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Tigers: Books For Kids

Tigers are such fearsome creatures! There are lots of great books about tigers. From cute little board books to great chapter books like the Life of Pi. We hope you enjoy this list of the best we've found.

Augustus and His Smile book
#1
Augustus and His Smile
Written and illustrated by Catherine Rayner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I love this sweet, meaningful book about a tiger who finds that there is joy all around him and that he can find happiness just by choosing to be aware! Such a good reminder for the reader. He goes on a fun adventure to learn this lesson, and I love the illustrations of this book, too!

Augustus the tiger was sad. He had lost his smile. So he did a HUGE tigery stretch, and set off to find it. Stunning illustrations celebrate the beauty of the world and the simple happiness it brings to us. An imaginative book for children who love to explore the world around them.

Sleep Like a Tiger book
#2
Sleep Like a Tiger
Written by Mary Logue and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

At bedtime a young girl asks "Does everything in the world go to sleep?"

Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends book
#3
Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends
Written and illustrated by Aaron Zenz
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Here's a puppy, there's a kitten . . . a yawning fawn and chuckling ducklings The perfect introduction to animal names and animal groups, Chuckling Ducklings features baby animals of every variety. The bouncing text and adorable illustrations will become a favorite with kids as they learn the special baby names that match all the grown-up animals they know and love.

The Tiger who Came to Tea book
#4
The Tiger who Came to Tea
Written and illustrated by Judith Kerr
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Thoughts from The Fun Uncle

I liked this book quite a bit! It's a simple "big animal came to the house and ate everything" story, so very predictable, but still fun! I thought Judith Kerr had a couple funny moments to the story, like when the Tiger drinks all the water from the tap, but there were also a few out-of-date aspects. It seemed a little old fashioned: The wife was supposed to have dinner ready for the husband when he came home and then had to explain why there wasn't any food, which seemed a little misogynistic, but there were some cute family themes. The illustrations were really retro, but in a fun way.

A tiger comes to tea at Sophie's house and eats and drinks everything in sight, so that there is nothing left for Daddy's supper.

It's a Tiger! book
#5
It's a Tiger!
Written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A child imagines that he is in a story where he encounters a tiger at every turn.

  1. Jungle Animals - The Tiny Touch board books series teaches concepts to little ones in a stimulating and interactive manner! Little ones will love learning about jungle animals in this interactive board book! Embossed pages create a tactile experience for tiny hands.

  2. Leo the Late Bloomer - The Goodfather - Leo the Late Bloomer is a nice reminder to be patient, avoid comparing our children to others, and give children space to bloom in their own time.

  3. Rumble in the Jungle - Explores the world of jungle animals, including hippos, leopards, chimpanzees, in poetic expression. On board pages.

  4. I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! - Three stories in verse: "I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today", "King Looie Katz", and "The Glunk That Got Thunk".

A Tiger Tail book
#10
A Tiger Tail
Written and illustrated by Mike Boldt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Anya awakens to discover she has grown a tiger tail, and it just happens to be her very first day of school.

My First 100 Neighborhood Words book
#11
My First 100 Neighborhood Words
Written by Maggie Testa and illustrated by Jason Fruchter
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A new generation of children love Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, inspired by the classic series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood! Now the youngest Daniel Tiger fans can learn 100 first words, like “Trolley,” “trumpet,” and “ball,” with their favorite tiger, Daniel! What kinds of words make up Daniel Tiger’s world? Find out in this book of first words for the youngest fans of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. From “flower” to “crayons” to “Tigey” and everything in between, this sweet story takes readers on a tour of Daniel’s favorite places, like his school, and the words and pictures that go along with them, like his “backpack,” “lunch box,” “book,” and more!

When I Grow Up, I'll Be a Tiger book
#12
When I Grow Up, I'll Be a Tiger
Written by Amy Hammond and illustrated by Charr Floyd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Follow a young Tiger around the campus of Louisiana State University as he dreams about becoming a student at LSU. A book for LSU fans of all ages.

Night Night, Little Tiger book
#13
Night Night, Little Tiger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Reading bedtime stories to her two-year-old son, Catherine felt there was one missing from their collection - a bedtime story about Clemson. So she and her sister Elizabeth wrote this book. A fun book for children and grandchildren of Clemson alumni, students, faculty, and fans! We hope you and your Little Tigers enjoy reading Night-Night, Little Tiger and make many Clemson memories!

