Best Children's Books About Tigers

The Best 26 Books to Read With Your Kids About the Tigers

Updated Apr. 16, 2019

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.

Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends book
#2
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
#3
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a couple funny moments to the story, like when the Tiger drinks all the water from the tap, but there were also a few out-of-date aspects.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.

Leo the Late Bloomer book
#4
Leo the Late Bloomer
Written by Robert Kraus and illustrated by Jose Aruego
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from 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.

Leo isn't reading, or writing, or drawing, or even speaking, and his father is concerned. But Leo's mother isn't. She knows her son will do all those things, and more, when he's ready. 'Reassuring for other late bloomers, this book is illustrated with beguiling pictures.' -- Saturday Review.

I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! book
#5
I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today!
Written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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

Tiger Boy book
#6
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.

A Little Tiger Tale book
#7
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.

Little Black Sambo book
#8
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.

Night Night, Little Tiger book
#9
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!

Tiger and Badger book
#10
Tiger and Badger
Written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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

Tiny Little Fly book
#11
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.

There's a Tiger in the Garden book
#12
There's a Tiger in the Garden
Written and illustrated by Lizzy Stewart
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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?

It's a Tiger! book
#13
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.

Sleep Like a Tiger book
#14
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?"

The Tiger Prowls: A Pop-up Book of Wild Animals book
#15
The Tiger Prowls: A Pop-up Book of Wild Animals
Written by Maggie Bateson and illustrated by Sebastien Braun
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

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.

When I Grow Up, I'll Be a Tiger book
#16
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.

Life of Pi book
#17
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?

Tigers at Twilight book
#18
Tigers at Twilight
Written by Mary Pope Osborne and illustrated by Sal Murdocca
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

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

Hello, Animals! book
#19
Hello, Animals!
Written and illustrated by Smriti Prasadam-Halls
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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

Jungle Animals book
#20
Jungle Animals
Written and illustrated by Max and Sid
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

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.

Don't Wake the Tiger! (a Changing Faces Book) book
#21
Don't Wake the Tiger! (a Changing Faces Book)
Written by Nathan Thoms and illustrated by Carles Ballesteros
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

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.

The Jungle Book book
#22
The Jungle Book
Written by Rudyard Kipling
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 0-18

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.

Little Tiger book
#23
Little Tiger
Written by Julie Abery and illustrated by Suzie Mason
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

Zoe and Zak and the Tiger Temple book
#24
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.

Rumble in the Jungle book
#25
Rumble in the Jungle
Written and illustrated by Giles Andreae
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

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

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