See KidlitWomen for daily links to posts by the children’s lit community, in celebration of Women’s History Month and focusing on improving the climate for social and gender equality. I plan to share my favorite books focused on girl characters and/or written by women through this month.
I will admit that I have a bias against ninja books in children’s literature. Some that I’ve seen rely on stereotypes and others feel like the ninja aspect is gratuitous – ninjas are cool so let’s stick one in this story. I don’t dislike all ninjas books or books that mention ninjas, and in fact I feel like Arree Chung does a good job in his picture book Ninja! But my all time favorite ninja picture book is Little Kunoichi: The Ninja Girl by Sanae Ishida.
Little Kunoichi goes to a secret ninja girl’s school. She is certainly not the best at the skills she needs to learn. When she spies on Chibi Samurai, a boy from a neighboring secret school, and sees how he is the smallest but doesn’t let his size deter him, Kunoichi is inspired to do the same. She practices, practices, practices! The two become friends and practice together! They learn that the goal is not to be perfect, but to have fun while practicing. The facts throughout the story are accurate to Japanese culture, and there’s a section of facts at the end of the book. I learned new things and I loved the playful illustrations! Buy the book!
Today’s guest recommendation is from Cindy Faughnan (and a book I read and loved, too): I recommend FINDING WONDERS: THREE GIRLS WHO CHANGED SCIENCE by Jeannine Atkins. Wonderful verse novel about three girls whose interest in moths, fossils, and stars blossomed into scientific discoveries. Buy the book!