Nighttime Ninja

ninja+cover+smallby Barbara DaCosta
illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Ed Young
Little, Brown 2012
ISBN: 9780316203845

Late at night, when all is quiet and everyone is asleep, a ninja creeps silently through the house in search of treasure. Soon he reaches his ultimate goal…and gets a big surprise! Will the nighttime ninja complete his mission? With spare text and lush illustrations, Barbara DaCosta and Ed Young’s Nighttime Ninja is a fun, adventure-filled story about the power of play and imagination.



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“With measured pacing, careful design, and a beautifully symbiotic partnership of word and image, this enormously appealing, timeless story promises to delight preschool audiences and families alike for years to come.”   —Booklist (starred review)

“Don’t be surprised to hear a whispered, ‘Read it again.’  —Library Quest


English paperback: Nighttime Ninja from Scholastic Book Club/Fairs
Japanese: よふかし にんじゃ from Mitsumura Educational
Spanish: Ninja Nocturno from Scholastic Book  Club/Fairs
Chinese: 小忍者 from San Min


Children’s Choice Award 2013 (Children’s Book Council)
Best Illustrated Publisher’s Weekly 2012 selection
Read Kiddo Read 2012 Finalist
Panda Award shortlist, International School, China
Sakura Award shortlist, Japan International School
American Library Association Notable Book
American Library Association Summer Reading List
Parent’s Choice selection
Children’s Choice selection, International Reading Association
Junior Library Guild selection
Best of Children’s Books Chicago Public Library 
Children’s Book Council Diversity initiative
Bookshare selection for visually impaired (Adolescent Literature) reading list

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