Best Children's Books About Lions

24 Children's Books About Lions

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
The Lion Inside book
#1
The Lion Inside
Written by Rachel Bright and illustrated by Jim Field
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

"That day they BOTH learned That, no matter your size, We all have a mouse AND a lion inside." A mouse feels small and insecure and determines that what he needs to do is learn how to roar like a lion. He knows he has to act brave when he approaches a lion to learn how. In a hilarious turn of events, the lion is afraid of mice! The mouse comforts the lion, they become friends, and we learn that there's a lion and a mouse inside all of us. The inspiring text by Rachel Bright and the fun, bold illustrations by Jim Field teach young readers an important lesson. Regardless of how big or mighty we are, we can all live our dreams and do what we want to do. Fans of Aesop's "The Lion and the Mouse" will enjoy The Lion Inside!

When Your Lion Needs a Bath book
#2
When Your Lion Needs a Bath
Written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

When your lion needs a bath, you have to be pretty sneaky! This charming and hilarious board book highlights the many ways to get your lion into that tub! Does your lion need a bath? When your lion needs a bath, you must be a little sneaky. After all, have you ever met a cat who likes water? So gather up your towels and rubber ducks and get that lion into the tub! But be careful…or you just might end up in the bath, too!

Say What? book
#3
Say What?
Written by Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Joey Chou
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

With an interactive text and bright, playful illustrations, explore what baby animals really mean when they make their adorable baby animal sounds. When a lion says ROAR, does he really mean MORE? When a cow says MOO, does she really mean YOU? How do we know what animals say when they say what they say with their sounds everyday? With an interactive text and bright, playful illustrations, Angela DiTerlizzi and Joey Chou explore what baby animals really mean when they make their adorable baby animal sounds.

Lionel and Molly: Opposites book
#4
Lionel and Molly: Opposites
Written by Joanna Lake and illustrated by Jess Racklyeft
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Introducing Lionel and Molly--two best friends exploring the world around them in this touch and feel concept board book. Lionel the lion and Molly the mouse are best friends who love exploring the world together. Join them as they discover the concept of opposites by comparing themselves to each other. Lionel is big and loud, while Molly is quiet and small.

Roary the Lion Roars Too Loud book
#5
Roary the Lion Roars Too Loud
Written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Alex G Griffiths
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Help little ones learn how to use their inside voices with this second story in the brand-new Wee Beasties series from New York Times bestselling author Ame Dyckman. Roary the Lion loves to roar. The only problem is, he roars WAY too loud. WAIT! Can you show Roary how to be quiet? Wee Beasties is a new board book series from New York Times bestselling author, Ame Dyckman, featuring silly animals doing the things they love just a little TOO much. In this second book in the series about Roary the Lion and his big outside roar, little ones will learn how to use their quiet inside voices.

I Thought I Saw a Lion! book
#6
I Thought I Saw a Lion!
Written by Templar Books and illustrated by Lydia Nichols
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Hide-and-seek fun with sturdy sliders! This silly but stylish slider book is sure to give little ones a giggle. They'll love joining in a game of hide-and-seek as they move the sliders to reveal the lion hiding in every scene. Is it in the restaurant? Or at the beauty salon? Just push the slider to find out! With beautiful artwork from Lydia Nichols, the whole family will enjoy reading and playing with this fresh new novelty series.

A Hungry Lion, Or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals book
#7
A Hungry Lion, Or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals
Written and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Members of a large group of animals, including a penguin, two rabbits, and a koala, disappear at an alarming rate but the hungry lion remains.

My Book of Yellow book
#8
My Book of Yellow
Written and illustrated by Little Bee Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduce little ones to all sorts of yellow objects in their world with this new concept board book! In My Book of Yellow, little ones will be introduced to all sorts of different yellow objects that they can encounter in their world, such as stars, bananas, lions, sunflowers, and more! The pages of this book are filled with familiar, kid-friendly objects, and kids will be invited to identify other yellow objects on the last spread!

Lion Lessons book
#9
Lion Lessons
Written and illustrated by Jon Agee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

There are seven steps to becoming a proper lion, including Looking Fierce, Roaring, Prowling Around, and Pouncing. Our young hero, a rather meek and scrawny human boy, does his best to learn the necessary skills during his training with a master instructor (who just happens to be a real lion). After a grueling set of lessons, the boy discovers that that the final step—Looking Out for Your Friends—is the most important of all. That’s how any kid can earn his lion diploma (not to mention the affection of every cat in town).