Zoe and Zak and the Tiger Temple book
#14
Zoe and Zak and the Tiger Temple
Written by Lars Guignard
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Zoe and Zak have learned some things since their first semester at Moonstock Himalayan Academy in India: #1 Don't trust the parrots. #2 Don't eat the food. #3 And most importantly . . . don't stick around if something crawls out of the lava hole beneath your school. Last semester, Zoe and Zak returned the first lost Noble Truth to its rightful home. Now, the seventh graders are back in India for their second semester at Moonstock, their boarding school high in the Himalayan mountains where impossible things seem to happen on a regular basis. School kicks off with the Activity Week Challenge in the tiny mountain kingdom of Bhutan where the students must deliver medical supplies. Things take a turn for the worse when Zak becomes deathly ill after an encounter with a strange floating bubble. On returning to Moonstock, Zoe and Zak discover that a creature has come through the lava hole far below their dormitory. When Zoe and Zak follow the creature, they soon learn what they must do. They have been tasked with finding the second lost Noble Truth--the Tiger Eye of Justice. Finding the Tiger Eye sounds like an impossible mission, and it's only made more confusing when Zak discovers that he has been given a powerful gift to help with the task. But Zak's new gift is a double-edged sword, and if Zoe and Zak don't find the Tiger Eye quickly, Zak's time will run out. The Tiger Temple takes Zoe and Zak deep into an exotic world of magical enchantment and heart-pounding action. It promises to be the most thrilling Zoe and Zak adventure yet.

  1. Little Tiger - Little Tiger goes on an adventure in the jungle, but mama is always close by her cub. Short rhyming lines in this illustrated board book tell a sweet story of youthful adventure and motherly love.

  2. The Tiger Prowls: A Pop-up Book of Wild Animals - This beautiful pop-up features a range of stunningly illustrated wild animals. With lyrical text, stylish images and inventive pop-ups, it will be a beautiful addition to any child's shelf and a gorgeous introduction to some of the world's most iconic creatures, featuring Maggie Bateson’s eye-catching paper engineering. Sebastien Braun’s rich and recognisable illustration introduces children to a zoo and a half’s worth of animals and, of course, the prowling tiger.

  3. Hello, Animals! - Introduces young readers to ten best-loved animals, including a dog, penguin, panda, cow, and giraffe. On board pages.

  4. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling’s beloved collection of short stories about a boy raised by wolves who learns the Laws of the Jungle. Mowgli, lost in the deep jungle as a child, is adopted into a family of wolves. Hunted by Shere Khan, the Bengal tiger, Mowgli is allowed to run with the wolf pack under the protection of Bagheera, the black panther, and Baloo, the brown bear who teaches wolf cubs the Laws of the Jungle.

One Happy Tiger book
#19
One Happy Tiger
Written and illustrated by Catherine Rayner
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

One tiger sits all alone, feeling sad. Then he finds two bright bugs, three colorful birds, and more, and soon he isn't sad anymore. Children will learn to count from 1 to 10 as they travel with the tiger to each new adventure in this beautiful book of friendship.

Tiny Little Fly book
#20
Tiny Little Fly
Written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Kevin Waldron
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

With a tramp and a roll and a swat, Great Big Elephant, Great Big Hippo, and Great Big Tiger try to capture Tiny Little Fly as he teases each one in turn.

Little Black Sambo book
#21
Little Black Sambo
Written by Helen Bannerman and illustrated by Florence White Williams
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-10

The Story of Little Black Sambo is a children's book written and illustrated by Helen Bannerman, and first published by Grant Richards in October 1899 as one in a series of small-format books called The Dumpy Books for Children. The story was a children's favorite for half a century until the word sambo was deemed a racial slur in some countries and the illustrations considered reminiscent of "darky iconography." Both text and illustrations have undergone considerable revision since. Sambo is a South Indian boy who lives with his father and mother, named Black Jumbo and Black Mambo, respectively. Sambo encounters four hungry tigers, and surrenders his colourful new clothes, shoes, and umbrella so they will not eat him. The tigers are vain and each thinks he is better dressed than the others. They chase each other around a tree until they are reduced to a pool of melted butter. Sambo then recovers his clothes and his mother, Black Mambo, makes pancakes out of the butter.

Tiger Boy book
#22
Tiger Boy
Written and illustrated by Mitali Perkins
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

“One of the new tiger cubs has escaped from the reserve!” When a tiger cub escapes from a nature reserve near Neel’s island village, the rangers and villagers hurry to find her before the cub’s anxious mother follows suit and endangers them all. Mr. Gupta, a rich newcomer to the island, is also searching—he wants to sell the cub’s body parts on the black market. Neel and his sister, Rupa, resolve to find the cub first and bring her back to the reserve where she belongs. The hunt for the cub interrupts Neel’s preparations for an exam to win a prestigious scholarship at a boarding school far from home. Neel doesn’t mind—he dreads the exam and would rather stay on his beloved island in the Sunderbans of West Bengal with his family and friends. But through his encounter with the cub, Neil learns that sometimes you have to take risks to preserve what you love. And sometimes you have to sacrifice the present for the chance to improve the future.

