named Yukio who wants a snowball fight for Christmas and he will stop at nothing to get it. Even if it means scaring away Santa before he gives out all the Christmas presents.

4. Ninja! a picture book for ninja and comic book lovers, yes, you read that right. The comic book styling in this is the perfect back drop for young readers to learn the dos and don't of being a ninja. The text is lively and action packed as Ninja Maxwell uses his stealth skills to acquire his baby sister's milk and cookies.

5. Ninja! Attack of the Clan this follow up to Ninja! was released earlier this year and delves into the sometimes solitary existence of a ninja when looking for a worthy adversary to fight. Ninja Maxwell tries to get all of his family members to play with him but they all have projects of their own they are working on. Maxwell ends up frustrated and decides to meditate but his family has other plans for him. A fun read that explores family dynamics.

6. Ninja Baby It seems like all babies are ninjas in some sense of the word, and Nina, the Ninja Baby is no exception to the rule. We love this and think it would make a great gift for an older sibling expecting a baby because as Nina grows up she receives the gift of a brother, or as she likes to think of him, a kung fu master.  A humorous introduction to life with a new baby, ninja style.

7. Ninja Bunny Can you be a ninja and a bunny? And if you happen to be a ninja bunny what rules would you have to live by? We'll be kind and give you Rule No. 1 "A super awesome ninja must always work alone." To find out the rest of the rules, check this one out. You will not be disappointed, unless you hate bunnies or ninjas.

8. Ninja Bunny Sister vs. Brother In this follow up to Ninja Bunny, we follow a more experienced and wise ninja as he tries to retrieve The Golden Carrot of Awesomeness with an unwanted shadow, his little sister. Ninja Bunny has a lesson to learn and it is that sometimes big doesn't always mean better.

9. The Three Ninja Pigs This is first in a series of books that take fairy tales and twist them to appeal to the ninja lover. In this rendition, the three little pigs are all in various forms of martial arts training so that they can defeat the wolf, with pigs one and two being a little less diligent about their studies than pig three. Told in rhyme with the illustrations by Dan Santat, this is sure to delight.

The Crafts:

We think it's nice to have the option to supplement books with crafts so here are a few that we have on our 'to make' list.

Ninja Pinecones
Wooden Peg Ninjas
Ninja Stars
Three Ninja Pigs Craft
Pipe Cleaner Ninjas



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Being book lovers, it is only fitting that we do a book advent for Christmas. Our advent is of the more secular variety, in that we start on December 1st and go to Christmas Eve. We've had some questions about how we do our advent, so without further ado here are the details.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I love looking at images of cute parties on Pinterest just as much as anyone else, but what I really want to know is what are people doing at these parties? I always want a detailed breakdown of events because I like to know how people are keeping their guests entertained amidst all the cute decor and then copy the fun activities!

For anyone else who likes the details, I have a breakdown of what went on at my 8 year old's Shopkins Party. We had her party at an incredibly cute party venue in our town called House of Hadley Kate. When we booked her party, they did not have a Shopkins option so we got to customize what we wanted to do. Luckily, they had some great ideas and my daughter had some clear ideas of what she was hoping for because I was initially at a loss as to what kind of activities we should have at a Shopkins party.

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Shopkins Party Planning: A Shopkins Birthday Invite

Friday, August 12, 2016

This year my daughter is turning 8 and she has requested a Shopkins party. I have to be honest, I tried to talk her into a different kind of party because off of the top of my head I wasn't really sure what would happen at said Shopkins party. Even though I proposed some other fun ideas, like a rock climbing party, or a baking party, she was adamant about a Shopkins party. Which is when I started googling and searching Pinterest for ideas and I am happy to say we have a party plan that both she and I are excited about. For the next few weeks I am going to share some of the details of what we are doing at this Shopkins bash.

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Reading with: Charnaie

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Good Morning Friends! We are excited to introduce you to the delightful Charnaie from Here Wee Read for today's edition of Reading With.

Charnaie is a Computer Programmer by day, an aspiring author by night and a wife and mom 24/7 and did we mention she's also a Distinguished Toastmaster?! In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, crafting, watching classic movies, volunteering (when time permits) and spending time with her husband, children, family and friends.

She is also currently working as a Reading Ambassador for an upcoming kid's festival sponsored by Fresh Kids. Which means she gets to curate a selection of books for their Reading Orchard. How dreamy is that?

Click through for all the wonderful thoughts we gathered as we got to pick Charnaie's brain on all things reading.


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