Lost in the Library book
#10
Lost in the Library
Written by Josh Funk and illustrated by Stevie Lewis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Steadfast Fortitude and curious Patience are waiting every morning to greet visitors of the Library. That is until, one early morning, when Fortitude finds Patience is missing. The city is about to awake, and the lions absolutely must be in their places before the sun rises. Now, Fortitude must abandon his own post to find his best friend in the Library’s labyrinthine halls. With Josh Funk's clever rhymes and Stevie Lewis' vibrant art, Lost in the Library introduces young readers to a pair of unforgettable lions, as well as the famed New York Public Library, and includes bonus material loaded with facts about Patience, Fortitude, and the NYPL's history.

10 Reasons to Love... a Lion book
#11
10 Reasons to Love... a Lion
Written by Catherine Barr and illustrated by Hanako Clulow
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Lions are the only big cat to live in groups, have the loudest roar and the most magnificent manes. Turn the pages of this giftable series to find 10 reasons to love lions, and five ways you can show you care.

Into the Lions Den book
#12
Into the Lions Den
Written by Linda Fairstein
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Someone has stolen a page from a rare book in the New York Public Library. At least, that’s what Devlin’s friend Liza thinks she’s seen, but she can’t be sure. Any other kid might not see a crime here, but Devlin Quick is courageous and confident, and she knows she has to bring this man to justice—even if it means breathlessly racing around the city to collect evidence. But who is this thief? And what could the page—an old map—possibly lead to? With her wits, persistence, and the help of New York City’s finest (and, okay, a little bit of help from her police commissioner mother, too), Dev and her friends piece the clues together to uncover a mystery that’s bigger than anyone expected—and more fun, too.

Caring for Your Lion book
#13
Caring for Your Lion
Written by Tammi Sauer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

We know you ordered a kitten, but we ran out of those. SURPRISE: you re the new owner of a lion! Fortunately, the big cat comes with instructions like, try very hard NOT to look like a zebra. And give your lion PLENTY of space to play. But when the feathers and fur start flying and everything s in chaos, can a lion be a child s purr-fect pet?"

The Magic Bojabi Tree  book
#14
The Magic Bojabi Tree
Written by Dianne Hofmeyr and illustrated by Piet Grobler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Python has wrapped himself around the melon/mango/pomegranate tree with its delicious fruit, and he won't share the fruit unless the animals can tell him the correct name of the tree. Elephant, Monkey and Zebra each in turn visit Lion, who alone knows the name of the tree. But every time, the animals forget the name on the journey back to the tree. Then Tortoise, the slowest, smallest animal goes to Lion - and sings a special song to remind him of the name. It is the Bojabi Tree! Python unwraps himself from the trunk, and all the animals share a feast.

Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe book
#15
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Written and illustrated by C.S. Lewis
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-14

This hardcover edition, featuring the original jacket art and black-and-white illustrations by Pauline Baynes, allows readers to celebrate the book that started it all. In 1950, C. S. Lewis introduced the world to Narnia and its unforgettable characters. Over sixty years later, readers of all ages are still enchanted by the magical series. Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, which has been captivating readers of all ages for over sixty years. This is a stand-alone read, but if you would like to journey back to Narnia, pick up The Horse and His Boy, the third book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

Lion Down book
#16
Lion Down
Written by Stuart Gibbs
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle’s resident sleuth when a lion is falsely accused of killing a distinguished dog in the latest novel in New York Times bestselling author Stuart Gibbs’s FunJungle series. For once, operations at the enormous zoo/theme park appear to be running smoothly (except for the occasional herring-related mishap in the penguin exhibit) and Teddy Fitzroy is finally able to give detective work a rest. But then a local lion is accused of killing a famous dog—and the dog’s owner, an inflammatory radio host, goes on a crusade to have the cat declared a nuisance so it can be hunted. But it looks like the lion might have been framed, and a renegade animal activist wants Teddy and Summer to help prove it. Soon, Teddy finds himself wrapped up in the middle of his most bizarre, hilarious, and dangerous case yet.