Life of Pi book
#23
Life of Pi
Written by Yann Martel
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-99

The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them "the truth." After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional--but is it more true?

  1. There's a Tiger in the Garden - A gorgeous and imaginative debut picture book by author/illustrator Lizzy Stewart, perfect for fans of Emily Hughes, Peter Brown, and Julie Morstad. There's nothing to do at Grandma's house and Nora refuses to believe any outlandish tales of dragonflies as big as birds, grumpy polar bears who like to fish, or a magnificent tiger all allegedly residing in Grandma's garden. Nora's too old for silly games. But this charming picture book proves you are never too young or too old to dream--and adventure can find you when you least expect it. When Grandma says she's seen a tiger in the garden, Nora doesn't believe her. She's too old to play Grandma's silly games! Everyone knows that tigers live in jungles, not gardens. So even when Nora sees dragonflies as big as birds, and plants that try to eat her toy giraffe, and a polar bear that likes fishing, she knows there's absolutely, DEFINITELY no way there could be a tiger in the garden . . . Could there?

  2. Don't Wake the Tiger! (a Changing Faces Book) - All the animals are sleeping until--with each turn of the page--the reader wakes each of them up! First the tiger is sleeping, then the panda, the lion, and the elephant. Children will be delighted to watch each animal's eyes pop open as its facial features go from asleep to awake.

  3. Tigers at Twilight - Tigers in trouble? That's what Jack and Annie find when the Magic Tree House whisks them and Teddy, the enchanted dog, to a forest in India. The rare tigers are being trapped by greedy poachers! Can Jack and Annie find a way to help? Or will a fierce tiger eat them instead? Did you know that there’s a Magic Tree House book for every kid? Magic Tree House: Adventures with Jack and Annie, perfect for readers who are just beginning chapter books

  4. Tiger and Badger - Best friends Tiger and Badger work through their disagreements over a toy, a chair, and sharing.

A Little Tiger Tale book
#28
A Little Tiger Tale
Written and illustrated by Steve Kveton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-6

Did you ever wonder what you were going to do when you grow up? Little Truman couldn't decide until he got some good advice from his teacher. This is a story about how Truman became the biggest cheerleader for MIZZOU.

Tiger's Roar book
#29
Tiger's Roar
Written by Alex Rance and illustrated by Shane McG
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Tiger was the champion of all the jungle. He was strong and bold and proud, and he sat at the top of the very tallest tree. But one day the winds blew, the birds shrieked, the tree shook, and...Tiger fell all the way down to the mud at the bottom of the tree, and bumped his head on a rock. What will it take for Tiger to be able to climb back to the top of the tree? A hugely entertaining picture book about teamwork and never giving up.

Tiger Vs. Nightmare book
#30
Tiger Vs. Nightmare
Written and illustrated by Emily Tetri
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Tiger is a very lucky kid: she has a monster living under her bed. Every night, Tiger and Monster play games until it’s time for lights out. Of course, Monster would never try to scare Tiger—that’s not what best friends do. But Monster needs to scare someone...it’s a monster, after all. So while Tiger sleeps, Monster scares all of her nightmares away. Thanks to her friend, Tiger has nothing but good dreams. But waiting in the darkness is a nightmare so big and mean that Monster can’t fight it alone. Only teamwork and a lot of bravery can chase this nightmare away. In this charming graphic novel for young readers, cartoonist Emily Tetri proves that unlikely best friends can be an unbeatable team, even agianst the scariest monsters.

Little Tigers book
#31
Little Tigers
Written and illustrated by Jo Weaver
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Journey with a family of tigers as they search for a new home in the jungle. As hunters approach their home in the jungle, Mother Tiger and her cubs, Puli and Sera, must venture to find a new home away from danger. Together, they explore different homes, but the ones they find aren't suited for tigers. Some are too wet, some are too dry, and some are just downright unwelcoming. But with their mother's help, they may be able to find one that's just right. With gentle text and stunning monochromatic illustrations, Jo Weaver reveals the wonder of nature, the excitement of discovery, and the strength of familial bonds.

