Nitrogen-doped MnO/graphene nanosheets (N-MnO/GNS) hybrid material was synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method followed by ammonia annealing. The samples were systematically investigated by X-ray diffraction analysis, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. N-doped MnO (N-MnO) nanoparticles were homogenously anchored on the thin layers of N-doped GNS (N-GNS) to form an efficient electronic/ionic mixed conducting network. This nanostructured hybrid exhibited a reversible electrochemical lithium storage capacity as high as 772 mAh g(-1) at 100 mA g(-1) after 90 cycles, and an excellent rate capability of 202 mA h g(-1) at a high current density of 5 A g(-1). It is expected that N-MnO/GNS hybrid could be a promising candidate material as a high capacity anode for lithium ion batteries.