The Lion and the Mouse, Narrated by the Timid But Truthful Mouse book
#17
The Lion and the Mouse, Narrated by the Timid But Truthful Mouse
Written by Nancy Loewen and illustrated by Cristian Luis Bernardini
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-8

She's always been the "invisible" twin, but when her sister reneges on a promise to the king of beasts, a timid mouse chews her way into the spotlight. This sweet, fractured twist on a classic Aesop's fable, told from the mouse's point of view, celebrates kindness and bravery of all sizes. Includes a condensed version of the original tale.

Squishy Squashy Lion book
#18
Squishy Squashy Lion
Written and illustrated by Jenny Copper
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Squish and squash the lion as you read the rhyming story and discover all the things that Lion loves to do. Perfect for interactive play, for shared reading or for reading alone, these delightful, touchable books are full of fun!

A Lion Is a Lion book
#19
A Lion Is a Lion
Written and illustrated by Polly Dunbar
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Is a lion still a lion if he wears a hat? With whimsical illustrations and a nod to earlier classics, Polly Dunbar celebrates the shrewd mind of a child -- and the power of saying no. Is a lion still a lion . . . if he skips down the street singing "Hoobie-doobie-doo"? Dapper in his hat and flourishing a cane, a very large lion invites himself inside, inquires about Auntie Sue, and spins the two children of the house around the room in a silly dance. He doesn't mind at all if they invite him to lunch, where he gobbles up all his greens and devours the plate, too. When he leans in to ask for dessert, his sharp teeth gleam oh so pearly white, and it seems very possible that he may just bite. . . . Surely it's time to go-go-go -- until, that is, the brave little girl finds her voice in a most satisfying way. The Cat in the Hat meets Pierre meets The Tiger Who Came to Tea in this rollicking story with an exhilarating ending.

A Lion in Paris book
#20
A Lion in Paris
Written and illustrated by Beatrice Alemagna
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Bored by his rural life in the savannah, a lion seeks excitement and opportunity in the City of Light, where he is surprised that even his roaring does not cause a stir while visiting Montmartre, the Eiffel Tower and the busy underground Métro. By the award-winning creator of Bugs in a Blanket.

Lionel and the Lion's Share book
#21
Lionel and the Lion's Share
Written by Lou Peacock and illustrated by Lisa Sheehan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Lion the lion does NOT like to share. After all, lions always get the lion's share. He buys all the best instruments from the music ship, all the smartest hats from the hat shop and all the brightest balloons from the balloon stall. But at Chloe's birthday party Lionel goes too far and eats ALL the cake.

Rabbit Cooks Up a Cunning Plan! book
#22
Rabbit Cooks Up a Cunning Plan!
Written by Andrew Fusek Peters and illustrated by Bruno Robert
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

The animals of the forest cook meals for Mountain Lion so he won't eat them, but when it is Rabbit's turn to cook, he devises a plan instead to get rid of Lion for good.

Daniel in the Lions Den book
#23
Daniel in the Lions Den
Written by W C Bauers and illustrated by Marta Costa
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Tiny Bible Tales, a series of board books, shares the stories of the Bible’s bravest heroes with gentle, rhyming text and gorgeous illustrations. When Daniel is thrown into the lion’s den, it will take all of his prayer and faith to save him. This board book combines quiet, rhyming text with simple and colorful art to tell one of the Bible’s most treasured stories.

How to Be a Lion book
#24
How to Be a Lion
Written and illustrated by Ed Vere
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

In this timely and charming story about the importance of being true to yourself, mindfulness, and standing by your friends, we meet Leonard, a lion, and his best friend Marianne, a… duck. Leonard and Marianne have a happy life together—talking, playing, writing poems, and making wishes—until one day a pack of bullies questions whether it’s right for a lion and a duck to be pals. Leonard soon learns there are many ways to be a lion, and many ways to be a friend, and that sometimes finding just the right words can change the world… This sweet, funny, thoughtful, and much-needed story will open up readers’ eyes to the importance of being who they are and not backing down to hurtful criticism. It’s an empowering tale about connecting with others and choosing kindness over bullying, and shows children how angry and provocative words can be overcome by empathy and courage.

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