I'm Feeling Mad book
#32
I'm Feeling Mad
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-0

Everyone feels mad sometimes, even Daniel Tiger! What helps him feel better? Find out in this chunky board book that’s part of a new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood feelings subseries. When you feel so mad that you want to roar, take a deep breath and count to four! When Daniel Tiger feels MAD, he stomps his feet and roars. Then he remembers to take a deep breath and count to four. Soon he feels better. What do you do with the mad that you feel? Come along with Daniel as he and his friends learn how to handle feeling angry. This adorable book includes tips for parents and caregivers to help guide little ones through their emotions. Look for the companion title, I’m Feeling Happy. © 2016 The Fred Rogers Company

  1. Munch Your Lunch! - A new generation of children love Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, inspired by the classic series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood! Daniel Tiger is the lunch helper at school and gets a sweet surprise from Mom Tiger in this 8x8 storybook based on an episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood that comes with tiger-tastic lunch notes to pack in your little one’s lunchbox! It’s lunchtime at Daniel Tiger’s school. Teacher Harriet tells everyone to take a deep breath and open their lunch boxes. Daniel Tiger’s lunch box has a sandwich, strawberries, and a special surprise: A note from Mom Tiger! With the Daniel Tiger lunch notes included in this 8x8 storybook, parents and guardians can add special messages in their little one’s lunchboxes to show how much they care!

  2. Camp Tiger - A talking tiger approaches a family during their annual end-of-summer camping trip and is befriended by the youngest, a boy who does not feel ready for first grade.

  3. A Duckling for Daniel - A new generation of children love Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, inspired by the classic series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood! Daniel and his friends wait for a baby duckling to hatch in this shaped board book with foil on the cover based on a popular episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood! It’s springtime in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and a baby duckling is about to be born! Teacher Harriet says the egg will hatch soon, but it’s so hard to wait. Daniel and his friends are so excited to meet their fluffy new friend! © 2016 The Fred Rogers Company

  4. A Tiger Called Thomas - Shy Tomás is afraid to venture out into the neighborhood until the night of Halloween. Because Tomás has the perfect tiger costume, complete with a mask that hides his identity. But Tomás will soon discover his costume doesn't hide him quite as well as he thinks...

Heart of a Tiger book
#37
Heart of a Tiger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

As the Name Day celebration approaches, a young kitten tries to deserve a noble name, by following the path of the beautiful Bengal tiger.

Daniel Loves You book
#38
Daniel Loves You
Written by Alexandra Cassel and illustrated by Jason Fruchter
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A new generation of children love Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, inspired by the classic series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood! Daniel says “I love you” in this shaped board book based on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood! Join Daniel Tiger for a ride around the neighborhood as he says “I love you” to his family, friends, neighbors…and to you! This sweet, simple board book is filled with hearts, hugs, and “Ugga Muggas!” © 2018 The Fred Rogers Company

The Tiptoeing Tiger book
#39
The Tiptoeing Tiger
Written and illustrated by Philippa Leathers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Everyone knows that tigers are sleek, silent, and totally terrifying . . . most tigers, that is. But no one is afraid of Little Tiger. He’s just too small and clumsy to frighten anyone. Determined to prove that he is terrifying, Little Tiger sets out on tiptoe, creeping through the forest to find someone to scare. He gets yawned at and laughed at, but Little Tiger won’t give up. Is there any animal in the forest who will find him just as sleek, silent, and totally terrifying as the bigger tigers? Every child who has ever crept up behind someone and shouted “roar!” will enjoy this utterly adorable story with a gentle final twist.

Daniel's Winter Adventure book
#40
Daniel's Winter Adventure
Written by Becky Friedman and illustrated by Jason Fruchter
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Join Daniel Tiger and Prince Wednesday on a wintry adventure in this adorable new 8x8 storybook based on a popular episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood! It’s a sparkling, snowy day in the neighborhood, and Daniel, Dad, and Prince Wednesday are all going out for some wintertime fun! Daniel can’t wait to try ice skating for the first time! © 2016 The Fred Rogers Company.

Secret Life of a Tiger book
#41
Secret Life of a Tiger
Written and illustrated by Przemysław Wechterowicz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Tiger is a cat with simple pleasures. He likes to spend his days wandering about, chatting with friends and having a little snack. But at night his secret life is revealed – and its very surprising! Find out about Tiger's unexpected night hobby in this delightfully funny, warm-hearted picture book that reminds us that sometimes animals (and people) behave in unexpected ways.

  1. Ready, Set, Sail! - Join these sailors as they explore the sea during a fun day of sailing in this follow-up to Ready, Set, Build! Shout your orders loud and fast. "Hoist the mainsail up the mast!" Grab your life vest, hold on to your compass, and get ready for a day full of sailing fun with a playful tiger and turtle! Follow these salty sailors as they raise their anchor, cast off, and explore the sea in their little sloop. And after a long day of sailing, they gather and tell tales of all the things they've seen!

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